Soon to be writing for Inside.com!

I am proud to announce you’ll soon be seeing my name pop up on Inside.com and the Inside app (for iOs, Blackberry, and Android). Time to put that news writing and journalism experience to work!

I made this video about it because I’ve been making lots of videos for my Wichita radio listening audience on my Facebook fan page since I’ve been off the air in January. Making videos and talking to my listening audience on social media has been tremendously creative and healing for me in my time of unemployment — which I now consider the greatest adventure of my life.

This has been a great opportunity to return to writing. Period. I’m back to working on novels and poetry. I’m taking The Artist’s Way course. I’ve landed four freelance writing gigs so far in just three months. I’ve gone to work part-time as a Peer Mentor in Training at the Substance Abuse Center of Kansas’ Crossover Recovery Center. I’m also still running my Reiki practice out of White Dove. I’m busy doing such a ton of creative things that life is a joy!

So thank you for reading this blog, watching the videos, liking the page, and otherwise just coming along on the journey!

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A couple advancements in my writing career

The word of the year for me so far is “reinvention.” 

I’ve always been a writer. From horrible teenage journals in the 1990s to the journalism courses of my early 20s…there’s always been pen and paper in hand. Over time, my habits and talents have evolved. There was the SEO content writing period. Then there was my needing to be a journalist to legitimize myself as a “writer,” because if you aren’t getting paid it isn’t real, right? It doesn’t count…I think this is covered in the part of The Artist’s Way I’ve already read. Class begins Sunday and I’ve read up to chapter two already.

Let’s do this.

I went through my screenwriting phase — which I’d like to get back into by the way. If only my bills can pay themselves so I can do all this non-stop 24/7 with absolutely no balance, right? haha.

Here’s what’s next! 

I’m excited and feeling like I’m giving birth to more of a stable and exciting writing career than ever before. I’m finding new ways to build my platform and segue into being more of a healing arts writer. More on that to come. I’ve also found an exciting new opportunity I can’t yet talk about. Yes, I’ve written about health before as well as general interest articles for magazines and websites. It’s time to get back into that.

If you’re interested on what’s going on and what’s happening, keep checking back.

My other blogs: 

I’ve also got a couple other blogs I’m writing if you’re interested. One is about my work as a Reiki Master, YouDeserveReiki.com. The other is one I’ve had for years that encompasses all that I do — the writing, Reiki, radio, food, hobbies, music — whatever. Since it’s the grab bag of all I do it’s called Everything Heather.

Check me out on YouTube: 

I’m also starting out on YouTube. What’s great for me about this art form is I’ve made enough videos now since I’ve gotten off the air that I’m telling a story. It’s not a screenplay, poem, short story, or novel. It’s not a blog post. It’s an arc of videos I’ve been putting out since the first week of January. I’ve got (to my surprise) quite a loyal following of those who’ve listened to me on the air in Wichita for the past four years. I decided why not take them with me into my new, post-radio life? As I take risks and make journeys, I’m bringing people along in this story. As I make changes and start new, I’m bringing along an audience. It’s amazing how YouTube can do that for you. This is also helping me broaden my social media skills. It’s my personal opinion all authors can benefit from that.

As soon as something is published, I’ll post about it here!

Some of the old writing I've been sorting through lately. Yes, I wrote for "Veg News" back in the vegan days!

Some of the old writing I’ve been sorting through lately. Yes, I wrote for “Veg News” back in the vegan days! I even framed my article. 

 

I love the site 750words.com!

This is part of my efforts in working “The Artist’s Way.” I can’t handwrite three pages each morning. This is 2015; that’s not for me. It was OK in the 1990s, before everyone had a computer in every room and in their palm. Why buy paper or notebook to write something that’s only going to burn through my shredder immediately? Why kill trees over that?

To do the morning pages, I began trying to type them out. But what is the conversion there? What does three pages longhand turn into typed? I started Googling and discovered 750words.com immediately. It had popped up in my Facebook feed recently. It had been mentioned in one of those useless listicles that are so plentiful on the Internet today. It was useless because it didn’t sell me on what 750words.com is really meant to do!

I still found it anyway. Here’s a sweet infographic on why I like it:

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Look at me bang out my daily quota of brain drain in just eleven minutes without distractions at a whopping 70 words per minute. Usually I type around 50 words per minute when I do this. Today, my brain drain included about 17 different ideas I am passionate about for the future of my career. It’s easy to understand how I could drain so much of my brain so quickly. I’m passionate about moving forward into a better and more fulfilling future as I leave my past behind.

But the 750words.com experience gets better!

