The next five months will be about writing up my business plan, setting up the website, setting down some standard rates, getting the word out, and test piloting the plan. I’ve been doing research on my down time and making lots of notes for myself. I am also using a couple of resources to help me plan things out. [I love this part.] I’m sure I’ll also send some updates via my blog and social media to keep everyone up-to-date on how things are moving along. I am very excited about this new endeavor.
In the meantime, I am also still writing. I spent Veteran’s Day working on my novel for about five hours. I enjoyed it and felt some satisfaction on the changes that I have made with this revision. It’s an excruciatingly slow process when in the midst of creating while revising but can't seem to do it any other way. Mostly, I just want to make sure that the intention of the sentence is in line with the intention of the characters, without trying to be too precious with the language.
I wanted to mention this odd thing that inspired me recently. Edward Burns has a commercial where he talks about his first movie and how he had a stack of rejections from Hollywood. He talked to his dad because he was bummed out over the many rejections and his dad reminded Burns that he made the movie because he enjoyed the process.
For whatever reason, that story gently reminded me that despite all my complaints and whinging in the past that I really do love to write. I write all the time. In my journal, on my blog, I write to my friends long meandering emails about what’s going on with me and then I write notes to myself reminding me about something that happened in the past, something that bubbles up from the depths of my psyche. I enjoy the feel of language beneath my pen and under my key strokes, on the page and in my head, always in the midst of trying to transmit and articulate. I feel incredibly blessed that I have the freedom to do so in this time. I am loving life on this cold November day.
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