Writing in Chapters

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Clearly I am not as good at this blogging thing as I wanted to be. A post every three months is just not acceptable and giving myself the excuse that I have no time is no longer plausible. But I find myself holding in so many words, personal words. Thoughts that need to be written. So, though this may not be about books or writing it is simply a peek into my life.

Recent Events: I have moved states! This of course was very time consuming, however, I am now a resident of my birth state, California. I love being here. I have always loved California despite the bad rep that it gets throughout the media or other people. I don’t care about the gas prices or the politics. It has always felt like home to me and I am excited to start building a life here.

ASU update: I am now in my fourth semester at ASU and let me tell you a few things I have discovered about myself over the past year. I am NOT the same college student I was a few years ago. Compared to the over achieving and disciplined student that I used to be, I am still those things, however, I now have a full time job and I’m still a mom, but she is much older now. These two things made me a different kind of student which in all honesty, frustrated me. I couldn’t pull an all-nighter like I used to and I had to work study and homework time in between the kid’s homework, dance, and making sure that we were both fed dinner. It was a lot harder than I initially thought it would be juggling all of that myself. The thing that cost me the most was time with her. Although this hurt my mommy heart I know that I am setting an example for her and to me that is also important. This is where a different kind of discipline came into play. We do homework together and we make dinner together. Then we have our time to veg out and binge watch Hawaii 5-0 before her bedtime. Once she is in bed I pull out my laptop and continue wherever I left off in my assignments. This was our routine and still is with a few changes, but more on that later.

Reading/Writing update: I have not had much time to write what I want to lately. By the time I am finished with a writing assignment for one of my classes, I am too burned out to put words to paper or stay awake long enough to finish a book. I’ve taken full advantage with any break from school to binge read as many books as possible before classes begin again. In writing, I have made notes of all of the possible story lines that interest me, believe me I have a whole list. So, when the time comes when school is not a priority and I am not suffocating under my TBR, you can bet that I will bust out 80k words like it’s nobody’s business. I just have to remind myself that there is no expiration date on writing. Even if I am never published I would just love the satisfaction of saying I’ve written a book. The goals are the same even if it takes me years to finish a manuscript. But guys, several of the WIP that I have started have been marinating for years already and I know by the time they get to a full length manuscript that they are going to be so good. I’ve read many books. Some of them have been good and then there are those that are just not. I am not a slap it on paper and call it a story type of writer, when it comes to story telling I am every bit of my own worst critic. I know what I like, and I am writing the words that I want to read, then pray that someone else loves it.

If you’re still with me here, thank you. I wish I could buy you a beverage of your choosing for listening to me ramble.

My new goals for Writing in Chapters are to write at least two posts a week. Please don’t hold me to that, but hold me accountable. If you haven’t seen a post, TELL ME. But for now this is where I will end. I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Cheers. 💛

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