I wanted to share with you a special post today. As June approaches in a few months, I thought I would spend some time reminiscing today. In 2013, in the beginning of June I took on a new title–literary blogger. I was inspired to start my blog after attending one of the more popular book conventions, Book Expo of America (BEA) that year for the first time that it was open to the public. I met a blogger that day who took the time to speak to me about what it meant to be a literary blogger; and, what it meant to her. As I took it all in, I quickly realized this was something I wanted to do.
I have always been a pretty avid reader. For a while I was averaging around 60-70 books a year. Although that is not many to some, it is relatively a good amount in the scheme of things. This year will be five years since I started blogging. But, as life gets in the way at times, there was a gap in my journey. Even though I had loved my new hobby and new ways of expressing myself, life became challenging for me by the end of 2015.
I started to notice I wasn’t reading as often; nor, was I posting as frequently as I had in the past. There was something amiss. I had gotten dragged into a depression. It would take me a long time to come back. During 2016 and 2017, I had tried to come back to the swing of things. It was becoming harder to do. I still wasn’t reading as much. I had dropped the amount of books I had read to less than twenty. It was something I had a hard time coping with.
My fiance is also an avid reader. He reads frequently, but doesn’t read as many books a year as I had once had. Despite that, his love and encouragement has led me to here. It took longer than I had hoped, but I finally feel back onto a more regular reading path. I have lowered my expectations. I have a goal to read 26 books this year, but hope to reach my stretch goal of 52 books. I am basically on track for 26 so far, but behind on my stretch goal. As I continue blogging more regularly, I think I will read more books and catch up. If I don’t, then I don’t.
I’m just happy to be back here doing what I love to do–talk about books and life. It’s been great to write again on a regular basis. I do have one more passion I am trying to return to–writing fiction. I have been working on a Young Adult book on and off since 2014. I have 85 thousand words written so far. My goal was to hit 100 thousand. I have since realized some things; I think I want to reformat it after all this time and hard work. It doesn’t hit at home as much as I would like. I would like to convert it to reach a more older audience, but I’m not sure yet. I have decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, which is the off season of NaNoWriMo which stands for National Novel Writing Month that takes place in November. During the span of November, you are considered a winner of the competition if you write 50 thousand words. If you were to finish the novel you choose to write, the length would be about 175 pages. Not quite the length of an average novel, but still a novel nonetheless. It’s an exciting challenge that I participated in for about 3-4 years. This year, I will be participating in the April choose your own word count one. I have chosen to write 25,000 words. I have made it before at that length; so, I think there is a high chance I can do it again. There is some prewriting that I would like to do before it begins.
I am so happy to be here again with you all. I am looking forward to everything yet to come. I think this will be a fantastic year. It feels so nice to be enjoying all my hobbies again. I look forward to continuing for the long haul. Thank you for joining me. I am forever grateful.