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Is it a human thing, a woman thing, or a writer/creative thing?

I can never make up my mind. I am not sure what causes it, hence the questioning blog title. I am pretty sure that this was about the third or fourth year I decided to enter ArtPrize. I’ve decided I’m not going to, and that if I ever say it again, people should just assume I’ve lost my mind.

 

Here are the collage pieces I did for “We ARE Art.” The opening art piece I did will become the cover for a future handmade zine I make… which these other pieces may or may not be included in (I haven’t decided yet).

On to the changes in writing…

I am not going to publish my dissertation as a book once I finish it and it’s graded, although it will be “part” of a future book. Also, I am considering writing more Vocal articles again, since the new “full-time” gig isn’t giving me any “full-time” work and is greatly falling short of the expectations they gave me. I am not sure what I’ll write about. I’d love to come up with some more stellar pieces like my Ouija Board article. If you have any topic ideas, feel free to leave a comment with them. I mostly write health & wellness, occult/New Age, writing, and small business marketing articles.

As far as other projects underway, I am at least halfway through the text/poem for Following Frankie the Firefly, which means I can start on artwork anytime now. I am also over halfway through The Jealousy Remedy.

For now, if you haven’t checked out the books I currently have published, you can find them on Amazon.

Posted in Books, Dogopus, fortune teller, Freelance Writer, Indie Author, update

Introducing Dogopus the Fortune Teller

I know it’s been a bit since I touched base with my fans and readers. I came down with a cold early in the month, then went right into a sinus infection, then had a toothache, and on Wednesday I had three teeth extracted. I’m still in pain.

I haven’t been extremely productive lately. I am just going to call March my “month off” and start fresh with April.

I have two fantastic interviews completed for the first issue of #supportgrandrapids Literary Journal. We also have a poem submitted already. I am getting pretty excited about this and can’t wait to see what submissions roll in this month before the May deadline gets here.

I managed to add a few words to my dissertation. I hit all my work deadlines. And, I came up with a new idea. I guess that’s at least some sort of productivity.

28616596_2034560670189455_1881876833941854615_oDogopus the Fortune Teller will have some of his own books in print. Hoping to have the first one out this year, maybe by Halloween. They will be a series of books on fortune telling and other “occult” topics (as you’d expect from a dog/octopus wizard puppet).

Dogopus may also be starring in a music video…

Tons of ideas, but this sick-month was a significant setback. Here’s to a better month!

Posted in Books, Freelance Writer, Indie Author

Accepting that I AM a publisher

With the new year comes new ideas and new adventures.

My newest adventure has been launching my own publishing business. I will be getting my dba soon. Right now the only books I am publishing are my own, as well as the #supportgrandrapids Literary Journal. However, in the future, I may take on more publishing projects (especially if I can convince my future husband to publish a manuscript of his that’s currently sitting in my office).

This idea came after I read an article about the business of self-publishing. Essentially, it said that once you publish your own book, you’ve started a publishing business. I thought, so be it. And here we are.

So, my publishing business has the adorable name Glass Goat Publishing. My fiance, of his many pet-names for me, likes to call me glass goat because of my last name (Glasgow). I decided it was just right for this new adventure, and thus Glass Goat Publishing was born. Even after we’re married, I will still work and publish under the name Yvonne Glasgow, although I will be taking his last name.

My first goal under Glass Goat Publishing has been editing my five currently published books and adding the Glass Goat Publishing label to them. They remain published under the same ISBN, but they read better and have the addition of a “temporary” business logo. I am having a permanent logo designed by a super-talented GR artist, C.R. Warner. I can’t wait to share that with you when it’s ready.

I hope you’ve been having a productive 2018 so far! Mine is amazing.

Posted in Books, Freelance Writer, Indie Author, Poetry, update

Resurrecting Frankie the Firefly and #supportgrandrapids

It’s been just over a month since my last update. Sorry about that. I got busy. I’m still busy. My freelance business is back to Level: Success. It’s so successful that I hardly have time to work on anything, but I am when I can.

I have 9 active freelance gigs right now. Only one of them is steady and full-time. I’m, at the least, doubling my income this month from what it was in January. Want to know how I do it? I charge for that.

My dissertation is on the backburner this month. I WILL get it done and submit it in March. I am no longer doing the “post a day” on Vocal since I have too much writing work to do already, and I want my “free” time for my own writing projects.

Speaking of my own “projects”, here is what I am working on:

Alone– This month I started working on a short story about a serial killer. I’ve been obsessed with learning about serial killers since I was a kid. Finally, I am putting some of that obsession to work. Once I complete the story ( I am shooting for between 3000 and 5000 words) I will be submitting it for publishing in an anthology or literary journal.

Following Frankie the Firefly– Because of a refound love for collage art, I finally feel like I’m ready to bring back Frankie the Firefly. I am going to create the art for the book using collage art.

I already have the intention to turn this into a series. Following the first book (no pun intended) I will be working on a gardening book and a camping book featuring Frankie! If you want to keep up on Frankie follow THIS PAGE on Facebook.

#supportgrandrapids– The zine is coming back, kind of. I am still working out the plan. It won’t be anything like it was before. It might only be available for purchase as an eBook. Or, I might have it available in print, but not sell copies myself and you’ll only be able to get a copy by ordering it on Amazon. I am considering making it more of an “anthology” than a “zine” this time since it is a BOOK. It will be quarterly, NOT monthly. To keep up on #supportgrandrapids you can follow THIS PAGE on Facebook.

Along with all of that, I still have a list of books I am working on, including The Jealousy Remedy. I hope to have that one out in the next month or so.

I am probably missing something… But you get the idea. I’m busy! And, I’m happy.

