Hello readers and writers!
Anyone else having a stressful 2019 so far? Since the new year, I’ve been incredibly busy trying to finish my manuscript for my next novel while keeping myself financially stable. That’s surprisingly difficult when you find yourself working 36 hours a week basically for free, so I realized some things needed to change if I was going to keep afloat during this transition into post-grad adulthood.
As a result, I wasn’t able to prep and provide a well-researched blog post for you guys today. Not like all my other blog posts are super researched, but they are given a lot of thought and time before publishing. I usually write my next week’s posts on Sunday and then proofread them before they post on Wednesday. My weekend was super busy, so I didn’t get a chance to write a blog post, so I’m giving you all an update on my life instead!
Knowing the writer behind the blog is important too, so I want to take advantage of these moments and write something that comes much easier, and that’s writing about myself and what’s been going on with me lately.
Let’s start with good news!
- I officially got a job! I’ll be working with elementary school kids nearby, and I’m so excited to be helping out kids in my community. I’ve already joined a volunteer program in Austin for providing children with opportunities to write, so I was happy to keep moving in that field. I never thought I’d feel comfortable in an educational environment, but children are the future, and I want to make an effort to help future generations as much as possible.
- I’m working with a wonderful editor on my WIP. She found me on a Facebook comment thread and privately messaged me with her information. She’s doing some professional critiquing with me right now while I write my WIP, and then she’ll help me with the official editing process. She’s great and super supportive! I’m glad to be working with her on this project.
- I got accepted into a crowdfunding program that’s going to help me raise some money for my next release. I don’t think I pay a dime until the whole thing is over, so I’ll be getting help prepping for my upcoming release, and hopefully, it’s going to make a huge difference! The novel will be the beginning of a series, so it’s exciting to think about people eagerly awaiting the second book! That’s my dream right now.
Some of the cruddy stuff
- I’m not reading as often as I wanted when I made my new years resolutions. My goal for the year was 100 books, and I know now it for sure isn’t possible. You guys saw how long it took me to read Jane Eyre! There’s no way I can read two books a week with how busy I’ve become and probably will remain for the next few years. I wish I could snap my fingers and have way more time to do everything, but right now I’m writing this blog post at 10 o’clock at night when I’ve been working since 9 a.m. and barely got home from my new job training about two hours ago. It’s just not in the cards for me right now. My new goal is to write two blog posts a week for you guys, and one of them will be reading related in some way. Either a book review or some type of author/book appreciation post.
- I feel like I have no time for anything. What the hell is a day off? Seriously! I hardly ever get one. I’m not even complaining either; it’s just the truth. To make my dreams come true, that means working 12 hours a day Monday – Friday and then working an extra 12 hours over the weekend. I spread some of this time out with my friends, family, etc., but it just never feels like enough. I’m running off steam until I’m forced to stop, and I don’t want another flare-up!
- I miss my boyfriend and my dog. I share a room with these two suckers, but when I’m working 12 hours a day and then attempting to sleep a minimum of 8 hours a night, that’s only giving me a few hours here and there for them. I want more quality time, and I’m going to have to figure out how to fit everything in my schedule.
Everything is only temporary, so I won’t be flustered forever. I’ll figure things out and move towards creating a more consistent schedule. I’m sure it’s rough for everyone when they start in the adult world. I’ve gone down so many different paths I hadn’t believed were possible.
Even being a professional writer was something I had never thought I’d be able to do! If you’d asked me at 18 what I was going to be, I would have said family and relationship therapist. That was my goal almost seven years ago, but of course, everything’s different now, and I’ll continue to embrace the change.
Check out some of my graduation pictures!! They’re from December, and I just realized I never shared them with you all ❤
Thank you for reading! Let me know if you’ve been busy/exhausted lately as well! Or if you understand what I’m going through because you’ve experienced it yourself. I need it!