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25 February 2010

Excellent day. Went for a walk first thing this morning with Coco. Met one of my neighbors at the end of the road and actually engaged in conversation, not bad for not yet having coffee. It was sunny, though there were enough clouds to remind me that we were due to have snow this afternoon. The dirt road was snow covered but thankfully not slick. Coco seemed to enjoy the walk as much as I did as she ran along the side of the road sniffing what I'm sure were the scents of not other dogs, but other animals that make their home in the woods that separate each home in this area.

I spent most of the day applying for corporate jobs and freelance writing jobs. FIve of each. The best part was that these were jobs that I would enjoy, both on the corporate side and the freelancing. I even went through the Ladders website to send out my resume to 20 of their recruiters. Today I finally managed to do what I've imagined, to dig deeper in the job hunt and pursue more meaningful contacts.

Thi…

25 February 2010

Excellent day. Went for a walk first thing this morning with Coco. Met one of my neighbors at the end of the road and actually engaged in conversation, not bad for not yet having coffee. It was sunny, though there were enough clouds to remind me that we were due to have snow this afternoon. The dirt road was snow covered but thankfully not slick. Coco seemed to enjoy the walk as much as I did as she ran along the side of the road sniffing what I'm sure were the scents of not other dogs, but other animals that make their home in the woods that separate each home in this area.

I spent most of the day applying for corporate jobs and freelance writing jobs. FIve of each. The best part was that these were jobs that I would enjoy, both on the corporate side and the freelancing. I even went through the Ladders website to send out my resume to 20 of their recruiters. Today I finally managed to do what I've imagined, to dig deeper in the job hunt and pursue more meaningful contacts.

Thi…

It's Snowing in Evergreen and there's Elk in My Yard

Last weekend it snowed off and on for the entire weekend. The result was this beautiful, but fleeting display. By Tuesday, when the sun had come out the snow was still on the ground but the strong Colorado sun was quickly revealing the brown patches of pasture beneath. Luckily for me, it started snowing again this afternoon. A light dusting, perhaps no more than an inch or two, but I'll take it. I'm still holding out hopes for a real substantial snowfall like they've had on the East Coast. On Monday as we set the table for lunch, we looked out the kitchen window where normally we'd see Chickadees and Stellar Jays feeding from the birdfeeder. Instead we were greeted by eight elk who apparently have developed a taste for the sunflower seeds that get knocked out of the feeder and onto the ground. They were having quite a party and we're so thrilled with the easy meal that when I stepped in front of the window, they looked at me as if I was the curiosity. As you can se…

25 February 2010

Excellent day. Went for a walk first thing this morning with Coco. Met one of my neighbors at the end of the road and actually engaged in conversation, not bad for not yet having coffee. It was sunny, though there were enough clouds to remind me that we were due to have snow this afternoon. The dirt road was snow covered but thankfully not slick. Coco seemed to enjoy the walk as much as I did as she ran along the side of the road sniffing what I'm sure were the scents of not other dogs, but other animals that make their home in the woods that separate each home in this area.

I spent most of the day applying for corporate jobs and freelance writing jobs. FIve of each. The best part was that these were jobs that I would enjoy, both on the corporate side and the freelancing. I even went through the Ladders website to send out my resume to 20 of their recruiters. Today I finally managed to do what I've imagined, to dig deeper in the job hunt and pursue more meaningful contacts.


T…

24 February 2010

Took Mom to the airport this morning. Spoke with her this evening, she's safely back home in Fort Lauderdale and already missing me and the beauty of Evergreen. The house is a lot quieter without her here, but I hope she will enjoy the next six weeks with her friends. Then she'll fly back here and then off to Hawaii for a month to celebrate her friend's 90th birthday. Not bad for 84!



Can I match that energy? Let's see how much I can get done in the next six weeks. Today, two pages written in my novel. Twenty five sit ups. Ten push ups.

24 February 2010

Took Mom to the airport this morning. Spoke with her this evening, she's safely back home in Fort Lauderdale and already missing me and the beauty of Evergreen. The house is a lot quieter without her here, but I hope she will enjoy the next six weeks with her friends. Then she'll fly back here and then off to Hawaii for a month to celebrate her friend's 90th birthday. Not bad for 84!

