Lots of news on this first day of 2013. I don't know if I was trying to cram a lot into the remnants of 2012 or if I finally had a moment when I didn't have to buy a gift, make a gift, wrap it, cook or decorate something. Whatever the reason I'll take it!
I applied for a part-time seasonal job where I'll get to use my Spanish skills. I love being bilingual. Even if you don't understand the why or want to learn a second language yourself, please allow/encourage your children to do so. The benefits are too great not to. A bilingual person has so many more job opportunities with a higher pay scale than the person who speaks only one language. It also gives a person a more global view, and whether you want to admit it or not, the United States is not living in isolation. A global community and outlook is the only way to go. Natural resources are limited and everyone is going to have to pull together to feed, clothe, house, educate, and care for everyone that lives on this only-planet-that-we-have.
One reason for applying is the money. I need a few more income streams to finance my vacation/adventure plans and pay my taxes! Also, it establishes a routine in my life while exposing me to a variety of people, cultures, and lifestyles. All is fodder for my future writing. Novelists cannot live in a bubble. A bubble makes for boring writing.
Secondly, I signed up for the 1st ever Writer/Storyteller Event at Urban Eats in St. Louis, MO not far from Saint Louis University (one of my old stomping grounds!). This event has a live audience and will be recorded. I have to TELL a story--no reading allowed-- about a humorous travel event. This is soooo far out of my comfort zone that I have to give it a try. I don't mind public speaking in the least. Ask my friends or family and all will tell you that I could speak to anybody anywhere at any time. However, I'm not fond of being filmed or photographed. That's one of the reasons I've been so involved in photography. If you're behind the camera you don't have to worry about being in front of one. I'm not photogenic in the least. I hope anyone in the area will come to Urban Eats on February 22 between 7 and 9 pm to watch me stretch my boundaries. Maybe, it will inspire you to stretch yours as well.
Thirdly, I jotted down a flash fiction story last night as I partied with Dick Clark's ghost. It still has some fine-tuning, but the bones are there and they're good ones. I entered the first paragraph into Contest #48 at Writer's Digest. This contest is based on a photo prompt. Writer's Digest will select the ten best and post them on their website (www.writersdigest.com/forum). In March, readers will get to vote for their favorite. Hopefully, I will be your favorite.
Lastly, I've updated my blog!
2013 is already productive! Can't wait to see what the future holds or what I decide to make of it.