May 3 2012
Time for an update, certainly a change in picture…old man winter blew past with barely a common cold!
Spring skipped a beat and now we’re facing days fast approaching summer temps. New on the agenda, a tell all about my work. Well, not exactly, for the bulk of my writing is ghostwriting and nondisclosure agreements keep me from going into specifics.
But, I’m beginning a new series about my work, join me – Ghostwriting 101: The Challenge is in the Secret
others articles in this series:
And I’m dishing about blogging over at Law Reigns site – come on over, we’d love to hear your thoughts…Carving Out Your Niche
Happy New Year! Welcome 2012…
The beginning of the year marks another milestone, but it also marks a change for me. I’ve filtered my time and wrestled with a few things, not creating new year’s resolutions, for to do that would be setting myself up for more grief than accomplishments. No, this first week in January, I’ve looked at my commitments and where I spend my time, something I usually attempt in the spring, around my birthday. Then I call it reviewing my goals.
So in the spirit of the new year, I reviewed my goals and made a decision to step aside as leader of a writing critique group. Last week, when I announced that it would be my last meeting as facilitator, they offered me lovely parting gifts! I had to remind them that my plan is to keep attending, and there are no take-backs on the wine and gift card.
And speaking of gifts, I’m looking forward to February, when I sit on a panel with a couple other fine writers and we judge a short story competition. The students will be competing for prize money, but the honor of choosing the winner will be ours.
March is, so far, quiet…shhhh. The ghostwriting project continues, marking a year in February, and I’m thrilled to report that all involved are still as excited. That’s evidence of a good team, when everyone is still getting along . Other than a few glitches, we’re right on schedule.
In April, I am presiding as poet-in-residence at a junior college. I’m pretty excited about presenting an in-depth forum on the creative process, sharing my latest poems, and hearing some of the students’ works.
Sprinkled throughout will be trips here and there with a giant reunion scheduled for summertime. Never too early to begin choosing outfits, LOL. Other than that, I’ll fixing my own fiction pieces, and lending my editing pen to a few projects as freelancer.
I don’t even want to look at the calendar after June, craziness ensues as fall approaches. But, that’s not now. At this point, I’m thrilled to be in a routine again. I’ve brought back the Spotlight and added a new page, Top Twos-day, and vowed to stop treating facebook and twitter like step-children. They’ll be more posts, and I plan to play nice with more peeps to find some new friends, or followers as the case may be.
No, these don’t sound like new year’s resolutions, nuh -uh, they really don’t.
About me (2009)
I enjoy staying in the background and letting others shine, assisting whatever needs arise, and trying not to become overwhelmed by the competitive spirit of the world. I grew up in a family printing and publishing business, learning as much as my young mind could tuck away about customer service, marketing, graphic art, and offset printing.
Although I didn’t fall into the biz, I did stumble back to it as a freelancer and have for the last 25 + years. Okay, the plus is vague, but who needs to count years, right?
Through it all I’ve kept a brag book. I apologize ahead of time; it’s not a slideshow of family vacations, but almost as boring:
- researching, writing, and editing – articles, K-12 curriculum, students’ book reviews, brochures, e-manuals and print manuals;
- designing and promoting – advertising campaigns, fund-raising events, and weekly posts online and in print;
- changing gears to write children’s through adult – poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and self-help pieces…to be continued!
About this blog
This blog began as an attempt to encourage others: a place for newbies to find venues where they may submit their work without entry or reading fees. It has developed into a site for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and vignette writers, artists and illustrators, songwriters, and others to discover little-known submission avenues. There is also a spotlight page to highlight individuals who share struggles and successes through a brief Q & A format. Stop by often, I love company!