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Productivity: When to Relax!

My productivity levels have been extremely high lately, and not just for me either, I mean for anyone they would be considered high. I’ve actually had to scale it back a bit because I know I was overdoing it and it was starting to take a toll on me.

Freelance & Creative Writing

I have been extremely focused on my freelance writing and I have a little more work than I can handle on my own so I have been asking for help from a couple of other trusted freelancers. I still have to assign the work, edit the work, turn in the work, and make sure everything passes muster… but it helps to take a bit off my plate.

However, I have more clients coming back for more work than I ever have before. I am pretty sure this is a good thing, but at the same time it’s kind of freaking me out because I don’t know where to put all these clients! I sort of want to tell a couple of them to go sit on the couch and wait a minute while I finish up over here, but I can’t do that!

I’m also working on NaNoWriMo this month. I’m already severely behind in where I need to be for the month regarding word count but I’m confident I can make it up. I already love the story I’m writing so much that it will be hard to keep me from NOT writing it! I will have to share a bit of the story at another point in time.

Oh, and there’s a blogging challenge over at Writing.Com called the 30-Day Blogging Challenge that I’ve decided to enter. I entered it a few days late so I just got caught up last night but I think it will get me into the habit of writing in my blog every day over there on things that aren’t just the same things I blog about over here. Prompts are good for some things, you know?

The Job Front

Besides making money with my freelance writing, I have been putting my productivity to use in other areas. I have signed up to be an affiliate with a direct sales company – this one sells clothes like leggings and tops and things. And, of course, I’m still doing Perfectly Posh. I’m actually running a party right now for a friend of mine and I hope she gets a lot of sales!

I’m also considering getting my license to become a life insurance agent. A former freelance writing client I reached out to, to see if he had any work, told me about the venture he and his wife had started a couple of years ago that went national representing 14 different life insurance companies. There’s no cold calling involved and I like that they train their reps so well. I have a feeling I will do it, it will just take some time for me to do some more research on it.

In Conclusion

As always, I have to wrap things up with my usual “proud” and “grateful” things. I think this is a great way to end any blog, or even private journalling, as it makes you focus on good things instead of only negative. Leaving on a good note is always best!

Something I am Proud Of: Pushing myself so hard to support myself.

Three Things I am Grateful For:

  • Having Shoes
  • Having Clothes
  • Being Able to Shower

 

No, I Didn’t Drop Off the Face of the Earth!

As the title says, no, I did not drop off the face off the earth. It has been a while since I’ve written, and to be honest, I don’t really know what I’ve done with all that time. I know I’ve done some reading, and I’ve been tossing around ideas for creative stories, but I hadn’t been freelancing until just this week.

However, I went out of town with the hubby and my brother for the 4th. We went to Boston to catch a Red Sox game and we did some sightseeing around the older part of Boston. My favorite parts were Cheers (the bar from that ’80s sitcom), and Paul Revere’s house, and ye olde Union Oyster House (which is the oldest restaurant in the country). It was so much fun!

The only bad part about the trip was there was a lot of walking and stairs involved and my knee is messed up right now. I don’t really know how I messed it up but I know I made it worse when it went out on me and I fell on it. I’m sure all the walking and whatnot didn’t help either. But I have an appointment with an orthopedic doctor on August 12th to see what they can do about fixing it, if there’s anything to be fixed, that is.

Oh, and my friend Courtney also dyed my hair for me. It’s now black with dark aqua highlights. I love it. It was black before but the highlights were purple. It had been months since I’d dyed it so my roots were showing big time. But I look so much better now! Thank you, Courtney!

Right now I’m just doing laundry and watching the Red Sox game. I think I need to go fold some laundry. I’ll try to write updates more often!

Cabin Fever, Here I Come!

I knew that cabin fever would set in eventually. I was pretty sure it was going to happen once hubby got his job and couldn’t take me anywhere during the day, and I was right. I know I have things to do here, like homework for instance, But all I can think about is getting out of the house. *sigh*

Oh well. I guess I will just have to get used to this until I can drive again. Maybe my cabin fever will spark an idea for a short story or something? That would be nice, since I have to write one this week for school.

Maybe I will be inspired by all the Food Network shows I have been watching? Eh, I think that’s just making me hungry! 😀

It’s Been a While!

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted here. So much has happened since the last time, too!

My doc added a new med (well, an old med, as I was on it before) to my medication stack before. I think I might’ve mentioned it. Anyway, he’s been slowly increasing that (it’s Lithium, by the way, the gold standard in Bipolar treatment) and soon he will start to decrease the risperidone, which is what I had been on before as a mood stabilizer. I am hoping all of this goes smoothly, as I can’t really afford any more manic or depressive episodes like I was having before.

