This has been an amazing year for me. I left 2016 thinking of the productivity of that year and it had been wonderful, one of the most productive years of my life. I did not see how 2017 could be any better.
In January, the rug got pulled out from under me when my business partner decided that he was pulling away from our creative endeavors to grow his personal business. He indicated he might need a couple of quarters of work and he would be ready to work together again. This left me in a fizzle, but I knew I could work it out. I could certainly understand why a person would want to become as successful as possible in a business that was providing them with the finances necessary to live.
I was headed into surgery in February and had counted on him taking some of the slack on our radio show until I was back 100%. In this decision making time of his, he deemed it unrealistic for him to continue with the show so the only thing left to do was to step away from it myself. That was not as easy to do. I underwent surgery and as I took the time to reassess my goals, I realized I could indeed continue to do a show but I would use a different format. I had been approached about doing an internet radio show and decided that would be my platform. I began looking for someone who could help me get it off the ground by serving as a part time co-host. I found such a man in May of 2017. He had a 30 year history of radio and was currently looking to get back into broadcasting so it was a good fit.
I had published a romance novella as well as another in the series of kids books I was writing. As much as I was enjoying getting shows stockpiled before the air date in July, I missed going into the studio on Friday evening and doing a live broadcast. It was when the show began airing in July that I realized, I could go ahead and reinvent the local radio show. I checked to see if I could contract for a half hour show and began planning the local platform. The work was comfortable since I had done the prep work for the show my business partner and I had worked on. He was becoming less and less communicative and my work was beginning to
take off and grow. I realized that we needed to talk and consider dissolving the business relationship but I could not get him to respond and set a time to discuss it.
In October, I got more news, this time from my illustrator. She had some personal issues that needed to be addressed and would be unable to work on any more of the “Sadie books.” This threw me, but I knew other options were available, I just wasn’t sure what they were. It was when I was trying to reconfigure how to continue writing children’s books, just not with a continuing character that a friend made a suggestion that I had briefly thought of but had not pursued. Why not use local high school talent? The “ Young Artist Series” was started.
It was the day after Thanksgiving that I received a message that the man who had been working with me had suffered a stroke and later that day died. We had spent the day before Thanksgiving on a road trip for an interview in Kentucky. It had been a great day for us both and I was blessed to have that time.
As I reflect, you might wonder how I could view this year, 2017 as the best to date. I had many obstacles. In addition to the February surgery, I had eye surgery in July and hand surgery in November. On the plus side, however I made 2 trips to Canada and had 20 interviews for the internet show.... Everything that was a negative, contributed to something even more positive.
My partnership is defunct but it allowed me additional time to successfully promote and produce on my personal business. I lost someone to work with, but the contacts and ideas garnered during the time we did work together, that he did not want a part of, have served to help me achieve by leaps and bounds.
The new “Young Artist Series” has 9 books in the process. I have written 4 of them. The fifth is in the process. I have meetings with all of the artists within the next 2 weeks so we can get these books published. I have wonderful supportive people on both the internet station and the local station who help me in any way so I can get the best radio show out there that I am capable of.
Yes, 2017 has been a year for the record books and one of the best every. I am eagerly anticipating 2018. Have a wonderful year yourselves!
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