It has been a few months since my last post. I know what you are thinking. Here comes another excuse. Well, have I got news for you. I was very intentional with my three month furlough from blogging. Where before I might not blog because I got too busy or just didn’t make the time, for the last few months I have stepped back from technology, but not, however, from writing. Over the summer I decided that if I was really serious about this writing business- and I am- then I had to more seriously dedicate my time to writing.

I also knew from experience that I needed a safe place to experiment with words. If I was always writing on the computer and always for an audience, I wasn’t going to be stretching, flexing, and strengthening those writing muscles in the right way. I went to Barnes and Noble, and because I had tried and failed in this journaling endeavor before, I bought a cheap, light blue leather journal that would easily fit into my purse. I didn’t buy fancy pends or think about page counts or word limits; I just bought a journal and set a goal.

My goal was lofty, and I knew it. I bought the journal in June and I wanted to fill it by the time school started. Instead of spending the summer trying to write a novel or short stories, I wanted to spend the summer writing for me and only me. It took me longer than I had planned; I completed the journal on September 30, but I did complete it. One of my new, dear friends who is much smarter than I am, talked to me about the concept of “failing up.” It’s the idea that I didn’t meet my goal, but look what I did do.

For the first time ever, I filled a journal completely with my words. If that is failure, I’ll take it.

Along with my couple of months of journaling, on September 1 I started my next novel. This novel’s title has been elusive so far, and I promise a post when a title strikes, but as of today I am 15,609 words in. It’s really nice to be writing fiction again. I have quite a few ideas bouncing around in my head that I really believe if I hadn’t been journaling so much I would have missed.

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Aside from writing over these last couple of months, I’ve been dividing my time between running -I’m training for a half marathon on October 26- and reading. If you’re interested in what I’m reading and what I’m saying about books, you should add me as a friend on GoodReads. If you don’t have an account, you should! I swear I check GoodReads updates more than I check Facebook! Some of the books that I have read that really stood out to me were The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen, and The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri. There are way more, but these are three that I can hands down recommend!

In thinking about what I’ve been reading and writing, I think it is important, dear readers, that you know what to expect from me as I continue down this writing path. With the help of my friends, I have come up with a blog plan that will hopefully help me keep on track; managing so many different projects is time consuming, so I feel it is important to be prepared. For at least the month of October, here is what you can expect from me: a post every Tuesday and Friday with a possible Sunday writing prompt that I off to you and also write in response to. You can also expect between one and three book reviews.

If this doesn’t seem like enough, remember, I’m trying to finish a novel here! Having a plan will make my life so much easier and hopefully it will also make it easier to keep up with me.

After a LONG day at school full of learner presentations, a pretty quick six miles, and a very dramatic evening (that’s a story for a different time, the wounds are still fresh), it is time for me to sign off. Five in the morning will come swiftly.

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