Definitely out of the box!…

Launch Nostalgic

Well, I did it! Remember that box I said I was bursting out of…that new project and path I said I was going to embark on in my last post? Well, it’s happened…I am definitely out of the box and into a whole new world. I launched my new website and blog, Imperfect Zen, last Sunday…Earth Day. What’s it about? The tagline is…”Walking through life creatively, joyously, mindfully, imperfectly”…and I think that really sums it up. I won’t say much more here because, quite honestly, I worked really hard to say it well on Imperfect Zen…and I want you to go check it out!

Here’s the official site: www.imperfectzen.com

And if you’re only going to give me one or two clicks to tell you what it’s all about and decide if you’re in or not, I recommend going directly to the post: “The Imperfect Zen Resolution” and/or the About Page.

Many of you already knew about Imperfect Zen because I either told you personally or you saw it announced on my Instagram and Facebook pages. And many of you have already signed up for the Imperfect Zen “New Moon Missive” newsletter and are onboard and have sent me massive love and support. I can’t say thank you enough! You are my tribe and the foundation of Imperfect Zen.

For those of you who only follow me here, I apologize for getting the news to you a week late. One of the many things I learned this week is that it takes a lot of time and effort and hard work to launch a website! I’ve been working my butt off…and loving it.

Meanwhile, there is also some news in the world of fiction writing. I’d like to report the faint pangs of missing, even an excited longing, for my book. I’m not committing to anything one way or another, but perhaps by jumping out of the box and walking down this new path, I’ll actually be more inclined to finish my book than not. The Universe does work in mysterious ways!

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Woosh! The curtains open…

I’m here! I’m here! *waving from the front windows*

I know, it’s been too long! I’ve just been in a little funk. The kind of funk where you eat too many donuts and drink too much coffee, abandon exercise altogether, and can’t properly get started on a writing project even when your sanity depends on it. (All you writers out there, is there such a thing as post-first-submissions-blues…?) And I *moved* into this beautiful new virtual space, had an *open house*, then proceeded to close all the curtains and wander around aimlessly! (All you bloggers out there, is it possible to have bloggers’ block…?)

But I’m back! And I can report the following good news—I have joined Mystery Writers of America, I am signed up for a Sisters-in-Crime writers conference in San Francisco next month, I will be guest lecturing again this fall, and I’m working diligently through Julia Cameron’s “The Artist Way.” Not only that, but school has started, so the college is buzzing with contagious energy, and the first leaves have started to fall, marking the approach of my favorite season. And even though I’ve been in a funk, I haven’t been completely idle. I’ve been working on getting my new home office set-up, completed two cross-stitch projects, traveled to Washington State to visit family, and started translating my grandmother’s cookbook with my father.

“How are the submissions going?” you ask.

In the month and a half since I sent out my first eight submissions, I’ve had two rejections, two non-responses, and am still waiting to hear back from four agents who note longer response times. I’ll admit there was a crisis of faith when I wasn’t instantly offered a deal…honestly, who doesn’t fantasize it’ll happen with the first response?!…but I have regrouped, read all those articles about famous authors being rejected dozens of times before acceptance to soothe my ego, and am actually excited about the next batch of submissions I’m preparing now.

“And how are you getting out of this funk?” you ask next.

Posting this is certainly a step in the right direction! Another must, is getting up early in the mornings to write and exercise, like I did this morning. I have learned that if I don’t, I’m a complete mess the rest of the day. And finally, just reminding myself that I am a writer, showing up to the life I want, and leaving the rest to God and the universe.