Suddenly my calendar is wide open. Where there had once been school visits, library programs and vendor events, now consists of a vast expanse of erasures, strike-throughs and deletions. For now, we hunker down, work on those projects we’ve not had time to complete, plan for the future and wonder if we will ever be able to hug each other without worrying.
I’m working from home for my day job for the time being, but the view is lovely. I face a lovely robin-egg blue wall with a window to my left. I can watch the squirrels and birds play throughout the day, see my company’s test bus pass by once an hour. Cummins Inc. thoroughly tests their engines both at our Technical Center (where I’m a tour guide in addition to my regular duties at my downtown location) and on the road. The test bus is testing bus engines to assure they meet the rigors of a short duty cycle. I see people walk by with their dogs, pushing strollers, jogging, riding bikes because though we hunker down, we crave fresh air.
Each day when my day job is done and I can virtually clock out, I begin the second half of my day, which includes working on writing projects and such. Currently, I’m working with an illustrator on my next book, Pete the Brave. The story of a amiable and kind click bug who displays the virtue of self sacrifice.
I’ve also passed off the fourth rough draft of Cleo and Roger Discover Columbus, Indiana – Book Two – Art to my editor/husband, Paul, for some help. I reduced the text by 1000 words – not a lot if we are talking novel, but this is a children’s book. I knew the book was too long, but did not see how I could reduce the text and maintain the integrity of the story. As I started working through the text, I realized there was more than I thought to clean up. The story is crisper and I know after Paul works through it, it will be even better.
Besides working on books, I’ve created new topics for speaking engagement/programs to include:
- Overcoming Obstacles
- Thinking Outside the Box Regarding Disabilities
- Be Unique
- Architecture of Columbus, Indiana
- Writing and Marketing for Children
- Write Your Own Story (in development)
- Fairies and Dragons and Stories, Oh My (in development)
While programs/speaking engagements are cancelled, authors are still busy creating, writing, and editing. I’ll get back to the social stuff when the world’s a healthier place to hang out in.
So stay safe and healthy! And if you are looking for something for the kids to do, consider ordering one of my books from my publisher, Viewpoint Books, Amazon, Barnes&Noble or check out my store page (under Welcome page.