Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dusting Off the Old Blog

As I'm still rusty with this whole blog posting thing, I'm going to keep today's update short and sweet. I just want to let people out there know about a really cool book that I'm reading called "Let's Get Digital," by David Gaughran. It's a guide on self-publishing, and I'm finding it really fascinating. What's even cooler is that it links - with rather eerie preciseness - to some of the exact points made in the following article:

Originally titled "The Hunger Games Economy" (or at least it was when my Dad scanned and sent it to me from Forbes), this article is a telling indicator of how much the publishing industry has changed over the past few years. E-books are booming, self-published authors are competing with well-known legacy-published authors, and hard work and talent have more of a chance of success than ever before in the writing world.

Reading books and articles like these remind me that now is one of the best times to be an author. Reading about other ordinary people making a living from writing gives me renewed hope. I've only ever wanted to be a successful author so that people would give me more time to keep doing what I love most in the world - creating stories.

Maybe, with a few good novels at my side containing the characters who hold my heart and imagination, I can succeed too.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tweet, Tweet!


So it's been nearly two years since I've posted on my blog.

After recently creating a Twitter account that links to it, and realizing that said Twitter account is being visited by a number of strangers who may, one day, want to read my work should I ever get around to publishing it, I've decided to update this blog at last.

I've ejected the Super Pink template that I originally started with because, while I do still love pink (yes, I admit it), it was starting to get a bit stale.

So I tore down the wallpaper, made it all sparkly and new again, and here I am!

In the past two years, a lot has happened. I've gone from being a frustrated librarian-to-be unable to get a job in a crowded market to being a tech librarian for a library that is trying to move ahead into the 21st century with all its bells, apps, devices, and whistles. I really enjoy being a part of that.

I've added three baby cousins to my family - well, kids of cousins, but it still counts because they're adorable! My longtime boyfriend (and best friend) and I have gotten engaged. We're looking for a place to live. And we've lost our two beloved cats which, as any pet lover can tell you, is rough.

I'm still working towards becoming a writer. I've finished one novel and am almost finished with a second, have an enormous fantasy world still bubbling and brewing in my head, and am slowly working towards getting all of my work to a point where I can publish it.

In a year, I hope to be published, married, and living in a wonderful home with many pets.

Hopefully, by the time that happens, I'll have written a few more blog posts. :)