Welcome to 2018. I’ve been busy, though you wouldn’t know it from my activity on this site.
Perhaps, before I get into that, I should go back to the beginning.
When I was in high school, I wanted to be a writer. As early as the time I was a fourth or fifth grader when teachers and family would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my responses revolved around writing. By 9th grade, it was a playwright. Then it changed to wanting to be a poet, and then back to novelist before I graduated high school.
I wanted to be a writer. My personal circumstances changed when I was in high school, and I became afraid of pursuing my passion. What would I possibly do with a creative writing degree, if I didn’t succeed commercially as a writer? I had to be able to support myself, I decided to be more practical, and major in journalism.
While I’m not utterly confident 18-year-old-me would agree, I have succeeded, of sorts. I have spent my career in various positions in writing, communications, and marketing.
And now, I am going to try pursuing my passion again. I haven’t quit my day job, of course, but I am writing again, regularly, and for myself.
I completed NaNoWriMo in 2013, and haven’t looked at the 50,000 words since. I started over last summer, and have about 35,000 words of a WIP I feel really good about.
Here’s to a new beginning in 2018. Returning to my roots and writing what I have always wanted to write.