So, what has been going on since I posted here back in January? Good question. Let’s see:
- I lost 5 of the 15 pounds I gained over Christmas
- I didn't run much and the weather hampered my walking regimen
- I didn't lift a damn thing at all and we won't talk about the burpees
Health-wise, there is little else to report. Hoping for fairer weather soon. Meanwhile, I’ll keep plugging away at it. I think I’ll skip the Bluenose this year, but am seriously considering partnering up with someone for the Eco-Endurance Challenge on May 3rd and 4th. Am I nuts? Anyone want to join me? crickets
Anyhooo, it’s been a surprisingly productive writing time:
- 10 new stories and 1 poem. I still feel like I'm behind but I'm hitting my stride. I think.
- 3 issues of Reader's Carnival out the door, including stories, poems, articles and photos. Learning a lot about ezine publishing.
- While awaiting the release of Dark Futures Annual 1, I've finally outlined the wrapper story for my upcoming collection '*Tales from the Hanging Tree*' and have the stories selected. I'm handing the concept draft to Paige this week for her artistic whimsy. I expect nothing short of awesomeness.
- Speaking of Paige, she introduced me to East Coast Creative Collective. I'm pretty stoked to join them for a meetup on the 13th.
- Lots of busy-time with Writer's Carnival, including sparking up a new blog with the admin team. Big-ass Post-a-Palooza event coming March 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.
- Working on monetizing my writing a little more creatively using Patreon. What do you think? I'm open to any and all suggestions.
One of the things I’ve had to revisit is time-management. My writing commitments no longer resemble a hobby, requiring me to block 2 hours a day to commit to Reader’s and Writers Carnival on top of an hour or more daily to work on my personal writing aspirations. 20 hours a week is a substantial undertaking given my day-job adventuring in IT Management. My better-half supports this and has started a new entrepreneurial undertaking of her own called The Wooly Thimble.
That’s enough rambling for now. Gotta get back to creating chaos and mayhem. Write on!