Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

I'm proud to announce that I finally have something published!

Back in the Spring 2013, my critique partners and I started a project; we'd each craft a short story and planned to self publish an anthology, and we also decided to started a publishing company - Timeless Scribes Publishing, LLC!  

Talk about a venture.  The idea was exciting and scary at the same time.  But we pulled it off and our first book was recently released!

Ruth A. Casie, Lita Harris, and Emma Kaye make up the company.   We, together with Julie Rowe - a wonderful Carina Press author who contributed to the anthology, released: Timeless Keepsakes, a collection of Christmas stories.  I am immensely proud of us!

So, today is my folks 52nd wedding anniversary! I adore them.  Sure they argue, and sure they bicker about the little things like who burnt the toast or overcooked the eggs, but they would be lost without each other.

In this day and age 52 years of anything steady and continuous is unheard of.  Because let's face it—marriage, at least a long marriage is a career in it of itself right?  It's a labor of love—literally. As my mom says it's more labor than love sometimes.

So their staying power and commitment to their marriage got me thinking about things in terms of my own commitment to this career I've dreamed about—as a writer.

I'm just at the beginning stage of what I'd deem my new career goal: pushing forward to have my own book find a home at a publisher.  The Timeless anthology projects will continue on the self-pubbed front, but my ultimate goal is to be a contracted author...someday...soon...I hope.   However, Timeless helped me to kick start that goal and got me committed to writing again...every day.  

As in I'm getting up, getting dressed—in some type clothing, shoes optional, and going to work...a career.  One like I used to have before I stayed home to raise the rug rats.

How can I keep the staying power of my ambition in the forefront of my writing career?

Do I do it by working on my craft and learning the fundamentals and fine tuning them?  Do I live by the seat and enjoy it, not thinking of the future?

Or, like my parent's 52-year marriage, do I take one day at a time, with the ups and down and go with the flow?

I'd like to think I'm going do a little of each.

Congrats Mom and Dad, I wish you many more years together.