Another major change since April is that I decided to step down as the WVWriters Inc. region 3 representative. I actually loved this job. I enjoyed (almost) every minute of it. Sure, it didn't come with a paycheck in the monetary way but it was an amazing way to meet and support the talented writers in my area and introduce them to the local readers who might not have known that they lived so close. I had the opportunity to work with a number of individuals and organizations who put a lot of time and effort into making our world a better place. I had the privilege of adding my efforts to that mix. So, why did I step down? Well, the simple answer to that question is: It was time. Prior to this position, I was on the organization's board as 1st VP for 2 years. I served as rep. for a year. During that 3 years, I found that my focus really needed to be on other writers and on creating a supportive atmosphere wherever I happened to be that promoted literacy and writing - especially to the younger generation. These things are pretty important to me and I felt they needed most of my attention. It required so much, in fact, that I found that I was no longer writing. It's an odd sort of thing to try to nudge others into doing something that you can't seem to find time for in your own life. It started to really bother me while setting up the Alderson event. Also, I have always been "selectively social" and on the shy side. Once I get to know someone and find my comfort zone with them, I'm fine but dealing with new people - especially when I need to ask them to do things for me - is something that I find emotionally exhausting. The rep position requires a lot of social energy and I found that putting the time and effort that I felt the position deserved left me drained and wanting to hide in my office. Once you start putting off fun outings with friends in order to get some alone time, you have to admit to yourself that how you are doing things isn't working. Becoming a hermit is frowned upon in our society and really hurts your own book marketing plans *laughing*. I finally decided that in order to keep the position I would have to give up writing and find a way to enjoy being an extrovert. The latter is never going to happen, and the former is too painful to contemplate. So, I officially handed the position off as of July 1st. To be honest, I was a little sad when it was over. I will miss being in charge but I know that I will have ample opportunity to help the new rep and the organization in general in the future so it isn't the end of the story, just the closing of a chapter.
If you are a writer, I highly encourage you to join West Virginia Writers Inc.. You do not have to live in WV to be a member, and we are an amazing organization. The annual writing contest poses some stiff competition. The Spring Conference offers HUGE returns in motivation and creativity (it is also one of the least expensive and most jam-packed conferences you will find). We have a large and varied online presence for your convenience including an e-mail round table, blog, forum, and Facebook presence. The other members are generous in their support and advice. Check us out at the link attached to the photo. You'll be happy that you did.
Oddly enough, all that pent up creativity immediately vented into a new project. Stay tuned for a sneak preview of the results!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!