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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

Matters of Historical Importance

I've been reading about the Middle Ages and Renaissance time periods. We're doing a little school over the summer, and one of the subjects I esteem above all the others is history. I've been reading my history book like crazy, and in fact, I finished in this morning.

That's not the point, though. Yesterday, I read all the way from Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther while hanging out with my sister in the basement that afternoon. Then, I climbed into bed at midnight and read some more.

Yes, I'm crazy.

I ended up having dreams about being Queen Elizabeth the I, plots from others who want to steal my throne, paint samples, and Irish jigs that go through my head over and over and over again.

Needless to say, I did not sleep very well.

Anyway, speaking of matters of historical importance...

I GOT MY PROOF COPY FROM CREATESPACE.

Reese's Pieces is now in book form.


Thanks to flambeau, my fellow moderator on NarniaWeb, for making the awesome cover - and thanks to Tina for adding in my author name, even though it's blurred. ;)

Of course, now it needs editing. As in, a major plot face lift. My plot stinks.

But you'll never know what an AMAZING feeling it is to hold your own book in your hands until you actually do it. It makes me feel that yes, I am a writer. And yes, I can do this.

Now, onto the third draft. :P

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  1. OH MY GOSH!!! That totally rocks, girl!! I'm so excited for you!!!!!!

    Hugs!

    iGirl/Dani

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  2. Oh Sam, that is awesome! I'm slightly jealous but mainly just proud of you. That's so cool. :)

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  3. Wahoo!!! You, my friend, rock. Totally. :D And whenever we get together, one day must be spent staying up late reading history books. Cuz history is awesome. :D

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  4. @iGirl: Aw, thanks. That is so sweet of you. :)

    @Fin: Hahaha! Why would you be jealous about me dreaming that I was Elizabeth the I? Juuust kidding. ;) I have no doubt whatsoever that you will get a proof copy of your novel someday! Next year, perhaps?

    @Half-Pint: Thank you! And yes, we totally need to do that! I'm so in. ;)

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  5. YAYAYAYAYAY!!! That is SO COOL!!! Now I feel totally motivated for this year's NaNo. ;)

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