Belated Happy New Year. Yes, one month late but I have a good excuse: I’ve been busy. Annus Horibilis 2013 ended on a high note with several paid projects, and now following the lead of my friend and Pitches & Plots co-moderator Jo Eberhardt, who published her goals for 2014 two weeks ago, I thought I would follow suit.
A goal that placed high on my 2014 bucket list was to expand the Simply Scrivener blog by offering classes. These could be one-on-one tutorials, coaching or even a group class. Well, scratch the goal of the list because it’s happening. Come April, I’ll be teaching an online Beginners Scrivener class that is hosted by the Colorado Romance Writers, a chapter of the Romance Writers of America. How did this come about? A recommendation from Gwen Hernandez. Yep, the Scrivener Heavyweight champ and my former instructor. I was so flattered and verklempt she recommended me. Thank you, Gwen! If you want to take the class, let me know. I will provide you with more details and where to go to sign up. And if that isn’t enough good news, I’ll be doing another webinar for SCBWI that’s dedicated to Scrivener.
I’ve suspected for a few months that our lease wouldn’t be renewed. That suspicion materialized the same day I had my call with the program coordinator from the Colorado Romance Writers. It seems our the landlady wants to renovate the cottage and use it herself during the summers.
Where to go? Would the Ol’ Man and I find another place here at the beach or go somewhere entirely new? I’ve been hankering to go to New England. I want something that’s private, secluded. In the woods and quiet. No neighbors who can’t seem to get enough of their lawn mowers, leaf blowers, saws, etc. No more lawn crews, no more screaming children, or weekend summer people who drive down the private road at 60 miles per hour. I want to find a place where I can blend in with nature, take long walks and think, something Waldenesque. Found. Our new home is in the Adirondacks. From the seaside, now I’m off to the mountains! The house is charming perfect for “artistes” and it ha all my requirements. ETA is March 15th!
For years I’ve contemplated to stop eating meat and become a bonafide vegetarian, and I am achieving that thanks to some digestive issues. I can no longer consume dairy products. Saying good-bye to milk, half-and-half, cream, ice cream was not difficult especially when the result is no more wicked acid reflux. I’m still eating miniscule portions of cheese and a little butter, but that will be eliminated shortly. Why go vegan? I’ve watched too many documentaries of how industrial fram animals are treated and simply want no part of it. And now that I’ll have a garden to grow vegetables why not just take advantage of eating my own home-grown produce?
I managed to finish the last part of the story, but I am still muddling my way through the middle. The goal was to finish by late spring, but with the move and settling in to the new house, I’ll have to push that back to end of summer. I think it’s realistic and I hope to iron out some of the major wrinkles in the story, and leads me to…I am working with the wonderful Cathy Yardley, author of Rock Your Plot. Come April, I’ll be getting some coaching from Cathy to help me tighten the plot.
Work and other Projects
Because I work from home, I’m fortunate to be able to continue with HAND/EYE Magazine as well as Get Red PR. But now I have to be even more aggressive in finding more writing jobs. A week prior to moving, I will be sending letters of introduction to all the publications in the region, as well as contacting the local community college to see if I can teach a few classes. In terms of projects, I was recently offered to be part of Writer Unboxed’s Twitter Team. Once again I am flattered that I was considered to be part of a great group of supportive and talented writers.
So that’s a quick summary of what’s been going on and my goals for 2014. It has started out with a bang and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that these next eleven months are just as eventful.