Have you explored different forms of writing? Tried poetry? Put words down in an essay? How about drawing comics? It's easy to overlook comics as a writing form, but it's one of the simplest - and most fun - out there. Yes, even if you think you can't draw!
Writing is a solo operation. No one is going to swoop in and do it for you. (Well, not if you're GOOD at it) And that means you slide through the cracks and become unhealthy. Unless you install a support network of friends, family, and significant others who want to keep you happy - and supplied with snacks.
"I'm a freelance writer, so I can do whatever I want!" True - to some extent. But if you dive into your work headlong and forget to set boundaries (for your clients AND yourself), you're setting yourself up for a world of hurt.
Okay, so maybe North Carolina wasn't at the top of my dream vacation list. But vacations away from work and responsibility count wherever you get them. And now you get to enjoy some of my photos. Think of it as living vicariously in case you're still chained to a computer.
It's that time of year again (for me). The calendar flips over and BANG! Your body adds one more year to the system. Seems like a terrible idea, doesn't it? But it seems there might be SOME redeeming qualities to getting older - if you look hard enough.
Readers are snobs - no one will ever deny that. You'll find people who only read hardback. Others prefer paperback. And then eBooks hit the stage, and the printed word suffered a blow. For the longest time, I deplored eBooks. But I have to admit, they serve their purpose.
When you're in control of your own business, you fret over everything - especially money. You don't have an employer dealing with the taxes for you. And the government? They're not going to cut you any slack. So you fret over every "paycheck" and whether you've set enough aside. But it's also important to remember that you're investing in YOU. And you need to make important decisions that advance your work.
Everyone's learned to cope with a "new normal." But, as it turns out, when you get smacked with changes to that normal, it can throw you off-stride. So much that it starts to eat away at your mental state (who knew?). Then, when you're hit with a recovery period, your body tends to rebel against you. It's not a fun process.
Getting older is - unfortunately - mandatory. Growing up, on the other hand, is voluntary. There are pluses and minuses on each side - to both. And while I'm not a fan of the former (by any stretch), I suppose it's not entirely bad.
Our wedding's roughly a month away. I'm not exactly sure when that happened. Final payments have been paid. We have our guest total. The decorations are finished and tucked away in plastic totes for transfer to the beach house. (After we realized we only ought two owls last year - complete and utter brain fart)… Continue reading Final Countdown