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Navigating New Roads

A lot has happened since my last update in May and much of it has pointed me down new roads — some I anticipated and was ready to travel and others I wasn’t sure I’d find myself arriving at.

I took my son in for his final round of evaluation in June and the appointment concluded with him receiving his autism diagnosis. He aligns with what most of us know as Asperger syndrome and is considered as higher functioning, but since they did away with Aspergers as a separate diagnosis back in 2013, they now just consider it under the umbrella of the autism spectrum. It can be confusing to try and explain him to people because he seems so “typical” and much of my efforts in explaining tend to fall short, but then I remember I don’t really have to explain him to anyone anyway. He’s an amazing, intelligent, quirky little guy and the only thing that truly changed is an entry on his medical chart. He is who he has always been, and he’s always been perfect to us. Still, this marked a significant milestone in our journey with him, one that we had been waiting to find out about definitively for almost three years.

Having a background in autism and special education, I am fortunate to have the skills, tools, and knowledge of available resources to help our family move forward confidently. My prior experience is actually where my suspicions stemmed from — I saw certain behaviors and was able to follow the breadcrumbs they left behind. Now that we have this confirmation, we’ll be able to coordinate with necessary doctors, enroll him in specialized therapies, and make sure his educational needs are met accordingly and appropriately. In the midst of the chaos, I have found peace in knowing what to do and what to expect. For the most part, at least.

With that peace, I have been able to put more focus on my business launch and though I will be rolling the full extent of it out slowly, I am pleased to announce that as of today, I am officially accepting proofreading clients.

I will still be working to accommodate the new additions to my family’s schedule and want to ensure each piece of this venture is presented authentically, and successfully at that, so I will be starting small with the launch of my proofreading services initially. My goal with this is to provide indie authors with affordable, quality proofing so that their final manuscript is polished prior to publishing. Please note, however, that I am open to providing services to all authors regardless of how they plan to publish.

As of right now, I will be taking email proposals for projects and will be pricing based on pages instead of by the hour. If you wish to email a proposal, please do so at ardirect@armorrison.com with the following information:

  • manuscript length (in formatted pages)
  • timeframe for completion
  • pricing proposal
  • a little about yourself, if you don’t mind sharing

If you are an indie author with pricing/financial concerns, please know that I am open to discussing options in order to get your piece ready for the public and that anything we discuss is confidential. I am passionate about not only the publication of quality content but also making sure that those who create it are able to afford quality services. Publishing is an expensive undertaking as an independent author, and I wish to lighten that burden to ensure you put your best work forward.

Though my system is considerably bare bones yet and still in development, I wanted to get going on this now instead of waiting for things to be “just right” because I’d be waiting forever in that case. I’m working on getting reduced-pricing application forms up and available for my indie authors and will have a more formal client agreement ready soon as well. Everything is still under construction really, but that’s okay! We’ll just consider it a head start. 😉

I am still planning to launch consulting and coaching services in the near future as well but wanted to take some time to settle into our new normal before adding too much more to my family’s plate. With my husband working full-time outside of the home, one kiddo heading into middle school, and one who needs a bit more of me than anyone else, I don’t want to overwhelm them with too much change, too fast. It’ll get there, though, and it will be exciting when the time comes!

If you’ve read this far, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with me through all of my ups and downs as I’ve tried to figure out which roads I’m destined to travel in this crazy, beautiful life. It has been an honor to have so many of you with me along the way and I am excited to finally see where some of these roads are going.

Finally, I want to add that this will probably be one of the only times I’ll publicly discuss my son’s diagnosis as I want to respect his privacy as much as possible. You will still see me championing certain causes and voicing support for the autism community as a whole, but I don’t want to share anything too personal. That will be for him to decide as he gets older and it would be wrong of me to choose that for him.

Thank you again, and I hope to hear from some of you soon!

 

Updated: 9/2/2018

 

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Putting On A Few New Hats

Hey, guys! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve updated — well, more like a hot year almost. Just wanted to share this bit of news!

So, some of you know – though most of you don’t – that I am on the cusp of launching a business that I have been working on for a while now. I wasn’t quite sure what it really looked like until recently, and it wasn’t until I stopped searching for the answer that it smacked me right in the face.

In the coming weeks, I will be launching a creative consulting business where I help others who, like me, are wanting to build their own dreams instead of slaving away to build someone else’s. My focus will be on individuals in the creative space who seek non-traditional paths but need someone to help them build solid platforms in all areas of life so that their goals are attainable. This isn’t just about pursuing a dream career – it’s about changing your entire life and the way you approach every single day.

I don’t know about any of you, but I cannot stand the idea of wasting day after day in mediocrity, only fantasizing about chasing my dreams but never actually taking any step in the right direction toward them. And if there’s one thing I’ve come to realize in the last three years that I’ve been learning and growing in this area, it’s that inaction is the enemy of every single thing you could ever want to have or accomplish in life.

If you’re not adapting – growing – evolving – what are you doing?

And that’s where I want to help. I want to help people adapt to the changes needed to pursue those big ideas they think about but never take action on. I want to help people grow in ways they never knew were possible. I want to help people evolve into their next level self and continue to do so day after day, year after year.

This is just a snippet of what’s to come. Keep an eye out for more updates over the next few weeks with additional information on what exactly I will be offering once I am set to launch this new endeavor! I plan to include affordable proofreading for indie authors along with my consulting and coaching as well, so tell all your indie author friends! 😉

And for those who may be wondering, the answer is yes, I am still hard at work on Dreamweaver and I am very happy with how it’s coming together. I am also working on a proposal for a non-fiction piece that ties into my new business and I have two short stories that are on the back-burner but may turn up in the blog at some point in the near future just for fun reads.

Again, keep your eyes peeled, and I’ll have more to share soon!