A few weeks back, I shared the creative talents of a few friends of mine. Of all the stuff I’ve posted on the blog over the last year and a half or so, that piece ended up in the top five in terms of feedback.
In the interest of keeping spirits elevated and sharing the wealth of creativity I have access to, here are a few more of the folks I’m fortunate enough to have in my life.
1. Joy: Joy is an author from Franklin County, VT, who writes thrillers that often straddle the line between normal and paranormal. As luck would have it, I got to work with Joy when I was editor of the local weekly newspaper. She was one of my ace freelancers, and her writing was alway a (ahem) joy to receive. Her novels include Let the Dead Rest, Epidemic, and her most recent work, Silence In the Woods, among others.
Interesting note: Silence In the Woods is set in the mountains of southern Vermont and based on the folklore of the Bennington Triangle. While she was writing her most recent novel, I was working on my first, which is inspired by the same tales and tales place in the same area. (Hopefully I’ll have some news on this in a few weeks.)
Even though we’re in our homes, dodging COVID-19, you can find Joy’s books at independent bookstores providing curbside delivery, or you can buy them directly from Joy at jpchoquette.me/.
2. The Mountain Says No (Jedd, Ben, Andy, Justus): Another connection that goes back to my newspaper editor days. Jedd was the backbone of my editorial staff, a sounding board and confidante, and grower of majestic beards. Ben was co-owner of the building the newspaper was in, my neighbor, and co-owner of The Flying Disc, a coffee and music shop. I know Andy from college and through his work as band teacher at the local high school and as a ninja-level mud ball crafter. I’m sad to say I don’t know Justus very well, but he’s a great guy and a hell of a musician.
Combing together like some musical Voltron, these guys are The Mountain Says No, a rock band with a signature sound that lacks comparison. TMSN has two albums, JV and Golden Landfill. I’d say there’s more work put into a TMSN album than some mainstream efforts ever see. I highly recommend checking the albums out.
You can find both JV and Golden Landfill over at bandcamp.com.
Stay tuned for more talented people who are part of my life. If you’ve got creative friends and would like to share them and their work, let me know. I’d be glad to share them here.