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!