Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Vending



Right now my 2015 vending dates look like:

September 19
Murfreesboro TN
Art Along the Green Way

October 10
Two Rivers Park Nashville
Pagan Pride Day

October 24-25
Alabama Renassance Faire
Florence AL

December ???
Solstice Market
Lowe Mill
Huntsville AL

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Laura Learns Marketing



I think Marketing Monday, as I have decided to call it since its my day set aside to learn all about this was a fail.
I didn't do anything.
I worked on deadlines. Meeting deadlines is good.
Then again so is learning marketing. Im a creative, marketing is not a natural process for me.

I'm reading Platform by Michael Hyatt, so far I recommend it if you need marketing help in this world of social media and Web 2.0 products.

I watched a lot of podcasts from Self-Publishing school. Also good information, and time well spent.

Learn learn learn, so I can implement implement implement.

Oh and just found out about the whole new microchip on credit card thing!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-small-business/wp/2015/07/24/a-big-legal-burden-awaits-small-businesses-and-most-arent-aware-of-it/?postshare=5131437973853512

So time to order a new Square reader. :(

Monday, July 20, 2015

Restructuring the website!



Im re building and redesigning my website.
Using post-it notes is a trick I learned back in the 1990s. You put 1 page and its contents on 1 post-it note. Allsub pages get their own note. If page contents becomes its own page, it gets its own note.
You can rearrange as spyou need to to. Then when organization and order is final, I tape them onto a big piece of paper.
They I either write it down in outline form if I need to share it, or draw it up.
Its a bit of an old school trick, but it works.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Things, they are a-changing!

Ganesh, remover of obstacles, god of wisdom, knowledge and new beginnings. I think its appropriate to have him on this post.
I'm working with a fantabulous woman who is becoming my marketing training mentor (I will drop names later).
I have a stack of of homework that includes updating my website. A complete overhaul.
This blog will be effected, but it will continue.
Add portfolios to places, and I have to read some books.

First book up:
Platform Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt

I will be keeping everyone posted on my progress!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

So, what I've been up to

I really dropped the ball on this blog. Sorry folks.




Things I've been doing and not telling you about obsessively:

I started writing in August of last year. I'm at the point where I need to start shopping my manuscript out to agents and publishers. Its kind of intimidating to have actually gotten this far, but I wrote a complete book.
Actually Ive written more than one! I have two complete manuscripts, and expect to finish a third one in the next few weeks.

In November I joined and completed the 50 thousand word challenge that is NaNoWriMo.

I've continued to market and sell my jewelry. Sales and my marketing are helping to improve online sales, but I still need to find a day job.

The never ending story that is the on going job hunt since I earned that second masters in distance education. I have started taking on more and more freelance design, and have even expanded my job search to include design again (my first degree. first career). Im only including it because of how much work is actually involved in filling out online job application after job application.

Most recently I've started to create coloring pages. My first two are available on Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/listing/230795465/octopus-mandala-digital-download
and
https://www.etsy.com/listing/230610870/octopus-eight-card-digital-download

I need to get more hands on with the creating, and drawing has been really cathartic that way.

Thanks for checking in!