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Why haven’t I been blogging lately? I’ve been asking myself this question for weeks now, so I thought I’d offer a little life update, and answer this question, if not for you, then for myself.
I haven’t been blogging, but I’ve been writing. Lots, in fact! I’m more than halfway through a draft of my nonfiction WIP [work in progress], and before summertime, I’m planning on giving it to beta readers to review and offer feedback. The next step is the editorial assessment through the publisher I’ve chosen, then… eventual publication, but let’s not get too far ahead! There’s many more steps in that process and some I don’t know yet as all this is a first for me, but it’s so wonderfully exciting to dream about!
Although I have writing dreams galore, I have a very difficult time concentrating on different writing projects simultaneously. While working on my book, it’s hard to switch into blog mode, and vice-versa. While I wish I could write the multitude of projects I have in my mind [and outlined, of course], the reality is that I cannot function like this. I don’t have enough mental space and energy to write in different mediums and genres at the same time. However, I am hoping to work on this, and in the meantime, I have a few blog posts outlined and I simply need to fill in the blanks. So there will be posts coming, but I cannot promise when.
Outside of writing, my brain is busy keeping me… busy. Over the last year, my health has had some concerning developments and I am in the process of being tested in hopes of finding answers. I have little to no energy most days, going back to bed for 2-4 hours only a few hours after I wake up. My brain and body have been focused on keeping me going physically and mentally as I try and push through the fatigue and keep on a schedule, while also taking time to listen and do what my body is telling me to do. It’s a balancing act, to say the least.
My husband and I have become very active in our church. I attend a Bible study during the week as well as the church service and adult Sunday School class on Sunday mornings. It isn’t the first time I’ve been involved in a church community like this, but it is the first time in many years that I’ve found myself mentally and spiritually challenged. I’m wrestling with things I’ve never considered before, and learning so much in such a short time. You’d be amazed what you can get out of a one-hour Bible study! I’m coming home full but exhausted–learning is hard work, but so, so worth it.
Becoming involved in my community is something I feel strongly about, and I’m investigating different means by which to do this. I’m in conversation about becoming part of the community’s accessibility committee, implementing ways to make public events more accessible to people with disabilities as well as the town’s website. I’ve started a small writing group that I’m hoping will expand into something bigger, and there are other “secret” projects up my sleeve for later.
And I have long-term ambitions, both with my writing, church, community, friendships and family. It’s busy in my brain. So, even though the blog may be quiet, I am still here, still willing and ready to help and driven to make a difference. Please reach out to me for freelance writing opportunities, web accessibility consults, or just to say hello.
Till next time!