I’m poised in a precarious position, here between 2012 and 2013. I’m standing at the cliff’s edge, feeling the unease of the dizzying height and the pull of the abyss mix with the fervent wish that the release will be worth stepping off. That is, stepping off the writing cliff.
In January I set out on a journey to what I thought was a summit, one step at a time, following a deliberate trail with a self-made map for my writing year. I wanted to write more, establish some discipline, continue my self-education, connect with a writing community and find a way to reach out of my comfort zone. Daunting goals indeed.
January 1st was the first step, with my first blog on My Writing Corner. I completed 67 posts this year (including this one) and met a blog challenge of 28 posts in April. In numbers, not as many as I’d hoped for, but at least two each month and I hit my self-imposed goal of 500 – 700 words per post. Goal #1 & 2 met!
Trudging on, I learned the software to edit and update my website, Amy Writes, instead of having to ask my ever supportive husband, Steve, to do it for me (lucky for me he’s always in the wings, ready to lend a helping hand when my mind goes blank on how to do something or I’ve lost my notes!).
There was sustenance along the way in an overwhelming smorgasbord of writers and blogs to follow on the internet. After overfilling my plate for many months, I learned to appreciate smaller portions and honed it to a manageable half dozen sites or so. Learning from and commenting on those blogs has provided a daily balanced meal of an online writing community that I’m very grateful for. Goal #3 & 4 met!
I sent a few scouts out in the form of submissions and although I didn’t get any of them published, it was a nice sense of accomplishment to set a submission goal and meet it by deadline and guidelines. One submission from 2011 hit the bull’s-eye and took me completely by surprise. “Journey’s Beginning” got accepted and published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: finding my faith in October.
It’s scary here at the edge. But off I step, with the fervent wish that the release will be worth it.