SOARing

EagleI turned 40 yesterday – yeah yeah yeah – Life begins at 40 and all that stuff.  That isn’t really what I anticipated.  I wanted to enjoy my 40’s, having been through a rough period in my 30’s (and 20’s), so maybe it does begin at 40.  I just need to sort out things in my life… still.

But anyway, for my 40th birthday, I had some magnets made up – which have an eagle on them, and Stretch Out And Risk (SOAR).  My husband wanted to know why I chose this.  He doesn’t really want me taking too many risks at the moment, but I told him what I am going to tell you now:

It isn’t about throwing myself out of a plan or abseiling or rock climbing, it is more about stepping outside of my comfort zone and actually taking a risk with it.  

Like my plan this year, to be published.  If I don’t manage to get it done via traditional publishing methods, then I will self publish, and get an ebook out there.  I know I have support from one of my writer friends who is also self published, and no doubt, others will encourage me also.

I am also doing a proof reading course – which will benefit my writing hopefully, but I also want to perhaps start a new business doing this on a more professional basis.  I will have to see how it goes for me, but I want to start making some changes in my life – start taking back my power, and doing things that I want to do.

Another goal this year, is to get my motorbike up and running.  It is currently unregistered and unwarranted, and needs to be certified and re-VIN-ed in order for the bike to be road worthy.  I want to get out and about and visiting and seeing the world.

So this year is about SOARing for me, taking a step outside of my comfort zone – even in a child like step and start something new.

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New Year, New Goals, New Dreams

I normally would have written something by now, and proclaimed to the world what my goals are going to be for the year, but to be honest – I don’t really know what I want to do!  It has been a tumultuous few weeks, culminating in me being put onto yet another antidepressant, and taking anti anxiety medication as well.  To say that I am not doing well, is a bit of an understatement.

I am working hard though on trying to get my Whose that Girl story edited into the computer so I can send it through to my two critiquers, who have been hanging out for this story since before Christmas.  The paper edits have been done, it is just putting them into the machine now.

I also have three writing assignments to complete before I will allow myself to start on the copy editing course I have signed up for.  Very nervous!  But very excited.

My goal, my one goal this year (so far) is to get something published.  Whether it is through a publication, or by myself, I am determined to publish something this year.

As for writing goals – I will have to have a think on them… I have a story idea brewing, but I have lots of story ideas brewing… will have to wait and see  🙂

KiwiWriters Blogging Week – Day Four

I have managed to make it to 4… Phew.

Today I want to talk a bit more about Writing Groups.  I have done this lots of time before – and how important it is to surround yourself with like minded people.  But today I want to discuss how encouraging a Writing Group can be.

Our group started by a few ladies meeting up at KiwiWriters and discovering we all had one town in common, so we started our writers group.  We are a varied bunch of writers, I like to write fantasy, two write (and are part of the Nelson Romance writers group) and one likes to write historical.  We got together about a year ago, and met on a regular basis, getting to know each other and to discuss our work.  Through encouragement we have grown as a group, support each other and networked our ideas together.

As a result, one of the group has recently received a contract with HarperCollins for her historical novel, and another took part in NaNoWriMo and has since had her book accepted by Wild Press Roses.  It was only through the group encouragement that these two people felt comfortable enough to take that first step – to send the first email, to write the first word.  These two wonderful ladies are very strong supporters of the others in the group, one who has also had two romance books published, and little ole me, who has had one short story previously published.

It wasn’t the group itself that encouraged these ladies, it was the encouragement and support that they got.  They knew that they could talk to us about their ideas, their hopes, dreams and know that we validated them.

Keep up the good work ladies, it is a privilege to  encourage you and know that you support me too.

Where does the time go?

Things are moving fast in my world at the moment.  Just before Christmas I was wondering what the new year would bring.  Now I am wishing it would all slow down so I can catch up!

Well, I suppose I can drop the “bored housewife” mantle now, because I don’t really have time to be bored.  Between writing, editing, proofreading, keep up with web changes, I am just about backwards, inside out and upside down.

I am part of Triskaideka Books, a small NZ / Canadian press that is going to produce quality Horror / Science Fiction / Fantasy cross genre books, for NZ writers.  We really want to get it into readers and other publishers heads, that NZ can produce quality writers, not just non fiction.  It is exciting times with the Masters of Horror Anthology being the first book off the ranks, which also happens to be the first time I have a story published.  The next book will be from the Editor / Publisher himself Lee Pletzers, and having spent my summer holiday proofreading it, I can tell you that it is quite a book.  Details on when these books are going to be released will be updated here, so keep posted.

On top of that, I am part of KiwiWriters management team (Secretary actually!) and so far have not attended a single meeting.  Not through lack of trying!  Most of the weekends that they plan the meeting, the weather has been fine, and so we go camping.  We are currently setting up a new and improved website and trying to bolster out flagging support for NZ writers.  I want to be one those people who motivate others to write.

Occasionally I work as well, although that has been quiet at the moment.  Would be nice to be a little busier, but then it would interfere with my writing…. mmm, damned if I do and damned if I don’t!  Just can’t win that one!

I have also volunteered my time at the school as a parent helper, plus trying to keep the house, write a new novel, edit another novel, with one in the wings still to go. 

Still, I am happy and content at the moment.  I am not someone who likes to be idle, I prefer to be busy busy busy and keeping my mind occupied.  So if you can think of anything else that I should belong to, please feel free to make the suggestion, not that I will take you up on the offer.