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:

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.

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!!!