Hello Old Friends!

Yes, I’m here.  Life has gotten complicated (my husband is ill), forcing me to drop the online course, Beginning Writers Workshop.  The main reason for this was that it was getting too successful.  My enrollments kept going up, and, well, you can imagine responding to 60 candle descriptions every day for two weeks.  Part of this is my own fault.  I really liked working with everyone.  I kept trying to limit responses, cut back on the scope of assignments, and hire help.  But none of this worked.  I couldn’t keep up.  So I have kept the two other online courses–Effective Business Writing and Writing Essentials (a back-to-basics review).  They’re easier to keep up with.  I’m hanging in, still working.

Ed2go offered to buy the content of Beginning Writers Workshop, and the offer was a good one.  But I said no.  (You don’t sell your children!)  Instead, I am revising the course into a workbook.  It needs at least two more revisions and then we’ll see how publishing goes.  Amazon is the easy option, and I may go that way.  If I do, I will email everyone to let you know it’s available.  I thank you ALL for how you helped me revise that material until it was as helpful as I could make it.

To answer Gullible’s question, yes I got tired of John and Martha, but only to the extent that John’s name is now Bert.  Martha is still her feisty self.  If you’ve taken Writing Essentials, you will have found that she shot John in the toe and had to serve time.  (He was having an affair.)  She trained in jail to be a firefighter.  She just keeps on going.

Other news:  I put my other novel (prequel to The Glory Rites) up on Amazon.  It’s called The Old Powers.  It’s a good read (paperback or Kindle), and since I’m stubborn, there are no dragons or magical creatures in either.  (Okay, there is a sorcerer or two.)  The good guys are flawed, and the bad guys at least have understandable motivation.  Between the two novels, it gave me a chance to examine the fuzzy lines between magic and religion and also humanism and the urge to power.

I miss you all!  We’ve had a lot of fun.  We even had roller skating parties with famous literary figures!  Here’s hoping I can climb out of my many ruts and keep this blog alive.

Let me hear from you!

7 responses to “Hello Old Friends!

  1. Keeping those good vibes flowing to you and your husband, Ann. Tight hugs.

  2. Hey, Zelda. So very good to hear from you. Are you writing anything these days?
    Keep in touch. –Ann

  3. So sorry to hear of your husband’s illness. Dealing with life’s difficulties can be a challenge, but I’ve no doubt that you will persevere. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
    I’ve thought about you so many times since I took your ‘Beginning’ class. Your critique of my final exam submission left an indelible mark on my psyche and gave me the confidence that I needed to believe in myself. I must be one of many that feel this way about you. So the next time that rut is dragging you down, remember how many you have inspired! ~Cecilia

  4. It’s so great to hear that you’re feeling confident. Hope you’re writing more!

  5. I’m sorry to hear that your husband’s ill and I hope he recovers soon.

    I’m glad to see that you’re still blogging. Your blog has been fun and inspirational for so many, myself included. I’ll be on the lookout for your BWW workbook and look forward to hearing of your future endeavors. Thanks for keeping us posted.

  6. So glad to hear from you. Life keeps challenging us to make us strong. I am sending all positive thoughts your way.

  7. Life seems to kick us when we’re down, illness seems so prevalent these days, not only in old folks like me, but seems to hit the younger generations also. Prayers for your husband, and strength to you.

    You have been missed. I looked the other day for BWW, and was disappointed when I didn’t see it. I was hoping to get a kick start on my writing again, I will look into Writing Essentials in the near future. I’m glad you’re back.

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