Fall’s Here…How I Really Know, And My Year So Far…

How’s it going? Did you have a good weekend?

It’s been about a week since the harvesting started around here. Around the house, it’s mostly fields full of soybeans and corn, almost as far as you can see. In the back of the house, the beans are down.

And I’m pretty sure the corn will be following here in a bit.

I’m a little stuffed up now and again, with the particles from the field flying everywhere, too. And me sneezing every now and then, too.

That’s how I know fall is really here—the slightly cooler weather, for sure, but it’s the harvested crops that really signal it for me (it’s a subject for another post, but fields with no crops also can’t stop the wind—extra blankets on the bed soon!)

Which got me thinking…

I’ve had an interesting year so far—and just like the fields are transforming from being full of corn or beans to being empty, I’ve had a lot of transformation this year too, including a lot of firsts.

One of my first assignments this year was to look over some emails about software training—my first experience with that niche, which was also one of my first editing jobs.

That client paid for me to learn how to write video sales letter scripts—the first time I’ve been paid to train.

My first video sales letter (VSL) script, written for that client, was its own first, as well as my first attempt at a “long copy” persuasive writing job (I started with emails).

My first series of emails written for a life coach also happened this year (another new niche for me, and one I hope to continue in).

My first gig as an official developmental editor (this was a HUGE education in its own right—about publishing, how to conduct good consultations, how to really dig into the text of a manuscript, and a whole lot more—not to mention being a huge confidence booster).

I hope to take my first crack at project management as well for the publishing house I edited for—that has yet to develop, but I’m excited about it (and that’s a development that deserves another post on its own).

I also proofread a detective novel—another first for me.

I’ve also had a few bumps along the way—last week, I had another coach contact me, but she decided to hold off working with me because my internet connection is currently too slow for Skype (file that one under strange but true, I dunno). That’s dial-up internet for you. But this coach’s reason for holding off working with me was also a first.

This isn’t to brag—it’s just that you don’t realize what you’ve been through until you take stock and really think about it. Even though these firsts have been spread out (by months in most cases), it’s been an awesome year for me so far.

What about you? Have you had any good firsts, in your life or writing, that you’d like to share? Drop me a line in the comments.

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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