I am looking ahead to travel times, wondering if I’ll blog. I had to make sure I knew the password to this particular blog in case I do. I want to blog five times a week each week. I didn’t mention anything about this when I did my newsletter, but blogging keeps my mind active and helps me think about ideas for posting on the newsletter.
I laugh because I didn’t use any of those ideas in my newsletter, but it helps me to keep writing, to keep doing something to connect, even minor things like a few sentences on a blog. It’s a muscle that needs to be toned and I’m working on it.
I am definitely a creature of habit because this habit of writing something out into the world, something that’s not fiction, that’s me, helps me when it comes to writing something on a newsletter.
On Saturday, September 11, my social media feed had plenty of remembrances about 9/11. I remember what I was doing that day. More importantly, I remembered who I was.
A lot has changed in twenty years. I don’t live in the same state. I am no longer a struggling acupuncturist. In fact, I ran a successful practice for a few years, moved, began building another practice, started writing, moved again and started writing full time. I also got married.
The cats I have now are different from the cats I had then.
People I knew and loved have died in the interim.
In my life, it seems like there are more differences than there are similarities. If I live another twenty years, I wonder what things will remain with me then from the person I am today.
I’m running a bit behind to day because I had acupuncture. I have back issues and the needles always make me feel better.
I feel so very lucky that I found a practitioner that’s amazing here in Kentucky. And I’m a tough sell, having been licensed to practice acupuncture since 1999. It’s funny. That makes me a senior acupuncturist, although I’ve never felt like I’m an expert. Still, I guess that means I might know something! And although I haven’t practiced in a number of years and would feel odd starting to needle someone again, I do remember the theory and often think about things in those terms. Somethings once learned stay with you forever.
I am working towards a more flexible schedule to create more of a balance between the words I want to write and the other writerly things I need to do like publish and advertise and submit stories.
One thing I do enjoy is being able to write non-fiction while I edit a fiction book. For some reason writing non-fiction takes me less effort and energy than fiction, even though this latest project is more memoire. We’ll see how it works out and if I want to leave it under this name or work in a completely new pen name. I haven’t even gotten far enough as a first reader much less publishing it.
Still, there are ideas there. Because it’s lightly humorous, I have to work on my word skills. And my description skills. How to make something I want to tell people about a story. Even if I don’t end up publishing these books, the improvement in those skills will help my fiction.
I was excited to get my hardback large print books from IngramSpark. I ordered Unfamiliar Magic and Ghosts from the Past. I had some returns on my large print books and I worried they didn’t look good in the hard copy, so I was pleasantly surprised.
I’m still waiting on An Inheritance to Die For. It was coming in a separate box, though I am not certain why. Once it’s here, maybe I’ll get pictures.
I also spent the morning doing some updates on my books on Google Play. Such is the life of a writer. Now, I get to go have fun writing stories–because that’s what it’s all about.
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