L.S. Mooney here. I’m been a little MIA since my announcement that Fall Frivolity was being postponed, much for the same reason the anthology isn’t ready. Adulting is HARD. I hope to have news about the anthology in the next few weeks and I am hoping for a new release date in November. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, have some words from me about why we do this thing called writing.
I’m busy. Like, really busy. Like, overflowing ball pit of responsibilities busy. And that has meant that I haven’t written in months. My last check-in was pretty accurate on my word count and my emotional spoon count. I’ve been struggling.
I had brief ray of sunshine a few weeks ago when I said screw it to my MA thesis and outlined half of a book I’m dying to write instead. I felt guilty for dodging my responsibility but I was so freaking excited about two pages of “only I will ever know what this means” outlining. Unfortunately, then it was back to the daily, soul-crushing grind.
A little over a week ago, I was traveling out of town to teach a college seminar and feeling so burnt out that I might just fade away like smoke on the wind. Then, while my students were preoccupied taking notes from textbooks, I jotted down a few words. Then a few more. And a few more. Before the session was over I had covered several pages in messy but glorious words.
It was like the bleak rain cloud that had been hovering over me drifted away for a few hours. And for the week that followed I’ve been itching to write more. I’ve been sneaking in a few minutes during my school day and used the time between tutoring students on Monday to type up those sneaky words. I’ve written approximately 2700 words of this story so far. AND I AM SO EXCITED!
I feel so much better writing and I was miserable when I didn’t have the time or energy to do it. I think we do this thing called writing because we have to. It might be hard and it might make us neurotic but I think life is harder and more neurotic without it.
I am a better person when I’m writing. I can handle the other things in my life better when I’m writing. I need to write to feel my best. That is really hard when I’m drowing the ball pit of committments but I’m trying for me.
Please enjoy some of the writing quotes that mean a lot to me.
There is not greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. – Jack Kerouac
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway
What are you favorite quotes about writing?