Friday, November 8, 2013

As Usual - Big Changes

I'm back. I feel like I owe you an apology because I've been gone so long without any explanation. 

So here's what's been going on since we last talked:

I was laid off from Amazon.com last month. The job just wasn't a good fit for my education and talents. It happens, especially in the contracting world.

I had big plans of working until Spring, 2015, then returning to Spain for another pilgrimage - Barcelona to Rome - and upon completion of that, settling again in Granada with enough money to tide me over while I looked for enough English students to pay the bills.

I think it was someone in The Godfather (great movies - all three) who said, "Ain't gonna happen."

But let me clarify. What's not gonna happen is the money part. Other things are coming together. I will return to Spain, but earlier than I had planned. I will make the pilgrimage to Rome, hopefully with the help of people who will pledge to support my efforts through Kickstarter.com to make the journey and write another book. Then I will return to the city I love, Granada, to continue my new career as a proofreader, editor, writer, and English teacher.

Because I can work as an editor, proofreader, and writer with nothing but my notebook computer and an internet connection, I feel confident that this time it's going to work. I'll be figuring out the self-promotion ins and outs of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, and will be building and promoting my own business on EnglishWebEditing.com. (As of this date, still an unpublished web site.) I've got a lot to learn, but I'm seeing the plan gel in front of my eyes. I'm fairly certain God has been telling me that spending more time in the project management field was keeping from what He has in store for me, doing something that I much prefer and which gives me much more personal satisfaction. If you've read the blog thus far, or have purchased the memoir of my walk on the Camino de Santiago, Sauntering to Santiago, you know that I've been given signs and miracles to direct my path. I thought I was "building my arc," to prepare for what God had in store for me and enable me to safely make the journey. But I've come to the conclusion that He doesn't want me to build an arc; he wants me to set out over the sea and possibly go through the 40 days in the wilderness before He shows me the promised land.

I've just about completed the first draft of the first of 5 volumes in a crime novel. I've met someone with whom I plan to collaborate on a screen play for a powerful story she has written, and things are falling in place for me to take an editing course from one of the premier writing schools in America, which will help my future career track.

I'm still on track, and it feels great.