When I was around five years old, I was eating lunch at my aunt’s house. Before I knew it, a spoon filled with peas was headed toward my plate. I did not like peas, and I had to think quickly to avoid having them unloaded aside the much tastier options already there. So I blurted out, “I’m allergic to peas,” which was not true. While I avoided eating peas at that meal, my lie was discovered when my mom arrived to pick me up and my aunt inquired about my food allergy. I don’t think either my mom or aunt remember the incident, but I always will. That was the day I learned lies have short-lived benefits and that sometimes you simply have to eat your peas.

If you follow my blog, you’ll know I’ve been working on “other writing” for some time. The start of my writing journey actually began years ago, but I’ve been holding out on sharing my work for several reasons that fall under the heading, FEAR.

One of those fears has to do with marketing my work. Of all of the items included on the writing and publishing plate, marketing leaves the worst taste in my mouth. It doesn’t matter how you dress it up, talking about my work ends up making me feel a little queasy most days. I wish I could say that I’m allergic to marketing and avoid it all together, but that’s not possible in today’s world of social media and indie publishing.

So I’m spooning a few marketing activities onto my plate, so that I can share what is going on in this new adventure. I learned to like peas, so maybe I’ll learn to like this too.

You, my friends, family, and readers, on the other hand, choose to read my blog, and interact with me in life and on social media sites. Thanks for your cheerleading, friendship, and support. Without you, my writing would simply be a private journal.

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