Learning As We Go

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary Tonight we began a series of classes at a community TV station. It’s a several week course and we will be learning to video others in the class, and to interview and be interviewed on camera. It’s exciting but a little intimidating too. I never thought I would entertain the idea of being involved with...

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Friendships

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary New friendships need to be tested; it takes time and a few rough bumps to see if they can run the course. I’m lucky to have a few solid steady friends, the ones I know I can count on no matter what. They make up for the ones that are incapable of going the extra mile or weathering the storms of true...

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Heat Wave

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary It’s really hot today, record breaking heat for this time of year. Too hot to walk outside, I’ll wait til later and swim in the pool. I’m taking the day to work on going over the skills I learned in Adobe In Design, to create a story page layout for the book. Truth is I’m feeling the heat both...

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Possibilities

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I had a job interview with an interesting man of many talents. He is looking for someone to run his antique warehouse and create sales on Saturdays. I’m giving it some thought to see what the commitment would mean and how to be compensated for my time. Also got a call for another interview on Tues. to...

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Moving Forward

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary The last few days have been spent on the HP book proposal, adjusting it to fit the format of a different Literary Agency. The process is arduous but so thrilling. I have a really positive feeling that something wonderful is about to happen! I think our proposal is compelling and well thought out… It’s...

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Interviewing

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I’m trying to make job hunting fun. The fact is the opportunities in this market are limited. I was called today to manage an antique warehouse that purchases estates and auctions the objects. I’ll go for the interview and see what it entails. Right now I’ll take whatever I can in order to pay the...

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Reworking with Fresh Eyes

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary We are reading over the book proposal and making changes. What seemed finished before needs to be reworked again. We get one chance to present this work and it must be in the best possible form. I will have a friend review it and then a copy editor check it before sending it to the agent. The process is...

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It’s Not Personal

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary It’s hard not to take personally someone else’s actions, responses and behaviors when they directly affect me. Intimacy is a tricky thing. For some of us it’s easier than for others. I’m doing my best to be transparent and authentic in all my relationships. I have to remember that while this is...

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A Positive Step

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary Got a positive response from an assistant at the Literary Agency in NY. Need to revise the book proposal to fit their format. It’s exciting to know that our query letter created enough interest to warrant them asking for the proposal. All that time and attention is paying off. The only difficult part...

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Employment Blues

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary Been actively seeking employment while building this business. I’m hoping to find meaningful work that makes a difference while I learn something new. I have to remind myself that whatever I find will be temporary, still the bills have to be paid. Might as well find something that enjoy and be happy to...

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