Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Quick Ramble

Last night I participated in an online author chat with a book club in California. I'd been both looking forward to it and dreading it, not sure what it would be like. But I'm all about leaping into new opportunities this year, and there's still four months left of 2018! So at 8:30 p.m., I curled my hair, touched up my makeup, donned dangly earrings, and changed into Hello Kitty pajama pants for the meeting. Something about wearing fuzzy pajama pants made me feel much more comfortable. 

The kids all thought the whole situation was quite interesting. "Why is your hair curled? Why are you wearing lip gloss? Are you going somewhere in the pajamas?"

Anyway, I banned them from the area and set up my laptop, where I encountered the sweetest group of women. We talked and laughed for more than an hour, and eventually I did show them the pajama pants. After we said goodbye, I started thinking that I would love to be a part of a book club like that. I may have to find a way to make it happen.

In other news, I have taken yet another leap: I've applied for a full-time teaching position at the community college I've been working at for the past two years! I have no idea what the process will look like or even if I will be a competitive candidate, but I'm putting myself out there with the hope and prayer that God will set me there if it's where I should be. 

Only 12 days left of glorious summer. I wish I could say I'm soaking up the days, but I am kind of looking forward to the start of a new school year. I'm craving routine and some kind of structure. 

On that note, I'm signing off for now. Two more days of summer teaching, and I'm definitely in need of some shut-eye.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Leaping through the Summer

Well, we only have three weeks left of summer, and I continue to make small leaps out of my comfort zone and into new experiences in 2018!

1. I submitted an essay to Writer's Digest Magazine, and I received a rejection. However, it was a "good" rejection with encouragement to resubmit, so I call it a win! Brainstorming my next idea for them because I'd really like to break in.

2. Attended the Romance Writers of America Conference in Denver - all by myself! It was a fabulous trip, minus an unexpected bout with social anxiety that my sister Shirlee had to talk me off the ledge from and send a friend to my rescue! I may have enjoyed the downtime in my hotel room almost as much as I enjoyed chatting with other authors and attending workshops!

3. Attended a local writer's meeting at the college where I work. Interesting and fun to get to know other writers of all different backgrounds and genres. A few attendees brought material for the group to read and critique.

4. This has nothing to do with writing, but I gave a "hair talk" for a local adoption group. Interested in a quick overview of what I've learned the hard way when caring for my daughters' gorgeous curls? Here's a link to the presentation: https://prezi.com/view/KI8ttmD80oYv73H6EMKy/ 

5. Put a Facebook author chat on my calendar for next week. I'll be chatting with a sweet group of ladies in California who recently read Dying to Remember

6. Also, nothing to do with writing, but I did a trial class at an Orange Theory location, and it was incredibly hard and awesome! Unfortunately, it was also incredibly out of our budget.

7. Joined a local running club and put in my first 6-miler since the winter!

Maybe I should quit while I'm ahead...but nah! There's too much adventure to be had. As long as I have the health to try new things, I will be courageous. We only pass through this life once, after all. Grab hold of new opportunities that might make your heart sing! They might also lead to embarrassment, disappointment, or regret - but no regret is greater than one unanswerable question at the end of our lives: what if?