I don’t know about you, but for me, the past several years have had their fair share of challenges. I suspect that many of us could say the same. If I step back and take a look around, I see a lot of very tired, very stressed, very worn-thin folks. That sounds pessimistic, I know. Maybe it’s my age. Maybe it’s the fact that this past winter was a particularly rough one here in the northeastern part of the US. Can’t say for sure, but I still suspect that the Tension Meter is a bit higher than usual now.
Again, I can’t speak for everyone, but for me, I have been finding it difficult to regain my mojo after the grind of those challenging years. Almost as if I’d used up all of my Picking-Self-Up-By-The-Bootstraps energy and was left flat and apathetic.
However, sometimes Mother Nature provides just the right energy and environment to give her children a gentle nudge, if they are paying attention. Today is one such day.
With the Vernal Equinox, we have equal day and night. In other words, there is balance. It is a symbolic reminder for us to stop and check in with ourselves: am I in balance? And with the Sun moving into Aries, a Fire Sign, we are also given an extra spark of motivation to DO something about it if we are not.
Now, like many bloggers, I have a dream to be a “real” writer someday. I have a manuscript that I have been working on for many years, and I have been sending out queries and attending conferences. I’ve also been reading about the changes to the industry and learning about the different paths to publication. At first, I was determined to go the “traditional” route of finding an agent who would sell my story to an editor. But in all my research on the writing world today, I am learning that perhaps a different approach is best.
There is no doubt that e-publishing and self-publishing have completely changed the landscape for authors today. And it’s the savvy writer who takes advantage of these new opportunities. I’ve come to realize that the traditional route is going the way of the dinosaur and that a new route may be best for me.
Sooooooo. . . . I have found my Aries spark of fire in the decision to self-publish my book this year. And I would like your help. I will post the first chapter of my manuscript in the next post here, and I would gladly welcome your feedback, comments, and constructive criticisms.
Thank you, WordPress Family, for this venue to share thoughts and words and ideas. I look forward to any comments you might have, and I look forward to reading all of your wonderful blogs in the months and years ahead!