My last post in 2015 probably clued you in, but I started editing books. This is such a time-consuming career! Pretty much every waking moment, I'm working or doing family stuff. Editing has taken over my life, but in a very good way. I even take my laptop with me to work in the car while waiting for the kids to get out of class, etc.
One of my authors, a great friend of mine, created a logo for me. Isn't it awesome? She incorporated my favorite things--art, cats, and books.
|Created by Erica Alexander|
Since my last post, I've edited approximately 300 books. 300 manuscripts in just two years! Val's a busy girl. My queue is always full. I'm not sure I've had fewer than 6 books at any point in time since August of 2015. Today, my queue is at 12 and I have a book due tomorrow. I pretty much always have a book due. This is a stressful career choice, but I love it. I feel needed. I feel wanted. I feel appreciated. I feel validated, especially when my authors return again and again for my services. I never tire of seeing my name on a title page. I'm in actual print books. It's unbelievably satisfying.
I have many return clients, to the point where I'm no longer accepting new clients because there's only one of me. I juggle family life and my career, but I'm so happy. This is rewarding. I absolutely love my authors. They've become my family over these few years, and I just adore my clients. I have some authors who have stuck with me from the beginning, and I've edited anywhere from 12-20 books each for a few treasured friends, and I feel so blessed.
So, a quick update list since I haven't blogged in so long. What's happened these two years?
1. Well, both of my kids are now college students. My son's a senior seeking a degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in History. He already has an Associate's degree in History too.
My daughter's set to graduate with an Associate's in Pre-Med, but she's going to pursue a Bachelor's in Chemistry or BioChem soon afterward. My little brainiac. <3
2. We graduated from 8 cats to 12 and recently lost one to cancer. :( We won't be getting new kitties. We have a special needs cat who lives in our nursery so no new rescue kittens for us! We're a big, happy family and I love my babies so much! Never a dull moment, and I'm not sure whether I herd my cats or they herd me.
3. Last month, I decided it was time to retire my tutorial writing/jewelry design business. My editing career has really taken off, and I juggled two businesses for two years, but enough is enough. I need to focus on what's good for my family, and editing is incredibly helpful (financially), more so than writing and selling tutorials. It was good while it lasted.
Also, the tutorial writing was getting stressful for me because I lack time to write them, yet people tend to expect tutorials and write to me asking for them, and if I post anything I've made online, they naturally assume there's a tutorial for sale (and rightfully so, since I sell them), and it's just not the case because I lack time to illustrate and write and list them anymore. Rather than feel like a failure, it's better to retire. I'm good with this decision. I feel free now.
4. While I retired from teaching/designing/tutorial writing, I am still making pretties. Now, I just make art for art's sake (when I find time) and I'm happy. Goodness knows, I have so many beads that they'd go to waste otherwise. Can't have that.
|My first needle tatted snowflake. :D|
|Some of my recent Lizbeth Egyptian cotton threads|
|Showing off my LL shirt! She's mine, all mine! Ignore the goofy hair.|
|This is a screenshot from Goblin: The Great and Lonely God. The Artwork!!!|
Well, I think that's enough of an update for now. My apologies for the long post. What have you been up to?