It’s been almost 5 weeks since my last post or my last visit to blogs. *Big wave*
I can’t tell you how much it helped to remove the blogging writing and reading and downsize the social media. It’s the first time I’ve relaxed in months.
I took Margie Lawson’s Empowering Character Emotions workshop via a self-study lecture packet and got back to my love of writing. I’m gearing up to take her Master’s Class in person this summer!
I used what I learned to work on a third manuscript I’ve shopped around in the past. I went through my crit partner’s comments on that manuscript too. Thanks Kat for the brilliant insights! I’ve added six thousand words and I think the book is much better for it. I’m 2/3 of the way done revising it.
I sent off Six Train’s sequel to my editor and am awaiting her editorial comments. The timeline for that is ARCs in July and actual publication in November 2016.
For social media, I’ll be here every week going forward and I’ll be on Facebook regularly. My Twitter presence has always been intermittent and will remain so.
In December, I wrapped up my after-school writing workshops with Girls Inc. and the girls made me these amazing thank you cards!
Had an awesome school visit at Grasso Tech, where I taught a writing workshop on getting inspired and turning your ideas into a concept for a story. This is the coolest sign I’ve ever seen at one of my events! Big thank you to Mr. D’Agostino, the head of the library, for spearheading the event.
I’ve got two events scheduled this month:
|January 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.||In New York, NY, at the Salmagundi Club (47 Fifth Avenue); guest speaker on the self-publishing panel at the monthly MWA-NY meeting.|
|January 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.||In Boston, MA, at the Arisia Convention; Panelist on the “My Friend Wrote a Book, Do I Have to Buy It?” Panel|
February and March are going to be pure writing months because I need to focus on Six Train’s sequel.
After a long bout of illness in November, I’ve learned that I’ve got to take better care of me.
I’ve got to nurture my creative well and sometimes that means just holing up with a great book and not speaking to anyone for a few days. Sometimes it’s a two hour hike with a good friend. Sometimes it’s doing laundry, playing with my dog, and taking a hot bath.
Bottom line, I’ve got to give myself this down time or the writing suffers.
I’ve done a ton of thinking and career focusing and I am ready to try querying agents again.
It may not sound like much but after what happened, I didn’t think I’d ever be able to put my foot in that pool again. But it’s like dating, you take a sabbatical and then you come back when you’re ready.
And I’m ready.
How are you starting the new year?