I went to the FWA Writer’s conference I previously wrote about and worked long and hard and avoided crying until the very end. This will be my last conference as Registration Chair and I took it harder than I thought I would. FWA has become family for me and to leave them this year was dreadful. I hope to attend and volunteer in the future when I am back from France, but until I know what that looks like, I had to see this as a change of life and leave it behind while keeping the memories and friends I’ve made there over the last five years.
And so, what does the future hold? Don’t we all ask this at some point in our lives? I am moving to France next year, in February. I don’t know for how long, but after 33 years of marriage to a man raised in France; after my daughter spent a year there as an Au Pair, my turn has finally come! I will actually be there for more than a few days or weeks. I will live there and work on my French. I will have a lot of time to write, to finish four books that are all complete novels but in differing stages of revision. The year of revision is what I’m calling 2017, of my life and of my work.
What do you foresee for 2017? Is it too early to look that far ahead for you? Are you eager for it, or dreading it? I’ve not been excited about 2017 until the conference, where it was announced in front of everyone that I was moving to France. I had so many folks wishing me well on my new adventure that I realized I’d really downplayed it and had allowed myself to get stressed and unhappy about it instead of seeing what’s really happening: that my dream of living in France is finally coming true!
Take a look and see where you are. Perhaps you’ve fallen into the same trap I did and need a boost to realize where you really are? I wish you only good luck with whatever you decide, and wherever you decide to do it. From February on I will be posting from France because if the FWA conference taught me one thing this time, it’s to treasure your chosen families and IWSG is one of those for me.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? I will be (as I am now) writing, revising but off line. I have made a deadline for myself and plan to keep it. Good luck to those of you participating!
Question of the month: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
Answer: The stories. Period. The stories are what make being a writer worth everything.
My awesome fellow IWSG co-hosts for this month are Joylene Novell Butler, Jen Chandler, Mary Aalgaard, Tamara Narayan, Tyrean Martinson, and Christine Rains!
PS Evidently I posted this before I meant to. Oh well, at least it's already up for next Wednesday...!