The waning days of 2017

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. – A Tale of Two Cities; Charles Dickens

This was a year of ups and downs, frustrations and accomplishments. The planned release of my latest novel was postponed, shelved, revised and finally rescheduled. It’s nearly there at long last, after each deadline I set for myself went whooshing by. I’m confident that the manuscript will be ready to hand off to my editor for a final proof by December 31. I have also begun to assemble my short stories into a collection and with the addition of a few more left here on the blog, I will have another small book to release in 2018. It will be a relief to start the new year with a clean slate.

While I struggled with writing this year, that is to say, to come up with new ideas for fiction and poetry, I didn’t while away the days frivolously. I invested some time in educating myself on the way to approach traditional publishing, I edited and revised existing material according to professional feedback I received. This will undoubtedly help me improve as a writer.

In addition, I embarked upon a few other creative pursuits. For one thing, I bought myself a decent camera. My hope is to improve my photography skills with the objective of using the photos for book covers, interior illustrations and subject matter for my other visual arts projects: sketching and painting. At a minimum, I’ll have plenty of images to accompany posts on the blog.

Moving forward into 2018, I plan on resuming the research and writing of my World War One story, Here Lies a Soldier. It won’t be posted here but I will keep you updated with my progress. And with interesting bits of information I uncover in my research. I will likely find inspiration for artwork as I read up on The Great War as well.

So with just a little less than two weeks left in 2017, I’d better make good use of the remaining time. Off to the keyboard…

The Megster Award (for not playing by the rules!) And a round of thanks!

Recently, actually, not that recently, I’m just really late in responding 😦 I was nominated for four awards:  The Infiniti Blogger Award and The Creative Blogger Award by Anand from blabberwockying,  The Blogger Recognition Award by paradoxicalsprite and The Liebster Award by DirtySciFiBuddah.  Thank you all for nominating me!  I am about to break the rules in a major way.  I forget what all I’m supposed to do to accept these awards and frankly, I’m too lazy to go look it up!  I know I’m supposed to answer some questions and then pay it forward to help my blogging buddies get some recognition.  So I’m going to just wing it here and tell you 5 things you don’t know about me and give you 4 awesome blogs to check out!  We’ll call this The Megster Award!

5 things you don’t know about me:

  1. Every time I laugh, I cry.  Seriously, my tear ducts just kick in every time I laugh.  It’s hard for me to wear mascara!
  2. I’ve never changed a diaper in my life.  Which, now you know, means I don’t have any kids.  Not that I don’t like them, I do.  I just never thought I’d be a very good parent.  I am, however, an awesome Auntie!  (everybody needs a crazy aunt in their family!)
  3. As for my blog title:  Meg Sorick writes better than she dresses, I don’t actually dress that badly, just boring.  My wardrobe is mostly black, grey and the occasional navy blue.  I am not exaggerating when I say I have about 10 black cardigan sweaters.  I always say I’d do well in an environment where someone else told me how to dress.  You know, like prison.
  4. I love to cook!  But not fancy gourmet stuff.  My home is where you come for beer on tap, home made pizza -which we have perfected, and some pretty righteous barbecue.
  5. I am a runner.  A very slow runner.  I don’t enter races, just run for exercise and the high that comes with it.  And the extra beer and dessert it affords me!

Now here are some awesome people to check out, besides my fabulous nominators:

Lula Harp

DS McKnight

martyvee

ladieswholunchreviews

I’m not going to ask them to answer questions, but if they’d like to pass on any of the awards I mentioned above and they can figure out how to do it the right way, I say go for it!

Is that thunder? Aw, it’s an award!

(Thanks to scienceclarified.com for the thunderstorm image)

encouraging-thunder

Thanks to Anand (Vibrant) for nominating me for this award!  And congratulations to him for his own nomination!  If there is anyone in the blogging community that deserves this award, it’s Anand.  He has been tirelessly supportive to our recent Blogging 101 class and alumni group.  In fact, I know I’m not the only one who worries that he’s not getting enough sleep!  He answers questions, gives praise and  kindly gives advice, so that we can all succeed!  I’m privileged to be part of such a lovely community.

The award rules:

  • The nominee posts the Award on their blog and adds the logo
  • Pass it on by nominating others (five is recommended)
  • Thank the person who nominated you, adding their URL to your post for ping back
  • Mention your purpose for blogging

My nominees are a really fantastic group of people.  From giving meaningful comments, to answering questions and having a good laugh together, I’ve enjoyed meeting them all!

My nominees are:

  1. maidsdayoff
  2. Cathy Lynn Brooks
  3. Karen Hampton, writer
  4. J S Malpas, author
  5. Minister Is a Verb

My purpose for blogging:

I’ve always loved books, loved to read.  Growing up as an only child, I had no brothers or sisters to play with and thus learned to read rather early on.  Unfortunately, even though I showed an aptitude for writing when I was young, it was never encouraged as a career choice.  I kept a diary from the time I was eight years old right up to about age fourteen.  I still have some of the notebooks I filled with poetry when I was an angsty teenager.  I went to college, first for a degree in marketing.  I continued writing during this time and even got one of my poems published, way back when.  Anyway, life went on.  Chiropractic school, starting a practice, marriage, caring for elderly parents, etc.  It had been years since I thought about writing.

One day, I guess about two years ago, I was sitting in the stylist’s chair at the hair salon, waiting for the color to cure (you thought I was a natural blonde, didn’t you?), reading my book to pass the time.  My stylist said to me, “You’re always reading.  Did you ever want to write a book yourself?”  “Sure,”  I laughed.  “Doesn’t every reader want to be a writer?”  “You should do it,”  she said.  “Hmm,”  I thought.  Why not?  I stopped at the office supply store and bought myself a nice notebook and started jotting down ideas.  Another year went by, a couple more notebooks and finally I had the idea ready for my first novel.

Next, I joined social media sites like Twitter and Tumblr and followed authors and writing blogs.  I realized I needed to do this myself.  A friend of mine has a food blog here on WordPress, so I decided to investigate and wow am I glad I did!  The blog gives me access to a supportive community of other writers and creative people willing to share ideas, make suggestions and just give you a pep talk when you get down.  It also lets me post short stories and other mini projects that help me hone my skills while I work on the next novel.  It has been a real pleasure to join this fantastic group of people!  Cheers!