I began writing news updates for Inside.com on Easter Sunday! I had forgotten how exciting and addicting news could be. I’m happy to be a part of this new platform for reporting the news. Inside is kind of a like a “Twitter for news.” You can consume your news on Inside.com or on the Inside app.
Check out Inside.com for constant news updates in an easily digestible form. Bite size updates lead to their original source updates. Put together by those of us truly qualified to bring you properly curated news — never click bait or other b.s.! I love it!
I think Inside has a good thing going here and I hope you will check it out. I’m excited for where my writing journey is taking me already in 2015. This is just the beginning and it’s only the first week of April!
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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So it’s been a crazy summer. I’ll leave it at that. I did finish outlining the novel and am in the process of creating my characters and settings. I have been going at a snail’s pace but I decided that is OK. I have realized that I need quite a bit of imagination time until the story is solid in my head, without any holes in it. That’s what makes me crazy — the holes. I have gotten excited about past ideas and started writing my ass off without fully outlining and imagining what I needed in order to create a strong story. I would write tens of thousand of words, go back over it, and realize I had made mistakes in my haste. Or maybe the story just changed from the original idea. Maybe it grew. Maybe the story became better or worse.
This time around I am laying a strong foundation, however slow it is for me during summer of 2013.
But now it’s Labor Day weekend and summer is over. I did write a first chapter of my novel. I hate it. It’s horrible. It’s very short. Why? Because it came to a screeching halt due to the lack of imagining. Not so much that I don’t have the idea. I do! But I need to put it all on the page to make it make sense to me. Then I can actually start writing a proper chapter.
After years of writing short news stories under the gun in a broadcast newsroom, I am learning and adjusting to a new format. In news writing, everything was formulaic. Each day, I gathered facts to create an inverted pyramid to be written in such a way that it would be read on air in two minutes or less.
Now I have freedom and don’t know what to do with it. I like this problem!