Class is going well right now. We’re in week 3 of the 8 week class and I’m all caught up. I have two more classes after this and then they will send me my degree in the mail (I have to take them both at the same time – it was a stipulation of my walking in the graduation ceremony last weekend). And yup, you read that right! I graduated! Well, sort of. You know what I mean. 😀 Wanna see a picture?

Krysha's Graduation

Krysha’s Graduation

Yup, that’s me and hubby outside after the ceremony. There were over 1,300 people graduating so it took a while!

Oh, and before I forget, I have a flash fiction piece published! You can read all about it HERE. Don’t forget to tell me what you think of it!

Helping Out @ the Writing Center

So I’m going to be helping out at the writing center sometimes now. This month it’s Tuesdays. I will try to help when I can. Right now it’s easier because Quay comes down here for school but that stops next month and my car’s turn signal and brake light are still out so I can’t drive it anywhere without getting a ticket (since I’ve already gotten a warning). But I will still do what I can.

I am still attending the writing workshop at the writing center on Fridays. I have to read this week’s material so I’m ready for the discussion on Friday morning. So far there is only one person signed up to submit work. I would submit again but I think it’s too soon. It’s only been a few weeks for me. So I will let someone else go who hasn’t gone lately.

There are many benefits of visiting a writing center. The first and foremost is that you have a quiet space to write. This is definitely important if you are at all serious about your writing, and it can be hard to do if you have things at home that just can’t be avoided while you’re there. Have someone come over to watch the kids, or have hubby or the wife take them for a bit and go to the writing center for some peace and quiet. It’s better than a library because it’s more relaxed as well.

The second reason to visit a writing center is that you’re around people who understand you and what you’re trying to accomplish. Try asking someone to read a few paragraphs and tell you what they think? Try asking if it’s okay if you read something aloud to see how it sounds? Most of the time, people will be willing to help you out!

And as if you needed another reason to find a writing center useful, the workshops that they offer can be quite fun and you can learn quite a bit from them not only about the writing you read for the workshop but also about your own writing as well, as you begin to reflect back on what you write.

So find a writing center near you, and if there isn’t one, START ONE!

Entering Writing Contests

Usually, I shy away from professional writing contests because of the fees associated with them. You usually have to pay a small reader’s fee to have your work read which goes to pay the judges and to awarding prizes. I can understand why they do it, I just don’t want to get tangled up in them and spend more money on entering contests than I do winning them. I am absolutely sure this would happen when I first start entering writing contests and I’m not ready for it. Perhaps once I have a steadier flow of writing income coming in?

However, a friend pointed a writing contest out to me that I just couldn’t ignore. For one, the prompt of the contest spoke to me. For two, there was no entry fee so there went my only means of defense against entering. Would you like to see the contest? Click HERE.

I should have blogged about it sooner so that any of my readers could have entered if they wanted. I suppose there is still time until the first for a last minute entry. I am still making tweaks to mine but it’s mostly done. I hope to have it submitted by tomorrow afternoon.

If you are looking for more places to submit your work to, I suggest looking at Duotrope. It only costs $5/month and it’s a steal for the value you get out of it if you are serious about publishing your work. It takes some time to go through all the publishing venues to find the one that’s right for each piece you’ve written, but sometimes you find a venue that inspires you to write a piece just for them! It really is an amazing site, so try it out!

Now, I am getting manic and that usually means good writing, so I am going to plant myself in front of a keyboard until the magic happens! Either that or I get irritated and yell at my husband. Either one. *laugh!*

Writing Critiques are SO MUCH FUN!

The writing workshop yesterday was very fun. I contributed my two cents worth and it was worth a conversation. I felt like I missed some things while I was reading that others were clued into but I think I will get better at close reading the more I do this. The writing critiques I did for them were fun and I feel like I learned a lot from doing them so I guess that is always a good thing.

I also had to write a couple of writing critiques for class this week. These critiques were for students’ stories that were written last week. I did two of them. I liked the writers’ work that I did last week so I chose the same writers this week and I was surprised by the improvement in both writers’ stories. And I learned a bit from doing the critiques for these writers as well.

I think that by doing these writing critiques, I am learning how to critique my own work better. That’s always a great skill to have and you can never been too good at it!

On a personal note, we got a new couch yesterday. Well, it’s a used couch. We got it at ReSource. They treat all of their furniture so you don’t have to worry about bugs or anything like that. It’s really comfy, with recliners in both ends. I am sitting with my feet up now! And it sure is nicer than the couch that was in here before that was busted practically into pieces. And since this one has a metal frame I don’t think it will break as easy as the other one either!

