The hip thing to do at year’s end is to take a look back. The blogosphere is brimming with self-reflecting posts. Let’s be hip!
- I learned there is only one free place to host a free writing event in New York. This past weekend I was in New York City. I taught a free seminar for writers at New York Public Library’s Jefferson Market location in Greenwich Village. Thanks to the kind people at the New York Writer’s Coalition for referring me to the spot. (I phoned 41 places before I found this library. Other libraries quoted me $75 to host the free event. Other quotes ranged up to $1,600. Yes, for a FREE community event! I love North Carolina even more now!)
- I learned my writing business offers a much better work-life balance when I concentrate on blogs. This year I slowly re-focused my work, reducing the number of magazine assignments in my pipeline and instead growing the network of businesses I write web content for. Last year I had 5-6 article deadlines revolving every month and my schedule was at the whim of multiple interviews (often in different time zones), usually with 3-8 sources per article. Now I am much more selective with the articles I pitch and write.
Here are the writing highlights of the year by month:
January – Met Leigh Stein, author of The Fallback Plan, at Flyleaf Books.
February – I proposed my first web writing class for Wake County School’s Lifelong Learning program and taught it in May.
March – Started a YouTube channel with videos for writers.
April – One of three poets selected for Carrboro’s “Poetry on Your Plate” event.
June – Met with Pam Taylor and helped her outline her blog launch of A Poet’s Double Life.
July – Finally hosted a writing workshop that appealed to all five senses.
September – poetrySPARK
December – First writing seminar in NY complete.
I have absolutely no resolutions for the New Year–except one: I will make it a point to send a poem to at least one literary journal every month. That is something that I have completely taken off my priority list, but I’m ready to start submitting again!