This has been a week of planting seeds.
Not real seeds, like in dirt. Because all the dirt in Colorado is frozen.
So are the trees.
And everything else, including me.
It’s snowing outside. Did you know that? I woke up half an hour early this morning because my house was freezing and the lovely warm blankets I was sleeping under didn’t cover my nose and my ears. So I had to build a fire to keep myself from getting frostbite.
No, the real seeds are going to have to wait for Colorado to thaw a little. Instead, I’ve been planting seeds for the year ahead, starting new practices and new adventures that—hopefully—will start to grow in the next few months and blossom into something more than a simple dream.
I bought a microphone, for one thing. I’m going to be recording podcasts in the next few weeks for my Mental Health for Writers posts. It’s very exciting.
I’ve been playing with it.
I have discovered three things.
(1) When recording, the soundbar should stay green or yellow. It should not be red. I have a terrible habit of sending it into the red.
(2) I do not love the sound of my voice when it’s on a recording. However, if I want to continue doing this, I have to grin and bear it. I have spent a lot of time gritting my teeth.
And (3) I stumble over my words A LOT more than I originally thought. Come to find out, I am not as articulate as I was hoping.
That must be why I’m a writer.
In other words, I am going to have to practice a lot with my new toy. Several people have also suggested that I make audiobooks of my two books.
I told them I’ll think about it. After I practice some more.
Another exciting activity for this week has been setting up my newsletter for this site. I’m very excited about this and completely overawed by the complicated service I’m using. It may be a few days before anything pops up.
However, when it does, I’d be very excited if you’d sign up for it! There will be all kinds of special goodies and tidbits for the people on my list, plus we’ll get to keep in touch and grow as a community! Which, of course, is the whole point.
Anyway, that’s my week! I’ve been rushing around, pushing myself out of my comfort zone and learning all kinds of new and very exciting things, which, for a stick-in-the-mud introvert, is very exhausting.
I’m a little proud of myself.
What about you? What new and exciting things are happening in your corners of the world? Tell me about them in the comments!