Hi. Remember me? Something's gotten in the way of my writing lately. I'm too busy writing to write!
Let me back up a bit. Sometime in the last couple of months, Amanda Westmont (whose blog I read at Mandajuice) decided to self-publish her first novel on Kindle & Nook. I wanted to support her, and I was interested, so I bought it. And I read it. In 2 days. I liked it, and I think you should totally check it out. It's a romance, but it's also about getting what we need and want in life. It would be perfect for the beach this summer! Or the pool. When I was finished with Gravy, I knew it was time to write my own book.
I have always been a writer. I've talked about it here a little bit before. When I was 18, I had an idea for a novel that was originally inspired by a crush on a teacher and a quarter studying abroad in London. It's been in my head, and some of it has come out on paper. I haven't worked on it seriously in at least 5 years, but really closer to 10.
There's something in my now telling me that it's time, and I've been writing. Today I wrote for an hour. I have spent time re-writing things that were already down, adding new things, making a ridiculously detailed week by week timeline for the time the story covers. When I'm driving, when I'm putting the baby to bed, when I'm lying there waiting to fall asleep, I am thinking about the book and writing in my head.
This feels so right. I know that I am actually going to do this - I'm writing a book! I don't know if I'll ever get published "for real." But as time goes on it seems like there are always more options for self publishing and sharing. It's going to be a while before anyone gets to read it - I have a lot of work to do. But when I'm writing, I feel alive. It seems weird to say that, but it's true. I feel inspired, I feel creative, I'm on a natural high. It's kind of amazing.
So, for right now while this muse is living in my head, I may be around here a bit less often. I'm still going to try and write here, because there are totally things I want to say and share. It just seems like my creativity is channeling itself somewhere else right now. And I can't wait to see where it goes.