Welcome to the Journey; A-Z Blog Challenge

This blog chronicles the journey and insights of Vikki as she steps out into podcasting and the the business of becoming a published author.

In April, the first month of her blog, website, and podcast “Authors of the Pacific Northwest,” Vikki will write about her journey following the A-Z Blogger Challenge.

After April, Vikki will write a weekly blog about her journey with the podcast, meeting authors & publishing aspirations! 

 

 In the spirit of authenticity, I have to admit; I have no idea what I am doing. As I write these words, I laugh to myself. The question is, when have I ever known what I am doing?   To start, a few months ago I was in need of something new. I bounced around the idea of starting another degree, changing careers, or just do nothing. I had already felt that I had accomplished plenty in my life. My daughters were all grown up. My job was good, steady, and a bit boring. I finished a Master’s degree several years ago. My marriage was solid. Now what?  I questioned what my purpose was in the world. My work role no longer defined me. There is so much more to life than work. My children did not necessarily need me in the same ways they did in the past. My husband was branching into a new phase of his life as well. I was unsettled.  My husband and I truly needed a change. Me, more than anyone.   I purposed to him that it may be time for me to start my doctorate. He, lovely sighed. In his wisdom, he reminded me that I was a writer. He asked,  "why not just write." He encouraged me to put all my energy into that endeavor. He was correct, why not?  The idea was easy enough, then came the hard parts. I do not know what I am doing. Yes, I can write. I have for school, work, and personal growth. But to say I am a writer and pursue a writing career- that was another aspect altogether.   I threw myself into the research. Research is my comfort zone. I found out that the publishing industry had drastically changed since my last investigation. Of course, that was only after the first internet had been made accessible with dial-up to individual homes. A lot has changed since then. I have evolved since my first computer was plugged in a phone jack in the wall.  My research took me to I listing to several podcasts. I adore podcasts. They are accessible, free, and captured the alluring powers that radio had centuries ago.   Once I started to listen to more podcasts about self-publishing, I knew I could walk on this path. I even had the idea to produce a podcast Everything I was learning from other published authors would make satisfy content, at least in my mind. And so, my journey began with a steep learning curve.   I have to be honest, there have been moments that I had plenty of self-doubts. I felt that I could not do this project. That self-doubt ran into my idea of actually writing and publishing work.   If I am going to be authentic, it starts here. I am learning. I am new. I am aspiring. I am excited, sometimes scared, but most often energized.    My central guiding principle is that I enjoy this journey. If I begin to not enjoy the production of a podcast, the writing of a blog, the creating of character for the historical fiction - then I need to stop for a moment. I vow to myself it will be the kind of pause where one ultimately does not walks away. It’s the kind of break that allows me to refocus and remember that it’s a journey.   Creativity is a compelling, magical experience. I am striving to stay in the creative moments every step of the way.   No one knows what will happen, let alone me. Honestly, I try not to think about that part of the outcome. I just wish to be authentically creative and enjoy this new path I am on.   How about you? Are you enjoying your journey?

In the spirit of authenticity, I have to admit; I have no idea what I am doing. As I write these words, I laugh to myself. The question is, when have I ever known what I am doing? 

To start, a few months ago I was in need of something new. I bounced around the idea of starting another degree, changing careers, or just do nothing. I had already felt that I had accomplished plenty in my life. My daughters were all grown up. My job was good, steady, and a bit boring. I finished a Master’s degree several years ago. My marriage was solid. Now what?

I questioned what my purpose was in the world. My work role no longer defined me. There is so much more to life than work. My children did not necessarily need me in the same ways they did in the past. My husband was branching into a new phase of his life as well. I was unsettled.

My husband and I truly needed a change. Me, more than anyone. 

I purposed to him that it may be time for me to start my doctorate. He, lovely sighed. In his wisdom, he reminded me that I was a writer. He asked,  "why not just write." He encouraged me to put all my energy into that endeavor. He was correct, why not?

The idea was easy enough, then came the hard parts. I do not know what I am doing. Yes, I can write. I have for school, work, and personal growth. But to say I am a writer and pursue a writing career- that was another aspect altogether. 

I threw myself into the research. Research is my comfort zone. I found out that the publishing industry had drastically changed since my last investigation. Of course, that was only after the first internet had been made accessible with dial-up to individual homes. A lot has changed since then. I have evolved since my first computer was plugged in a phone jack in the wall.

My research took me to I listing to several podcasts. I adore podcasts. They are accessible, free, and captured the alluring powers that radio had centuries ago. 

Once I started to listen to more podcasts about self-publishing, I knew I could walk on this path. I even had the idea to produce a podcast Everything I was learning from other published authors would make satisfy content, at least in my mind. And so, my journey began with a steep learning curve. 

I have to be honest, there have been moments that I had plenty of self-doubts. I felt that I could not do this project. That self-doubt ran into my idea of actually writing and publishing work. 

If I am going to be authentic, it starts here. I am learning. I am new. I am aspiring. I am excited, sometimes scared, but most often energized.  

My central guiding principle is that I enjoy this journey. If I begin to not enjoy the production of a podcast, the writing of a blog, the creating of character for the historical fiction - then I need to stop for a moment. I vow to myself it will be the kind of pause where one ultimately does not walks away. It’s the kind of break that allows me to refocus and remember that it’s a journey. 

Creativity is a compelling, magical experience. I am striving to stay in the creative moments every step of the way. 

No one knows what will happen, let alone me. Honestly, I try not to think about that part of the outcome. I just wish to be authentically creative and enjoy this new path I am on. 

How about you? Are you enjoying your journey?