PROOF: Forging a Writing Life in Public

Hello, there!

If you’re reading this blog, you may be interested in witnessing the perils and pleasures of writing toward authorship. Well, that’s what I’m here for! This whole thing documents the concentrated effort of storying (WordPress doesn’t like this word, but I DO!) and will include the process toward publication after the blood has dried, along with some other adventures on the way!

Acting on the desire to write for publication is the coolest and hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do for myself. It’s so easy to put off one’s personal aspirations to deal with life’s necessities, and at times, I even forget that I’m allowed to dream. Then, the haze of fatigue rises, I’m clear-headed and spry, and I nudge this Want awake with shaky fingers.

To my surprise, the more often I wake the Want, the more it demands companionship. Forget this hibernation thing. Even cat naps are for suckers. Its preference (and mine) is full awareness, and I’ve got to say, I’m really enjoying the constant coaxing of Something More.

That paragraph makes writing sound all good-fairies-in-a-mossy-wood, but–Real Talk–perseverance is hard, y’all. Self discovery through writing eats all the leftovers from your emotional Tupperware. And we’ll talk about that, too. The good, the bad, and the dirty, dirty dishes.

You ready?

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Kindergarten, Here He Comes!

These people make up my sweet family!

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My oldest kiddo started kindergarten today. He’s sweet and funny, careful and brave, a learner and a thinker… He’s going to be great! So cheers to my boy as he ventures this unknown! 🥛🥛

Mama LOVES you!

Fairytale Smairytale: Swoon-Worthy Reads

SOMEONE ELSE’S FAIRYTALE by E.M. Tippetts was a surprise of a story. I thought I’d be getting something fluffy by judging the cover, but looks were mildly deceiving on this one. This book has depth in a far-fetched plot, and I like that kind of combination.

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I’m seeing a trend in the books I pick by cover lately. There’s lots of teal and fun graphics that hint of adventure. I don’t know what this says about my life, but–let’s be honest–I don’t really care. Just gimme all the books! 
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Five sizzling lightning bolts!
 
Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR! 😍

Gaming Love: Swoon-Worthy Reads

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne has ALL my attention this week.
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When I first chose this book, I loved the title and cartoonish characters in gorgeous colors. (I WISH I could wear yellow.)
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And then… I can remember it like it was yesterday… then I read the teaser and my head exploded.
Then I read the book and my heart exploded.
I’ve now read this book 4 times in the last year and a half.
I adore Lucy and Josh sooo sooo much. Thorne’s prose is poignant and funny and you experience the emotional revelations along with Lucy (narrator). It’s so. well. done.
It’s just been released that this story will be a movie in the (hopefully) near future. I immediately had to pick up the book again. Yup. It’s still such a satisfying read.
All the sizzling lightning bolts for Lucy, Josh, and games they play!
Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR! 😍

The Vespas Have it: Swoon-Worthy Read

Confession: Roman Holiday is one of my all-time favorite movies. I adore everything about it right down to ending even though it makes me weepy. If you seen it… YOU KNOW. If you haven’t, get working on that. Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, and Eddie Albert will charm you in ways you didn’t know existed.

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Anyway, when I saw the Vespa on the cover of ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett, I had to read it. It was a compulsion. I thought, “This may potentially give you similar feels as your Fav, Mea.”

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It started with the Vespa, sure, but then the whole mistaken identity, movie references, vintage style, and witty Katharine Hepburn/Cary Grant back-and-forth kept me engrossed the rest of the way. Who says contemporary YA can’t be classic? No one writing this post. That’s who’s…not…saying it…

(I. Writer. Good. Words.)

This book made me lol, so it gets all the sizzling lightning bolts. 

Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR! 

The Trick of It All

Clay and I were walking in the backyard, and we spotted this beauty. I wish mushrooms had a more whimsical name because some of them are really quite magical. But if you say, “Come look at this mushroom!” no one expects to see something gorgeous. Maybe that the trick of it all. I wonder if the namer thought the surprise of the sight was worth the sound of the title.

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