Can I match that energy? Let's see how much I can get done in the next six weeks. Today, two pages written in my novel. Twenty five sit ups. Ten push ups.

24 February 2010

Took Mom to the airport this morning. Spoke with her this evening, she's safely back home in Fort Lauderdale and already missing me and the beauty of Evergreen. The house is a lot quieter without her here, but I hope she will enjoy the next six weeks with her friends. Then she'll fly back here and then off to Hawaii for a month to celebrate her friend's 90th birthday. Not bad for 84!

Can I match that energy? Let's see how much I can get done in the next six weeks. Today, two pages written in my novel. Twenty five sit ups. Ten push ups.

22 February 2010

After a rather depressing blog post, today was a better day. I got up and got to work at my computer first thing. I started with pursuing jobs at elance.com, I applied for seven new assignments. I believe now that bidding on jobs, composing proposals for the work, is a learning process, so rather than get discouraged if I get rejected, I will now consider that I am simply learning what to do better next time and one step closer to acceptance.
Second, I am staying with my commitment to the writing schedule I made for myself at the beginning of the year and have written a minimum of one page in my novel today. It's taking longer to write one page than it did to write two yesterday simply because I'm moving into new territory, unplotted, and the place in the novel for more suspense, something has to happen that will propel the action for the next few chapters, but I'm not sure what yet.

22 February 2010

After a rather depressing blog post I wrote yesterday over at Suzanne Anderson, today was a better day. I got up and got to work at my computer first thing. I started with pursuing jobs at elance.com, I applied for seven new assignments. I believe now that bidding on jobs, composing proposals for the work, is a learning process, so rather than get discouraged if I get rejected, I will now consider that I am simply learning what to do better next time and one step closer to acceptance.

Second, I am staying with my commitment to the writing schedule I made for myself at the beginning of the year and have written a minimum of one page in my novel today. It's taking longer to write one page than it did to write two yesterday simply because I'm moving into new territory, unplotted, and the place in the novel for more suspense, something has to happen that will propel the action for the next few chapters, but I'm not sure what yet.

22 February 2010

After a rather depressing blog post I wrote yesterday over at Suzanne Anderson, today was a better day. I got up and got to work at my computer first thing. I started with pursuing jobs at elance.com, I applied for seven new assignments. I believe now that bidding on jobs, composing proposals for the work, is a learning process, so rather than get discouraged if I get rejected, I will now consider that I am simply learning what to do better next time and one step closer to acceptance.

Second, I am staying with my commitment to the writing schedule I made for myself at the beginning of the year and have written a minimum of one page in my novel today. It's taking longer to write one page than it did to write two yesterday simply because I'm moving into new territory, unplotted, and the place in the novel for more suspense, something has to happen that will propel the action for the next few chapters, but I'm not sure what yet.

21 February 2010

Today I wrote another 1,000 words / 4 pages in my WIP. I'm gathering momentum and really enjoying the writing process of this novel. I'm also looking forward to seeing where the story takes me, 55,000 words done, on to my target 100,000 word finish line.

21 February 2010

Today I wrote another 1,000 words / 4 pages in my WIP. I'm gathering momentum and really enjoying the writing process of this novel. I'm also looking forward to seeing where the story takes me, 55,000 words done, on to my target 100,000 word finish line.

Completion

This year, so far, has been one of begininngs. I moved to Evergreen, Colorado, I've undertaken a job hunt, I started writing again, working on a novel that I'd abandoned a year ago halfway through, and I've established a freelance writing business and am now looking for assignments. And while I am enjoying each of these endeavors, and trying to enjoy the 'journey', my heart longs for completion, for successfully obtaining a job, for a sense of attaining a goal.

When you are going through the daily, seemingly neverending hamster wheel of applying to and never hearing back from prospective employers, one aspect of the frustration is a sense of never having a feeling of accomplishment. In fact, I think this is the most difficult aspect of the process, the open-endedness of longing and wondering if and when I will achieve my purpose in being here.

For this reason I've discovered that there is an important need to devise tasks where I can have a sense of completion…

18 February 2010

Today was a productive day. I wrote 1000 words / 4 pages in my novel and applied to 5 jobs on elance.com. Now I'm going to read The Historian, a 650 page novel that we chose for our first book in my new book club. The only problem is that I'm only on page 175....hence the need to turn off the computer and open the book!

