I'm progressing through the contest entries and will choose the winners soon.
After the winning stories have been posted, I'll put up the stories that requested critique. This should carry the blog through February.
Some of you actually read my blog and to my eternal gratitude, find what I have to say interesting. I'll continue to write posts about whatever, as I've been doing for the last year or two??? I don't remember.
The title today is not only apt in respect to the contest but to my life right now. It is progressing. I've met some lovely people at the two writer's meetings I've been to and well, I'm making friends. It's cool. My new friend is pushing me to offer freelance editing, which I'm reticent about for a gazillion reasons. But one thing she says and I agree with: my talent lies not so much with grammar but my ability to teach.
I'm also writing my fingers to the bone. I'm entering ABNA again this year but with a different novel than last year's entry (Meat Head, the Worst Dog in the World, in case you didn't know.) My Father's Heart which started out as a novella is solidly a novel now at 52,000 words. It's my strongest novel to date. I'll start shopping it around soon.
As soon as My Father's Heart is finished, I've got Dr. Bob to finish and go over Meet Head again. Plus I've got editing stuff over at Green Gecko. It'd be really nice to start making a living on one of these writing ventures but I foresee a day job in my crystal ball. Well, I'm going to enjoy my writing time while I can.
Oh, and I've been working on eating healthier and walking more. Notice there's not one mention of New Years resolutions. I don't make them. I just try to be a better me each year than I was before.
So what are you working on? (It doesn't have to be related to writing-- life in general is just a work in progress.) How are things progressing?
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and 17 chickens.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018