Blogging At The Wrong Time

WHAT WAS I THINKING?

I decided to start this blog maybe two weeks before this current semester started. I thought, “I can do this! I can document my last semester. I can keep up with my school work through this blog. I can keep my sanity while juggling everything I need to do.” MMhmmm!

Well….

I was wrong. “Gasp!” I know. It surprised me too. However, I have realized that this process has made me appreciate the bloggers I follow, my own writing journey, and bloggers in general. This is not an easy thing to do. Especially when you have to go to school full time taking senior level advanced writing courses, survey literature classes, and an in-depth internship, along with working, and being a single mother to an active little boy who has just started t-ball. It is hard to find the time to create great content.

Pretty Writing

I spend so much time on the things that take priority over this blog that I can not produce high-quality content. I will have ideas and conduct research, because I want to be correct and accurate on what I put out, but I never put out anything. It is a sad thing to come to terms with, but for the sake of my readers and my own sanity, I do not put out cockamamie post. I believe that I can do better, and my readers deserve better. I know that I have some really good ideas. To share those ideas and recieve feedback for the content I put out is important to improve my writing skills and to grow. I do not want to do it just for personal reasons, but for professional reasons as well.

I want to be the candidate that employers are excited to hire, because I can help their company improve/grow and build my own career at the same time. This blog is a way for me to explore my professional and unprofessional styles of writing. I just want to discover myself as a writer and this platform is going to be the best way for me to do just that.

So I will continue to work on this blog, but I will be forthcoming in saying that the content will be sparse for the next two months. However, come May/June2019 I will have more time and will be able to focus on this site more intensely. I started it, and I will continue it. I know this is something I am passionate about, becasue I can not stop thinking about how to improve it.

A friendly tip for those looking to start a blog, make sure that you have the time to dedicate to it. If your schedule is crazy busy, but you know this is something you want/need to do: make it a priority! For me, my child, school, and work too precedence over my hobby. So I can’t do it justice at the moment. But if your passionate about it, PURSUE IT!

Never Stop Dreaming

I thank all of y’all who read my posts, (the five who do *facepalm* I’m grateful ) and I promise to do better by y’all in the future.

As Always,

Keep Reading Together!

Finding A Local Gem

A new local bookstore has worked itself into my heart.

Absolutely Fiction Books is a small, but wonderful bookstore in Lufkin, Texas. I had been searching for a bookstore that was not apart of a large chain. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the large chains like Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. But the cozy and unique feeling I get from a small bookstore is what makes me love reading so much.

It is small but wonderful. It has two levels and offers a very large children’s section. There is a good selection for each genre. I think that is what endeared me to this particular store. As a mother and an avid reader, finding and providing books for my little one is terribly important. The collection was vast, and it had versions of books that I had never seen before. What was even better was the reaction Jaxson had. He walked in and I could see the awe on his face. He said, “Oh wow mommy this is so cool! Can I get some books?”. I, of course, bought him some books and bookmarks. It was such a wonderful thing to experience with my baby. It made going to the bookstore and reading a gift that is shared between the two of us.

When I think of reading or books, I think about the entire process.

Going to the bookstore. Walking in and taking in all of the book covers and cozy nooks with comfy chairs and warm lighting.

Scanning the spines and covers for books that might be interesting. Sliding out that eye-catching book, and flipping through the pages to find the synopsis, and checking out a few chapters.

Walking around the store, discovering the genres and sections you wouldn’t have thought to read. Finding cute bookmarks, stickers, bookshelf decor, and the amazing little trinkets.

Walking up to purchase your finds, and having a conversation with the bookstore owner or employee. Trying not to hold up the line in your excitement to speak about books with a fellow bibliophile.

It makes reading that much more fun because we know that once we finish our great book we can make our way back to the bookstore. For me, I didn’t even wait to finish my book, I went back the next day, and then the next showing my sisters what I found.

So if y’all are ever in Deep East Texas, and need to find a bookstore Absolutely Fiction Bookstore is your place!

Here is a list of my finds:

  • Native American Myths- General Editor Jake Jackson
  • The Occult Books: A Chronological Journey from Alchemy to Wicca- John Michael Greer
  • The Arabian Nights– Translated by Sir Richard Burton
  • The Emerald Sea– Richelle Mead
  • Courting Darkness- Robin LaFevers
  • A Bookjigs Bookmark with a dog design
  • Everyday Tarot cards
  • 2 Chakra Bracelets
  • 2 Pendulums- 1 Rose Quartz and 1 silver

Do you have a favorite bookstore? Let me know!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Absolutely Fiction Books. It is purely a recollection of my experience.