It’s fine, everything’s on fire, but it’s fine

It’s taken a little longer to post than I planned, because of several terrible unforeseen events. Car broke down, credit card was stolen, stepped in cat puke early one morning. When it rains, it pours.

But I am trying to stay positive, thanks to the encouragement of my amazing friends. And this guy, creepily staring at me from my bed while I write.

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He spends more time sleeping on my bed than I do

I hope everyone is having better luck than me the past few weeks. I didn’t complete Camp NaNo, but that’s mostly because I have commitment issues. I enjoyed it, though. It’s nice to have a mid-year NaNoWriMo. Hopefully this keeps me motivated to actually finish it this year.

So, now it’s time for some fun updates.

Writing:

I have actually gotten writing done this month, guys. Not just notes and scribbled scenes in a notebook. Actual stuff I am working on. I’m so pleased. I made the difficult choice to leave the comfort of my apartment and go to the library. Sounds weird, but it works. I tend not to connect my computer to wifi when I’m out and about, so really the best way to get me to do stuff is to make me take my computer out.

I spent many hours at two of the libraries in town. I work best with very little distractions, so sitting at a desk in a quiet corner is perfect. The newest library is very bright and beautiful. There’s a fireplace in the middle, so I can’t wait for the weather to cool off so I can write next to the fire.

I was able to get two chapters of my Phoenix story done, as well as a few pages of the soon-to-be-popular fanfiction. I feel like my quality of work has definitely improved since I’ve started giving myself real time and space for it. It’s so easy to get distracted when I write at home. I can look up weird things or take a nap or play with the cats. When I put myself in that quiet space (like at the library where I am required to wear shoes) I get myself in the right mindset.

Reading:

I’ve been slowly working my way through my apparently questionable list on GoodReads. I took a little break from reading, meaning I didn’t actually do anything for a month, but now I’m back at it. Regular trips to the library have helped as well.

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One of these might be overdue

My choices this time were a bit random, and I’m not even sure how one of them landed on my list to begin with. Blood and Salt was very relatable, as someone from Indiana who has a healthy fear of what lurks in cornfields. Soulless was excitingly different, and my first attempt at reading anything steampunk. I’m currently still reading Let Me In, which I’m loving. I still think it has one of the best titles in it’s original language, which would be translated to “Let the Right One In’. I love a good title because I’m so terrible at coming up with them.

Also in the exciting reading front, I finally got the chance to read a story from one of my best friends. She’s an incredibly talented writer, so I was very excited to do the first content read for her. I let my pen bleed all over the pages, but that’s what I’m getting paid for. I felt so official when I mailed her manuscript back. I think mailing a package at the post office is one of the true markers of adulthood. I can’t wait for the next round of edits so she can get her story published. My friends are so talented.

Plots and plans:

I met up with the always amazing MLT at one of the newer coffee shops in town to talk over the ridiculous things we’ll be doing the next few months. It has nice tables and a pretty good atmosphere. Plus it’s not downtown so parking is much easier. Locally roasted coffee for the win.

I have surprisingly kept up with my insane goal of working out a few times a week. I started doing beginners yoga, which my cat thinks is hilarious, but I’m really enjoying. He likes to play on the mat, which is adorable and distracting. I’m trying to focus on taking care of myself, because it’s so easy to slip back into bad habits.

I’ve been feeling more creative lately. I’ve had more story ideas and plot revelations that I can’t wait to work on. I felt like I was stuck in a writing rut for so long, that feeling these ideas flow has just been amazing. So amazing that I bought myself new notebooks and folders from the back to school section at the store. You can’t just expect me to pass up Art Deco notebooks or a folder with tacos on it.

I think that’s all the updates for now. It’s been a crazy few weeks, but I’m hanging in there. I’m lucky to have such supportive people in my life to keep me going. Thanks for reading!

-JBL

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About Jess

I'm just going to keep writing until I run out of words
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