18 February 2010

Today was a productive day. I wrote 1000 words / 4 pages in my novel and applied to 5 jobs on elance.com. Now I'm going to read The Historian, a 650 page novel that we chose for our first book in my new book club. The only problem is that I'm only on page 175....hence the need to turn off the computer and open the book!

18 February 2010

Today was a productive day. I wrote 1000 words / 4 pages in my novel and applied to 5 jobs on elance.com. Now I'm going to read The Historian, a 650 page novel that we chose for our first book in my new book club. The only problem is that I'm only on page 175....hence the need to turn off the computer and open the book!

Thank You

Last Friday I posted a quick blog about Mom and I heading down to Jewish National Hospital to get some tests run and then dashed off a research question I had for a scene I was writing in my murder mystery, which I didn't have time to figure out because of that day's adventure.

You all generously chimed in with suggestions. And this past Sunday when my computer broke down, I finally had time, by necessity to go to the Evergreen public library to do that research. And of course, you were right on. In fact, the librarian showed me a reference page on the library's system that quickly took me to the State of Colorado's business license look up which allowed me to easily find the history of a local business.

I want to thank you all for your helping hand.

Today, we're heading back down to Denver to JNH, for another blood test that will measure the effectiveness of the cardiac medications that Mom's taking, her last blood test before she heads back home to Florida f…

15 February 2010

Yesterday was quite a day. My computer died. This is the third computer that has died in the past year. Either I'm spending way too much time on the computer or I've just had a run of bad computer karma. First my Dell laptop died after 2 1/2 years of good service while I was doing my MBA. Then my HP laptop died within a couple short months of ownership. I got the hard drive replaced and gave it to my nephew as a going off to college present. I then bought a Toshiba netbook which I loaded up with Norton 360 and McAfee anti-virus software because in each of the previous computer failures, my hard drive died and the thought was that perhaps it was due to a virus.

Being very careful not to open any videos or strange websites and with the addition of the security software, I thought I was safe. Apparently not. The Toshiba is still under warranty so they will replace the hard drive, but sending it off means that I would be without my computer for a few weeks, as well as losing every…

15 February 2010

Yesterday was quite a day. My computer died. This is the third computer that has died in the past year. Either I'm spending way too much time on the computer or I've just had a run of bad computer karma. First my Dell laptop died after 2 1/2 years of good service while I was doing my MBA. Then my HP laptop died within a couple short months of ownership. I got the hard drive replaced and gave it to my nephew as a going off to college present. I then bought a Toshiba netbook which I loaded up with Norton 360 and McAfee anti-virus software because in each of the previous computer failures, my hard drive died and the thought was that perhaps it was due to a virus.

Being very careful not to open any videos or strange websites and with the addition of the security software, I thought I was safe. Apparently not. The Toshiba is still under warranty so they will replace the hard drive, but sending it off means that I would be without my computer for a few weeks, as well as losing every…

15 February 2010

Yesterday was quite a day. My computer died. This is the third computer that has died in the past year. Either I'm spending way too much time on the computer or I've just had a run of bad computer karma. First my Dell laptop died after 2 1/2 years of good service while I was doing my MBA. Then my HP laptop died within a couple short months of ownership. I got the hard drive replaced and gave it to my nephew as a going off to college present. I then bought a Toshiba netbook which I loaded up with Norton 360 and McAfee anti-virus software because in each of the previous computer failures, my hard drive died and the thought was that perhaps it was due to a virus.

Being very careful not to open any videos or strange websites and with the addition of the security software, I thought I was safe. Apparently not. The Toshiba is still under warranty so they will replace the hard drive, but sending it off means that I would be without my computer for a few weeks, as well as losing ever…

12 February 2010

After my first month in Evergreen, I realized that I was lonely and needed to do something to meet new friends. That need became the impetus to create a book club via the innovative services provided by meetup.com Not only did I have eight book and wine loving people show up at the first meeting, through another group I joined on meetup.com I met a new walking buddy. Lessons learned: 1) if you want something in your life, take action: intention + action = results, 2) the Internet is truly a wonderful resource for accomplishing #1.

After two months of applying for jobs without results, my ego was bruised and I wanted a way to take control of my productivity. While reading an article in Entrepreneur magazine last week, I came across a mention of elance.com, a website which creates a marketplace for freelancers and those seeking their services, to meet and create. So, today I hung out my shingle.

