Over the past week, I’ve been pulling all of the poetry that I had ever written and published to my old blog “Pull Up A Toadstool”, and am thrilled that this part of the project has been completed. I have it all printed out, ready for organization and editing. The last step will be to figure out a good program to format it to publish on Amazon as an e-book. My best friend told or sent me the name of something that she had heard works pretty well. As per usual, I may have to ask her to send me the name again because as I tend to do…I wrote it down on a slip of paper. If you’re anything like I am, you know how those little slips of paper have a way of running away from you.
The editing and formatting process will likely take about a month to get sorted out, but I wanted to post about this today for a few reasons. The first is that I’m excited about getting it all rounded up in one place for all of you. The second is to hold myself to some sort of a deadline on this project. I’ve been pretty good about sticking to deadlines for a while now, which is good. Just wanting to hold myself accountable on this one and get it done because it would be waaay too easy to skip learning the whole formatting and e-publishing process, and I have other things waiting in the wings.
One of those things is another life coaching certification course. A few weeks ago, I finished the Life Purpose Coaching certification. This one will be to do life coaching for groups, which is pretty cool. Another upcoming project will be to send out my novel query package to some more agents and publishers in the Fall. I just finished one round last week. The other things which I have sitting here on my plate and am working on in between work and my other projects are to keep up with a semi-regular art practice and to keep learning to play the guitar.
Admittedly, the poor guitar sat untouched by anyone other than someone who is way better at it than I could hope to be for several years for over a month. Yes, yes, that is a bit of jealousy that you detect over his amazing skills. Every time he touches the thing, I sit in a state of flux between swoon and oh my god…what the hell was I thinking. All joking aside, I feel fortunate to have someone close who is this skilled for those times when I hit rough patches. Tonight though, I finally took it out and spent the better part of a few hours in between clients relearning the two cords which I had learned and forgotten and messing around with the free version of the Yousician app. Let me just say…I’m saving up for a full version of the app because it is that awesome. Within minutes I was learning a lot and it didn’t take too terribly long to get a sound which resembled something other than a dying animal.
I’ll also be getting back into recording some video’s with my best friend and partner in The Sisters In The Shadows and The Sisters Of Wyrd. We’re planning our next recording session for Monday, and this time we even have a topic picked out…gasp! For the two of us to have a topic picked out is amazing. I seem to collect amazing friends with whom conversations seem to go something like this:
Me: Hey, what do you think we should do tomorrow?
Friend: I don’t know. Did you have anything in mind?
Me: No, if I did I wouldn’t have asked.
Friend: Shit, now what do we do?
Me: Wing it, I suppose.
This is no joke. If I had a few bucks for every conversation like this which has happened just in the last year alone, I’d definitely have enough saved up to take the beach vacation I’ve been dying to take for the past few years.
As if that wasn’t enough, I’ll be diving into some new fiction projects that I’ve been thinking about for a while. One of those is to start the second novel in the “Twisted Faith” series, and the others are short stories for use on this blog, for Sisters In The Shadows annual spookfest, and a few top secret ideas which I’m keeping up my sleeve for a while. This just covers the work stuff (most of which feels like play honestly). There are some personal things which I’m really looking forward to as well. I’ll be getting some company in a few weeks and doing a little traveling later this year…not to mention the play time that I get in locally.
Speaking of play time, I need to wrap this up and see if I can try to capture some elusive sleep. I have a play date with my sister tomorrow. We’re going to head out and pay The Herbiary (which is an amazing local store which carries almost every herb and essential oil you could wish for) a visit in the afternoon, and who knows what else we’ll find to do. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone. See you back here next week. Take care of yourselves!
Till next time…