Anyway, I think it’s time to get started on the novel outlining that I want to get done today. At least two chapters is my goal! I can’t wait until I can start really fleshing out this novel!

Writing Workshop Fun

So I am attending a writing workshop tomorrow. I can’t wait! I read the two stories we are critiquing and they are both great. I love getting feedback on my writing but part of that is GIVING feedback on the writing of others as well. With the writing workshop in Burlington I can do both.

Last week I had my short story for school critiqued and the feedback I received from the writing workshop was amazing. It really helped me to get my story where I wanted it to go. The professor even commented on my changes to the story and I told her about the writing workshop. This week, we are reading a story about two settled down hitchhikers and a young writer who needs a friend and finds one in an older writer she admires the work of. I thoroughly enjoyed both stories and had lots to say about both of them.

But I am really interested to hear about your own experiences with writing workshops. Were they good? Bad? Did you learn anything? Did you have fun? Did you enjoy meeting new people? What was the experience like – take us there!

I have to get up early for the writers workshop so I am sorry this is a short entry. I will let you all know how the workshop goes tomorrow!

Creative Project Progress Update

Since it’s been so long since I’ve given an update on my creative projects, I thought I would give one now! I have a lot going on and it’s always fun to share the progress with my friends.

The memoir is still bubbling away. I have various “scenes” that I want to put into the memoir outlined a little and I am working on remembering more scenes so I can flesh out the memoir a little more. I want to know what the book is going to consist of so I can put things in order and get my head around where things are going to go. Once that’s done, I will start taking these scenes and fleshing them out into actual pieces of my history. The writing will be the easy part on this one, I think. All of this prep work is really hard!

I am working on poetry every once in awhile but I haven’t finished anything in a long time. I just can’t seem to get the poetic lines flowing, I guess. I get snippets written but nothing complete. I think my goal for next week is going to be to finish a poem, even if it sucks. I can always revise, or even trash it, but I’d like to complete something, you know?

There is a story I wrote a long time ago – a short story – that I really liked. I liked the characters and the location but I really felt the plot could have been better. Well, I am reworking this story! I am really going to make this story shine and I’m starting from the beginning with character profiles right now. The next step for me is setting and plot worksheets. I am going to be working through Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook to help me really flesh out this story and make sure I allow it to live up to what I feel it can be.

So that’s what I’m doing right now. A lot going on, huh? Just be sure to stay in touch so you know first hand what’s going on with these projects!

Something I’m Proud Of: Having an A in my class still (I know, it’s only week 2 of 8 but still!)

Three Things I’m Grateful For: 

  • Warm clothes and a heater that works (It’s cold here!)
  • Food on the table
  • My organizational skills

Getting back into the groove…

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve written here! I am definitely getting back into my writing groove and you’ll find me here a lot more now, I can put money on it. But, I should probably catch you up on a few things…

After taking a term off of school, I am back at it! This term is Seminar in American Literature. We are reading a lot of popular American short stories, as well as To Kill a Mockingbird and Rule of the Bone for the classwork as assigned. Then, for my final project for the class, I am analyzing The Great Gatsby for the theme of “loss of innocence” – especially where it comes to Jay and Daisy’s relationship. It feels good to be back in school and studying. I have determined my best course of action is to continue part-time until I graduate. I can walk in the ceremony this May, but I will have to continue taking classes until February, I believe. I can do it! It will feel really strange once I’m out of school.

My Bipolar has been giving me trouble as of late and the stress of even the smallest things outside of my comfort zone have been setting me into a tailspin. Because I have found it hard to work ever since my hospitalization in 2010, with jobs lasting no more than a month or two, my husband and I have decided that I should apply for disability. I applied about two months ago and I am awaiting the first decision. I hear that it’s common to get denied on the first decision so I will probably elect to go with a disability lawyer to help me appeal if I do get denied.

Things have been rather tight financially as we near the end of my husband’s undergrad degree. We’ve been living off a meager savings and his GI Bill money, but it’s getting close now. We are hoping he will be able to find a job as soon as he graduates so that things don’t get any tighter around here. He’s found the school he wants to go to for his Master’s program, but it’s online so he can work while he attends school. That will be a big help.

Oh, and I’ve been crocheting a lot more lately! I even opened an Etsy shop although it only has three things in it. It probably won’t be a great source of income but if I can do something with some of the things I sell, then I think it’s a perfect venue for sales. Right now I’m in the process of making slippers, an afghan, and a scarf. I love having multiple projects going at once so I don’t get bored with one of them, especially when one of those projects is an afghan.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. The next time I write, I will have an update on my writing projects!