I started my evening reading one of my favorite publications: Writer's Digest. I devour it. From cover to cover it's as relevant and informative as the Journal of Emergency Nursing is to my nursing practice.
In this month's issue there was a lot of talk about online forums such as critique groups, personal websites, blogs, tweeting and I'm sure a myriad of others that I have yet to read about. You may have noticed the first impact of this issue, this here blog. I finally woke up and smelled the latte and got myself a blog just like the How to Be a Real Author instruction manual said I should.
As a result, I've now submitted the China medical mission article for publication, and am working with the title "Inertia" for my novel. I don't know if I can express in words the magnitude of these accomplishments. The draft of my article and a cover page that read "Book Name" have been plaguing me for about a year. Now thanks to this blog and the feedback I've been getting from all of you, I've pushed the peanut forward, so to speak.
I'm aware of the reality that my article could be rejected, and I think I'm prepared for that, although I guess I really won't know until I hear back from the Journal of Emergency Nursing, but that's not the point. The point is that I actually asked someone to consider publishing my work.
Like my mom says, you'll never score a basket if you don't shoot the that particular sport.
It's late, and I do need to get up and get to work in the morning, so I'll keep it short tonight. If it suits you, consider checking out my author facebook page. You can click the "badge" on the right side of my blog (hard to miss), or you can search me out under "Michelle A Kobayashi". If you want to peek in on the updates as they post, feel free to "Like" my page. The page is in its infancy, and I don't know how it will evolve, but I'm really excited that it's started.