The slow awakening of spring this year seems to reflect my own sluggish appearance on the social media stage.
In all actuality, I have been working a lot out in the field, away from bloggers, tweeters, facebookers, and the like. I’ve been reading blogs, tweets, and FB posts, but not commenting and rarely liking/favoriting. I was, frankly, in no mood to engage or converse with anyone. Not that I don’t find the interaction stimulating or helpful. The introvert in me simply dug in her heels, crossed her arms, and said “Enough. I need a damn break.” I’m sure the after-storm of my mom’s passing had much to do with a need to
Just. Be. Alone.
A need to write without having to dissect my process.
A need to get back to the joy of being a writer while moving onward and upward.
A need to not share share share share share share. (I’ve never been that great at sharing, anyway.)
But I have been writing. Even though I haven’t reached out or checked in, I have been thinking about everyone in my writing life. Hoping all is going well between you and your stories.
Here are some notes from the field …
Field Note 1: My freelance business has been keeping me very busy. I have an author/story coach website in the works: Kate Johnston – Author & Story Coach. I have had a great response from aspiring authors looking to improve their craft. Not only do I work with authors in person or one-on-one, but I’m teaching workshops to adults in addition to my writing clubs for kids.
Field Note 2: The second volume of my story coaching series is now available through Amazon: Writer … Uninterrupted: Handbook for the Productive Writer – of course, I’d be thrilled to have you guys purchase and review. Virtual pizza and hugs and undying gratitude in return.
Field Note 3: The third volume of my story coaching series, Handbook for the Confident Writer, is due to be published this summer.
Field Note 4: Plans are in the works to offer print versions of these books. Once I figure out the beast known as CreateSpace!
Field Note 5: I completed my second MG novel, the first in a series, and entered it into a query-type contest. While I didn’t win, I did get honorable mention and some advice from those in the biz. I will begin the second book in the series this summer, with the goal of finishing by the end of the year. That will give me 3 books to think long and hard about in relation to self-publishing vs. traditional publishing.
And some notes from life …
Life Note 1: School is winding down as are the spring sports and after-school activities. Gosh, the older the kids get the busier they are. April & May are now officially the busiest months of the year! Once I am into summer, my schedule will change yet again. Not sure how that will affect the writing end of things …
Life Note 2: With summer comes the opening of our family camp in Maine. Looking forward to boating, tubing, swimming, sunning, and cocktail hour(s)!
Life Note 3: I’m going to continue my backyard butterfly garden. The rhododendron had one last call of blossoms over the summer, but didn’t make it through the winter. I’ll have to come up with another focal point.
Okay, I’ll wrap it up here. Here’s to a forthcoming summer of good weather, good stories, and good attitudes!
What are your field & life notes?