The first step in my October writing odyssey is the Write on the Sound conference in Edmonds. It’s been around a while, but this was the first that I’d heard of it. I am hoping to make a few contacts with writers in the Seattle area. I have made plenty in Bellingham, but my heart still belongs to Seattle. This year I can walk with my head held high, knowing that I have a published book under my belt. It has helped my confidence. I’ve committed to a path that I had spent years avoiding, and I’m getting recognition for what I did.
The irony of it all is that in spending this month deeply involved in the writing community, I’m not writing. I’m barely managing to sneak in 500 words a day, which by my standard is the equivalent of writing nothing. And maybe that’s not fair to myself, but I think you have to have some kind of standard, especially when writing. It’s very easy to say, “I have a great idea for a novel.” It’s very hard to say, “I’ve written a novel.”
Word count notwithstanding, I remain excited about my opportunities. Some classes I’m taking are going to enrich my career. How to Find an Agent, or Using Social Media. Then, there are classes to help work on my writing. How Stories are Told, etc. Then there are the purely fun classes, like “Food and Wine Writing.” (And yes, that’s my idea of fun! Don’t judge me.)
Then there’s been the adventure of getting there. I feel as though there will be a There and Back Again: A Writer’s Story post in my future. I could tell you how I plan on doing it, but I think the fun will be in explaining how well things went according to plan.
This whole month is a month of waiting. It’s the hardest part of looking forward to something. The pure distraction as the event approaches. And I can tell you that when I’m getting out of bed at five o’clock in the morning to get rolling on Saturday, I’m certainly going to be asking myself what I was waiting for, and why not go back to bed. But it will be worth it.
And, if it’s not worth it, then let’s hope that it’ll be funny later, when I’m relating the tale.