A few of my favorite things

I guess it’s been a while, but in my defense there’s been so much stuff going on. As usual.

I finally have to accept that it’s summer, especially since the temperature has been above 90 degrees for the past week. I keep trying to pretend that it’s still early spring, but it is officially to hot to wear jeans outside. It was 101 degrees when I drove back from Ohio last week, and I’ve never felt more personally attacked. I’m pretty sure I got a sunburn just from the car ride.

But enough complaints about the heat. Let’s talk about writing!

Writing:

I was thinking about how it can be really difficult to get writing done at home. I don’t have a real desk to work at, and I’m reluctant to clean off the kitchen table and use that. I ended up making a short list of my favorite places to write, because it’s honestly too hard to get stuff done when my cat wants to sit in my lap.

  1. Copper Moon Coffee. This place opened not too long ago, and it quickly became one of my favorite places. The coffee is good, they have pastries, and the guy at the counter knows that I always get a water with my coffee, even when I forget to order it. It has a very relaxed atmosphere, with good tables and outlets. That’s really important for someone like me that gets distracted easily.
  2. The library on the other side of town. This library is cute and quiet, and I almost always get my favorite study table. I like the desk by the wall, because there’s a window, and of course, an outlet. Honestly, outlets are so important to someone that frequently forgets to charge their computer. The library downtown isn’t too bad, but it’s much busier. This library is not as busy, at least not during the times I’m usually there. I’ve probably gotten the most work done there, even though I have to bring my own coffee.
  3. Java Roaster. This is one of my favorite places to go with my friends, mostly because they serve chicken quesadillas. It can get pretty busy, which is good for them but bad for me since lots of sound distracts me. Also, it’s downtown, which means parking can be difficult, and I don’t need that extra stress in my life.

Those are some of my favorite places to go around town. Does anyone else have some favorite writing spots outside the home?

I’ve been doing that terrifying thing where you start submitting to publishers. It’s ridiculously stressful, but necessary. Hopefully I get some feedback soon. It not, I’ll just have to figure out this whole self-publishing game.

I honestly didn’t realize how long it’d been since I last posted. I wrote a weird draft one night, but then decided that it was best no one else actually read it. Writing is a funny thing.

But the good news is that I have been writing. I’ve been working on some of the short stories I talked about in my last post, which has kept me pretty busy. I’ve been trying to keep up with my daily journal, which was sidelined when I switched over to the night shift at work. It took me a few weeks to adjust to the new schedule, which is probably why I haven’t posted much lately. The weird sleep schedule has made me a little forgetful.

So, no new stories, but I’ve made progress on my many existing projects. Sometimes it’s hard to keep myself motivated. Luckily I have amazing and talented friends that remind me why I write so I can get back to immersing myself in these weird stories I love.

Reading:

I am currently reading 5 books, with various levels of interest. I’m slowly ticking books off my To-Read list. One of them is an ebook I checked out online from the library but forgot to renew, and it’s been checked out by someone else for the past month. One day I’ll finish it.

Since my last post I have finished 6 books, half of which are YA books, but I don’t think that matters too much. They’re quick to read, and sometimes make me which I had read them when I was younger. I was kind of stuck in one specific genre when I was a kid, so I feel like I’m catching up on all this amazing YA lit now.

I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell a few months ago, and I’m still not done thinking about it. I see so much of how I used to be in it. I wish that this had been published back when I was an awkward kid in school. It’s just amazing. It’s such a realistic portrayal of how college was for us weird, nerdy girls.

I really enjoyed the books I read the past month, but my favorite would have to be We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I love Jackson’s stories, and I can’t believe I waited so long to read this one. One of the things I guessed correctly, but seeing how the lives of these women played out was definitely worth reading.

Plots and plans:

Well, more writing, as usual. A coworker inspired me to start a new project, so I’m hoping to get that together this year. And of course, the mysterious projects with the notorious MLT. One day, I promise, this will all make sense.

I might be attending Indy Pop Con this weekend. I haven’t had time to finish any new costumes (although I did make an adorable dress for my niece) recently, but I plan on starting a new one this week. I got the fabric and pattern, even though the next con isn’t for a few months. Sometimes it’s nice to take my time on a costume, and not wait until the week of to do last minute fittings.

Things are starting to shape up, which is good considering we are halfway through the year. Hopefully things keep moving forward.

I hope everyone is surviving the heat. Every afternoon my cat melts in front of the back door and yowls at me if I touch him. He seems to be enjoying the extra sunshine.

Thanks for reading!

-JBL

About Jess

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