As a writer, we often find ourselves in the role of solitary practitioner. For some, solitude is exactly what is wanted in the expression of our literary pursuits, while others, like myself, relish being part of a community of like-minded individuals. I am most fortunate to be a part of the greatest group of writers in the world. Today, I count people such as Mick Hugh (Mick’s Neon Fog), Georgia Park (Private Bad Thoughts, Whisper and the Roar), Christine Ray (Brave and Reckless), and Olde Punk (Ramjet Poetry) as friends. I have received life advice from Nicole Lyons (The Lithium Chronicles) and countless others. I am now a part of the same collective as my literary hero S.K. Nicholas, not to mention my newest inspiration Candice Louisa Daquin. I am part of something much larger than myself. I am a member of a community driven by the brilliance of writers such as Max Meunier (Dissociative Void) and, my personal favorite, Samantha Lucero(Six Red Seeds), who weaves dark tapestries that leave me breathless over and over again. My feeling is that most writers do not have the benefit of the fellowship and support we share in Sudden Denouement.
I say all of this to encourage others to throw down the gauntlet, to find something special within yourselves and participate in our writing contest. Challenge yourself! Dig deep and share something that you can give to the world, an attempt to connect with a community of writers who are all dedicated to not only our own works, but the work of other members. Someone will become one of us and have the privilege of existing in the same space as Malicia Frost, Rana Kelly, Lois e. Linkens (who continues to amaze and inspire me), Howl Davies, my friends PBBR, SPR and Bishop Hermes. There are too many names to mention, but they are what we have to offer–a community. For me, it has been the most rewarding part of this journey.
Lastly, speaking to the power of the community we have created, it is worth sharing that when I was stricken by personal problems and decided to walk away from managing SD, several people stepped up to fill the void, to show that Sudden Denouement is much larger than all of us. Thank you Christine Ray and Olde Punk for your leadership. Thank you Sam Lucero and SRP for your contributions as well. Writing was never going to save me from the difficulties of life; however, members of SD have done a great deal to help me find my way out of the darkness. You can be given the same gift that I have received, a place amongst friends, writers who work together towards a common goal of causing all waters to rise. Please submit the best part of yourself. Join us on this beautiful journey. Submit a piece to our contest.