This summer I'm attending a series of classes at Southeastern Community College to improve my business skills. I especially look forward to a course on writing grant proposals. I have already committed to write a proposal for a local non-profit agency that needs funds.
What are you doing this summer? Are you learning anything exciting?
I just returned from a proofreading and editing convention in Austin, Texas, where I learned some skills that I hope will allow me to do a better job for my clients. It was uplifting to hear from and socialize with more experienced professionals in the publishing business. Some of their presentations reassured me about things that I'm already apparently doing pretty well. Others challenged me about the complexities I have yet to master in the areas of copyrights, taxes, and technical tools.
By the way, did you know that some Austin citizens walk on the public streets essentially naked with no fear of consequences other than sunburn? Austin may be trying to convert itself into the San Francisco of Texas.
I thank God for the spring weather we're now enjoying in Whiteville. The newly lengthened evenings are a fine time to walk the cobwebs out of my head after work. I carry a small notebook in which to record any writing ideas that surprise me along the way. It seems as though my best creative ideas occur to me when I'm on the move.
What stirs your creativity? I hope you'll leave a comment. Your e-mail will not be visible to other readers. Diana
Writing-related tasks have consumed a lot of my hours lately, and I'm enjoying the work. In addition to my own daily bit of fiction writing, I've done the following:
* edited a friend's satirical short story, * translated some teaching materials for another friend who's soon to travel to Honduras, * carried out my monthly volunteer job of editing the American College of Pediatricians newsletter, * prepared proposals to three organizations to proofread their websites and printed materials, * composed a letter to a community college instructor asking about tutoring opportunities, and * nearly finished my website.
When I got ready to take a break, I wrote a feisty letter to the department store that has owed me $45.00 since October.
What kind of work do you happily lose yourself (and the hours) doing? How can I help you with it? Please leave a comment below or visit my Contact page.
A couple of weeks ago, I had a very productive visit to my neurologist at which I tried a novel communication strategy. He seemed fascinated by the information I gave him as well as the form in which I presented it. My approach had been so simple that I couldn't believe millions of other patients weren't doing the same thing already, but online searching has so far shown me no results. To read more about the visit and the simple communication tool I used, click "Read More."