January was a blur. Part of that probably due to the fact that we have put our house up for sale and I've been busy cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. We've been thinking of downsizing for a while and started visiting other houses/condos/townhouses to get an idea of what's out there, and of course, the bug got us and we decided to go for it.
My husband and I are both in a place in our lives where we want less stuff, more simplicity, so this quote right now really resonates with me. :)
The For Sale sign has been up since Tuesday and we had our first open house yesterday. We got lots of positive feedback, so fingers crossed. And, my office has never looked so good! lol
Writing-wise, I have't been as productive as I'd like, but I managed to get new words down for a total of three days a week (a few hundred words each time so it all adds up). Right now I'm working on a writing course offered through one of Holly Lisle's websites: https://hollyswritingclasses.com/
The one I'm taking is a free three-week class called How To Write Flash Fiction That Doesn't Suck. I'm really enjoying it so far. Since I struggle with finishing stories, I'm hoping it will help. The class is also geared toward the idea of having 5 completed flash fictions stories that you can either submit to markets or combine in one collection and self-publish.
I learned about the class when I heard an interview Holly did a while back on the Rocking Self-Publishing podcast (which is an awesome podcast, by the way!). I have been mulling over the idea of trying the Indie route for a while and hearing Holly talk about why she's moved from traditional to indie publishing really helped me realize that there are so many valid reasons to do so.
The self-publishing world has evolved so much over the last few years and no longer hold the stigma it used to. If an author is willing to work hard and not simply view it as a short-cut (because to do it well it does take a lot of hard work) I think it's a very valid option.
I've decided to start by putting together a haiku collection of my work. I know it won't sell a million copies, lol, but I think it will be a great project to learn the self-publishing ropes with. I've also started an email list for any of you that would like to keep up with my progress. You can sign-up for it here.
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My mailings will be short and sweet and I know it takes a while to build one up, so I figured I might as well start it now. I'll probably be sending out special offers to my email list subscribers when the haiku collection is ready, too.
Other than that, I had a short story for kids appear in the January 2016 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk (available through Smashwords). It's a fantasy story called Doggone Dust and the first short story for kids I've had out in a while, so I was pleased with that.