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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

I suppose this post could also be called “End-of-Year Notes from a Practicing Writer.”

I’m going to keep this short. Hope that bullet points are okay with all of you today!

  • I’m thinking of last year’s spotlight on Lisa Romeo’s wonderful “I Did It!” list idea. I’m thinking that I should work on my own “I Did It!” list for 2014.
  • I’m thinking of the seminar application that is my current “work-in-progress.” (3 essays required!)
  • I’m thinking of the post on “My Year in Jewish Books” that I’ve just published over on my other blog—and applauding myself for actually managing to meet my Goodreads challenge for the year.
  • How about you? What’s on your writerly mind as 2014 ends and 2015 begins?

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Having spent over ten years under the destructive mental influence of somewhat common drugs that attempt to control diabetes (insulin, Victoza) and help my platelets (Danazol), I am hoping to get back to writing. Now that my mind is back in my control again, I would like to 1) Write articles, maybe a book, and do research on Metacresol, the preservative in insulin, that gave me pseudo-dementia for all this time; 2) Finish the rewrite on my first mystery novel that I tried writing while I was under the influence but knew just wasn’t right; 3) Create a website for my new self (Anne MacKay); and 4) Make decisions about self-publishing vs. traditional publishing.

      The last is one I really need lots of different advice and suggestions on. The writing world has changed drastically since I went into my mental medical funk. I don’t know much about how writers deal with self-publication, don’t know if my writing is good enough for a standard publisher.

      I’m open for suggestions!

      Anne

      • Oh, Anne–what a comment. I haven’t necessarily kept up with all the info on self-publishing, but I will keep an eye out for useful resources. Every best wish to you with your new year.

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