While I will continue to apply for 'traditional' corporate jobs, I am excited to a…

12 February 2010

After my first month in Evergreen, I realized that I was lonely and needed to do something to meet new friends. That need became the impetus to create a book club via the innovative services provided by meetup.com Not only did I have eight book and wine loving people show up at the first meeting, through another group I joined on meetup.com I met a new walking buddy. Lessons learned: 1) if you want something in your life, take action: intention + action = results, 2) the Internet is truly a wonderful resource for accomplishing #1.

After two months of applying for jobs without results, my ego was bruised and I wanted a way to take control of my productivity. While reading an article in Entrepreneur magazine last week, I came across a mention of elance.com, a website which creates a marketplace for freelancers and those seeking their services, to meet and create. So, today I hung out my shingle.

While I will continue to apply for 'traditional' corporate jobs, I am excited to also…

12 February 2010

After my first month in Evergreen, I realized that I was lonely and needed to do something to meet new friends. That need became the impetus to create a book club via the innovative services provided by meetup.com Not only did I have eight book and wine loving people show up at the first meeting, through another group I joined on meetup.com I met a new walking buddy. Lessons learned: 1) if you want something in your life, take action: intention + action = results, 2) the Internet is truly a wonderful resource for accomplishing #1.

After two months of applying for jobs without results, my ego was bruised and I wanted a way to take control of my productivity. While reading an article in Entrepreneur magazine last week, I came across a mention of elance.com, a website which creates a marketplace for freelancers and those seeking their services, to meet and create. So, today I hung out my shingle.

While I will continue to apply for 'traditional' corporate jobs, I am excited to also…

10 February 2010 and a Mystery Question

I'm going to be gone all day tomorrow, at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver again with Mom making the rounds of doctors visits. Everything is fine, in fact, we love how thorough they are, we're just doing the follow-up visits to last week's MRI of her heart.

Along with my other 'little' business project, I've been working on my murder mystery. I've begun playing with a new twist in the plot and there is a question that I know at least one of you very smart people out there will know the answer to:

If I wanted to find out how long a local business in a small village had been in business, for instance, or to look up their business license to see whose name was listed there, would I go to the library, the Chamber of Commerce, or the municipal government offices?

Anyone know the answer?

10 February 2010 and a Mystery Question

I'm going to be gone all day tomorrow, at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver again with Mom making the rounds of doctors visits. Everything is fine, in fact, we love how thorough they are, we're just doing the follow-up visits to last week's MRI of her heart.

Along with my other 'little' business project, I've been working on my murder mystery. I've begun playing with a new twist in the plot and there is a question that I know at least one of you very smart people out there will know the answer to:

If I wanted to find out how long a local business in a small village had been in business, for instance, or to look up their business license to see whose name was listed there, would I go to the library, the Chamber of Commerce, or the municipal government offices?

Anyone know the answer?

10 February 2010 and a Mystery Question

I'm going to be gone all day tomorrow, at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver again with Mom making the rounds of doctors visits. Everything is fine, in fact, we love how thorough they are, we're just doing the follow-up visits to last week's MRI of her heart.

Along with my other 'little' business project, I've been working on my murder mystery. I've begun playing with a new twist in the plot and there is a question that I know at least one of you very smart people out there will know the answer to:

If I wanted to find out how long a local business in a small village had been in business, for instance, or to look up their business license to see whose name was listed there, would I go to the library, the Chamber of Commerce, or the municipal government offices?

Anyone know the answer?

8 February 2010

Finally a good day. Okay, that's a bit dramatic and not true. I mean, today was a good day, but the 'finally' is a bit too much. There have been other good days here, I'm just too tough on myself to acknowledge them unless they're good on my terms.

Enough with the confessional/definitional, back to the good day. Today I have finally taken a positive step in taking control of my career. A friend of mine (L.) has told me that I'm not allowed to elaborate on projects/interviews/kissing frogs until they come to pass so that I don't jinx the outcome. So, let's just say that I am taking steps which will allow me to work for myself, or at least to dip my toe into the water and see how it goes....

