The launch in August of an all-new Red Room represented the biggest change this community saw since we began. I talked about the most prominent ones in this blog entry, and the Red Room Team has been busy since the launch fielding all the fantastic feedback from Red Roomers—shout-outs, constructive criticism, and everthing in between. We're working hard on making the fixes people have asked for.
In the meantime, this metamorphosis has us thinking about change in general, so we celebrated the launch with a blog topic: "the moment everything changed." A few dozen bloggers took the plunge with the new website to take the week's creative challenge. Thank you!
A few posts stood out:
- In "A Stillness to the Place," member Beth Mann tells an extraordinary story (fiction? memoir?) of a woman free for the first time in her life.
- Author Douglas R. Keister evokes Capote's In Cold Blood with his chilling retelling of a serial killer's story that impacted his own Nebraska Childhood. Read "Innocence Lost."
- Even when you realize the time to make moments with loved one count, it can still be too late. Member Jenn Lopez writes about this heartbreakingly in "The Moment Everything Changed."
These bloggers will win books by Red Room authors:
- In He Said What?: Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed, Victoria Zackehim collects the stories of twenty-six gifted women writers who share profoundly personal moments in which a man in their life said something—good or bad—that changed them irrevocably.
- Fantasy novelist Alma Alexander writes movingly about rivers, stars, dolphins, love, the writing life, and growing older in Shoes & Ships & Sealing Wax, a collection of blog essays, including "The Moment I Grew Up," "Dancing With My Father," and many more.
Several other posts caught our attention, too:
- Member Becky Blanton went through years of not speaking to her own father. Their broken relationship led to, among other things, publication for Becky, but you'll have to read "Letter to Follow" to find out what happened with her dad.
- Feelings of terror and abandonment as she's committed to a psychiatric ward suffuse member Cara Lorello's writing in her harrowing "The Moment Everything Changed."
- In his poem "Last Call," member Ron. Lavalette captures a complicated, long-distance relationship in one short, middle-of-the-night phone conversation.
You can read all the "moment everything changed" entries here. I hope you'll find your favorites, and let the blogger know in the comments what you liked about it. All of Red Room's past entries are here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room