January is off to a fast start! Five new courses to design, and two proposals out for more. The novel edits continue, and notes are being worked out for two other projects.

My writing has always been a serious hobby, but now it will be a business. I’m filing sole proprietorship paperwork to be a writer for hire. For those of you who have been following and encouraging me with the progress of the novel, don’t worry. I’m not giving up on my fiction. If anything, I’ve been finding more time as my schedule shifts.

The new desk calendar is huge, and functions as a project management system. This is bigger than the last one, and the large side box is perfect for listing top goals. Color-coding keeps things in perspective as well. While tech has never been an issue for me, there’s something about paper and the act of writing itself. The pen scratching across the paper, the beauty of the ink, and the joy of crossing things off. Writing things on the calendar carves out the time, rather than scrambling to find it. Even fifteen minutes a day adds up over time on a project—and there’s a lot of projects to be done. A new website for the business, pursuing leads, networking….

For now, I still adjunct, and yes, teaching is enjoyable. But as a seasonal position, and with the usual lack of work over the summers, it is increasingly obvious to me that it’s not necessarily sustainable. Teaching will continue to happen, but in new ways, such as online. My entrepreneur hat is on, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this journey leads.

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

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