I will still continue my daily job search for more 'traditional' corporate jobs that I can do remotely (read: at home or in Paris, Hvar, Friday Harbor, etc.) but I'm excited to give this a try and see if it generates a little pocket money or a full-fledged…

8 February 2010

Finally a good day. Okay, that's a bit dramatic and not true. I mean, today was a good day, but the 'finally' is a bit too much. There have been other good days here, I'm just too tough on myself to acknowledge them unless they're good on my terms.

Enough with the confessional/definitional, back to the good day. Today I have finally taken a positive step in taking control of my career. A friend of mine (L.) has told me that I'm not allowed to elaborate on projects/interviews/kissing frogs until they come to pass so that I don't jinx the outcome. So, let's just say that I am taking steps which will allow me to work for myself, or at least to dip my toe into the water and see how it goes....

I will still continue my daily job search for more 'traditional' corporate jobs that I can do remotely (read: at home or in Paris, Hvar, Friday Harbor, etc.) but I'm excited to give this a try and see if it generates a little pocket money or a full-fledged f…

8 February 2010

Finally a good day. Okay, that's a bit dramatic and not true. I mean, today was a good day, but the 'finally' is a bit too much. There have been other good days here, I'm just too tough on myself to acknowledge them unless they're good on my terms.

Enough with the confessional/definitional, back to the good day. Today I have finally taken a positive step in taking control of my career. A friend of mine (L.) has told me that I'm not allowed to elaborate on projects/interviews/kissing frogs until they come to pass so that I don't jinx the outcome. So, let's just say that I am taking steps which will allow me to work for myself, or at least to dip my toe into the water and see how it goes....

I will still continue my daily job search for more 'traditional' corporate jobs that I can do remotely (read: at home or in Paris, Hvar, Friday Harbor, etc.) but I'm excited to give this a try and see if it generates a little pocket money or a full-fledged f…

7 February 2010

Brave Suzanne.


A lighthearted aside.


It's snowing in Evergreen today. Ah, finally. Snow. How long has it been? 2 weeks? 4 weeks? Long enough so that the last snowfall has begun to melt and brown patches of tall grass interrupted my normally snow-covered fields. So, yes, today's snowfall however light, made my day.


As to the 'brave Suzanne' headline? Mid-afternoon I decided I had to have Buffalo wings to eat while watching the Super Bowl. So I bundled up and got in the Hummer and drove to the supermarket. I thought, what a brave girl I am to venture out in this snowstorm to get the makings for wings.


ha.


What a Florida girl I am.


As I drove by the lake at the center of town, I looked over to see at least fifty brave souls not letting a light two inches of snow curtail their afternoon of ice skating.


And the supermarket was packed.

Brave Suzanne, indeed.

7 February 2010

Brave Suzanne.

A lighthearted aside.

It's snowing in Evergreen today. Ah, finally. Snow. How long has it been? 2 weeks? 4 weeks? Long enough so that the last snowfall has begun to melt and brown patches of tall grass interrupted my normally snow-covered fields. So, yes, today's snowfall however light, made my day.

As to the 'brave Suzanne' headline? Mid-afternoon I decided I had to have Buffalo wings to eat while watching the Super Bowl. So I bundled up and got in the Hummer and drove to the supermarket. I thought, what a brave girl I am to venture out in this snowstorm to get the makings for wings.

ha.

What a Florida girl I am.

As I drove by the lake at the center of town, I looked over to see at least fifty brave souls not letting a light two inches of snow curtail their afternoon of ice skating.

And the supermarket, packed.

Brave Suzanne.

7 February 2010

Brave Suzanne.

A lighthearted aside.

It's snowing in Evergreen today. Ah, finally. Snow. How long has it been? 2 weeks? 4 weeks? Long enough so that the last snowfall has begun to melt and brown patches of tall grass interrupted my normally snow-covered fields. So, yes, today's snowfall however light, made my day.

As to the 'brave Suzanne' headline? Mid-afternoon I decided I had to have Buffalo wings to eat while watching the Super Bowl. So I bundled up and got in the Hummer and drove to the supermarket. I thought, what a brave girl I am to venture out in this snowstorm to get the makings for wings.

ha.

What a Florida girl I am.

As I drove by the lake at the center of town, I looked over to see at least fifty brave souls not letting a light two inches of snow curtail their afternoon of ice skating.

And the supermarket, packed.

Brave Suzanne.

