Just in care you missed, the beginning of this series of posts starts with my preamble,
The past few weeks, I dissected the Republican and Democratic Party Platforms.
Just so I can keep everything straight, I put the information into a simple chart, like I would for corporate goals. This is also the way CoCo’s Individual Education Plans got laid out, too. Pretty easy to understand; I think: We will______________ by_____________ so that______________ happens. I added a column for how the action will be financed, too. Sadly that’s pretty empty.
A month ago, I readied myself to attend BAM16. This is one of my two favorite conferences for writers. These are my “birds of a feather.” I met friends I only knew virtually, reconnected with friends I made last year, and got a whole new gaggle of friends. For anyone thinking about attending next year, I highly recommend grabbing a roommate. Sure it cuts down on cost; but the best benefit is the lasting friendships. My roommate from last year, Pam Lutrell, and this year’s Julie A Wallace are now two of my favorite people. Pam’sOver 50 Feeling Feeling 40 made me begin to feel more confident about fashion and style. I still feel a bit more like Style from the Stylus, if you know what I mean. Still, Pam and the other style bloggers pumped me up.
Julie, from WordStormCasserole came in a day early and had a leg up networking with the other bloggers. She literally crammed me into her gaggle of friends and before long, the five of us became the ClownCarChronicles (Midlife Bloggers Gone Wild.) We formed our own Mastermind group and plan to meet once a month to keep each other accountable.
Again at this conference, my mind swirled with ideas about monetizing, ambassadorship, and branding. What is my brand, anyways? I want to be known as a good writer. A storyteller. I want to get my novel published so I can proudly call myself a novelist.
So what’s up with the lip prints, perhaps you wonder. While at BAM16, we each got a lip-reading. Jennifer Connolly, from A Well Styled Life suggested I try a shade of the complimentary lipstick just a bit brighter than I usually wear. I picked Cover Girls “Outlast” in shade 925. Wow! That shade really does brighten up my face. Thanks Jennifer.
Not that I really believe in fortune-telling, but everyone came back happy about what they heard: “Your creativity is about to break through to something big;” “You are on the verge of a partnership;” “you’re a natural-born caretaker:” and more great things like that. So here’s what I remember hearing.
See those holes in your lip print? That’s a sign that energy is escaping. You have many irons in the fire. Perhaps more than you can keep track of.”
Here I am again, Monday. So many little things fill me with gratitude. Still, sometimes I feel like I must dig deep to remember. Especially when I feel overwhelmed with deadlines. Soooo… In no particular order:
♣ It’s March. Yes, it’s still cold. I know the worst is over. This week promises to get above freezing and rain. That means a lot of snow will be, well, going down the drain.
♣ I have deadlines. That means someone, two newspapers, in fact, like my writing enough to give me stories to write. I’m getting a steady income. Yes!