Deciding to do something takes more than a decision. It takes reflection, it needs to be shared with friends, so they will support you on your decision, and it needs to be acted on.
I took a journalism class a year ago because I thought it would help me with writing. I wanted to find a more distinct voice, and I wanted to learn more about what it takes to write an article. I am fortunate that one of my articles for my class was published in edible East Bay. I’d been doing freelance marketing for edible East Bay, and while the editor assigned the article to me for both my classwork and for her magazine, I was grateful my first article was published.
I wrote a subsequent article for the magazine about an application for a new viticultural designation in eastern Contra Costa County. I enjoyed writing the article immensely, but ran into some confusion that exists within the Bay Area’s official wine-growing designations. The article was shelved and I haven’t written anything since.
Even though it had only been a few months since I’d written anything of importance, and I was very busy with family issues and summer vacation travels, I felt as if I were leaving something unfinished.
Last Friday I met with the editor to catch up as we’d not done so in a few months due to travel schedule conflicts. She and I discussed my next writing assignment. I’m not sure what the exact article will be about at this moment, but can say it is wine related.
It seemed serendipitous that I was receiving a wine article assignment the weekend of the Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia. I’m going to make this serendipity my “push” to keep writing regularly on this blog so I can focus on next year’s conference in Portland which, incidentally, is being held on my birthday.