Between you and me the title of this post is a bit of a joke. I’ve always found the phrase “<blank>, I am in you” treading a fine line of being off-putting at the same time as amusing. I still can’t decide what to make of it. Are there any colloquial phrases like that for you?
Some goals I had at the start of the year were
- Launch a freelance writing career
- Start a podcast
- Finish revisions and send a query for the novel I finished in November.
At this time I’ve done the first one out of those three. The year is about one-third over now. That might indicate I’m on on track with these things. That isn’t the case though because these were all goals I put into motion at some point LAST year. Between making TRIPLE TIMe, a new gig that looks like it could lead to a long-term opportunity, and my volunteer activities, I don’t have much time to start a podcast or much mental energy to revise my novel. Well, not if I want to get enough sleep on any given night.
Who needs sleep, really?
On a freelancer self-help spree earlier this month, I picked up a copy of The Productive Writer by Sage Cohen at my local library. A mini-review is coming. As soon as I
find make the time to finish reading it.
2015 Anticipation with Snoopy!
And… in by midnight.
This year had its ups and downs but I want to take a moment to highlight the good things. Basically this was a year filled with learning.
This year I read ALL THE THINGS.
I read 31 books this year. I was going to scale back, but sometimes when I’m in a groove I can accomplish some cool things without much added effort, so I just went with it. I’ve tracked what I read on my Goodreads page. Feel free to connect with me there.
I also wrote a novel! I am pleased with the story but it definitely needs lots of revision. You can view my story synopsis here on my Medium page.
I can’t wait to reveal my 2015 plans which you’ll see in my next post. Until then, Happy New Year!
Just keep writing!
Once again I’m writing a novel this month for NaNoWriMo! It’s not like me to have all this fun without you and so I’m inviting you to join in. If you’re in the Los Angeles area you could write your own using this county write-in calendar. Come write w/ other writers in person. Or write with others virtually!
Hey, where are you going? Okay, okay. You don’t have to write a novel this month if you aren’t so inclined. Perhaps you’re only curious to see how NaNo writers are living this month. If that’s more your style then follow my Tumblr. There I’ll give your mind a generous helping of NaNoWriMo life throughout November. On to the goodies!
5 NaNoWrimo Thingies for Crazy-Awesome People
- 50K in One Day (Kill Me Now) <– If you’re ever bored with the write a novel in 30 days challenge. Write a novel of at least 50,000 words in one day. Yes people do this. Not very coherently, but still. No, I’m not doing this.
- Five Day Novel <– Less extreme than the aforementioned challenge but still quite a challenging writing feat. No, I’m not doing this.
- Reverse NaNo <– A fantastic method to help focus on front-loading your writing so that you write fewer and fewer words each day. Yes, I am doing this.
- Write or Die <– Your letters and words will disappear and other things will happen if you stop. So write, or else!
- Written? Kitten! <– If you’re not about that write or die life here’s some positive reinforcement for all of your writing needs. With Kittehs!
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Using this month to work on another writing project (NaNoWriMo Rebel)? Connect with me on NaNoWrimo.org or on Tumblr (madelinewright.tumblr.com) and leave a comment with whatever writing project you’re tackling this month. Happy writing!
Social Media Week extends season
It’s been about a month since Social Media Week LA and I’m still absorbing an astounding amount of information. Because I couldn’t physically be in more than one place at once at the event I had to choose which panels to attend in-person. Fortunately, there was another option available. I signed up on my livestream account to receive an email whenever an archived SMW panel became available. Wallah! Now I can watch any of the presentations I missed, on demand.
Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey
The coolest thing about using Livestream is that you can connect with your friends and watch streams from anywhere and from anyone (musicians, vloggers, subject matter gurus, etc.). Essentially you’ll be everywhere at once, just not at the same time! Now that’s some wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.
I’m enjoying an archived stream on Beauty Bosses and Fashion Founders as I write this.
Beyond Fashion: How Brands Build Community and Sales Tues., 10/21
The Social Media fashion fun continues with a Social Media Club LA event on Tuesday, Oct 21, at General Assembly, in Santa Monica. Check out the details and RSVP here: bit.ly/SMCLAoctober
What are you reading?
Today’s 24-hour Dewey read-a-thon is in full swing.
In honor of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party roll call for shelfies, I bring you my #SmartGirlShelfie.
What’s on your bookshelf? This is what’s on mine. Not pictured: All the books not on this shelf.
I enjoy Smart Girls via Google+ and sometimes YouTube but it’s always nice to see the things put out on the other channels. I like that there’s something different everywhere you go. Do you dare share a photo of your bookshelf?
Last week I learned about Creative Live and today I took my first course, called Podcasting 101.
It was an amazing course taught by John Lee Dumas and several other knowledgeable podcasters who’ve figured out how to make a living from their passion.
You know how swimmers turn their head sideways when they get water in their ears? My head is sideways now because of all the knowledge! I learned a ton.
You can too! Check out course offerings and start learning live, free. Access to the course and other materials once the live stream is over is available for a fee. Get those burning questions answered live and chat with your classmates in addition to learning great information about the topics you care about.
I look forward to taking Power Your Podcast with Storytelling from Alex Blumberg (NPR’s Planet Money, This American Life) Thursday and Friday.
A special shout-out goes to We Are LA Tech Podcast host, Espree Devora, for flying to San Francisco to attend in person!
I think I’m sure she’ll be happy to give you a great download of this experience if you RSVP to the next LA Podcasters Meetup on Tues., Oct. 21, at Bodega Wine Bar, in Santa Monica.
Have you taken (or taught) any courses on Creative Live? Which ones?