& Other Updates
Sorry – No #NaNoWriMo For Me This Year
It’s November! November 1st, 2020 to be exact!
We have had one hell of a year, am I right? Pandemic, murder hornets, Trump, role models passing away. I think we can all collectively say that 2020 is among the worst years in history. The list expands to book and magazine publishers, too.
More and more people are out of work, including publishing house employees and others – limiting queries, submissions, launching of new projects.
That’s partially why I am choosing to opt-out of doing #NaNoWriMo or “National November Writing Month” where you must write a complete novel in 30 days or less.
This would have been my first time participating but alas other life issues have gotten in the way. Running a business, being a single dad, to use a couple of examples. I’ll be frank, I had to seek out “COVID-19 Rental Prevention Assistance” and more from my county. The kind of feeling I had walking through their doors, I never want my daughter to ever feel in her lifetime.
And in October, I was diagnosed with minimal to moderate Autism. This is more commonly known as “high-functioning” Autism. Let’s pile that diagnosis on top of all other things I have been medically diagnosed with. Safe to say, this latest diagnosis came as both a shock and as something strangely validating. It’s validating because it helps me put together missing pieces of a puzzle called my adolescence.
Determined to better understand all facets of Autism, I reached out to a few people I know who are also autistic. They each shared with me links and resources towards further educating myself on what it is and what it isn’t. Not long after going through the first few links, I was burnt out. That and, well, other life issues got in the way, also.
Are you or do you know someone who is autistic?
Let me know in the comments your thoughts and, if you have them, resources on autism.
Other Updates – Books and Travel
In the midst of all the death, chaos, destruction, and good times, I managed to write a new children’s book, aimed towards third-graders. Recently, I came into possession of many books of varying genres, including children’s & picture books.
This latest manuscript is inspired by Joanne Ryder’s “Hello, First Grade” book – pictures by Betsy Lewin. Right now, I am in the editing stages of the book – hoping to submit the manuscript to a local children’s & picture book publisher.
This book is absolutely adorable in every sense of the word.
It takes the reader back to a time when experiencing something as daunting such as the first grade can actually be quite a lot of fun and memorable. I highly recommend you buy this book for either yourself or if you have a first grader or soon-to-be first grader.
As I’ve stated earlier, there have been other crazy life updates these past 30 days. From losing family due to political affiliations to considering moving to a state over 2,000 miles away. Specifically, moving from Arizona to New Jersey.
The upside is my entire business can be done from anywhere in the world as long as I have an internet connection. The downside is that I would not know anyone in New Jersey other than my daughter and her mother. There are friends I’ve made in the next states over i.e. Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, etc. Though, that’s not quite the same compared to what I have now in Arizona.
I’d be starting a new life in a new state. And in a state that is very low on my list of desirable states to live in. Regardless, it’s all for my daughter.
Between now and June 2021, I’ll likely be taking a couple of vacations to the eastern seaboard to see exactly how things will be while living there. There are many historical sites I’d like to see while I’m there, especially from the Revolutionary War period.
Have you been to New Jersey or do you live there?
Let me know in the comments below!
And if you’re doing #NaNoWriMo this year, best of luck to you!