One year ago today, I was newly retired, facing the beginning of a school year without my participation, and just starting to write full-time. While it felt kind of funny to watch everyone else to go off to work/school, I also felt liberated. It was (still is) great to wake up in the morning and think, “What do I want to do today?” instead of “Gee, I have to be at work in ___ minutes.” I have all day or write or research Alaska history. Writing full-time is definitely a blessing for me.
One year ago, I had just finished my research trip to Denali National Park and Kantishna, and was putting the last touches on the draft for Gold Nuggets. Now that book is finished and contracted to be published by Prism Book Group, along with the others in my Gold Rush series. What a change, to go from wannabe writer to author with a contract. And by this time next year, I’ll have at least one book on the shelves. (We haven’t gotten far enough to finalize the publishing schedule yet, but I hope we’ll have one or two out by then.)
One year ago, I was on this website, and just starting Facebook and Twitter. Now I’ve added Pinterest and Tumblr and I’m enjoying social media. I am not an expert by any means, but I’m more comfortable with it. It’s been fun to mess around with the sites and find some kindred spirits. I am lucky to have such good online friends.
Just goes to show, you never know where life will lead you. But if you follow your heart, you’ll find your path. As I like to say, your heart knows the way. May your heart point you to your best life.