As part of FtB’s September fundraising efforts, I’m auctioning off a half-hour creative coaching session via Zoom. What’s that, you might ask? Here’s the idea: if you’re having trouble with a creative issue, say determining your short- and long-term creative goals, finding more time to work on your projects, or figuring out which projects you want to work on, I’m here to help.
Okay, that sounds good. But who are you, you might also ask?
Hi, I’m T.D. Walker. And I’ve had a lot of creative problems. Problems like, oh, determining my short- and long-term creative goals, finding time to write, and figuring out which projects I want to work on. And even bigger ones, like not writing poetry, my main genre, for eight years…. So, I’ve been there, and I’ve done that. What helped me get past my blocks was taking a long, hard look at my free time, getting together with other writers to talk craft, and figuring out ways to bribe encourage myself to sit down and write. Which worked, I’m happy to report. Talking about ways to make things work with other creatives was a big part of that.
Here’s what I’ve done, in third person, as you do:
T.D. Walker is the author of the poetry collections Small Waiting Objects (CW Books 2019) and Maps of a Hollowed World (Another New Calligraphy 2020). Her science fiction poems and stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Apricity, The Future Fire, Web Conjunctions,The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Abyss & Apex, Kaleidotrope, and elsewhere. She curates Short Waves / Short Poems. After completing graduate work in English Literature, Walker began her career as a software developer. She draws on both her grounding in literary studies and her experience as a computer programmer in writing poetry and fiction.
So that’s me.
Basically, I’m open to helping you with anything in the realm of solving creative issues. That said, I can’t, for multiple reasons, critique your writing or other creative work, tell you whether I think your book/painting/taxidermy armadillo will sell, or participate in anything unethical or illegal. But if you’re a creative of any sort and you’d like to talk out a challenge you’re facing with an objective third party, I’m here!
If you’re interested in chatting with a published author about anything creative, you can put in a bid in the comments. Or you can place an anonymous bid by emailing me at email@example.com. The winner will be the highest bid as of Sunday September 27th at 11:59pm CST. (That’s Monday, September 28th 4:59am UTC.) The winning bidder will submit payment to FtB’s PayPal account and then contact me to set up the session.
Please note: I have set a minimum bid of $30, which is pretty good for this type of thing. Plus, it’s for a good cause! Have any questions? Please feel free to contact me or leave a note in the comment. Thanks!