God the Father

First, I want to clarify that I am a big fan of a verse from the book of Genesis which paraphrased states: "Abraham feared the Lord, and it was credited to him as righteousness". A fear of God is something I live by, not a cowering fear, but certainly a healthy respect. But that is one facet of my complex relationship with the Almighty. My relationship with God is often times like that of a daughter and a father. Often times a bratty adolescent daughter....

I admire those writers who seem to have a deep and abiding relationship with God, where they regularly hear Him speak to them through prayer, or the Bible, or through others. Their faith is unswerving and reinforced by these regular communications. My relationship with God has been more complicated, often hallmarked by God's silence and my petulant rants. The most common manifestation of this being my nightly talks with God late at night when I walk outside and stare up at the stars and ask God why I haven't hea…

5 February 2010

Today was spent at Jewish National Hospital down in Denver. Mom had an MRI scheduled as well as visits with two doctors. Everything went well and we'll hear the results of the MRI of her heart next Friday when we drive back down to meet with her cardiologist.

While I sat in the waiting room, I took advantage of the time away from my computer by reading Down to Business: The First 10 Steps to Entrepreneurship for Women. This book provides very practical advice for every step of the start-up, written by Clara Villarosa, who started and ran a very successful business when she was laid off from a high profile bank job at the age of 52. The nuts and bolts of business start-up are interspersed with stories of real women who created businesses both small and large.

While I don't currently have a specific idea that would provide the impetus to start my own business, it's something I'm extremely motivated to try, if I could conceive of a viable business. So, why not be prepared…

5 February 2010

Today was spent at Jewish National Hospital down in Denver. Mom had an MRI scheduled as well as visits with two doctors. Everything went well and we'll hear the results of the MRI of her heart next Friday when we drive back down to meet with her cardiologist.

While I sat in the waiting room, I took advantage of the time away from my computer by reading Down to Business: The First 10 Steps to Entrepreneurship for Women. This book provides very practical advice for every step of the start-up, written by Clara Villarosa, who started and ran a very successful business when she was laid off from a high profile bank job at the age of 52. The nuts and bolts of business start-up are interspersed with stories of real women who created businesses both small and large.

While I don't currently have a specific idea that would provide the impetus to start my own business, it's something I'm extremely motivated to try, if I could conceive of a viable business. So, why not be prepared,…

5 February 2010

Today was spent at Jewish National Hospital down in Denver. Mom had an MRI scheduled as well as visits with two doctors. Everything went well and we'll hear the results of the MRI of her heart next Friday when we drive back down to meet with her cardiologist.

While I sat in the waiting room, I took advantage of the time away from my computer by reading Down to Business: The First 10 Steps to Entrepreneurship for Women. This book provides very practical advice for every step of the start-up, written by Clara Villarosa, who started and ran a very successful business when she was laid off from a high profile bank job at the age of 52. The nuts and bolts of business start-up are interspersed with stories of real women who created businesses both small and large.

While I don't currently have a specific idea that would provide the impetus to start my own business, it's something I'm extremely motivated to try, if I could conceive of a viable business. So, why not be prepared,…

4 February 2010

The best part of my day is the last part of my day. That is when I finish with the job hunt and allow myself to open the file that contains my novel in progress and as I stare at the blank page, I allow a new part of the story to unfold. I can't explain what a pleasure it is when that mysterious process happens. One minute I am looking at the last sentences of a chapter and wondering where the story needs to go next. And the next moment I am creating that story out of thin air. I don't know where the ideas come from but when the first glimmer of a thread shows itself, I gently grasp it and begin to type and slowly step forward and see where it leads.

That is when time stands still or flies by or loses its shape and form altogether. And when I've finished my writing for the day, I'm really happy. For the first time in all the years that I've been writing, I'm not putting any pressure on myself. I don't care whether this novel is ever published, I'm not t…

4 February 2010

The best part of my day is the last part of my day. That is when I finish with the job hunt and allow myself to open the file that contains my novel in progress and as I stare at the blank page, I allow a new part of the story to unfold. I can't explain what a pleasure it is when that mysterious process happens. One minute I am looking at the last sentences of a chapter and wondering where the story needs to go next. And the next moment I am creating that story out of thin air. I don't know where the ideas come from but when the first glimmer of a thread shows itself, I gently grasp it and begin to type and slowly step forward and see where it leads.

