Reinventing myself (again)

A bad day to be a toy

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.



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