2016 State of the Union

Here’s what I learned in 2016:

 1. I’m in the end stage of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, which initially means I get tired and winded very easily and in the long run, I’ll need a lung transplant (my local docs say I’m a good candidate and I’ve got an appointment at Duke next month to see if they agree)

2. As a result of my diagnosis, I am no longer getting up early a few mornings a week to go write and I haven’t had the energy anyway, so I need a new pattern.

3. I took my latest novel, “Through the Roof” to the Christian Fiction Writers Association and got some good feedback about making it better (which I’m planning on doing).  I also learned that if I’m going to get an agent I will need a much larger platform than the one I have now.

4.  Another result of my diagnosis and energy level is that I’ll have to be more selective about what festivals I’ll take books to from now on.  I know I’ll go back to the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk and that I’ll drop Rhythm and Roots in Bristol and the Apple Festival in Erwin, but beyond that I don’t know.

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