One-third of a year gone as of April 27, 2015
This year is the year of change. I have lived in two centuries, eight different decades, cease being a sexagenarian and become a septuagenarian.
I have been a reader, learner, and driver for over half a century.
After retiring in December 2013, I began writing reviews and web content in February 2006.
It is definitely time, to begin thinking about what I want to be when I grow up, and quit being my own worst enemy.
Why did I want to be a writer?
- I have always thought different than other people
- I feel as though I have something to impart to readers
- I wrote How-Tos while working and edited notes written by one of my supervisors (Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, PacBell, SBC, which is now ATT)
- While acting as Parliamentarian for Crestline Senior Citizens Club, rewrote the bylaws
- Wrote the job description manuals for Serenity Haven Animal Rescue and Sanctuary
- I have edited manuscripts
- Written Poems and Prose while taking courses online at Writers’ Village University
- Created a writing workshop at WVU
- Facilitated courses at WVU
- Created a course at WVU
- Critiqued poems and prose
- Read from Asimov to Zola
- Worked as an Intern copy editor for Celebrity Café
- Built an online presence for Allbook Reviews International
- Written and edited press releases
- While living in Osborne, Kansas, helped a High School writing prodigy with her stories after meeting her in an authors’ group and asked to help her.
- Wrote a letter of recommendation for a young writer for a position at a local press
- A local magazine, Osborne Joy contacted me for a short story to be included in an upcoming issue while living in Kansas.
The question remains, what have I accomplished.
- I began earning money at the age of around nine and a half as a paperboy delivering the News Pilot.
- Next was working at San Pedro Marine through High School into college
- I spent from 1965 until 1971 as an ARMY Reservist working my way to E6 and acting First Sargent over two platoons of forty troops each in Psychological Warfare Company.
- From September 1966 until December of 2003 worked from PacBell on everything from POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) to Fiber Optic equipment as the technology changed and updated.
- Created a trouble shooting guide for M1C equipment
What have I accomplished or learned?
Over the years, I learned much, which a good deal is of no use since I retired from PacBell.
- I have been blogging about writing and freelancing.
- I share what I consider interesting items
- I try to answer question that people online may have
- I have been working on a manuscript “Taming the Freelance Market”.
- I have stories and poems, written or started, and some still in my head.
- I am a freelancer who because of finances must wear many hats while trying to learn marking and converting visitors to my blog and social media accounts despite a litany of medical conditions that require daily medications. I say this not for pity but as one ages things begin to happen from a medical perspective. For some, “the golden years” are more like trips to doctors, specialists, and the hospital.
- I enjoy reading and love editing
- When working DIY, getting clients is difficult when competing with others from around the world.
Following some of my own advice
It is time for me to change my daily routine and make more time for writing and devote less time to that which is a time waster like Email, social media, and complete some courses I have waiting for me.
It is finally time to inhibit the procrastination bug from invading my life and work on what makes me fulfilled. Back to learning, reading, and writing is the mantra I should be living.
It is time to cull things that are not as important as what I should be doing, writing because writers write. I do consider myself a writer, 2015 is the year I should prove it.
Since money for traditional publishing is nonexistent unless I win the LOTTO, I must work on getting my ducks in a row, dot all Is and cross all Ts to get my manuscript turned into a finished book.
If I want to write, I must prove that to myself by writing and finishing my first book while continuing to hone the craft into readable content for any potential readers.
Has Nathaniel Hawthorne said, “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” I believe it.
It will take me months to whittle down the stealers of time so that I can devote more time to education and putting words on my computer’s monitor.
- Freelance writer
- Reviewer learning marketing, and much more
“Every day is an opportunity to learn something new”. ©RJM