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2020: Writing Life in Review
A THREAD 1/ A #WritingLife is not lived by #Publications alone. Here's my #writinglife #yearinreview. Prefer it all in one place? Read the full thing here: liyunalvarado.com/blog/2020review
2/ January Blogs: "Earthquakes in Puerto Rico" & "2019 Money Update" https://www.liyunalvarado.com/blog/archives/01-2020
3/ March: MAY I SPOTLIGHT YOUR WORK: I invited my community to submit work for spotlighting in my newsletter and in my #PoetryPause series in April: https://www.liyunalvarado.com/spotlight.html
4/ March, April, May: quarantine and no childcare. #yatusabes
5/ May: I began coaching @casslanewrites as she prepares for her book launch. Preorder her amazing memoir, WE ARE BRIDGES, today! #affiliatelink https://bookshop.org/a/300/9781952177927
6/ April: #PoetryPause. #30Days30Poems30Prompts: I sent daily emails to #PoetryPause participants in April. A invitation to pause each day in the midst of our upside down lives. I drafted 17 poems using my prompts:
7/ June Blog Posts: #BlackLivesMatter Poetry & Other Resources; Anti-Racist Parenting Resources: www.liyunalvarado.com/blog/archives/06-2020
8/ June 30: "To the White Parenting 'Expert'" (poem) published in @LAParentMag
9/ July: Much needed Social Media Break & offered 5 part email series to my newsletter subscribers: 5 MISTAKES WRITERS MAKE WHEN BUILDING THEIR AUTHOR PLATFORMS. Subscribe for future series & this checklist: "20 Ways to Nurture Your WriterSelf": https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/d7k7g4
10/ July 26: Featured reader for Place, Body, Memory: reading hosted by Gold Line Press @Gold_Line_Press & Ricochet Editions @RicochetEds. Thanks for recommending me @msreichle Watch here: https://www.liyunalvarado.com/blog/place-body-memory
11/ August: Relaunched Course: YOU NEED A WEBSITE! 5 DAYS TO YOUR FIRST AUTHOR WEBSITE. A portion of earnings benefited @WomenWhoSubmit and @RaisingMothers Course Waitlist: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/f8y1g9
12/ September 14: "Welfare Baby" OpEd Published in the @NYDailyNews : https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-help-todays-welfare-babies-20200914-no3dii6gf5hchdpsgwdy2fpsdm-story.html
13/ Thanks to @BlancaWrites for the nudge to write and submit my OpEd. Read about my path to OpEd Publication here: https://www.liyunalvarado.com/blog/the-not-so-secret-path-to-my-publishing-success
14/ September & November Election Blog Posts: "5 Things I'm Doing Now Through Election Day & Beyond" & "We Got the WH; Now Let's Take the Senate"
15/ September, 26: Featured reader for Celebrating 150 Years of #WomenatYale #50womenatyale150 #YaleAlum #YaleWomen Thank you for the invitation: @Yale @YaleAlumni Watch here: https://www.liyunalvarado.com/blog/yalewomen
16/ October: 40th BIRTHDAY!!
17/ November: Book Friday Promotions over on my @Bookshop_Org #affiliatelink https://bookshop.org/shop/liyun
18/ December: #WT2020: 3 DAY GUIDED REFLECTION ON YOUR 2020 WRITING LIFE. Helped writers take stock of their 2020 in preparation for making their 2021 plans. You can still sign up for the free 3-day email series here: https://www.liyunalvarado.com/blog/wt2020
19/ December: Released: WRITE YOUR 2021: REFLECT, SET INTENTIONS & CHART A COURSE FOR YOUR WRITING LIFE (workbook for writers and creatives). My annual Writing Life Planning as a workbook. Use my 3-Step process to craft a Writing Life you love. Learn more: https://liyunalvarado.newzenler.com/courses/write-your-2021
20/ 2020: 41 newsletters sent. Dipped in & out of lots of (audio)books. Earned ~$1,000: courses, affiliate income, readings & donations ($0 on pubs). I'm in privileged position: spouse's earnings support fam. Gives me space & $$ security for creative pursuits during baby's naps.
21/ 2020: Nursed infant into toddlerhood. Tried to keep up w/ preschooler. He returned to preschool in June, otherwise thread would be: we all survived to read, write, dance, & love another day. Also shout out to @memali108 's Relationship Alchemy program: https://www.memali.com/relationship-alchemy
22/ 2020: Grieved my Papi who died on December 5, 2019. Wrote lots of little musings, FB posts, IG posts reflecting on my grief and grieving. Here's the first newsletter after he passed: https://preview.mailerlite.com/e3i7r9
23/ Wow. Listing it out like this is kind of amazing. I created quite a lot I'm really proud of and supported a lot of writers during this pandemic year. Yay. Patting myself on the back. And bracing for all the gift wrapping that awaits.
24/ How'd your 2020 Writing Life (& Life Life) go? Especially as you account for everything beyond publications. It all counts. All the teaching, caretaking, socializing, drafting, scribbling, daydreaming, reading. It's all a part of the Writing Life you're crafting.
25/ PS, if you'd love some guidance as you reflect, set intentions, and chart a course for your 2021 Writing Life -- check out my workbook. In 15-30mins/worksheet you'll come out with a solid plan for your year: liyunalvarado.newzenler.com/courses/write-your-2021
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