A Time for Change

Okay, I’m going to be very, very real today. And that’s not an easy thing to do. Any nerdy gal wants to be Wonder Woman. But here are the facts: I’m not. And while I’ve managed to make lots of progress with writing now that Summer Reading has ended, it has only happened with a healthy helping of stress.

And if I’m feeling stressed, won’t that show through in my writing?

I’m not sure it has here on the blog–yet. And I’m thankful for that. But if writing isn’t fun for the writer… then it’s not going to be fun for the reader, either.

I don’t think I’ve crossed that line, but looking back over the last month of writing in a frenzy, I really think I need to re-evaluate.

Here are the facts: I have a full-time job. I’m also a wife. I’m also a friend, and a daughter, and a sister. All of those important elements of my life take time. And while being a writer is definitely one of the ways I define myself… it’s not the only way.

I know it sounds like I’m going to stop blogging–I’m not. I promise.

I just want to do it in a way that makes more sense–that isn’t just me spewing out material because I have a deadline and a schedule. I want it to be natural. I want the stories or poems or observations that I write to come for a real need and desire to say something.

I’ve said that before and adjusted Word-Maleerie accordingly.

And now, I think it’s time to do it again.

When I first created this blog, I had a few goals:

(1) Provide a sort of portfolio for prospective publishers and literary agents.

(2) Show publishers and agents who I am beyond a name at the end of a query.

(3) Write more! (Because it’s really easy to not write when a goal–namely being published–seems faraway and even impossible.)

This blog has helped me do all of that in many ways… but I have to be honest, too, and say that writing material for the blog sometimes means I don’t have time to work on my manuscripts.

And isn’t that kind of counterproductuve?

Again–I’m not giving up. I’m just changing. (And I’ll finish any stories that I have a good start on–namely Plugged In.) But when there are only so many hours in the day, and you also want to have time for loved ones and, you know, the occasional hobby… well, I need to adapt.

Because that’s what we do, isn’t it? It’s either adapt or stagnate, and I won’t let myself do the latter.

(After all, let’s be real: All those “still doing Summer Reading” posts got a bit boring, right?)

I have some time off coming up, so I plan on revamping the website. Bear with me during that time, as I won’t be adding new material. But when I’m done… I hope Word-Maleerie will be a lot more fun for everyone (me included).

Thanks, as always, for all of your support. I truly appreciate everyone who takes the time to check out my blog as I work towards my ultimate goal of publication. Lots of love, everyone.

There Is No End

I’ve actually made some progress on the to-do list I posted last week. I’ve gotten one query letter sent off, and I’ve carved out some time to work on the NaNoWriMo story. It’s actually getting close… I think… to the end.

Wowzers.

It’s a crazy feeling–working on something for so long and then the end being in sight.

But it’s not really the end. Because next comes editing. Revising. Rewriting.

What am I saying? There is no end to writing! It just goes and goes and goes…..

*insert crazed laughter*

Ahem… but, yes, progress. So… yay!

When In Doubt… Make a List

Alright, it’s time to get serious again. I’ve been working, but not really accomplishing. Things have gotten done, but not done enough to actually cross them off my to-do list.

So here it is. What I need to do in order to catch up:

(1) Send four query letters. (May, June, July, and August)

(2) Finish NaNoWriMo project.

It’s a short list… but each item is going to take a lot of time, effort, and creativity.

I’ve got this.

Summer Reading Memories

I don’t have too much to report on the writing front (yet), as I’m still tying up some post-Summer Reading loose ends. But, in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share some more pictures from Summer Reading.

Good times. Good times.

An Ending and a Restart

It’s almost the end of Summer Reading.

Boy, did it go fast!

Tomorrow is a special carnival, and then after that, a few loose ends to tie up and then… back to normal.

It’s been a rush, like Summer Reading always is. I love seeing patrons’ faces light up during programs. Or their excitement when they learn they won a prize. Or just the anticipation of all the adventure that awaits in a stack of books brought up to the desk.

Of course, libraries always have all of that. But Summer Reading… it’s a particularly special time.

I’m going to miss it. But it comes around again next year. (And in the meantime… maybe I’ll start planning a really cool Halloween-themed program series.)

But the end of Summer Reading also means the restart of writing.

So here I come. I hope my keyboard is prepared for all the stories I have pent up inside of me.

A bit of progress may have still been made during the summer, but now…. *cracks knuckles*

Now, it’s time to catch up on stories and projects. On query letters. On blog posts that are more than 500 words!

Bring it on.

No News is Good News

It’s a cliché, but it’s true. Summer Reading is still going. My momentum with the NaNoWriMo project hasn’t run dry yet.

It’s summertime and the sun is shining. I can’t complain.

Life is good. And I can’t say enough how very, very thankful I am for that. After 2020 and the pandemic, I hope all of us remember the unbridled splendor that comes from things just being.

I feel very blessed. I don’t think any of us take the time to really be thankful for what we have, even when what we have is simply the status quo.

It’s important, I think, to take some time to be thankful. Whether to God, or the universe, or fate, or just the moment in time that you can claim as your own.

So thank you for the status quo. Thank you for sunshine. Thank you for small steps of progress.

Life is good.

Thank you.

The Best Feeling in the World

I actually had some time to write this week. In fact… I made real progress on my NaNoWriMo story!

I’m having a lot of fun with it. I wish I could describe it, but… I’m more than a little superstitious when it comes to talking about writing projects. I always worry that, as soon as I share a plot out loud, it will sound stupid and contrived to my ears.

And then I’ll lose my momentum.

And my confidence.

And everything else it takes to write a story.

So I tend to keep mum about a manuscript until at least a first draft is done. First drafts can be terrible. That’s the point–to edit them and transform them into the vision in your mind.

But at least I’ll have all my ideas down. At least I’ll have the clay I need to sculpt.

Until then though…. All I can say is, it’s coming along. I’m currently happy with it… And, as a writer, that’s the best feeling in the world.

Halfway Point

We’ve officially hit the halfway point of Summer Reading!!!

And it occurred to me… I’ve been sharing a lot about Summer Reading. (Or at least, I’ve been sharing how it’s been distracting me from writing.)

Wouldn’t it be more fun if I actually shared a bit about the program itself?

Or… even better… some pictures!

And, for a behind-the-scenes look…. You know you’ve had a successful program when your office looks like this afterward: