Winter is the time for Publishing Goals

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The holidays are finally over and I’m feeling a return to sanity and my publishing goals.

Admittedly, I haven’t done much of anything since the pictured book signing with fellow authors Joseph Crance, Judy Janowski, and Richard Nurse, at an antique store. Yesterday I finally began submitting one of my short stories to a possible publishing platform again daily. I’m also determined to finish a line by line edit on my paranormal romance, Earthbound, and get it out to beta readers by the end of this coming weekend.

Winter is here with frigid temperatures and the house only gets above sixty-two degrees when there’s a fire in the woodstove, but the sunlight is returning so I sat in the sun and edited this weekend. We have goals and we know how to make them happen.

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Poem: Coincidences?

The Friday poem.

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The Artist’s Way and Coincidences

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The year has not begun well for writing, (though I did manage a couple short poems while I was up with my daughter during the night last night,) so I thought I’d talk about something tangentially related – The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

I picked up my old copy of the book this weekend to teach a little intro on it at my library. I pulled three sticky notes out of it. One was about a novel I’m working on editing, one was about the book itself and one was a bit of a shock. It was about the diagnosis of a friend who passed away just before Christmas. The note was roughly four years old. I had spoken at his memorial service exactly one week before.

I’ve always taken such coincidences as sign posts in the road, saying that I am where I am supposed to be, doing what I am supposed to be doing. As my friend says in his memoir, Cancer Just Is, not everything happens for a reason. But do “some” things happen for a reason? Sometimes I think yes and sometimes I think no.

I first bought a copy of The Artist’s Way in my early twenties and read through it but it didn’t really speak to me. Nearly a decade ago, when I was starting to seriously write, I took the book off my shelf and opened it again.  I didn’t remember it but as I browsed through it, it occurred to me that I could do this as a course, since I couldn’t afford to take any writing courses at the time.

I started reading one chapter every Sunday night. I would now say that this is one of the three books that changed my life the most. It opened me up to writing in a way that nothing ever had. It taught me a lot about myself. It also got me writing every single day.

One of the great things about this book is that it is not just for “artists” but rather for anyone who wants to be more creative in their thinking. Every aspect of your life can benefit from a more creative approach – work, parenting, partnering. I highly recommend it.

Poem: I Do Not Care: A Lie

The Friday poem.

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The New Year: Be Present and Choose Love

I got a new planner for 2019 that says simply “Be Here Now” on the front. That embodies my goal for the new year and will provide a good reminder, I hope.

I plan to embrace love and kindness, be present in my life where I am now, and find the joy that is available to me here. Be present and choose love. That is my goal for this year.

Of course, there are other things that I want to accomplish. However, they are smaller goals that I’ve already been working on and will continue to work on, like selling my writing and organizing my house. But I don’t want to become so obsessed with those goals that I lose sight of the big goal – be present and choose love.

Here’s to a new year!

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Poem: The Doorway Effect

The Friday poem.

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Poem: Winter Solstice Fires

The Friday poem, I hope you enjoy.

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Writing and Crafting

I totally forgot to create a blog post for this morning because Christmas crafting has completely taken over my life! That and making sure my daughter has an outfit for her Christmas concert, and work, and the cold and dark, and trying to keep up with all the usual stuff that needs to be done.
 
Sometimes other types of creation take precedence over writing. It doesn’t necessarily leave my mental space happier but it’s what needs to be done. I will get back to the novel, it just might have to wait a week.
 
But, I realized that Friday is the winter solstice and it got me thinking about light and the lack thereof, so I started writing a poem on my drive in this morning. I hope to have it up on Friday.
 
And I hope everyone is finding time to enjoy the season. Seek out the warmth and light!
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Poem: Riding a Benevolent Wave

The Friday Poem. If you enjoy it, check out my collection, A Sanctuary Built of Words: Poems of Peace, Grief, and Passion, available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online book sellers.

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Writing is my present to me

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Christmas is coming and I’m in full present production mode! However, the writing must go on.
 
Now that the post-Thanksgiving cold has finally begun to abate, I’m back to adding to my NaNoWriMo novel, Unprepared. It’s a lot slower going than during NaNoWriMo, I only added 400 words at lunch today, but I’ll keep chipping away at it until it is done.
 
What is Unprepared about? When an agricultural engineering professor loses his wife and daughter to a bioengineered virus, he also loses his will to live but he may be one of the few people who can put his town back together again when it’s all over.
 
The book picks up when a quarantine goes into effect. The powers that be at first believed they were dealing with a particularly virulent flu pandemic, possibly bioengineered. However it is clear that it is even worse than that. They are losing people quickly and towns are soon isolated, dealing with their own disasters.
 
It’s amazing sometimes the ideas that come to light when I’m writing fast. This novel includes: chicken broth, a backhoe, biogas accelerating enzymes, Albuterol inhalers, and an inverter.
 
I’m looking forward to saying this draft is done.

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