Today, I’m saddened. After being a part of the Write On by Kindle community since 2015, Kindle announced it is closing the forum. Many say it was time, but I wanted to express how important a role it played for me.
I loved to write when I was younger. As I entered adulthood, I had other responsibilities which took precedence over my writing. Decades later (four to be exact) I received an email from Amazon Kindle about a new website they were developing. I went online to check it out and began to read some of the posted stories. Reading the stories and comments left by other writers and readers inspired me, I knew I needed to take a chance.
I began to write Exodus. It took ten months to write, proofread, revise and edit. In August of 2016, I self-published my first novel on Kindle. During the months I wrote I also messaged back and forth with various authors helping them proofread and suggest possible edits of their works in progress just as they had helped me. Without their support, I wouldn’t have gone through the steps it took to finish the book.
Encouragement between writers played an important role in the forum. I learned to take constructive criticism with more grace than I would have before I was a participant in the forum. While writing and rewriting paragraphs and chapters, I discovered I was my greatest critic. Through this journey on Write On, I have become a better writer.
It saddens me to know this forum will not be available for others in the future. Yes, there are other forums, but Write On was special. The bonds we’ve formed with our fellow indie authors will hopefully last. The books we have written are proudly published on Amazon so others can enjoy them.
I may never be a best-selling author, but it’s nice knowing my book has entertained those who have read it and hopefully will for years to come.
Families. So many words describe them — loving, supportive, close-knit, and warm. In January, some families can be described in less than flattering terms as the countdown to the Super Bowl begins.
Our family isn’t any different. My husband, sons and myself are avid Green Bay Packers fans while several other family members are Minnesota Vikings fans. My younger brother is such a fan, he has a large Vikings insignia tattooed on his upper arm.
Facebook has become Ground Zero for jabs, trash talk and a whole lot of crowing when someone’s team is doing well. My feed gets blown up with every snide meme about the Packers on the internet. The closer it gets to Super Bowl Sunday — the crazier the antics become. The dinner table is surrounded by purple jerseys and green and gold t-shirts. Conversations go from current events to stats, game plays and predictions about the outcome of the next NFL game.
Plenty of beer, pizza, mini tacos and a boat-load of appetizers make the rounds as all eyes are zeroed into the action on the TV. We even have soft miniature footballs we throw at the television when we are unhappy with the play-calling or disagree with a penalty the referees have called on our team.
The competitive spirit between all of us ends with the end of the football season; at least until March Madness begins. But that is another story…
Each year millions of people make their New Year’s resolutions vowing to lose weight, get rid of clutter, etc. I am definitely not an exception.
Yet by the end of January, most of us have given up on those future endeavors. Again, I’m not the exception to this statement.
So what can I do this year to change my past behavior. This is also a resolution… This year I kept my resolutions simple, and only focused on one resolution instead of two or three. My resolution is to utilize the quiet hour from 6 am – 7 am on fitness or writing. Seemed easy to do when I made the resolution. Not always so easy to do when you live with an energetic Labrador retriever.
I tend to exercise more in warm weather because I love walking outdoors. Over the last few weeks, I’ve dusted off my unused exercise equipment and worked up a sweat on the elliptical and my Airdyne bike.
Writing early in the morning is more of an issue. Our pup leaves me alone during the time I work out, but if I’m sitting in front of my laptop, all bets are off. Apparently, our dog doesn’t respect my literary efforts.
Some folks will say our dog is untrained. I agree to that assessment but only to a certain degree. He is very well behaved most of the time. But labs need a lot of attention and sitting at my feet while I write about Clare Thibodeaux and her adventures isn’t the same as playing ball.
I have my work cut out for me, but I hope to keep my resolutions this year. Hope all of you are having a great 2017 thus far, and if you haven’t kept the resolutions you made…you still have time to start again.