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Residency Log: Day Two

While the east coast is being slammed with a crazy snow storm, I’m over here in Lake Tahoe, where it’s sunny and 40 degrees. It’s not necessarily warm, but at least we’re not under two feet of snow, so I call that a lucky break.

I’m still ridiculously exhausted. Last night, I passed out at like 7:30. Out like a light and down for the count until like 4 or 5 the next morning. But I’m still hitting a wall in the mid to late afternoon and all I need is a nap.

My brain is a little fuzzy today, and I haven’t been able to focus on much, especially not writing. My lit crit class might break that a little, since it’s such an intense class, but I’d like to start meditation this week to free up my brain. I’m an incredibly great adult on the west coast, only cause I can wake up at 6 am no problem here. So in that time frame between showering and leaving for breakfast, I might benefit from a twenty minute meditation in the morning during sunrise.

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Residency: Day One

It’s the first day of classes at my residency and I’ve only cried twice! (Once was cause I got sweet puppy kisses from Casey, the WCYA service dog)

The piece I had wanted to use as my thesis might not be my thesis. I’m working with my previous mentor’s editor this coming semester, a woman who’s really cool and awesome and I’m only a little intimidated

But it’s been so nice seeing everyone from the tribe and I know this residency is going to be good for me in a lot of different ways. Mental health wise, it’s going to be walking a fine line. But in terms of my writing, I already feel motivated to finish an old draft, despite having been burnt out by this piece a month ago.

I have a lot to rework in the piece that will probably end up being my thesis. It sucks that the story of my heart won’t be the thing I want to present to the world first, but it needs more time. I need to find the best story in this world that means so much to me and right now, I might not have it.

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2018 Resolutions

There are a lot of things I’d like to get accomplished this year. Some are pretty far reaching, but some I think I can handle. Then again, if there’s some heavy depression sessions in my future, who knows. Every step is taken one day at a time.

Writing Goals

I’m looking to finish my YA Fantasy (which is in it’s tenth draft and featuring an all new rewrite) by the end of March. Ideally, I’d have most of it done before the start of the semester (which is in like, two weeks!) so that when I end up working with an editor, I have most of the draft done.

I’d also like to have aforementioned YA Fantasy polished and ready to query by graduation (!!!).

Reading Goals

Fifty books. That’s my minimum for the year; and I don’t mean like the fifty I do for a semester where some of it’s plumped up with picture books. I mean fifty YA books. Majority written by women, especially women of color and queer women, preferably.

School Goals

Try not to break down while writing my thesis.

Oh, also write a thesis.

Oh, and graduate as part of the first WCYA class from SNC. But that’s practically a given so long as I manage the others on this list.

Oh, and make Pablo cry at my graduation.

Personal Life Goals

Start running again. I won’t say that I liked running (cause I’d be a dirty, dirty liar) but I enjoyed the movement of it. I usually had better days when I ran.

Find a therapist and work on my mental health.

Love myself a little more, when I can.


All in all, I think it’s a pretty robust list, and these are things I think would make for a better me. I’ve struggled with my self image and self love for a very long time, so maybe having this as a reference point, something to look back on during the next year, would be beneficial.

One step a day at a time is still progress.

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Winter Break

I submitted my final packet of the semester last night and all I need to do is hear back from my mentor and I’ll be good to go.

It’s been a rough semester. Right around the start of October, I went into a deep, downward spiral and my depression just wouldn’t let up. It was a very rough few months. Then I caught some sort of sick about a month ago that hasn’t let up either so things were just not looking great.

But I made it through somehow and here I am on the other side, sniffling and still a little congested, but I’m here.

I’ve sort of come to kind of hate the project I was working on this semester. I know how I tend to write and forcing myself to work on a project I didn’t care for or I knew needed some time on the shelf just sort of made me hate everything I wrote.

My next semester is going to be my editing semester, where I get to work with an editor in the publishing industry who isn’t one of the professors, so I’m a little nervous. I hope that the list of editors is sent out soon and that there’s a dedicated portion for the Writing for Children and Young Adults students.

But, for now, and until residency starts, I’m going to go play some video games, plan my next D&D session, and let myself relax for a little bit. Maybe I’ll get around to my TBR pile…

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December TBR

December

I’ve got some ambitious reads for this month! But it’s almost the end of the semester so it frees up some time for me.

Plus I’m going on vacation over Christmas so I can spend a lot of that time reading. What are some of the books you’re looking forward to over this holiday season?

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Hello Again!

Oh, hi there!

I seem to have fallen off this blog for a little bit, again. It’s been a rough few months.

I sort of stopped being able to handle blogging and writing and reading all at once at the end of September and it was just not a fun time for a while. A lot of things sort of came up at once and I was in a very bad mental health state through most of October. I took a vacation with my significant other in early November and that seemed to help clear my head a bit.

I’m back, though, and I’ve got a few reviews waiting in the wings to come up and strut their stuff. (Or lack thereof, if the book wasn’t necessarily that good…)

But I’m also still podcasting over at Booked All Night so you can keep up with some of my things over in that neck of the woods.

It’s almost the end of the year and I’m getting into crunch time in the last few weeks of the semester, so let’s hope this plague I’ve seemed to have caught at work doesn’t last for too long…

See ya around, lovelies!