That is when time stands still or flies by or loses its shape and form altogether. And when I've finished my writing for the day, I'm really happy. For the first time in all the years that I've been writing, I'm not putting any pressure on myself. I don't care whether this novel is ever published, I'm not te…

4 February 2010

The best part of my day is the last part of my day. That is when I finish with the job hunt and allow myself to open the file that contains my novel in progress and as I stare at the blank page, I allow a new part of the story to unfold. I can't explain what a pleasure it is when that mysterious process happens. One minute I am looking at the last sentences of a chapter and wondering where the story needs to go next. And the next moment I am creating that story out of thin air. I don't know where the ideas come from but when the first glimmer of a thread shows itself, I gently grasp it and begin to type and slowly step forward and see where it leads.

That is when time stands still or flies by or loses its shape and form altogether. And when I've finished my writing for the day, I'm really happy. For the first time in all the years that I've been writing, I'm not putting any pressure on myself. I don't care whether this novel is ever published, I'm not te…

3 February 2010

On Monday, after another day of applying to jobs, I sent an email to Marc Cenedella, President of The Ladders.com, a job hunting website that I subscribe to. In addition to running that site, Marc sends our an email newsletter and runs a blog with job hunting advice.

My decision to send an email to him was completely spontaneous. In fact, what I did was send him a copy of a recent post I wrote after the President's SOTU address in which I lamented the lack of progress I was having with my job hunt and my resulting frustration.

Remarkably, I received a reply from someone at the Ladders within 24 hours, a detailed email full of suggestions on how to better use their website to improve my job search as well as encouragement to contact them with any questions I might have. I also received a follow up email from Marc.

The point of this post is twofold:

1) Sometimes, perhaps more often than not, if we are proactive we achieve amazing results that do indeed help us to move forward in our pro…

3 February 2010

On Monday, after another day of applying to jobs, I sent an email to Marc Cenedella, President of The Ladders.com, a job hunting website that I subscribe to. In addition to running that site, Marc sends our an email newsletter and runs a blog with job hunting advice.

My decision to send an email to him was completely spontaneous. In fact, what I did was send him a copy of a recent post I wrote after the President's SOTU address in which I lamented the lack of progress I was having with my job hunt and my resulting frustration.

Remarkably, I received a reply from someone at the Ladders within 24 hours, a detailed email full of suggestions on how to better use their website to improve my job search as well as encouragement to contact them with any questions I might have. I also received a follow up email from Marc.

The point of this post is twofold:

1) Sometimes, perhaps more often than not, if we are proactive we achieve amazing results that do indeed help us to move forward in our pro…

Launch of the Evergreen Vine and Book Club

Last night I hosted the first meeting of the Evergreen Vine and Book Club. It was a great evening with eight new members joining the group and we're expecting another 5 or so in March! I wanted to share with you a recap of the evening that I've sent out to members, as well as a picture of our participants. This turned out to be a wonderful way to meet new friends. After this experience, I highly recommend meetup.com as an organizational tool to set up local clubs and to find friends with similar interests.

Hi Everyone,

Last night we had the first meeting of the Evergreen Vine and Book Club! What a great group of men and women showed up to create a fascinating evening of conversation, wine and books. The evening started with a meet and greet around a table of wine and appetizers, we then moved to seats around the fireplace for our discussion of books. The atmosphere was relaxed and everyone contributed to a lively discussion of what we should read as our first book. If you weren…

3 February 2010

On Monday, after another day of applying to jobs, I sent an email to Marc Cenedella, President of The Ladders.com, a job hunting website that I subscribe to. In addition to running that site, Marc sends our an email newsletter and runs a blog with job hunting advice.

My decision to send an email to him was completely spontaneous. In fact, what I did was send him a copy of a recent post I wrote after the President's SOTU address in which I lamented the lack of progress I was having with my job hunt and my resulting frustration.

Remarkably, I received a reply from someone at the Ladders within 24 hours, a detailed email full of suggestions on how to better use their website to improve my job search as well as encouragement to contact them with any questions I might have. I also received a follow up email from Marc.

The point of this post is twofold:

1) Sometimes, perhaps more often than not, if we are proactive we achieve amazing results that do indeed help us to move forward in our…