I’ve been pondering and pondering and pondering away…my head hurts…(laughing).
But, the other morning, as Deep Creek Blend gurgled in the coffee maker, and as I grabbed my robe from the hook, and as the morning breeze touched my face, and as I smiled at such a beautiful mountain morning, I remembered when I first moved to my mountain and how quiet it was, and it still is, but beyond that, I remembered how quiet I felt. My days weren’t as hectic as they are now. I didn’t have as many things to occupy my mind and my time. I’m not complaining, but, I suddenly missed those days, if only a little.
And I took my coffee to the porch and rocked and sipped– something I haven’t done in a long time, for I’ve been coming straight to my laptop and beginning my work day while still in my robe. While rocking, I had a sudden clarity that I should do things differently than I first planned.
For example: isn’t there a way my novel(s) can be published on recycled paper? Can’t I use a small press instead of a big giant press, and couldn’t I support independent booksellers by having my recycled paper novel on their shelves? As a writer, what else could I do to be "Green" and responsible and community oriented, especially small communities who need these Indie Booksellers? How can I publish my books, but protect at the same time? And how can I support these Independent Booksellers, and/or indie publishers? Is there a way to work together that is better for our earth? Who knows these things? How can I find out? Where do I begin? (Of course, again, me wanting to publish my novel in this way doesn’t mean my novel(s) will be accepted – but, if I found the "perfect" publisher, how could I broach this? Or can you? Who else is doing it? And if not, why not?)
That’s what’s been on my mind for several days now. Could be there is nothing I can do – no small press who publishes "Green" who is interested in my novels in the first place, but is anyone doing this? And if not, again, I wonder why?
Is it all about selling and selling and selling and selling more and more books – well, yes, in the publishing industry it is. But, is there other ways to be responsible and environmentally conscious?
Ah well. Just me pondering away. Just me with a wondering mind. A wandering mind. But, wouldn’t it be a cool dream for me to have my novels published on recycled paper at a small press and have it sold in community Independent Bookstores – now that would make me feel good. And how could I further that – would I do virtual book readings with my webcam, to save the gas from traveling? I don’t know. So much about books is getting the word out on your work – but surely there are ways to do this that take care with our environment? And my trees – what would I look like if I finally pulled together my book of essays and photography I am compiling – the one of nature and trees- and I had it printed using the very trees I am loving? Am I being too silly? But, that itches my brain…it does.
Any thoughts out there?