Month: September 2016

September 27, 2016

reading-slump

I’m sure we can all agree on something: reading slumps suck. And at some point, they’re kind of embarrassing, right? I mean, we’re readers. Reading is what we do.

It’s not just one of our favorite pastimes, it’s a sort of identifier. We gravitate toward other people at parties who are talking about the most amazing book they just read (assuming we’ve been dragged to a party, because we’ve been in our homes reading too much and our friends are worried about our health, obviously). We sometimes decide we want to be writers, to create books that we aren’t currently reading but would want to. We make lists about books we can’t wait to read, and we have a TBR list so long we’ll never be able to complete it.

I mean, there’s article upon article upon article about how to get yourself OUT of a reading slump.

What about when you can’t, though? That’s where I’m at.

Technically can’t isn’t the right word. I could. I’m not incapable of picking up a fiction book, per se. But I’m on a sabbatical from fiction.

A forced reading slump.

And let me tell you, it sucks.

You might be thinking, if something sucks so much, why would you bother doing it?

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September 1, 2016

Will I reference Disney again before this post is done? Probably.

If you haven’t ventured over to the About Me section, and you’re extra confused about who I am and what I do and you’re wondering “why do you even have a blog?” then this post is for you! If you have read my bio and you’re just curious where the best place to get bubble tea is because you, too, have an addiction verging on the unhealthy, then this post is also for you!

The quick and easy version is I’m an aspiring author. I’m also a lot of other things, but the writer-bit is why I created this blog.

See, for years (a decade, even), I’ve wanted to be a professional writer. In fact, in researching for this blog post, I found the first time I ever wrote “The End” on a story. It was Harry Potter fanfiction when I was in the seventh grade. I still remember this story in great detail and it can actually be found floating around on the internet, but I think I’ll keep its whereabouts secret for now.

(I’m not alone in testing out the waters in the ocean that is writing with fanfiction. Meg Cabot, The Queen of YA – well, one of them, if we can allow a kind of Polyarchy of YA – says that she first began writing with Star Wars fanfiction.)

But I quickly learned that there was more to writing life than just fanfiction because of NaNoWriMo. It’s been a yearly ritual for me ever since to ‘compete’ each November — but more on that later.

With several NaNoNovels behind me, my writing life changed when I got into college. Instead of keeping my writing a secret from everyone besides my family and closest friends (I mistakenly told a doctor that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up and they laughed at me and said they hoped I had a back-up plan…I was twelve.), I joined the local writing group and then, with the help of a few people I met through that group, formed an on-campus writing organization through the university! That group is still trucking along, amassing more members than I ever saw from the two years I led it, and I couldn’t be happier.

We’re almost coming to the present day, so I’ll keep this bit short. I graduated with a more technical degree and worked at a Fortune 100 company for three years as an Account Manager. The best way I can summarize this time period is “fine and occasionally fun” but ultimately not what I wanted out of life.

So now I’m a full-time writer! And I’m hoping within the next couple years, I can change that to  “Published Author.” I’ve completed five first-drafts of stories, but the editing process is still something of a mystery to me. This blog will be a documentation of all the trials and tribulations (and successes and joys!) I experience on the road to publication.

Now, given that I just wrote about ten paragraphs above, all centered on writing, you can guess that this blog will focus on that. But! It will also focus on books I’ve read (because writers love to read!) and places I’ve been to! I’m a huge fan of traveling and have at least one overseas trip planned in the next year and four different trips to The Place Where Dreams Come True in the next five months! (I know, I know, I’m obsessed.)

Enough about me! If you’re a YA reader, who is your Queen or King? And if you’re a writer, is publishing your dream goal? Leave a comment or feel free to email me and let me know!

(By the way, the best place to get bubble tea in San Antonio is Tealicious!)