Posted in Becoming a Writer, Goals, The Writer, Writing Process

Little steps

Sometimes, it’s difficult to jump back into an activity after a long break.  Writing seems to be one of those activities for me.  To be honest, I have never really been one of those people with a dedicated schedule to spend time writing.  But this year, with all the changes on the horizon, I feel my lackadaisical approach to writing also needs to change.

But let’s not put the cart before the horse.  First, I need to get back into writing mode before I can take my craft a bit more serious.  I have tried sitting down with my word document open and tried to write.  Nothing happened.  Not even one word was put on the page.  This made me realize I can not just jump in head first.  So, I have started doing small things to revive my creativity.

To start, I cleaned and organized my writing space.  It had become a catch all location over the last few months, collecting everything from tax documents, bills, school work, to hair clippers.  I took a day and reclaimed the workspace for creative projects and nothing else.

Essentially, I am going back to the basics.  Revisiting what my motivation and inspiration was to originally start writing.  So to start, I have been reading fiction again for leisure and I switched my music selection from meditation music back to piano music.  It’s helping a bit, afterall, I am back to blogging.  But, I haven’t sat down to write any fiction, yet.  

I am not pushing myself.  I know I have a lot going on in my life and in my mind, so right now, I am happy taking these baby steps back into writing.

Each day is a new day to take one more step back into writing.

Posted in Goals, The Coffeehouse

The Coffeehouse Magazine – Take Two

About a year ago, I had this crazy idea of creating a magazine for creative people.  The goal behind the project was to have a regularly published magazine that was full of real works by indie or small publishing house authors.  I envisioned fictional works, along with advice columns that were full of what worked for them without the pretense of being an elite club.  Essentially, I wanted anyone feel like they had what it takes to become a writer if they wanted to and allow writers to find a new audience to distribute their works.

I received several submissions for the magazine, while most were great stories, it was not quite what I was looking for.  I wasn’t sure how to proceed with the project, so I set it aside for awhile with the intent to pick it back up once I figured out how to move forward with the idea.  After a lengthy time thinking about this project, I have decided to split the magazine (at least for the time being) into two separate, yet related publishings: Coffeehouse Stories and  Coffeehouse Writers.

The Coffeehouse Writers will be a regularly published zine with advice for new and seasoned writers.  Featuring articles about how writers got their start and what has worked for them in regards to schedules, marketing, platforms, or audience growth.  The publish date is to be determined.

The Coffeehouse Stories will feature short stories, serial fiction, poetry, and other works of fiction.  This publication is designed to broaden writers audience and introduce readers to new talent.  I decided to start by publishing a mini zine for the stories submitted from the original call for submission last year.  This zine will be available soon and will feature stories from Paul Magnan, Nikki Crutchley, Christopher Mahan, Jo Carson-Barr, Francis Franklin and Sarah Northwood.

The first official issue of The Coffeehouse Stories will be available this summer.  This issue is now open for submissions with the theme of Summer.  All submissions must be emailed to staleybooks@gmail.com by 05/31/2017.  An author bio must accompany all submissions.  Selected contributors will receive a free contributor issue of the zine and retain copyrights to his or her work.  I look forward to reading your stories!

 

Posted in Goals, The Writer

Have I lost my mind? Yes, yes I have

In the past month, I have started so many posts only to abandon them after the first paragraph.  It has been one of those rare events when I have been unable to translate my thoughts into words.  Or at least words that are worth reading.  It’s nearly as if once I start writing the ideas dry up and leave me with nothing to say.  And I feel like I have plenty to say, just no words to express my ideas.  I know it all sounds just plain crazy, which is why I opened this post by saying I have lost my mind.  Well that and for obvious other reasons.

So, as always, I’m way behind schedule.  I was hoping to have The Sun Rises published already, but it’s still sitting in the same form it was when I last spoke of it.  I have edits to make and formatting to change.  It’s just a matter of taking time to complete the project and stop procrastinating.  The new goal is to complete this book and all its glorious formatting issues by the end of the month so it will be available prior to Christmas.

While I haven’t been doing too much writing lately, I have been doing my fair share of planning and thinking.  The problem with thinking is you come up with marvelous ideas.  I feel like my plate is already pretty full with The Sun Rises, Reverie, school papers, and work, but I am now spending a time planning two new projects.  Some days, I wonder if I am too optimistic about how much I can get done, then I realize it’s all about steps towards goals and organization. [If you know me well, you know that last part is a hard task for me].

I realized early in the year, I was having a much easier time accomplishing my tasks and making time for me.  I was planning, tracking, and keeping an extremely loose schedule.  So, I have gone back to using my calendar and even ordered a new one that will help me track my progress a bit better.  I’ll let you know more about it once it arrives in the mail.

So you might be asking, why I am, a person who prides herself on her adaptability, worrying so much about getting organized?  Well, my current class right now is on general management principles following the planning, organizing, leading and controlling (P-O-L-C) framework.  Not to bore you with the academia side of this, we have been talking a lot about goals, objectives, missions, values, and leadership qualities.  I have been taking those business ideas and theories and applying them to what I want to do with life.

Combine the academia stuff with writing The Sun Rises and all the thinking I have been doing, and I came up with a wonderful new project.  I am working on developing a customer focused (individualized) mentoring, coaching, project management, and/or self-discovery program that I hope to be able to roll out first quarter next year.  This program will initially be geared towards writers (budget friendly) and eventually spread to others.  Right now, I have at least one interested person to help me beta-test this project, but I’ll keep all of you up to date with the progress we make.  I’m really enjoying researching for this project.

My other new project is I have agreed to become a contributor for a new website mytrendingstories.com  I am not sure if or how this will help grow my readership, but I thought – why not at least try writing some articles?  The only thing wasted (if it doesn’t work out) is my time.  But that’s not really wasted because it will be developing my skills.  In addition, you never know when a new opportunity could become the best decision you’ve made, unless you give it a try.  So, look forward to seeing some articles posted there pop up on my social media feeds.

I’ll leave you with a photo I took last Monday walking through Cool Creek Park.  Enjoy your days and take time out for yourself.

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