No, really, it’s tremendous.
It’s been many months since I wrote a post, which I think speaks volumes about my priorities (busy in the real world!) and time (again, busy in the real world!). A brief look at all that’s happened:
Remember how I was starting a little editing/writing business? I’m happy to report that in 2011 I worked with great clients and look forward to maintaining these relationships and growing stronger in 2012. You can do me a favor by checking out my website and referring me to everyone you’ve ever met (or just posting my URL on Facebook and LinkedIn. I love working from home- if I like, I can work for 14 hours without stopping or can just as easily drop work entirely to go on a trip with my kid’s school. Having the relative freedom to create my own schedule is a gift, and not one I take for granted.
This isn’t to say it’s been easy. Working from home means I am on a virtual island- and I’m not talking an island like Sir Richard Branson’s idyllic Necker Island, but something that looks more like this:
For those of you missing what I’m eluding to, all I’m trying to say is that it gets a little lonely and it’s easy to be plagued with self-doubt.
Thankfully, I’ve seemed to strike a balance between my consulting/freelance work and my fiction writing. RAINER TAUPE AND THE GREAT GLASS TURBINE is just about completed, and then I plan on becoming a famous, published author. Oh, really, you ask? Yep, oh, really. As Mrs. Beauregarde tells her daughter in Willy Wonka: Keep your eyes on the prize, Violet, eyes on the prize.
In all seriousness, I just have a good feeling about all of this. The book is the first in a series of six and I’ve received great initial feedback. Besides, I love writing middle grade fiction, so even if I were to continue to be an unpublished author, I don’t think I’d ever want to slit my wrists over it.
Hm. I say that now. Let’s talk NEXT New Year’s Day…
What else. Oh, yes. The kiddo is happy as a clam in her school, Still Waters in a Storm. I’m assuming you’ve all checked out the website? If not, please take a minute to check out the BBC video about the program on this fundraising page, and, if you’re able, make a donation! Even $10.00 will help keep the doors open to one of the happiest, most innovative schools on the planet. It’s changed our lives.
But what about travel, you ask? Well, I’ve saved the best for last.
We’ve made a few changes to our travel itinerary. Rather than travel for an indefinite period of time, we’ll be traveling just over the summer. Before you call me a wimp, hear me out. The kiddo has never been happier in school, and you know what? I’m pretty happy, too. I think what we’ll be doing is planning long summer trips and then will save our asses off to make them happen. Like this one:
Summer, 2012: Iceland, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and then a week back in the states with family in Rhode Island.
Not bad, huh? Anevay is dying to go to Iceland, and, because of Icelandair, it’s do-able. We’ll then stay for just a week in Paris, but will be doing all sorts of wonderful and disgusting things, including seeing the sewage museum and exploring the catacombs. In Switzerland we’ll visit family in Geneva, then to Rimini, Italy, where we’ll stay with our very stylish and amazingly fun friend, Viola. We will, of course, move around a bit to other cities and will see fabulous things, but I like the idea of having our homebase be in the historical district of Rimini called Borgo San Giuliano. Rimini is a gorgeous resort town filled with all manner of historical Roman sites, so I anticipate we’ll be forced (!!!) to spend at least a day or two soaking in the sun on some of the beautiful beaches while eating great fish and tagliatelle. After a couple of weeks in Italy, we’ll spend a day or two along the French Mediterranean coast before making our way to Spain, where we’ll meet up with our friend, Alberto, to roam around a bit before spending a week in Madrid. Then, a couple of days in gorgeous Portugal, then down to Gibraltar and into Morocco. After what we think will be a magical week in Morocco, we’ll fly back to the states, take a train from Boston to Rhode Island, where we’ll finish off our summer eating seafood, swimming, eating way too much ice cream ($10 to the person who can guess my favorite flavor) and just generally living with beach sand in our drawers.
Pretty dreamy, huh? We think so, too. I’m hoping our trip will take the edge off my wanderlust and will show the kiddo that life is bigger and better than anything we’ve been able to think up.
This New Year, I haven’t made a million resolutions, but last night, during our stay here in the Hamptons with a friend (yep, life really is that great), we wrote down the things we would like to get rid of and threw them into the fire. Talk about a cathartic moment! Add a few martinis, oysters and clams and pate and other tasty treats, great conversation and spending time with loves ones and you’ve got yourself a recipe for the perfect New Year’s.
And now, my friends, we’re off for a walk on the beach. While I despise rapid climate change, the 50+ degree weather and sunny, blue skies are certainly contributing to my great mood.