About three years ago, at what felt like the exact moment the publishing world imploded, a new magazine showed up on shelves here in Oregon: 1859 Oregon’s Magazine. I was immediately smitten and have been a faithful reader ever since. I love that they cover our whole state. I’m inspired by their stories about people – worthy of reading whether you live in this state or not. And when most magazines are struggling to stay in business, 1859 is moving from 4 issues a year to 6 issues a year starting this summer.
In January, when I wrote my writing goals for 2012, I typed the first one as:
- Query to get published in at least one regional glossy starting with 1859.
I am a fan of setting goals each year. Not lofty ones like “get in shape” or “organize the entire house including the garage.” No. I prefer small, step-by-step goals that I can realistically accomplish. One regional glossy this year, that seemed manageable.
I also believe that the most important part of my 2012 mantra: Be present. Trust the process – your own process. And keep moving forward. is the part that says, Keep moving forward.
Meaning for me, someone who wants to continually improve her writing and have it published, I have to write.
It seems so basic, doesn’t it? But honestly, for years, decades even, I thought about writing…a lot. I’d read these amazing books and think, “I could do that.” I only wrote when the moment moved me and filed it away. But, I didn’t sit in the chair and do the hard work of writing every day. And I definitely didn’t take the next, more frightening step, of showing my writing to the public at large.
But in order to be a writer, you have to write. Even on the days when it’s all clichéd crap, which many days it is.
A few years ago, I grew tired of thinking about writing. I was sick of listening to myself, “For crying out loud, quit talking about it and start doing it. What example are you setting for your kids? Your daughter?” which is when I started with my yearly, attainable goals. That first year spawned this blog with the goal of writing regularly and putting it out there. Since then, I have done many things, to “keep moving forward.” Some took more courage than others but all took the hard work of simply writing…every day. (Ok, maybe not on the weekends.)
In March, I received a phone call from the Editor at 1859 asking if I’d be interested in “interviewing” to be their new Home Grown Chef. They had seen my blog and really liked what I was doing here. I would be responsible for writing a food column, submitting an original recipe, possibly photographs, cooking in an on-line video, and writing a monthly blog post. After a few phone calls, some emails, and cartwheeling through the house, I was hired as 1859’s Home Grown Chef.
I am thrilled to be a part of this publication. My first blog post is already up on their website. You can check it out here.
My first column and recipe will be in the July/August issue, which I believe comes out sometime in June.
I’m telling you this story not to be boastful (although, I am darned excited,) but to possibly inspire you in some small way to start doing whatever it is you’ve been “thinking about” for months, years…or decades. Who knows where it will lead. Just keep moving forward.