Obviously not. Otherwise the last month or so wouldn’t have gone by with me in radio silence. But I thought of writing posts, and I did write them in my head. They were pretty darn good ones, too.
Ergh. All I can write is that 2015 has been a year of ... transition. Both personally and professionally. I thought 2009 - 2013 with the eye surgeries, and 2014 with the rehab trial and error were interesting. 2015 has pretty much knocked both of them out of the water.
No surprise to anyone with a little exposure to my perfectionist and list-loving soul that I love me a good process. When I started publishing in 2007 I had a killer process. A drafting cycle that rocked and story action plans to keep me on the straight and narrow. With each resulting eye surgery however, things changed. My confidence dropped. My process no longer worked. I've spent a lot of time and effort in creating new processes to fit my new situation. Things started flowing again.
Ready for the punchline? You know there is one.
Things have changed again. And again. And wait for it, yet again.
But hey, it is what it is. And it's not so bad. Because it has finally forced me to discard the rigid "Way of the Perfectionist" and open myself up to ... whatever comes next.
Want to join me?
Here's what's ahead for the next couple of months:
Blog & Website: The domain, hosting, and website switch and re-creation is complete. Now I have to get it how I'd like it. I've gone ahead and deleted all but the last year or so of posts I imported in. There's something very appealing about a fresh start and all that old stuff was bogging me down. Don't worry though, the rest of the posts are archived at my Live Journal and Blogger mirrored sites. I'll be considering the tags I want to use, the content I want to offer, and playing with the look.
There's still a lot of revision left to do. Including new tag lines, banners, colors, and all the other fun stuff that comes along with this writing gig. Not sure how soon any of it will roll out.
New Work Publication: This is a slower process then I ever imagined. But I'm chugging along. My drafting cycle is back in play and I have 3 novellas in rotation that should be ready for submission by the end of the year. My 5 novella series is nipping at me heels and wants its turn in the sun. *pets the stories outlined* Soon, darlin'. Soon.
Online Presence: This is a stickier ball of wax. One I'm still not sure on exactly how it will play out. Look for me mainly on Twitter @ChrissyMunder and here on the blog. Of course, you can always email me - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Definitely a bunch of new-brooming going on. It's also happening Chez Munder. We've come to terms with a lot of our new reality and winnowing down the clutter that's an accident waiting for me to happen.
The hardest part? Dismantling the bookcases and getting rid of the books that even with adaptive devices I'll never read again. Some I can get in audio through the NLS, some I can get in Kindle format. But there are others that simply aren't available anymore and I will keep to have someone read them to me.
The task could go faster, but I want them to go to a good home. To a reader who will love and care for them the way I have over the years. This could sound silly to some, but I know there are others out there who will understand. *Fingers crossed* we'll get this done by the end of the year.
In the meantime, are you ready for the holidays?