I suppose every blogger has an obligatory, “It’s been so long since I’ve blogged” post. Here’s mine. Except instead of six months or even a year, it has been over three. Why? Lots of reasons, the most significant of which is the birth of my daughter. She is now a little over two, though, so it’s time to get back into writerly things in earnest.
So, what have I been up to besides working and being a mom? I did have a bit of an existential crisis. I did wonder if my writing was any good at all. I did contemplate putting down the (figurative) pen forever. But, alas, I pushed through. I came out of it a better writer, too.
I’ve been working on some new/old pieces, pieces that I wrote fifteen years ago and am currently refurbishing, hoping to get them ready for public consumption. I also have a couple of new projects in the works. In the meantime, I am writing every day, and checking my Submittable account obsessively to see if any “Received” statuses have changed to “In Progress.”
I am also reading like crazy. I’ve given up Facebook scrolling in pursuit of more useful and pleasant activities. I’ve discovered a couple of new (to me) lit mags, like Literary Juice, and Moonglasses Magazine.
I’m taking a different approach to this blog, too. Part of what kept me away was this feeling of pressure, this feeling that I had to write something really interesting or clever in order to post it to my blog. Maybe it’s the effect of two years of being a mom, or the fact that I’m turning 40 in less than a week, but these days I have a much more “come as you are” attitude. So you’ll be seeing more posts like this, just me doing my thing.
Stay tuned for more metawriting! I promise.