Here is a sampling of how things have gone so far:
Improve my writing skills
- I registered for three Writing Aerobics classes in the spring and took a class on “Storybooking for Writers”.
- I signed up for the Education Writers Association National Seminar in Boston in May.
Experiment with some different types of writing
- I attended a panel presentation at Cornell University, “Shop Talk with Nicole Cliffe and Mallory Ortberg of The Toast, Rachel Fershleiser of Tumblr, and Lucie Shelly of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading” where I was able to hear some very intelligent (and funny!) women talk about how the Internet has changed what we read and how we read it.
- I participated in an “Oral Histories” workshop at The History Center of Tompkins County
Revamp my website and update my social media profiles
- With the expert help of Howell, Liberatore, & Associates, Inc. (https://hlamarketing.com/) I was able to completely redesign my seven-year old website, giving it a more contemporary look and making it more mobile-friendly (SueHenninger.com)
- I have started updating my social media profiles but am not done quite yet. It’s amazing how many things have to be adjusted when your website changes.
Become a published author
- So far the college transfer book I’m co-authoring is on schedule. I had four trusted readers review a few chapters in March and incorporated their very helpful suggestions. And-I completed my final interview on 3/31!
Continue to write for regional and national publications
- This goal is moving on to the spring quarter as I plan to actively reach out to regional and national publications now that my book is in its final stages. Any and all offers are welcome!
On a lighter note, another path to professional improvement that I discovered (thank you Dr. Travis Bradberry) is to drink a glass of water infused with a freshly-squeezed lemon immediately upon waking. It does seem to give me more energy. And it sure beats jogging or a cold shower!