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The site gives you analysis of what your 750 words are about. I love that! I am highly analytical, probably to my detriment sometimes. Since I am aiming to live always in today and only in today, I am happy when it shows I am in “The Present.” For most of the last week, it has shot back to me that I was uncertain, so seeing that I am suddenly “certain” in my brain drain is pretty gratifying.

I love that I have this website as a trusty, daily companion to my TAW work. This is an exciting time in my life as I rebuild from a 16-year career in radio. I have the chance to return to my writing projects as well as my Reiki business. I have soul searching to do and this project is really helping so far. Even if you don’t do “The Artist’s Way” book or course, sign up to do 750words.com each day. I am finding it is helping me get past the censor. A few smart sentences have even emerged so far. The point is that it’s brain drain. The point is that I show up at my keyboard daily. This is why I was surprised when something clear and useful emerged yesterday. It may make it into a novel. Or not. The point is I am doing this. That’s all that matters!

Guess what I’m doing?

I just snagged a copy of Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way.” Then this came along, a TAW workshop taught by Wichita’s own Grant Overstake, author of “Maggie Vaults Over The Moon.” I found 750words.com this week so I can better accomplish the morning pages task. Then I shared on Facebook my photo of my copy of TAW and called it my “commitment to self.” In the comments, I found out about the workshop! So I’m joining it. I’m excited!

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My first freelance writing gig is in!

I am once again writing SEO copy as well as social media updates. The last time I wrote SEO copy, we didn’t have social media to contend with, so that’s one change. I started working on this type of writing in 2006 when I took a job at SEO firm Submitawebsite.com. Back then, we could write any kind of horrific copy as long as it was keyword heavy. That’s changed. Now too many keywords are spammy (you think?) and the “articles” I am writing actually need to be compelling so as not to be penalized by the search engines. That’s so much better for clients’ websites, so that’s awesome. Plus, it allows me to be more creative in the content I create.

When I worked my last job at Entercom Communications, I was a morning radio personality. I’ve been on the air since 1998, which means two things:

1. I am a survivor.

2. I have witnessed and endured many changes in traditional broadcast media over this span of time.

When social media burst into the “old media” scene years ago, I jumped into it. I’d gotten into Twitter and Facebook the last time I was a freelance writer between 2006-2008. I incorporated my social media skills into my on-air shifts at 98.7 The Peak in Phoenix and then at KDGS-Wichita for the past four years. I am one of those “old school” jocks who chose to embrace social media.

I am looking forward to embracing more change in social media and SEO — two industries that live and die by algorithm changes. I’m happy to be a part of both!

This is not Heather Larson. This is, however, her cat. His name is Alcatraz and he is pretending to be useful. Or perhaps he's dreaming of being a writer when he grows up. Which will never happen (on both counts).

This is not Heather Larson. This is, however, her cat. His name is Alcatraz and he is pretending to be useful. Or perhaps he’s dreaming of being a writer when he grows up. Which will never happen (on both counts).

Check out my other blog — “Everything Heather”

My other blog is more of a general one just for fun. It’s less niche than this one and my Reiki blog (which also serves as my business website). I’ve had this one for years, with heavy updates that began during my great job search of 2010. It’s called Everything Heather — making it more all-encompassing. If I had a niche blog for every interest I am passionate about, I’d have to update 30 blogs.

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Maybe someday I can live the dream and have those 30 blogs: 

*One for gluten-free food. (I’ll keep posting my kitchen trials, mistakes, and glories here).

*One about marathon running and fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (I’ve been benched for 10 months from injuries etc).

*A yoga blog (because there aren’t enough of those).

*A Reiki blog — oh wait, I have one! But I’m such a nut I could start one about starting a Reiki business or simply teaching Reiki, which is a world unto itself.

*A spirituality blog because I’ll never stop seeking.

*One about my cat. He’s cute. It could be part photo-blog, part crazy cat lady blog. I’d end up blogging about Earthy home-made cat biscuits and how to make eco-friendly cat puke rug cleaner. See? Total cat lady.

*I can write a music blog, because there are definitely NOT enough of those… I could see it now, “Out of work radio DJ begins 8,387,234,001st music blog in cyber space! Complete with embedded SoundCloud posts, Mp3s, and — wait for it — giveaways!”

*An author blog, which may or may not somehow be different from this here “writing blog.” haha. This blog is my writing blog and “whore myself as an author” blog.

*As I am presently, today, unemployed, my wheels are turning about starting a blog about being unemployed. The highs, the lows, the fun… Because I am a writer, I have 100 ideas a minute. “I could chronicle my job search! And my friends’ searches and struggles too!” Yeah, no. I think it’s only interesting to us. Boring to everyone else.

Actually, one friend says the story of my life is inspiring and could help others. That will be on her blog. I’ll let you know when it’s up.