Where There’s A Whim, There’s A Way

It’s taken me a couple dozen  years, but I have recently learned something about myself that I find rather interesting. It’s something that I’ve never really paid attention to, but the course of my life over the past year has completely validated.

Here it is:

When I get a wild hair idea, I need to run with it!

Now, I know that sounds weird, but bear with me. And no, I’m not talking about everything like when I randomly decide pizza is a good life decision (which it totally is, by the way), because I would basically have pizza every night of my life.

But in bigger things. Hobbies, Career moves, Projects.

 

I realize that this statement makes me sound super flighty and probably more than a little irresponsible, but bear with me. I have been working for almost all of my adult life. I’ll be the first to admit I have obsessive/workaholic tendencies and completely invest myself in my tasks at hand. These habits mixed with my embraced spontaneity must be the perfect mix, because I’ve done well for myself.

I have had several careers, each of them better than the last. And while I am nowhere NEAR a millionaire, or even upper class, my family has always been provided for and I have improved myself in many ways because of how my ‘off the cuff’ decisions have played out.

But like I said, I never really REALIZED why, until just recently.

It all started last year when I was in bed reading, and I was hit with a sudden idea for a novel. It was one of those moments where this idea just hit and everything fell so perfectly into place, I told myself I HAD to stick with it. So I committed that year, to completing my novel. I followed that wild hair, or rather in this case, ‘hare’ down the rabbit hole, and a few months later, I had finished my first draft for The Wanderland Chronicles.

Draft in hand, I wondered what the next step would be. Next thing you know, a little voice in my mind whispered “Publish It!”

So I said ok.

And I did it. I found an incredible publisher, started actively working on Social Media, and began building my author platform and career. I fell in love with Twitter and really started engaging and getting a following there. I found a network of writers, and I absolutely loved it.

Then those pesky ideas started up again. During the Winter Break, I decided that I wanted to make a Twitter Game. It was something I’d been considering for a while, but hadn’t been able to figure out. Again, out of the blue, I was hit with an idea. Author Confessions! I mean, who wouldn’t want to hear the secrets about their favorite books from authors they admire?

So I made a game.

And it TOOK OFF. I can’t even begin to explain how floored I still am that #authorconfession has been so successful. It makes my heart happy every time I think about it. So we played January and I got to meet and connect with lots of incredible writers and realized that they seemed to like it as much as I did. So of course, my brain geared up, and started piecing together the next steps. Should it continue?

I posted a poll on Twitter asking my Confessioners if they would be interested if the game continued another month, and I was met with a resounding YES.

#AuthorConfession was here to stay.

I drafted up a new set of questions and designed a new board, and posted it up and February’s game began. We’ve had more people joining in and sharing, and it has been a blast!

I’m sure you know what I’m about to say next….

That’s right, I wasn’t done. That wild ‘hare’ came bouncing right back at me, with a new project.

This weekend, I worked like a MADWOMAN watching BookTubers, setting up a channel, graphics, and of course, recording, so I could bring #AuthorConfession to an entirely new platform! It probably sounds crazy, and that’s because I’m pretty sure it is.

BUT, I have to believe it’s also going to turn out to turn out to be something pretty damn special. Because for as CRAZY as some of my wild ‘hares’ have been (bringing my family halfway across the world so I can teach English/Science), they haven’t steered me wrong yet.

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Want to know more about #AuthorConfession?

Join the Twitter Game HERE

or

Watch My Introductory YOUTUBE video HERE

then let me know what YOU think! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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7 thoughts on “Where There’s A Whim, There’s A Way

  1. Great post, J. M. I don’t think I would have the courage to do some of the things I set out to do, like write a novel, let alone try to have it published. I guess I don’t think very highly of myself. Even though friends and family think otherwise and encourage me to write. There are a lot of fears stoping me. Too many to list here. But I’m trying to not let those fears get to me. I write, but I’m lost on what to do with my stories. I guess there’s this need for validation from everyone who reads my work, even though I know there are people who won’t like what I write.

    In the meantime, I’ll keep plugging away.

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    1. Thank you! I recommend you give it a shot! There are some amazing sites out there that can help spur on your writing! Or find a writing group to join and find a group of like minded people to help support you and build your confidence! It is definitely intimidating, but get out there and give it a go! (Also, feel free to connect with me on Twitter, I’m ALL about the positive writing vibes!) 😀

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