Last Days of February, First Sign of Spring

spring cherry blossom

There it was in all its splendor surprising me as I rounded the corner, tucked between towering collections of steel and glass. A blossoming cherry tree all pink with new born blooms. The first I’ve seen this year.

The last two months have been a flurry of activity as I have taken up my pen again after a year of hoping I could do without it. Today was the third workshop I’ve attended in hopes of mastering technology and improving my writing. Well, not quite mastering technology, but perhaps harnessing some of its power for my own use.

Today’s event took me away from the suburbs into the traffic and bustle of downtown to a beautiful historic building in the heart of Seattle. Authorship MBA was organized and facilitated by Karen Lynn Maher, Margo Myers, and Maria Dykstra, each expert in their field. We gained a wealth of information about organizing a foundation for producing quality writing, communicating your message clearly to your target audience and using social media, particularly Twitter, to build your presence and business as an author. Each workshop participant was given individualized applications and strategy suggestions customized to their genre and audience. It was fun to hear new angles for each author’s particular area of interest. I found their instruction and insight to be very helpful and would highly recommend this workshop to other authors who want to breath some new life into their writing and/or marketing with some fresh ideas. More information can be found at,,, or

As I made my way out of the city armed with all of these newly learned strategies, my excitement began to give way to feeling a bit overwhelmed. Glimpsing the pink blossomed tree caused me to think beyond the daunting things of today to the rewards in the future. I too and coming out of a season of dormancy desiring to produce something beautiful. I am just me, the tree is just a tree, but what inspiration she gives.