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Karen Fisher-Alaniz is a freelance writer and published author. She holds a master's degree in education and taught special education for 14-years. She is a frequent speaker on veteran's issues, and teaches workshops on memoir writing. She teaches a life story writing course at her local community college. At midlife, she found herself dealing with health issues, divorce, and the loss of a job she loved. She shares her journey of starting over at midlife on 8 Women Dream every Sunday morning. Her dream is to build a writing life, and find her writing voice, while restoring her 100-year old home. She dreams of writing best-selling books in her own voice. Karen lives in the pacific northwest with her family.
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Time for a break!

Hello, Friends.

Life happens. We all know that. And sometimes it happens all at once in a tsunami of activity. That’s where I am right now – in the middle of a tsunami. So, I will not be blogging today (except for what I’m writing here) or on 7/26. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, you probably know the reason.

My father, the subject of Breaking the Code: a Father’s Secret, a Daughter’s Journey and the Question That Changed Everything, has been chosen by the Seattle Mariner’s to be recognized at a game. So, preparations and travel will take up a lot of my time. We’re very excited about this and I hope to share photos when I post again on August 2nd.

I’m also working on a tight deadline with my current WIP (Work-in-Progress), Drawing Me Home. I’m almost done with a chapter-by-chapter synopsis. It’s nearly as much work as the manuscript for the book. But it’s what publishing houses and editors like to see. It gives them a quick(er) way to glance at how the book will be formatted, what the flow of the story is like, and how much thought the author has put into the whole thing, and not just the premise. I will write more about that in a future post. In the writing world, there are “pantsers” who write by the seat of their pants, and there are planners – who outline and plan everything before writing one word of the actual story. I’m in the panser category, which makes this synopsis extra challenging. But I’m doing it. And I actually think it’s helping me, as well as making my agent happy – always a good thing.

So, as I take the next two weeks off from 8 Women Dream, poke around a bit. Read the posts by other dreamers. Stay inspired. And work at your dream every single day. Talk to you soon!

And…Go Mariners!


Karen Fisher-Alaniz

Starting Over at Mid-life


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