Thursday, June 15, 2006

What's Up

When June rolled around,it looked like things would slow down. Many editors take early summer vacations. I envisioned having time to work on some creative projects.

Well, this isn’t the first time a bubble burst. June has taken off like one of those skinny little rockets we light on July 4th and send zooming skyward.

I just signed on as a contributing editor for a site, Family Security Matters. I’m facilitating an ongoing Poetry Spotlight for The Writer, and also writing on a regular basis for the Florida Times Union. My latest for the T-U is an article about a talented musician named Kent Smedley. What he can do with a guitar is unbelievable.

I have an essay pending in The Christian Science Monitor, and I’m still doing the writing residency at Shands Jacksonville. The new poetry collection is almost there, and of course, I’d like more time to work on it. I managed to make some gains on the new nonfiction book. The novel’s drafted, sitting on the shelf like an abandoned puppy. It’s done, but I think it needs to just leave my mind for now. Then I’ll go back in and edit it and start looking into publishers.

Never a dull moment. I’m doing the poetry workshops for the Southeastern Writers Association Conference next week, so I won’t be blogging again until the last week in June.

And since I’m starting school at UNF in the fall, I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row.

Every full-time freelancer I know stays time-challenged. It’s a good problem to have.

Recommended book: A History of Warfare by John Keegan. Mind-blower of a book.