Mar 7, 2019
Life is what happens when you're making other plans.
That has been a moto of mine for many years. When I saw the movie Kuffs with Christian Slater and Milla Jovovich, and saw the phrase painted on a wall, I nodded my head and sunk it into my thinking. Adaptability! A major proponent to success is the ability to adapt to change. This is especially evident when loosing a major source of income.
Yes, I was laid off from my major employeer last week. It was a major blow to my ego! After being with Averetek for almost eight years, thinking I was invaluable, and I would eventually retire from there - boom! Life is what happens...
(I'm going to miss this daily view.)
So, what am I going to do?
Adapt! This is not the first time I've been in this situation. A significant facit of adaptability is the ability to look at the positive site of the situation. I loved working for Averetek! I managed to establish a good reputation of loyalty, tenacity, down in the ditches troubleshooting skills, providing creative solutions, and good customer skills. Does that all end when the door closes behind me? Nope! I saw the opportunity to put on my freelancing hat. I would take those skills and relationships I've spent many years building, and I would continue to make myself available. Thank you Fiverr.com!
I bundled up my experience and skills into gigs on Fiverr.com and made those available to Averetek, it's clients, and to the client's customers. The gigs are there, waiting, sitting, being looked at.... (Tumbleweeds.)
Okay, yes, that looks a little slim. No purchased gigs yet. But, I'm not loosing hope. Instead of wasting time staring at the dashboard, I'm diving into my other opportunities. And those are?
Of course! Instead of placing all my expectations into a few gigs on Fiverr, I have a great opportunity for doing more of what I really love - writing. Not just creative writing, but technical writing, blog writing, product reviews, marketing campaigns, emails, adverts, social marketing, and articles. I AM A WRITER! HEAR ME ROAR! (Looks for "Roar", by Katy Perry.) I'm doing this via jobbing sites:
- Writers Work : https://writers.work
- Pro Blogger : https://problogger.com/jobs
- Home Working Club : https://www.homeworkingclub.com
And the point is?
Stay positive! Roll with the changes! (Looks for "Roll With the Changes", by REO Speedwagon.) And you will be seeing more of me here, on various sites (Medium, Vocal Media, etc.) and more stories as well.
And our final song for the day? "I'm Alright", by Kenny Loggins.
Sep 1, 2017
I've always been a big proponent of efficiency, time management, goal setting, and striving for those goals. If it wasn't for this, I would not have been able to accomplish as much as I have. And I always enjoy sharing what I have learned with other writers who are trying to work full-time, raise a family, and find time to do their writing.
So, I'm very pleased to announce that my first article in a series has been published by Journal.Media. The article is called "Juggling Writing - How to Juggle Your Writing With a Real Life." Eventually this series of articles will become a future book.
Please give it a read and feel free to let me know what you think.
Jul 12, 2017
Thanks to the wonders of bookfunnel.com Undiscovered is now available for Kindle, iBooks, PDF, mobi, and epub formats. Which basically means just about any type of ereader can be used for reading it. Bookfunnel is a great service for providing the ability to download a book in multiple formats without me trying to play tech support for everyone who wants a copy of the book on their device. At $20 per year, it's pretty hard to beat. So, now I'm just waiting to hear which stories are liked by the readers. (Hint, hint.)
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That's it for now. Short, brief, and to the point. Enjoy reading and keep those words flowing.
Jul 5, 2017
This was a very pleasant surprise in my Instagram inbox the other day. One of my followers (TY Maria @sakasharen) tagged me for a posting from the actress Helen Rule, who was looking for material to read from on a internet radio show around the end of the month. Needless to say, I responded right away. Helen responded back with via email and I sent her the first chapter of Air Born. She seemed pleased to receive it and it sounds like this will actually happen. I'll be sure to post further information and the link to the reading once it becomes available.
Once again, I'm amazed at the love and support Air Born has been getting from the readers. To keep it in mind when opportunities become available, well, it warms my heart to know how much you all care. Thank you.
Reading at Half Price Books in Lynnwood, WA.
It was a pretty small turn out for the reading last Saturday. But that's okay. Every opportunity to do a reading and meet some readers is okay by me. I read from chapter 3 (one of my usual readings) and then stood around to speak with anyone who strolled by. When I was preparing to pack up for the afternoon, two wonderful readers came by and asked about the book. We had a nice discussion and they each bought a copy, which I happily signed. Two copies or twenty - it really doesn't matter to me. I love that it's getting out there and bringing joy to the readers.
I also took advantage of the reading to show off the painting by Kylah of a scene from Air Born. It's my plan to bring this with me to my readings for showing off her amazing art. It actually contributed to discussions with visitors as they walked by. Thank you again, Kylah. You can find her work at www.etsy.com/shop/SchwehmyArt
Translated Air Born?
I finally got my submission of Air Born onto Babelcube.com. Wow, they sure want a lot of information! I'm sure it's worth it though. I'm hoping some interested translators will become interested enough to do a translation. I'm really interested in Spanish and French. (Oh, can you imagine the first cloud scene with Leif and Carina in French?) So, any Spanish or French Air Born readers out there interested in doing a translation? Could be some good side money for you. ;)
Work in Progress
Now that UNDISCOVERED is done. My sole focus is to get the outline for Air Storm completed. I'm a little over half way through it and I love where the story is going. I hope you're all as excited as I am. Once the outline is done, I'll be on the hunt for beta readers who are willing to read through my rough drafts and provide feedback. With Air Born, there were over twenty who expressed interest, six who provided feedback, and three who provided a lot of great feedback for each chapter. I'm hoping to get at least six who are dedicated and commited to giving me their thoughts and feedback. If you're interested, please shoot me an email to let me know.
Till next time, keep those words flowing.
Jun 21, 2017
I finally got around to compiling most of my short stories into a single book. Many have asked me about doing this and it totally made sense. After all, they are already written! Although, there is a brand new story in this book, which I'm very proud of - Meghan's Crayons. I have always been very facinated by the crazy smart intelligence of those who are blessed with autism, and somehow, I managed to wrap in a story about quantum entanglement. Yeah, very geeky. But with several readings to some of my very close friends and family, and a few resulting tweeks to the story, it is now ready for public consumption.
This is good timing for me. While I do have a lot of volunteer activities through the next 6 weeks, any writing I do is going to be completely devoted to Air Storm. It would be nice if I could get the full draft completed by the end of the year. At least, that's my goal.
Enjoy the new book and feel free to use the feedback links at the end of each story to let me know what you think. Oh, by the way, the book is free! Just click on the book to go to the download page.