I seriously apologize for the lack of entries on here—real life has been more challenging this year than before ::insert sad face::. I’m still recovering from another upper respiratory infection—balls—that has hampered some of my real life plans. But the good news is that the worst of the sickness has passed. I still have a lingering cough, which triggers my asthma, but a new medication is easing that. So within the last couple of days, I’ve had a little more energy.
So what else has been happening? The biggest thing is that my brother-in-law graduated with his doctorate (yay!!) and my mom just visited us for a month, so it was very nice to have her around for [U.S.] Mother’s Day. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my pic of us. She just flew back home and my sister and BIL went back to Cali, so it’s been quiet here in the house.
So, I’d like to share something with you guys. It’s amazing where inspiration comes from, especially when you least expect it. I recently did an interview for my podcast, and while my subject was talking, he got me thinking about the direction of some areas in my life. Mainly, with this blog, my podcast and my choice of whether or not to go back to school. First, I don’t really dream of going back to school, but as we all know, the job market kinda shit right now. So I’ve made it a worst-case scenario [because I’ve got enough school debt to pay back!]. And, I’ve been thinking about where I’d like to go with this blog and my podcast.
In the beginning, my idea was to talk about writing, publishing and to highlight writers from all walks of life. But I’ve realized that I know all sorts of creative people, and that I’d really love to share their stories—not just focus on my own journey. My title was going to be Ramblings of a Girl Tryna Grow Up when I first started this blog, but I’ve never been too comfortable talking about myself, especially for large chucks of time. And I’m still trying to figure out what parts of my life I’d like to share; I’m a private person despite my online presence. But, I’d like to do a bit more with my blog and podcast.
One of my resolutions this year was to blog more, and so far I’ve failed. But I’ve got 6 more months this year to turn that around! My main day job will be ending in a couple of weeks and I’ll be going back to working in the bookstore. I’m in the mist of looking for a new job—one that I hope will bring me closer to my goal of moving out to California, God willing. I’ve just finished a major editing project for my publisher, so that book will be reprinted within the next few months. And, I’ve been outlining my first children’s picture book, and writing my own mystery novel.
I’ve mentioned them before on twitter, but I’m super excited about them! And I’ll get more in-depth in my next Adventures in Writing post, but writing a book is hard! I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but man, people don’t accurately point out that it is hard work. But it’s hard work that I would stay up all night doing, and get up early in the morning to do. Regardless of the edits, blocks, dead-ends and rejections, I wouldn’t give it up for the world.
So this post ended up being way longer than I anticipated, but I just wanted to share with you all that’s been happening. I’m gonna up my writing, reading, and revise my career goals, all the while praying that Majin Drumpf doesn’t obliterate my country.
Guys, I can’t tell you how depressing it’s been to wake up and wonder “What the fuck has happened since I’ve been asleep?” everyday. But there’s been some positive energy here with new candidates in some upcoming elections that have given me hope. And one of my friends has launched The Resist List—entries of the most recent political news and how we can get involved. So I recommend for you to check it out and subscribe.
Ok, signing off now. I’ve got a ballet recital to attend in the mid-morning, and I do owe you guys some travel posts from my European holiday ::adds to list::. Until next time!