Blog to support the book "Creatively Self-Employed: How Writers and Artists Deal with Career Ups and Downs" by Kristen Fischer

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Greetings from a very cold (again) New Jersey. While we had some spring weather, for like two days, it's back to nippy...but at least there is sun.

My moods seem to go with the weather. So right now I'm in that winter doldrum where you're dying for the first peek of spring. A scent in the air, or a brush of warm air...everything outside affects me. So when it's a little dreary, I try to stay busy with some cool creative projects inside.

You may or may not know that my New Year's resolution was to query three magazines a month. I made certain not to make the goal to get published in a major womens magazine...because that's kind of out of my control. But what was in my control was to think up great ideas and put them into queries and send them out. I've been doing it--and let me tell you, I know that getting published in a bigger magazine is right around the corner. I've got contacts, and these contacts are giving me tons of positive feedback. I just need to get the topic in tune with what they want. If you're a writer, you know that's sort of like mind-reading. Editors are picky and want you to hit juuuust the right spot. Annoying. But like I said, I'm getting closer. And I'm in touch with some helpful people. I'll keep you posted.

I'm also painting my office. I'd rather do it instead of being stuck inside when it's nice. So my makeover is underway. Bye bye beige. I can't wait to have a nice office that's all mine. Since we moved here two years ago I never got to paint the office because my husband and I were so busy with kitchens, bathrooms...everything. So now it's time to make this office inspiring. I've selected an apple green that is quite a shocker on the walls, but I think we'll get along just fine.

I've picked up some new writing gigs. That's great, as always. Work is moving along just fine and I'm grateful for it.

So that's what's keeping me busy for the next few weeks. What kinds of things are getting you through your winter doldrums?

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Blogger DEATH'S DISCIPLE: THE NOVEL BLOG commented at 12:00 PM~  

That is really weird. Here in England, it's equally cold and once I meet a deadline this week, I am going to give myself a few days to decorate my office...in green!

It's a job I've been wanting to do for ages and while I know having a newly decorated office won't bring in any more work, I can't help thinking it will make it easier for me to keep tapping away at the coal face of words until the sun returns.

Blogger kristen commented at 6:22 AM~  

I just painted my office. It really helps me to stay motivated:)

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