Thank you to a writing friend who connected me to Tara Lazar’s website on writing for children. It is not too late to play a far more childlike version of NaNoWriMo, aimed at shorter writing for kids. I have already landed on two new ideas, including one that I am already quite fond of (but won’t tell –it’s mine, after all).
2018 wasn’t one of my best years ever. It began with a recovery period from a minor surgery which wasn’t too bad but around the time I was feeling back to myself and ready to start exercising again, I simultaneously developed a severe case of shingles and a frozen shoulder, both in the same arm, my left.
I have not been a happy camper. I have my arm strength and range of motion back nearly entirely but still have residual neuropathic pain. I won’t go into the gory details right now as I am focusing on writing.
I have been lucky enough to become part of a critique group for the middle grade novel I have been trying to finish for some years now. Whether to procrastinate or merely to grow as a writer, I also started submitting an essay I wrote to some literary journals. The hours spent scrolling submission sites and magazines also led to a happy moment. One of my photos came out this week in a journal! Thank you to 3Elements Literary Review for my second magazine photo (my first is in Reptiles Magazine) ever published.
So here I am: child psychiatrist, photographer, children’s writer, and essayist. I’d better get on with it.