Lessons of 2021 – All about historical fiction

I’m feeling philosophical at this time. The query is: What knowledge has 2021 introduced? Be happy so as to add your ideas within the feedback.

Deadlines may be lethal: Not precisely lethal within the bodily sense however extremely draining. In late 2020, I optimistically set March thirtieth because the goal to publish Paris In Ruins. At that time I had guarantees for a number of endorsements, a canopy design, a totally edited manuscript, and a husband ready to do the work of getting the novel up on varied retail platforms. I had additionally employed advertising and marketing assist to assist with the launch and getting the whole lot set for a advertising and marketing marketing campaign.

What I hadn’t absolutely comprehended have been two objects: (1) the workload and depth concerned on my half to assist the advertising and marketing of Paris In Ruins; and (2) the impression of going reside with registration for the HNS 2021 convention in the identical time interval. Lesson: at all times add buffer time into the initiatives you tackle. Don’t say sure to the whole lot.

Volunteer work takes on a lifetime of its personal: Lots of you’ll know of the HNS 2021 digital convention that ran in June, both since you attended or since you learn a few of my posts about varied classes. In my case, as registration chair, the time interval from opening registration to convention go-live was an intense interval of monitoring numbers, fixing issues, pulling collectively studies, and trouble-shooting. On the identical time, every board member took on obligations for moderating panels, working dialog rooms, prepping panelists, studying the brand new expertise we had in place to run the convention. Whereas I didn’t tackle as many of those duties as others on the board, the workload, when mixed with registration, was heavy. Lesson: go in together with your eyes open and allocate extra time than you suppose could be required.

Be type and gracious even when annoyed: What do they are saying about catching extra flies with honey than vinegar? I’ve to admit to having forgotten this recommendation just a few instances this previous 12 months and blasting away with a sharp-tongued response or a crabby e mail. You’ll suppose I ought to know higher. Maybe it was the gathered stress of Covid layered on high of an extremely busy 12 months? Maybe it was the added fear of watching my mom lose an increasing number of of her cognitive abilities coupled with the rising quantity of my assist that she wanted (and nonetheless wants). Maybe it was the hours of connecting with individuals through expertise moderately than face-to-face. Maybe it was the continued problem of being an creator in a time when the whole lot appears stacked in opposition to you. As I mentioned in one other publish, “When you go to mattress at night time and also you’re not pleased with the individual you have been that day, then you definitely’ve performed one thing fallacious.” Lesson: at all times be type. Do not forget that others might have challenges of their very own. It’s not at all times about you.

Find time for your self: An excellent buddy just lately despatched round some supplies on mindfulness. The subject prompted me to replicate. After musing for some time, I used to be struck by the necessity to put aside time to refresh, to ponder, to do one thing pleasurable, to go for a stroll or a motorcycle experience or a sport of golf. I feel I’ve allowed myself to be on an excessive amount of of a treadmill. Lesson: your individual psychological, non secular, and bodily well being are essential.

Don’t underestimate the worth of household, buddies, and neighborhood: On the finish of my life, what’s going to I be with out household, buddies and neighborhood? Family and friends nourish the soul. Group makes us notice that we’re a part of one thing greater. Whereas I’m pleased with the enterprise profession I had, and delighted with the novels I’ve written, these features of my life shouldn’t outline me. Lesson: put household, buddies, and neighborhood on the high of my priorities.

Smiles are highly effective. I haven’t smiled as a lot this 12 months as I normally do, and I have to get my bubbly self again. In our mask-wearing world, it’s tougher to offer and obtain smiles. One factor I’ve realized is how a lot I wish to smile and the vitality I obtain from the grins of others. And keep in mind, individuals can see you frown, even once you’re carrying a masks. Lesson: smile extra … frown much less.

What has 2021 taught you? I’d love to listen to your ideas and your phrases of knowledge.


M.Okay. Tod writes historic fiction. Her newest novel, PARIS IN RUINS, is offered for pre-order on Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Kobo, and Barnes&Noble. An earlier novel, TIME AND REGRET was revealed by Lake Union. Mary’s different novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED can be found from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She may be contacted on FbTwitter and Goodreads or on her web site www.mktod.com.

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