As some of you may know, my theme for this round is trust – trusting myself, life, those around me, new opportunities – and my own intuition. Trusting my gut, my heart, and my soul when they are whispering songs, stories, and wishes into my mind’s ear…
This trust has already led me in some interesting and unexpected directions this round….
- Joining the WANA113 Blogging for Brand class. I had been hesitant to invest money in building my writing skills, so this was a leap of faith.
- Shifting my goals as a result of my first grokking for this class.
- A few weeks ago, after some wee-hours mulling, I told Jim that attending a writer’s conference was on my list of things to do within the next few years. The truth was, I would have loved to schedule one then and there…
Trust tells me that my family still needs me too much for that. Both kids still remember the 30 hours I was away when Eden Mabee and I went to Maine on a quick mommies’ getaway. They were 6 and 3 then – they are now 11 and 8.
Our budget already accommodates two major trips each year – Unschoolers Rock the Campground and the Northeast Unschooling Conference, which the kids and I attend. Until I am earning a more sizable writing income, another hotel trip is a little beyond us.
Only a few days after I stated that intention, I first heard about WANACon – a completely online weekend writer’s conference. I knew in that moment that I needed to be a part of it. I checked the prices and dates. The entire weekend seemed like more than my family could spare me, and a bit of a stretch for a budget that is already largely spoken for for the next several months. But it fell during Jim’s vacation, and so he could be the in-charge parent for one day.
My gut said to choose Day One, and so I did, attending these sessions:
- Platform Building and Book Marketing– Jared Kuritz
- Publishing 101 – Also with Jared Kuritz
- 9 Steps on the Journey to Quality – J.E. Fishman
- Dream Big – Candace Havens
- How to Get an Agent: Finding and Querying Agents – Helen Zimmerman
- Linked In: You Professional Identity (The Cliffs Notes)– Jenny Hansen
There were other sessions I missed (damn that need for sleep!), but there will be recordings available, so I can watch them later, and it will be like a conference bonus. =)
There were nice breaks between sessions, and Jim left me with a tidyish house (best we ever get, really, and then rarely!), and took the kids out for the day, so that I could attend without distractions or guilt – – have I ever mentioned that I really, REALLY love this guy?
Each session had a video link for the host, and most had a slideshow, too. There was a chat box, and a place for notes. Jenny Hansen even got all fancy and shared pages with us! People could talk, although I was feeling a bit shy and didn’t. Something about hearing too much of my own voice in an atypically quiet house, I think.
I learned a tremendous amount – and I can’t say too much about it, because it’s still all aswirl, working its way into who I am and how I see myself and my writing…I know that there is great treasure in the grokking of it, and I don’t want to rush it.
I know that I will find a way to attend both days next year (I keep saying next year as a not so subliminal message to Kristen Lamb that there should absolutely be a next year!). I know that I will be making many changes and tweaks as time goes on…
So what about ROW80?
My BIG TWO:
- This allows my mind processing time. Finished Social Sciences section of Jeremiah’s report, about 2/3 complete.
- Have rough draft done by Wednesday, February 27.
- Nothing new written….pondering word cloud grokking.
- Set to the side for WANACon.
Targets: Word cloud grokking submitted by Sunday, March 3.
Connect with all classmates by Sunday, March 10.
Other stuff :
I have an intense need for input right now. I’m READING – lots!
- APE: (Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur) – 50%
- Wild Mind – 35% (will do exercises after reading through)
- Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View – 100% (will go back to do the exercises)
- Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer – 31% complete
- 250 Things You Should Know About Writing – 83% complete
- 2,000 to 10,000: How to Write faster, write better, and write more of what you love. – 15% complete
- Steering the Craft – page 20 of 173 (will do exercises as I read).
Queen of My Infinite Spaces –
- Wrote conclusion.
- Dedication and acknowledgments by March 1, which will give me a completed rough draft.
- Look into NaNoEdMo by February 28, and decide if I want to participate.
- Each day – exposition and fanfic (alternate scenes for WIP Bounded).
Sponsor visits: I’m up to date on these.
- Finish homeschooling reports and submit to school district.
WANA 113 –
- Connecting with other classmates
- Complete word cloud grokking
- Dedication and early acknowledgments.
- Continue reading. Do exercises in Steering.
- Work on action plans for blogging and noveling.
- Submit guest post and “something else” by month’s end….
- Adjustments and changes to blogs and social media will be gradual, but ongoing.
So, how is your round going? Are you still humming along with your original goals, or charting a new course?
It’s a BLOG HOP!
- In Grokking I Trust: #ROW80 Update, 2/10/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- Trusting a New Vision – #ROW80 Update 2/17/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- Trusting Through the Ebb – #ROW80 Update, 2/13/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- All You Ever Wanted to Know About the Writing Conference of the Future – WANACon (warriorwriters.wordpress.com)
- And Now for Something Completely Different! Redefining the Writing Conference (warriorwriters.wordpress.com)
- Unschooling Movement 101 (education.com)
- Trustful Blossoming: #ROW80 Update 1/23/13 (shanjeniah.com)
- Word of the Day: February 22, 2013 (bkirbykeith.wordpress.com)