New Year - Learn New Things

Updated: Jan 26

Hi - your friendly neighborhood nerdy lifetime learner here. So nice of you to drop by. I realize it’s the end of January, but 2022 is still in its infancy. Good health and happiness is my wish for you all.

You might be asking what I’ve learned since November? I have learned that smack in the middle of holiday madness, is not the best time to launch a blog! It didn’t help that I had SI Joint surgery in early November, and then the other side done in late December. I’m doing okay, for the most part, except for neglecting this new blog. (So, if you didn’t host the holidays, do lots of baking, have two surgeries, plus finish revising a manuscript, all while in pain, mind you – then what’s your excuse for slacking off in December? Huh? Just kidding – if you were able to, then more power to you.)

Despite having hosted several Thanksgiving dinners in the past, my husband and I just learned the proper way to carve a Turkey! Thanks to YouTube, I also picked up several ideas to beautifully garnish the serving platter. And la familia learned that wearing the silly Turkey hats and posing for photos is mandatory! (Yes, I own silly Turkey hats- don’t judge me!) Did you learn any new holiday hacks? The twin turkeys are my silly brothers-in-law.

I learned that painting a Thanksgiving pumpkin, although fun and pretty, will never happen again. It had not been carved anywhere, yet the darn thing collapsed right before Turkey Day! I learned that pumpkin guts do not smell good – and I have a compromised sense of smell, thanks to Parkinson’s. Next year, I shall use a faux pumpkin from Michael’s. They are sturdy and scent free. Anyone have decorating ideas to share?

I learned several ways to put together a pitch package for graphic novels. My pitch package for my hybrid graphic novel for kids is now ready! Yay! Agent queries have begun. Anyone else out there ready to query? What have you been working on? If you are not a writer or illustrator, what accomplishments are you proud of completing? If your answer is nothing, I encourage you to learn something new. Take an online course in something new, look up how-to’s online, or try a new recipe. Surprise yourself!

I learned about Kids Comics Unite. I recently joined this wonderful community for people working on kids comics. If you don’t already know, the kidlit world is chock full of super nice, nurturing people, who are happy to teach others, share their work, their ideas, and their time. Being that this is a “second career” for me, I’m no expert yet. However, feel free to hit me up with any questions. If I don’t have the answer, I should be able to point you in the right direction. Or, being a fiction writer, I might totally make something up! Just kidding, I wouldn’t do that. (Or would I? tee hee)

Lastly, I’ve learned to not have such a big time lapse in between blog posts again. I’m not going to promise a set schedule, but I will promise that future ones won’t take as long as this one. I’d love to hear from you – especially if you have any hot topics you’d like me to write about. (Although, they may become lukewarm topics by the time I get to them!)

I’ll end with a quote from Avina Celeste, a writer working on spreading positive messages worldwide:

“Enter this new year with a gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams.”

Stay healthy, happy, dream big and have fun broadening your horizons by learning new things.



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