Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Oh, hello.

Hello to you!

Yes, it's been a while. A long while. I seem to have dropped out of sight - which would be a literal thing, wouldn't it, considering we're discussing blogs.

I have been practicing focusing on my writing... from a professional angle. I think I have posted about this previously (in Meanderings), about the Writers' Group session in which the question was posed - what does it mean to be a professional writer? 

And of course, I further took that to, do I WANT to be a professional writer? Am I happy when I am writing? The answer is, yes. Yup. Uh huh. Ja. Da. You betcha. Let's do it. Come on!

So, I have been practicing being a professional writer. Focusing my time. Scheduling my time. Honoring my time. And connecting with writing communities - on twitter, on FB, by newsletter and post.

In October, I did an excellent job of sticking to my time table. I have it in two parts - Structure and Writing. Interestingly, I haven't been getting much writing "writing" done... instead, my writing hours are occupied with fine-tuning Destiny Foretold - which means making sure I have a glossary set up, that I am spelling all the names the same, and that my time-line is meticulously tracked. This is important for two reasons - 1) there are two other books in the series and I need to be clear about what happens where; and 2) I am searching for agents. (hello, Agents!)

The search for agents is more involved than just sending a properly worded query letter - at least for me and my happiness. I realized (finally!) it's not just about someone liking my writing enough to help it expand. It's about connections. It's another version of finding my people.

I can do this. I am doing this. Yay me!

So, that's a quick glimpse into what I'm doing these days. Practicing professionalism. Next step, scheduling household matters around my writing. Blogging soon to follow. And maybe even the occasional Life in Runes. (Yay multiple streams of happiness!)

I imagine you're practicing your happiness on your own interesting journey of transformation and growth. If you're like me, it's a matter of remembering to breath. And knowing, each day is a new day with new choices.

I hope you're having a great day! I know I am.