Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is on the horizon, with a New Year following shortly thereafter. Have you made plans for the New Year?
Sometimes it’s difficult enough to make plans for tomorrow let alone for a new year. And, with the busyness of the holiday season, time seems to slip away even more quickly. We are nearing the end of 2016 – where did the year go?! I had great plans for my writing career in 2016, and in essence, much of that came to pass. I authored two new books, both released earlier this fall, and I was part of Sundown’s Pawprints on My Heart as well as Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America. I wrote several articles about Wyoming’s Vietnam veterans, a project of the Casper Star Tribune and the Wyoming Veteran’s Commission, and several of my pet stories were picked up and published by a company in Colorado called Prairie Times. I also authored several articles for Crossroads and WREN magazines, both published in Wyoming.
My goal is to become a fulltime freelance writer; I am much closer to that goal now than ever. We will see what 2017 brings. I have interviews scheduled yet this week with an editor looking for project writers and with the director of a non-profit seeking a social media/content creator – such additional work coupled with my “usual” monthly writing gigs and a social media content writer position I was recently asked to fill just may help tip me over into “fulltime freelance/virtual writer” – but no final decisions will be known for a week or so (perhaps next column I’ll have “good news” to share!).
In the meantime, this weekend (actually starting tonight) several books event opportunities present themselves, including reading my latest children’s story BobCat Goes to School at a library about 30 miles from where I live. I am grateful for these happenings and signings, for the librarians, booksellers, and occurrence creators who ask me to take part in an event. Sharing my work, words, and passion for pets thrills me, and I look forward to each opportunity, especially during the holiday season.
What career or other life plans are you making, whether you’re a writer or not? What holiday plans do you have that you are looking forward to?
Wherever you are, wherever you go, whatever you do, may your plans and opportunities bring you joy!
Gayle M. Irwin is a Wyoming writer, author, and speaker. She is the author of several inspirational pet stories for children and adults, including a chapter book called Sage's Big Adventure, a kid's activity book titled Cody's Cabin: Life in a Pine Forest, and a humorous and heartwarming cat story published last month called BobCat Goes to School, as well as two memoirs: Walking in Trust: Lessons Learned from My Blind Dog and Tail Tales: Stories of Pets Who Touched My Heart and Impacted My Life. She is also a contributing writer to several editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul and is one of the featured writers in Memories from Maple Street U.S.A: Pawprints on My Heart, released by Sundown Press. She will be on the booksigning circuit in Wyoming during December. Learn more at www.gaylemirwin.com.