My goals for 2018

Hi, all!

Whether you know me from the various writing groups I have been a part of in the Tampa Bay area, from the disability community in this area, or you know me from Facebook or other parts of the net, greetings and Happy (belated) New Year!

Speaking of the New Year, I know most people make goals for the new year. So do I.

So I wanted to write a post directly about my goals for 2018, and get them out there, in the bright sunshine. So here goes:

  1. I will finish writing my book this year. I have been working on a novel for quite some time. In fact, the germ of the idea came to me 10 years ago. January 1st, 2008, to be exact. So, in the interest of wanting to just let go and let myself write it, I’m going to let go of my fears and also not let myself get down if I start to lag behind in this goal. Because I’m going to do it. So, that’s out there now, LOL.
  2. I will get out of my comfort zone and heavily market my editing services this year. Because I need to supplement my family’s income while I am writing my book. So, I plan on writing posts related to editing and writing, that link back to my blog, which for now functions as a website. I also plan on creating a proper website out of my blog, which I already started on late last year.
  3. I will get out of my other comfort zone and make more videos for my YouTube channel. But this comfort zone is even harder for me to get out of. Because it just is. I just need to work on accepting myself for who I am. I’m working on it… I might also consider making videos for Patreon as a source of income.
  4. I will also make art. I have been working on getting out of my “making” comfort zone for a few years now, and have been crafting and pushing the boundaries of what I think I am capable of creatively. So, I not only write creatively, I make art. There, I said it. LOL. Some things I make are art cards, made with stamps and colored with watercolor tube paints, watercolor pencils, and other media. I also sometimes make accessories, like bracelets, from natural fibers like cotton yarn and silver plated charms. This year, I want to push myself a little more, creatively speaking, a little bit at a time, and make some art every day. At least a card or a bracelet a day might do it, as well as doing my art journaling every day.

But that’s the bulk of it. If I think of others, I will edit this post and make any updated links to my other social media.

For now, see you soon!

Heather

 

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No Writer Wednesday video this week

I have been making YouTube videos for a good couple of months now, and I have 5 subscribers. Ok, I’ll take that …  But now, while school is out for the summer, I will have less time for that.

That is, unless I enlist the help of my son. So, while my Writer Wednesday videos may be on hiatus, I have been told that I will have help with my art videos on Fridays … We’ll see how that goes!

Have a great day!

Heather

 

 

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I had filmed a video yesterday morning, one of those “What’s in my Bag?” videos, then finally posted it on my channel this morning.  While I think I did okay on it, in actuality I think I have way too many bags. My husband says I do. While I do tend to overpack for any endeavor, I love bags. Not purses, mind you, but bags that serve a purpose (I hate purses, btw. ).

For instance, there is my little Krafter’s Purse, which is kind of cute by the way, and quite “bright breast cancer pink,” but again, I bought it to serve a purpose: to hold arts and crafts supplies. And it’s small, especially compared to my (quite large in my opinion) standard-size craft bag. And both of these have some great pockets for keeping things organized and easily seen, but out of the way.

Then there’s the tote bags. I have quite a few of those. I have a quite sturdy cotton canvas tote with real wood buttons (well, I lost one button but I don’t care), that work with a loop closure to keep the top closed. Great in case of rain. I like to use this if I’m going somewhere with at least two of my journals. I’ve had this tote bag for about two years. Another reason I like this bag is that I can wash it with the rest of the laundry. When it’s fresh and clean, I even rub clear wax on the bottom and the handles to keep it from getting dirty too soon.

Last year, I found a 100% organic cotton tote bag. It’s smaller and much less sturdy than the above bag, and has long handles ( I can’t use any bags with long handles because I am tempted to hang them on my shoulders. I have been told by my chiropractor not to do this), but for some reason I like it. Right now, I use it for keeping my current crochet projects out of the sun. I think it works well for this.

I also have a cotton canvas briefcase I use for toting my laptop to meetings, if I feel like I need it.

Then, like I mentioned in the video, I had found that little black backpack. I think it will be useful for me. I recently got rid of a bonded leather backpack purse I’d had for years. I loved it. But it was time to let it go. It had gotten worn with time, and there were features it had I never used.

So while I have hemmed and hawed over trying to find a bag that works for me, and what I think I need now, I actually think that what I need is. . . .  what I need that day.

So. Yeah. . . .  I know.

 

 

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Random Thoughts on my Work in Progress

When I started doing research for my novel in 2008, I came across a lot of things… some of which have become a part of every day life for some, now.

I had a character who was into making everything, from the products she cleaned with, to the cloths she used to clean the house, and cooked from scratch every day.

Now, it’s a thing to do all of that.

Plus, she makes her own medicines. Lives off the land. Some people do that.

Was I onto something? I don’t know. But it sometimes makes me think that maybe it’s not as much of an original idea, now.

In early January of 2008 I had an idea for a fantasy novel, several months after the last Harry Potter book came out. Maybe I was bored. Although I don’t know how I could have been: I was an adult Mass Comm student, mom of a soon-to-be four year old, and a freelance writer/editor/photographer.

