My writing conference is coming up next month. I have that familiar upset stomach from too much to do and uncertainty of what the future holds.
What have I done to prepare?
- I have a novel for a critiquer to work on. Hopefully, the critique will be beneficial. I'll learn something, maybe receive encouragement, and step up a notch on my ladder to becoming an author.
- I've got my conference fees paid for.
- I've chosen the editors and agents I want to speak with. Through the year, I've been researching who should be the one I need to network with this year. Hopefully, I've made the right choices.
- I've followed up on most of the invitations I received last year from editors and an agent. Given a little more time, I will make a second move on these.
- I've learned of several other places that (in the near future) I'll be submitting to.
- I've gained a little more confidence in my own writing and my ability, grown a thicker skin (probably not thick enough, but . . .) for all those critical remarks I may receive in the future.
- I've taken to heart my two critique groups' critiques on my chapters I've submitted to them. They include: an agented critiquer and possibly a soon-to-be-published author (a woman who keeps my feet on the ground), a lady who won a very prestigious contest (who guides me when I err from writer's requirements), and some very good other critiquers who give me solid advice (good brainstormers, ideas infusers, and cheerer-ons).
- Entice an editor with a fantastic novel.
- Finish the third novel of my West Virginia romance series. Let editor know of the second one and this third one NOW.
- Finish the young adult novel (adoption issues). Send this fall.
- Finish the cozy (mystery) and submit it NOW.
- Possibly self-publish my children's character trait series (while submitting to children publishers).
- Begin my second in my suspense series (Tara Layne and Hickory).
Sigh. Preparing for conference is work. Writing a novel is work.
I love it!
Ever thought about keeping a journal? Now's the time to start! Here's a few thoughts about keeping a journal for your kitchen:
- It can keep your family and home running smoothly.
- Journaling is fun!
- While working in the kitchen jot down notes about anything and everything: meals, to do list, future plans, lists, or even a creative thought.
- Record your family's likes and dislikes. Children change. Men get tired of the same thing. Visitors will thank you when you remember what they can or can not eat.
- Use for your kids' school lunches and menus!
- Create a list of what foods are in season, prices, and availability.
- Keep track of your cooking experiments.
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. --Albert Einstein