New Year – Fresh Start

Last week I posted about where I fell short and the lessons I learned in 2017. And I said I had some plans in mind to improve things.

So what’s the plan for 2018? It’s pretty simple really. 

  1. Plan to post once a week. It’s possible I’ll post more often but I’m only committing to one post a week. Guest posts could increase the frequency as well.
  2. Pre-plan the posts each quarter. I created drafts for each weekly post between now and the end of March. Right now they’re just titles and maybe a few words to point me in the right direction. If time gets tight I won’t have to wrack my brain to come up with an idea for that week’s post.
  3. Scheduled time each week for writing my blog posts here and on my other sites. Some weeks I may pre-write several posts. Other weeks I may just be writing the next post. Bit the plan is to write several posts ahead of time so that I don’t get into a time crunch.

Really you can do a fresh start or jump start on a project at anytime. But I like using the start of the new year to do it. It feels shiny and new. And to me that’s a beautiful thing.

Serendipity

Sometimes things just come together in ways you never expected. Over the past 7 months, I’ve been spending part of my free time working on a project that fits that description perfectly.

In October 2015 I attended the Sirens conference in Denver for the first time. It’s a conference on women in Fantasy literature, and I met a lot of lovely people. Many of those people became friends on social media.

Back in February, I posted on Facebook about two characters that were being insistent on having their stories told. The problem was that neither one was in the story I was supposed to be working on!

One of my friends from the conference commented on that post, then another, then another. Within two weeks there was a Facebook group of Sirens participants who wanted to be involved with making an anthology of stories centering on those two character types happen. The next thing I knew, we had a professional editor and deadlines in place.

Yesterday, we revealed the cover, the release date (October 6th) for the print and e-book, and the e-book went up for pre-sales at several distributors, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo.

I’m still sitting here trying to figure out what happened. I know, at a certain level, that what happened is that a bunch of women who love the Sirens conference found a concept they all felt the same way about. ┬áBut that kind of thing happens all the time. How did we end up with an actual published anthology out it?

Sometimes the right people and the right pieces just come together. Connections we don’t see draw everything needed to the right place at the right time. We find the thing that we love, that we’ve been seeking for, without ever realizing it. And an idea, a dream, a wistful thought, becomes something much more.

As one of the organizers of the anthology, you’d think I’d be past the “Is this really happening?” stage. I’m not. I’m still sitting here, watching as a random thought becomes something much bigger than I’d dreamed of. And I know that, just by making that original post, I’ve touched and changed the lives of other people.

Wow.

I’m awed and overwhelmed.

Sometimes serendipity happens – and it’s beautiful.