Anyway, I just loved doing the research involved with the story. I didn’t remember doing research for a fiction story before. Heck, I hadn’t written fiction in ages. I was having fun! Maybe too much fun, though.

After about six months of that, making some notes on plot and writing a few scenes, I realized I may be taking a long time to write it. And a couple months back I realized I couldn’t write the whole story as one book. It would have to be a trilogy. I remember thinking: Uh oh. Now I said to my self, like my son sometimes says: Really uh oh. 

Some other things happened in my personal life that year, which pushed me back some as well, like moving and having some medical issues in my family.

Doubts started to creep in, as well. After all, some writers seemed to be on the same wavelength as me, coming out with stories of young adults having supernatural adventures in strange lands of possibly Celtic origin. Sigh.

I didn’t know what to think. Who to believe, as well. But I did start going to critique groups, which helped me a lot. Even though I found out some don’t think writers should attend critique groups until you have a finished first draft. Sigh again.

I was just trying to get the darn thing done. And trying to see if I was on the right track.

And learning how to be a mom to a kid with special needs.

All in the same year. Or two. Or three.

Sometimes it seemed impossible. At least improbable, anyway, that I would ever finish it. After the five year mark, I just thought it would never get done. So why bother?

However, due to meeting some great people in the occasional critique groups, writers meetings and writers conferences who listened to me talk about my idea, and staying in touch with them online, people would ask me about it. I started feeling encouraged again.

I am grateful to them. Because I have been writing again. Thanks, guys!!

Especially to: Kat Heckenbach (another author with a female character in a foreign land, where there are supernatural goings-on… ),  Kim Kelly Hackett, Miriam Goodspeed, Chris Coad Taylor, etc., etc., etc., also to the FWA (Florida Writers Association), BAPWG (Bay Area Professional Writers Guild), the TWA (Tampa Writers Alliance), etc., etc., etc.

You all rock!!

P.S. I hope to blog weekly now, giving status updates on the progress of my novel, and possibly on other projects. Stay tuned!

 

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NaNoWriMo, and a Crafty Update

So last weekend was a washout, both in my writing, and arts and crafts-wise. I was so sick I couldn’t see straight. So I just wanted to hang with my guys and rest during our little stay in Celebration, to attend the Little League Challenger State Jamboree. I finally felt good enough on Sunday afternoon (on the ride home, of course) to at least do some crochet chaining for the bracelets I make.

And then I felt good enough these last few days to get some work done on a large editing project, as well as complete some arty things for that literary con I attend every year (again, it’s called Necronomicon).

Anyway, I also wanted to say that I’m getting myself signed up for NaNoWriMo today! So, yes, writer friends, I will do it!! I think participating will help me get some headway on getting past this block I’ve been having with regard to writing a specific scene, and getting more actual pages written, and just finish banging out this darn story I’ve been working on for so long it’s pathetic!

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Feeling Creative

So, I’ve been feeling quite creative lately, and have been making quite an amount of crafty/arty things.

Bookmarks, tags, note cards, and other art. I love to do this. I also will be participating in some events coming up soon, also, and need the stock to be able to participate and sell stuff.

The events are here in the Tampa Bay area, one of them (that I have written about here before) called Necronomicon Tampa, taking place the weekend of October 20-22. I plan on posting again here about that. Another is a craft fair in Clearwater, two weeks later.

Also, this weekend I will see if I can sell any of my awareness bracelets and pins at the Little League Challenger Division Florida Jamboree, taking place in Kissimee, Florida. Half of any income derived from sales of my awareness items sold there will be donated to our home (Clearwater) Little League. Plus, I’ll be hanging out with my boys!! 🙂

I’ll be sure to take some photos of things I’ll be bringing to these events. So, photos to come soon!

 

 

 

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It’s Writer Wednesday!

I made a video yesterday on Copyediting, and the difference between copyediting and proofreading. In this (unedited, lol!) video, I also mention what proofreading is. I cite a website’s definition of what these important jobs are, and what professional copyeditors are for.

Now, I don’t claim to be the world’s best expert on copyediting. But if I can answer anyone’s questions on the subject, I’d sure like to try, or at least I’ll find the answer.

Here’s the video.

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Can I Finish Camp NaNo?

The question is, how do I feel about finishing Camp NaNo in a couple of days with not getting a word into the site? I have literally done nothing there.

I have written a little in my notebook, and have made some editing/progress where I’m at for my critique group (they’re awesome, BTW), but that’s all I’ve done this month.

I have had so much going on, with many editing projects being completed, planned and coming up, plus family things to take care of. I also went to an event to try selling some of my art and crafting projects (I did sell some bracelets).

So, while I’m new at this whole NaNo/Camp NaNo thing, it may be that I just need to get myself more organized.

That’s probably it, actually.

Getting organized is something I can be pretty good at. When I do it. Staying organized, though? That’s really hard for me to do. It takes a lot of work for me to stay organized. And I find that’s true for a lot of people.

What do you think?

 

Heather

 

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