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Minimalism And Relevance


Some of us have never known a world without a computer, a smart phone or instant access to information.  As technology has advanced and access has become more prevalent, people are scripting their lives to prove how important they are and why you should care about them.  People are seeking validation and relevance from their titles, their possessions, and from strangers.  They are showcasing what they value - what they think makes them relevant.   

Cheap technology, disposable products, social-media-famous people, celebrity worship and gadget envy are quickly becoming the new normal.  I’m certainly no luddite (I am writing this on a MacBook after all), and lets face it, most of us have smartphones and laptops and are distracted by Instagram and Facebook probably more than we should allow.   I’m also just as guilty as the anyone for wanting  to justify buying a new gadget or wanting to throw money at a situation that planning, contentment or attention to detail could have solved.  However, technology does have it’s place.  It can provide access to information and events, or expose injustices that would have been hidden otherwise.  People from half a world away can inspire and guide us to become better versions of ourselves - people who we wouldn’t have had access to if it weren’t for our gadgets.  

Sadly, our society has become increasingly addicted to consumerism and superficiality and are using these as a benchmark for their own and other people’s level of relevance.   It’s tragic because despite having more money, more gadgets, bigger houses, more likes, more friends or more status, their level of unhappiness and lack of contentment has either stayed the same or worsened. So they buy more stuff or get more likes  or try to gain more popularity hoping that more makes them more relevant and hopefully, happier - like a dog trying to catch it’s own tail - you’ve caught it, now what?!?

What is relevance from a minimalist point of view?  The answer is as varied as the people who practice minimalism.  Obviously, a basic axiom of minimalism is the elimination of the need to have more for the purpose of having more.  Practicing minimalism opens you to contentment, to a happiness that originates from within,  and to the knowledge that you have everything you need and you value everything you have.  In turn, you can share this with the people you love, your community and the world around you.  Our relevance originates in who we value and how we value ourselves, not from our things or from social media.  When we’ve taken care or ourselves and have treated ourselves kindly and with love, when we strip away what’s superficial and what’s unimportant, we find relevance, we are practicing minimalism.  You make you relevant, not your things.

Our Independence


Hello and welcome back.  We’ve been away for a bit but we haven’t been idle.  In our absence we’ve been learning to streamline our processes, focus our branding and sharpen our vision for Crescent Sol.  While we have many ideas for new projects we want to pursue, we are first and foremost, independent writers/authors who want to publish our own work.  We believe that indie-publishing gives us the most freedom with our work and, in our opinion, provides the most authentic and true representation of who we are.  Thank you for staying with us.  

So, why indie-publishing?  When someone writes a book, the author wants as many people to read it as possible.  Most people don’t have the funds that are required to distribute books nationally and internationally, so they submit their work to a publishing house.  The publishing house wants to make money like any other business so they don’t want to publish and promote a book that won’t turn a profit.  A lot of books are rejected.  A lot of good books.  The few that are selected are edited and often sections are reworded or rewritten to make the book more marketable.  Everything is subject to revision by the publishing house.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  Weak sections can be strengthened by professional editors, professional graphic designers can create eye-catching covers.  There are professional readers, marketing teams, distribution teams, focus groups, etc….   But after all of the changes , is it still the same book the author envisioned?

So, what’s the difference?  Independent authors also submit their work to editors, they also collaborate with graphic designers to create their covers, they even hire PR firms to guide them on how best to market their product.  If the steps are similar, why take on all of the added work and responsibility by going independent?  For Tracie and me, it’s about having complete creative control over our work.  We want our books to be read by as many people as possible, but not at the expense of our autonomy.  We also want our selves to be reflected in our work when we reveal it to the world.  Our work will still be revised and polished but it will always be uniquely and completely us.