Please help me Welcome to The WG2E, the fabulous Lizzie Starr, who’s one of the terrific authors taking part in our WG2E Street Team’s first short story collection, Tales From The Mist.
Take it away, Lizzie…
My day job is fraught with challenges as I implement the new guidelines for school lunches. One of the greatest challenges is to get kids to try something that ‘looks different’.
As an adult, I encourage the kids under my lunch watch to try new, healthy foods. An oft repeated question on the lunch line is ‘if you don’t know what it is, how do you know you don’t like it?’ Yet, I remember all too well how picky I was as a child. Even now I don’t like my food to touch so buffets are a challenge. Through taking chances, I’ve discovered a world of foods–but I still don’t care for soups and most casseroles. Ewww, food touching food.
Recently, I served beef sticks for lunch. These are like chicken fried steak rectangles about the size of fish sticks. One kindergartener refused the sticks, although at the encouragement of his teacher, took one. And a few minutes later returned for the rest of his serving. He liked beef sticks. He really liked them. So, this young student answered my call to adventure, and tried something new.
While acting as the goals guru for my local writing group I encourage my writing friends to try new things. And let me tell you, adults can be even more stubborn than kids! No, I’m not promoting beef sticks, but rather trying something new with their writing or simply activities that stimulate learning our craft.
We’ve taken writing challenges, studied various books on the craft of writing, done round robin writing and written scenes prompted by a word or phrase… a fun variety. Now some of us are involved in our yearly minano (a mini-nanowrimo where we each choose a stretching goal that might not be that whole 50,000 words).
A call to adventure.
Making the decision to move my books from an e-publisher to doing it myself Indie has been an adventure—as I’m sure you all have already or will soon experience. A grand adventure, one filled with learning and process. Of messing up and fixing. Of re-learning and teaching. Frustration and joy. Oh, so many challenges. But so much fun!
And just think. There’s new adventures waiting around every corner!
What adventures—writing or otherwise–are next on your list? Are there challenges you really don’t look forward to facing?
The Best of Indie Epublishing Adventures — Lizzie Starr
*Lizzie always made up games and stories to keep her company, so, a witch lived in Grampa’s weather research station and was only held at bay by waving a certain weed. An ancient road grader morphed into boat a carrying wild adventurers to islands filled with sheep that turned into lions and cannibals. Now, filled with fantasy and love, the stories of her imagination have found their way into the mundane world. And when *lizzie has to return to that mundane life, she’s *the Lunch Lady* at a private school. Author and lunch lady~~what a combination!
*She adores hearing what you think about her tales of romance with a sparkling twist. You can visit her blog at http://starrwords.blogspot.com, her website at www.lizziestarr.com or contact her at:firstname.lastname@example.org