 

Posted in Freelance Writer, Indie Author, Life Experience, update

A Day In The Life…

A Day In The Life Of A Freelance Writer/Indie Author/Artist

I feel like this is something I have to describe to new people in my life far too often. If you’ve never worked from home as a contract writer/artist/whatever, you might not understand what it’s like to do it. I get that. We all live different lives, and different things work for different people.

Anyway, this is the last time I’m explaining. Now it will be right here online, easy to find. This is a look at my normal “workday.” I don’t get in a car and commute to an office, but I still have a job to do. I don’t have set work hours, but I still have assignments and deadlines.

My Day

Wake Up– Most of the time I sleep until noon. It’s the life of an artist. I don’t need to be up to punch a clock at 6 am. And, I like the nighttime, she’s my muse. I go to bed by 3 am, most nights (unless I’ve been sucked in by a review book).

Gig Hunt– If I am not making a substantial amount of money a month (meaning I am bringing in less than $3000) I am gig hunting. Freelance gigs don’t last forever, contracts end. Gig hunting and applying is something I try to do every day, Monday thru Friday. Some days I don’t find anything to apply to, some days I find a dozen perfect gigs. Some respond quickly, some never respond. And some days I have test articles to due (paid and unpaid).

Deadlines And Assignments– Not all assignments come packing a deadline, but I try to set myself deadlines because I don’t get paid if I don’t turn in the work. I treat my writing like a full-time job, even when I don’t have a full-time schedule of articles to work on. If I don’t have the paid work, I have stuff I do that doesn’t pay (because I enjoy it, because it allows me to help friends out sometimes, because the more you write, the more you learn). This is my income, this is my life. If I don’t work every day, I don’t make money, which means I can’t pay my bills.

Hobbies– When I don’t have work to do, in my spare time after my work is done, I work on my own books, write poems, create art, practice music, listen to music, watch streaming TV or movies, read books. These are the things I enjoy. These are the things I do instead of going to a bar and wasting money on alcohol or going to the theater and spending way too much to see a movie and eat some popcorn.

I know some people might see all this as a recipe for becoming a recluse. I still make time for friends, when they need me. I still go to Dale’s gigs from time to time to get out and be amongst the living. This is the life I live, this is the life I love.

I rarely get burned out these days. I take breaks when I need them. I focus on one thing until I get it done and then move onto the next project unless I need a break in between. This life works for me. I get to do what I love for a living and sometimes my words even help people, and that’s the best part.

Posted in Books, Freelance Writer, Life Experience, update

#Winning Update

Happy New Year! I thought now would be a good time for a goal check-in. We’re over a week into the new year and I am oozing success! So far:

  • I have submitted one article a day to Vocal. I am even switching up the types of articles I do just to make it fun. One of them made “Staff Pick” already!
  • I am 2,000 words into my dissertation. I also just made the final payment. 8,000 words to go, with 3 weeks left on the deadline… I got this!
  • I made a new goal sheet for my wall. It’s a “daily & weekly” list, since some of the things I don’t need to do daily!
  • I haven’t stopped working IN my office yet, aside from reading review books in bed at night.

I’d say I’m #winning.

I’m winning so much that I signed a new contract with the gift shop at the UICA today. Now all four of my books are available there. I had two phone interviews today and a test edit for one of them. Got that one with flying colors. I am still waiting to hear from an editor with my test article assignment for the other one. Oh, and I started another new, steady, writing gig on Friday. Things are looking up.

There is a one-page interview with me, about my books, in Grand Rapids Magazine this month. I will post a scan of it on the website in February (I don’t want to discourage anyone from going out to buy a print copy).

A few months ago I entered a short story in the Write Michigan competition. Today they announced the ten finalists… I wasn’t one of them. Rather than let that discourage me, I submitted my story (a piece of work I am extremely proud of and fond of) to a literary magazine. If they don’t grab it up I will submit it to another, or enter it in another contest. My goal is to have it win something or come with a paycheck for getting published. I believe in it, and I believe in myself.

And, on that note, I hope your new year is as amazing as mine so far!

Posted in art, Books, Freelance Writer, Life Experience, update

A New Year, Some New Deadlines

2018 is just around the corner and, like many of you, this has me thinking about the new year, fresh beginnings, and new plans. In fact, I’ve been thinking about these things so much lately that I started writing out the things I want to get done in 2018. These include things I’d intended to get done in 2017 that somehow slipped by before I could get to them.

This brings to mind ways to make sure I accomplish 2018s goals better than the ones I set for 2017. That means I am giving myself deadlines, even for the most personal and menial tasks. When you create for a living, whether it’s art or writing or even music, and you only have yourself to complete the work for it can be easy to get off track. My 2018 will be all about deadlines, instead of just goals.

Another couple things I intend to focus more on in 2018 are creativity and motivation. Goals, Deadlines, Creativity, and Motivation. I feel like they all work well together and I hope they will all work for me. I already have some deadlines written on my calendar. I will hold myself accountable this new year (or try anyway- sorry, Yoda).

Where I am at so far:

  • Submitting an article a day, minimum, to Vocal.
  • Turning in my dissertation by the end of January.
  • Following my daily goal sheet that hangs on my wall.
  • Submitting the manuscript for The Jealousy Remedy by 2/12 (so it’ll be out by Valentine’s Day).
  • Submitting the manuscripts for my next two poetry books by 3/18 (so they’ll be out by spring).

I also intend to ONLY work in my office for 2018. That means keeping that room neat, clean, and organized.

What are your goals for 2018? How are you going to make sure your 2018 is a success?

Me? It’s April now, and I haven’t accomplished one thing on that list above, but I’m still trying!