With the newness of all of this, I guess I felt a bit underwhelmed by the response (or lack thereof) and my significant other just grinned at me and said, "You should write about cretching; it's a Jewish word."
"You're on the computer look it up. You could start a trend with it!"
"But what does it mean?"
"I was having discussions, you know to round out my life, and this word came up..."
"Ahh, yeah. Whatever," I said laughing.
I figured he was pulling my leg to make me smile and it was working. So, I google this word but I ask him for the spelling and he says, "C-R-E-C-H-E."
Lo and behold, it's an actual word of French origin (not Jewish or Hebraic) that means:
a group of young animals (as penguins or bats) gathered in one place for care and protection usually by one or more adultsSo, I know we're homo sapiens and not penguins but as my significant other and I talked and he cracked some more jokes, I realized he may be on to something.
Writers, write, right? These works are our offspring and there are times when we have to go back into our psyches to get more material and create more offspring or art. Who is taking care of our work when we're back inside busy working on more material? If you don't have an agent, publisher or publicist the answer is nobody! But, if we did like the penguins -- we'd have a creche to fall back on. I particularly find interesting that a creche can also be a day care for poor women...
The Creche God: Ahem, Ms. Blogairy? You seem to have forgotten a few references to Creche...
NB Reply to The Creche God: Okay, sorry about that! Forgot to mention that Creche also is a band in the UK and also can refer to Christian nativity scenes. Now back to our regularly scheduled post...
So, as I'm feeling it, the creche -- as it pertains to writers -- is a nurturing supportive herding of like-minded individuals who will promote each others' literary works even when said writers, members of the creche herd, must go back and create, dream and write more. If we cease to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, we are no longer writers and we will no longer have the need for creching.
Okay, now that we've got the groundwork laid, here's the life-cycle of writing as I understand it:
Generally speaking, this is the process through which we all get our writing done, right? (If you have some other graphic ideas about how it's done -- COMMENT below!) But that last one, marketing & book promotion that's a doozy. It takes more time and effort, in some cases than does the actual writing of the books! Hence, creching!
I'll not belabor the point, but if you're interested in forming a creche, let me know by emailing: crechewriters[at]gmail[dot]com or by following @Creching. And definitely, leave a comment (or 2, or 3...) right here.
Until next time, keep creching!