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Today’s the official Day 1 of my new “job”


This is it – my new job has started. My new job looks suspiciously like my old job — writing and producing books — but trust me, it’s not the same. The old job was actually a hobby of sorts. A lark. Almost an accident. I wrote, I edited, I published… And had very little idea at first what the heck I was doing! Also, like a hobby, at first the money went out, but not much came in.

So now we’re in 2013, and, like artisans have done for millenia, I have converted my casual, isn’t-this-fun hobby into a career. Like a great home baker who opens a real bakery, or an artist who opens a studio, I have now started a publishing company (no submissions, please – right now it’s just for the books my husband and I are producing!). We don’t have employees yet, except for my husband and me, but we’ve got a full production schedule posted for the world to see, and a lot of great things we want to get published in 2013.

Hence my office with the new sign. My schedule. My quarterly production chart up on the wall, and my daily/weekly/monthly checklist on the bulletin board over my desk. Hence also the panic. Well, not panic, exactly… Adrenaline. Excitement. A tad of anxiety. Purpose. Vision. Optimism. Okay, perhaps an underlying current of panic. It’s not like someone else is standing over me with a whip, or that something dire will happen if the production schedule has to get tweaked. I’m all for periodic reviews and flexibility. But I know what I see for this year, and I really, really want to get it all done.

Ironically, until 2012, I was the queen of unfinished projects. A testimony to that fact was staring at me every single day I wrote or edited in the form of a half-finished watercolor of a great blue heron. I’d started it two summers ago, when I was doing a lot of painting. It’s a good start, too — my daughter had already put dibs on it. But that November I did NaNo, I had some health issues, and then I got to writing more and more, and I never got the paints back out. This has happened a lot over the years with other creative things: beading, drawing, crochet, knitting… I have so many half-finished projects in my office closet it’s ridiculous

Having passion that is accompanied by drive and vision… That’s the difference. No one has had to push me to get my three books published. No one has had to push me to get five books and a screenplay written, or the editing done. No one has had to push me to market and promote my work. I now have the drive not only to do the fun creating part, but to go all the way with it. That’s new territory!

So today the job starts. Day 1 with Ross James Publishing. I’m headed to the gym in a few minutes, and then I’ll “clock in” and get going. Editing all morning, writing all afternoon. That’s what I call a good day!

How about you? How is 2013 changing things around in your life?



Filed under Self publishing, Writing

Working in the New Year


I said I was starting my “job” the first of the year. Yep, that means today. I’ve actually gotten a lot done! (It helps that I went to bed at 10:00 after one lovely tot of Zaya with my husband – the downfall of having gotten up at 5:15.) I’ve finished an editing project, written two blog posts for my January blog tour (I’ll post the schedule when I have it – there are some good posts coming!), cleaned the kitchen, organized my office, and made a new sign for my office door:


But I wasn’t so much thinking about today. I was thinking about this bright shiny wonderful baby new year we have on our hands. A newborn, sweet and innocent and full of promise. Nothing has happened yet to taint it in our minds. There are no memories at all of anything ending in 2013. It’s a package with just the barest corner of the wrapping paper pulled back. What’s inside?!

My husband and I started Ross James Publishing at the end of December. At the moment it’s just a way to consolidate all of our books into one place and one separate bank account (so don’t send me your manuscripts please!). Plus it sounds cool, don’t you think? (Ross is my grandmother, who just turned 99 and is going strong, and James was my father-in-law and is also my father’s name.) Mostly, I think it makes me feel like “going to work” is a legitimate thing. I have a desk, I have a door with a semi-official sign, I have a brand new bank account with a little money in it, and I’ll even have business cards. Every morning, Monday through Friday, I’ll go to work.

Now, this is a little bit of attempted psychiatric self-deception, I realize (the “going to work” part). I’m a creative person, and for the vast majority of my life been a type-B personality (you can see my post on that here). But vision and passion change a person, and I am being changed. I accomplished a tremendous amount in 2012, even getting a pretty late start, so I’m feeling confident that I can do the same in 2013.

A lot of people would say I’ve “found myself,” but I am a firm believer that there are seasons in life, and we make choices as to how to live those. For thirteen years, I homeschooled my kids. For ten or eleven of those years, that was a good amount of work. Now that my son is about to graduate from high school and is driving, it’s not even a part-time job. We also have had a business for the last twenty-plus years, and that’s taken a lot of time and emotional energy. But again, that’s less than a part-time job for me now, and we’ll be transitioned completely out of it soon, probably before this month is over.

So now, ’tis the season — for me. It’s not like I’ve been holding back on myself. I didn’t discover this passion until November 2011. But over the last year, even in the midst of a lot of stupid health stuff, it’s been building. The clean slate for 2013 looks bright and full of promise.

There’s a lot happening this year. Two graduations and a wedding, a move to an as-yet-undetermined new city/state/possibly country. My trip to Uganda in February, which will be 95% work and very little play. I got a fortune cookie about a month ago that said, “Success is a planned event.” I now have that written in big letters where I see it when I’m at my desk. I believe that. And I’m planning!

How about you? Do you see this coming year with excitement, or are you pessimistic? What is the one dream you’d love to see come to fruition in 2013? Are you planning for your success?


Filed under Publishing, Self publishing, Writing