The past week has been full of baby steps, but baby steps are far better than standing still. On Friday, Shan Jeniah posted my very first guest post, reminiscing about the years I stayed home with my sons, how I taught them and learned from them.
I also used my breaks at the day job to interact on Facebook, and a little bit on Twitter. I still need to reply to comments, which will take overcoming the embarrassment of having been away for so long. I have received some encouragement to do more with my author page on FB (thank you, Morgan Dragonwillow!), so I will be thinking of ways to enrich that page.
Also, based on Gene Lempp’s mention of Jeff Goins’ book, You Are a Writer, I bought it last week. Although I’ve not read much of it yet, I did print out a declaration that I am a writer, and pinned it to my cubicle wall near my computer at the day job. It’s another baby step, but a good one. I had been waffling around the writer persona thing for weeks. Even though I had proclaimed myself a writer at the beginning of the calendar year, the demands of the day job were making me think that I should shelve the whole thing until I retired. However, I’m not that close to retirement, and putting it off made me very sad (and according to my husband and sons, very cranky).
What I have learned: Being a writer is important to me. I know, duh, but hey, baby steps. Being part of a community is also very important to me, enough that it overcomes my natural reticence. I have a lot to learn, but I want to learn.
So, not much of a check-in, I fear.
I am hoping that I will be able to take some time to breathe, to think about the next baby steps, to continue to learn, and to enjoy the process. Please go encourage the rest of the ROWers here.