Emily Hitchcock Named Deputy Director of Columbus Creative Cooperative

It is with great confidence that I’m proud to name Emily Hitchcock the Deputy Director of Columbus Creative Cooperative.

Emily Hitchock Deputy DirectorEmily has faithfully served CCC as our workshop coordinator and go-to volunteer for the past year.  She has done an excellent job and demonstrated her competence and commitment to our organization’s values.

As the Deputy Director, Emily will provide support and direction for our coordinators, as well as fulfill an uncountable list of duties.  It’s a tough job, oftentimes with little gratitude, and I appreciate her willingness to help the community of writers.

Congratulations Emily!  You deserve this position and I’m excited to see the new opportunities and resources we can offer Ohio writers as you move forward in this expanded role.

What I’m Thankful For

We get to do a lot of cool stuff at CCC.  As a result, we have a lot of things to be thankful for.

Of course, I’m thankful for the writers, and the books we’ve produced, and the people who have supported us by becoming members and buying books.  But let me tell you what warms my heart.

We offered our first novel class this year. It was a six month course, and the attendees were split into partners for the duration.  It made me so happy to see some of those partnerships blossom into genuine platonic friendships.  The kind of friendships that can support each other not just in writing, but in life and through the grime and muck of getting through each day believing there’s something more for you.

The kind of friends that aren’t just slogging through the material in the course and then parting ways, but who meet for dinner before class, workout or read books together, or go to each other’s family birthday parties.

Writing comes and goes, success is elusive and fleeting.    But this kind of community enriches us all.  It is undeniably good.

I’m also thankful that sometimes people leave.  Every once in a while, suddenly three or four solid writers will stop showing up to workshops.  It’s not because they don’t like us anymore, but because through the workshops they’ve found a method of critically encountering each other’s work and they’ve found other writers they can trust.  It makes more sense for them to branch off into their own closed workshop for a while.

That’s a beautiful thing.  Knowing that we’re not creating dependents makes me feel good.  We’re empowering writers to take things to the next level, and we’re providing a community from which they can mine stronger relationships that will last from project to project, and hopefully result in real, lasting friendships too.  We’re creating writers who can do things well, with or without us.

As a cooperative, we get to do some really cool things in a low pressure environment.  But the coolest thing of all is when people really cooperate.

I’m so thankful that somehow we’re becoming, and constantly evolving into, a real community of vibrant people and a platform from which our members can launch themselves onto bigger and better things, and hopefully drag a few others along with them.

Thanks for being a part of our community.  Anybody can produce good books if they want it bad enough, but this is something special.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Black Friday Special – Absolutely Nothing

A while back, Emily Hitchcock and I briefly tossed around the idea of some kind of Black Friday sale for our books that we sell here on our website.

Ultimately, we decided not to participate in that nonsense.  There’s something genuinely bizarre about the Christmas consumeristic craze, and almost troubling, and I’d rather not be a part of it.

That’s not to say that I don’t want you to buy our books.  I do.  In fact, we need you to buy books in order for our organization to continue to operate.  If you like books, or you have a friend who likes books, I hope that you buy them one of ours for a Christmas present.

I even hope that you buy our books on Friday, or Thursday, or Wednesday at 11:30pm. But it’s just as well if you buy them next Tuesday, or two weeks from now.

Part of being a cooperative is not just cooperation amongst our members (the producers of our content), but also cooperation between the producers and the consumers.  When we produce a book, we’re saying, “this is a good product at a good price.”  While we run specials from time to time to help spread the word about our books, if we could consistently offer our products for a better price, we would.

I really do hope that you buy some of our books for holiday presents this year.  But this Thursday, Friday, whenever shopping is supposed to begin, I hope that we can all just relax.  The intent of a holiday is to set aside a day when everyone can agree to let our business tendencies rest.  In a competitive market it only works if it’s a mutually respected agreement.

It’s no secret that Columbus Creative Cooperative is a very small player.  But nonetheless, we are conscientiously objecting to the the Black Friday, Internet Monday, blah blah blah this year.

I hope you buy our books.  Please buy our books for holiday presents.  But do it when it’s convenient, pleasant and gratifying for you.  I hope that our books bring joy to you and others.

Happy Thanksgiving!