Excuses, excuses

I’m having a hard time getting back into the blogging habit. I’m still trying to make up for lost time from last week’s power outage, plus I’ve had computer problems, blah, blah, blah, excuses, excuses.

At least I can say that I’m devoting some of my non-blogging time to an entirely new type of work. I’ve begun editing a series of children’s picture books. The books are for very young readers, so they’re pretty simple, but they demand a creativity that most of my other work does not. I’ve actually been using a rhyming dictionary! Not sure if that is fun or pathetic.

Anyway, my client also wants me to help get the books published, so I’ll get to delve into the mysterious and slightly intimidating publishing process. Also a good thing.

I’ve had to admit to not knowing many things (never easy) and say yes to situations where my limited experience does not guarantee success (rare for me). So can this count as a couple of days’ bravery?

I’ll try to find something different to write about tomorrow.

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40 Responses to Excuses, excuses

  1. Tori Nelson says:

    It definitely counts, and call me pathetic but a rhyming dictionary sounds pretty fun!

  2. That is a great job to have. Those rhyming dictionaries can be fun.

  3. Delving into the publishing world is probably enough bravery for a whole year…

  4. notquiteold says:

    It counts. I hate having to confess that I don’t know. I had a great rhyming dictionary in college, but my brother stole it when he and his band were trying to write songs. I used it for writing sonnets…. can you believe it? What was I thinking?

  5. It counts as far as I’m concerned. You should see what passes for bravery in my house. I’m surprised by how small it can look, to feel so huge in my head.

  6. Totally counts. I’ve actually, though, gotten pretty good at saying “I Don’t Know” to my students. Except that they suspect that I really do know, but just won’t tell them. And I choose not to disabuse them of that notion.

  7. addielicious says:

    Keep the creative juice flowing! 😀

  8. Lesley says:

    Yup. It counts. Anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone most definitely counts

  9. Lisa Wields Words says:

    It counts. I’ve been turning to rhyming dictionaries a lot lately, and I find it fun. Now, in my own attempt to be brave I am going to ask some questions. 1) Where do you live? 2) How did you get the children’s book client? 3) . . no, not brave enough for that question yet. Maybe later.


    • Hi Lisa. I live in CT in a house where my phone still doesn’t work after the October Nor’easter snowstorm. Not really relevant to your question, but I can’t stop complaining about it!

      The client fell into my lap through another client for whom I’ve done business writing. He started his own marketing company and hired me because he remembered I had edited a business book a while back. So sheer dumb luck.

      Now come on, ask the third question…I am curious.

  10. Virginia says:

    If I leave a trail of cookies, will that lure you back to your blog? C’mon, you can’t resist us! ;D

  11. Angie Z. says:

    What a great job! I would give my right hand wrapped snuggly in a sparkly Michael Jackson glove to get to do something so awesome like work on a children’s book. Still, it definitely takes bravery to jump into a new endeavor like this. Best of luck on the project!

  12. Muff says:

    It so doesn’t count! (just kidding…) Someone had to do it. Your support network is clearly in place!

  13. jules says:

    and doing it does add another string to your bow. Good luck! 🙂
    http://andsuddenlyisee.wordpress.com / http://wordshakermag.wordpress.com

  14. Yes, it counts 🙂 Also? Children’s books are wonderful! The kids in my house are very wee, and we have stacks and stacks of picture books for toddlers and preschoolers all around. What an awesome project!

  15. gojulesgo says:

    How cool! And I’ve been slacking with the blogging, too. I blame the Percy Jackson book series, which I’m nearly finished with 🙂

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