I've been off-line for a few days. I'm not sure if that's ever happened before. But there it is - a total disconnect and I can't say whether it was refreshing or not - what it felt was strange. But a combination of good weather after weeks of bad, other obligations and a bout of summer flu led to the whole event. But now I'm back.
So in the e-silence what did I learn? Well, first off I learned that when a deadline is a month away that isn't that far off, a month goes by in no time - October 1 is the end of this week! I decided weeks ago that maybe it wasn't a bad idea to apply for a writer's grant. I've never applied before and as a last minute decision, I've missed the pre-planning sessions. Not to let that stop me. I'll just apply my own interpretation to the application process. Yeah, we all know how that works out.
Anyway, on to the next dilemma - I need a resume. A writing resume - who would have thought. That meant hours of going through my files, e-trails and other odds and ends. Three hours go by and I have finally cobbled a rough draft together and move on to the polish.
In all this I learned many things - but one that stands out. If you're serious about something, anything - in this instance a writing career, start recording your progress now. It's not that easy to discover the name of that instructor who taught that fantastic course on - insert any number of question marks here or the link to that online magazine that was the first that actually paid for your work. The information was filed ages ago on a computer now defunct - I guess that would be another lesson.
Not to use cliches - never mind I will - I couldn't see the forest for the trees. The small steps sometimes become so numerous that you can't see where you may have traveled or if you made any progress at all. The process of creating a resume made it all clear. Even if I'm not where I want to be - I've come a long way.
So to de-stress - I'm looking forward to one of my fave things - a made for TV disaster flick. What can I say, we all have our vices. Yours?
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