Living is learning, right? And along with that learning comes . . . growing pains.
Retired from years as a professional educator this fall, I’ve had to learn how to “be in the world” without the drive, direction, and focus of professional responsibilities. While this has been a dream come true, having time to write full time, it has by no means been easy. Who’d a thunk it? All the old fears and self-doubt return–full force. Change is hard.
But thanks to my writing partner Laura Gabel-Hartman, in Boston, I’ve gotten into a writing groove, and I’ve almost finished my latest novel, Alas Hestia. At the same time I’m searching for an agent for The Family. Easy? No way! Challenging–you bet. But I’m in it for the long haul.
AND I’ve had to learn how to face “the business of writing”–that aspect I never had time for before, if I was going to write at all. Laura helped me create a spreadsheet for my short stories that have never been published (I’ve written a LOT of short stories) and encouraged me to “get the work out.” I’m facing that huge need–since I’ve focussed on the need to send out work, I’ve had a story taken by Crack the Spine and two poems selected for Artemis.
AND that elusive need, a web page . . . if you’re reading this, you know I’ve finally faced that, too. Jane Goette connected me with her dear friend Heidi Dickens, and voila–I’m learning to create and maintain a web page and a new author Facebook page. Heidi is patient and wise and willing to put up with my questions, confusions, and slow progress.
None of this has been easy for me, but growing pains are manageable with the help of dear friends and my supportive artist husband, John. I am certain that living is learning, and I’m grateful to have this time of my life to dedicate myself to writing. I’m confident that this opportunity to write full time is well worth any and all aches and agonies that come with it.