A Bit of Progress… and A Lot of Nerdiness on the Horizon

I actually had a bit of time to write this week. Not much, but I did have a nice rush going for a bit.

I’ve gone back to working on my old NaNoWriMo project from last year. I’ve had writer’s block with it, but I think I’m starting to get my groove back.

I’ve also worked on a little bit of poetry. It’s nice to have that kind of emotional outlet. Very freeing. I never should have stopped writing poems.

Summer Reading is still going strong, but I’m glad that I’ve been able to carve out a bit of time for the writing side of me.

Of course, the Library Comic Con is coming up soon…. It takes a TON of planning and prep, and, as the nerdiest librarian in all the land…. well, it’s kind of my baby. Patrons really enjoy it, and I love being able to give my fellow nerds a place to let their nerd flag fly. (There aren’t a ton of opportunities for that in rural communities.)

That’s going to be taking up most of my time.

Thank goodness I got some writing in this week!

Feeling a Bit Redundant

What’s new?

Not much.

I’m starting to feel like a broken record… (Wait. Do people still listen to records? Probably only nerds like me. A skipping CD? No, people don’t even listen to those any more. Umm….) I’m starting to feel like… a repetitive Spotify playlist?

Man that doesn’t have much of ring to it.

Anyway, point is: I feel repetitive. Redundant.

But I knew that was going to happen during Summer Reading. I write when I can. I don’t usually have much creativity or energy left after work these days, but every once in a while, a bit of inspiration will strike and I’ll take advantage of it.

Not bad news, but expected news.

Only one thing to do though: Keep moving forward.

First Summer Reading Program Down

Our library has officially held its first Summer Reading program… and wow! I think it’s safe to say that people are eager to get out now that COVID seems to winding down. (Knock on all the wood, cross my fingers, throw some salt over my shoulder, etc….) We had 73 total people (parents and kids) show up to our craft. In comparison, getting 50 patrons would normally be a big deal. So… wow!

And it was so much fun! We built birdhouses, and I was responsible for helping with the paint, glitter, and hot glue…. As evidenced by the below picture.

A big thank you to our community! Nothing makes a librarian happier than seeing people come together for something fun and positive! (And after last year… we need it)

I suppose it goes without saying that I didn’t get around to writing this week. Oh well… priorities. And, as a librarian, priority number one has to be Summer Reading.

And that just means… August will be a writing storm!

More Librarian Than Writer

Not much to report this week: Summer Reading is in full swing, and that means that I’ve changed my residence to the library for the time being. I have managed to write a little bit more, but, like I’ve said… my focus is more librarian than writer at the moment.

I wish I had more to say, but… have I mentioned we’re going to have foxes at the library? I’m so excited!

I mean, seriously… how adorable! Who wouldn’t get distracted from writing at the prospect of seeing foxes!!!

Some Inspiration

I’m doing something a little different. I haven’t had the time to write (even one of my short 500-word flash fictions), but I thought I’d take some time share some of the stories that have most inspired me–the stories that I got completely lost within and that made me think, “Wow, I want to be able to do what this author has done.”

My Top 10 Favorite Books

(10) Atonement by Ian McEwan

(9) Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

(8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky

(7) Looking for Alaska by John Green

(6) The Help by Kathryn Stockett

(5) Recursion by Blake Crouch

(4) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

(3) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

(2) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

(1) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

What are your favorite books? I’d love to hear them!

It’s Almost Here!

It’s almost here….

The Summer Reading start date at my library is June 1.

It’s going to be an exciting time: Lots of contests, prizes, programs… We’re even getting live animals!

Chris Pratt’s face says it all. I’m so excited for Summer Reading to start–especially after last year… when we couldn’t really have any programs thanks to COVID.

But it’s a new year with new plans and new excitement.

Bring it on!

(Oh, and no…. still not a lot of writing happening.)

SUMMER READING! *insert confetti*

Not surprisingly, this week wasn’t very productive.

It’s not that I didn’t write, it’s just that I did very little of it.

Why? Because it’s May–the month before Summer Reading. And so basically from now through August that’s where my concentration needs to be. I’m going to be living at the library for the next couple of months.

What does that mean? It means I might get behind on editing. I might get behind on sending query letters.

But that’s happened before, and it’s an easy fix: All I have to do is a bit extra, later. The end goal is basically to get at least one new manuscript written and sent out 12 query letters this year. Ideally, that would happen in a nice, orderly, month-by-month schedule.

But if there’s one certainty in life it’s this: Nothing is orderly.

Plans change, and it’s important to be flexible.

And when the reason for that change is something as much fun as Summer Reading, then I will gladly make those adjustments.

As much as I love writing, I also love being a librarian. Libraries, nowadays more than ever, are community centers. They represent so much more than books (though books, by themselves, are already pretty awesome.) They are opportunities: To connect, to learn, to grow, to experience, to make memories… to do a million things.

And Summer Reading, with our array of programs, is the time that encapsulates all of that.

So I won’t be as active in writing. It doesn’t mean I won’t be on the blog… It just means things will be a little different for the next few months. Most of my updates will be short and sweet, and my stories I post on Mondays will likely be the same.

Happy summer, everyone. Let’s get our read on!