Writing Wednesday #1

Hello, hello! Welcome to my first Writing Wednesday!!! Time for a little jig.

Okay, this kind of post will be filled with my quirks, my thoughts, and my updates (unlike my reviews, which tend to be kind of informative vs. fun). So, this kind of post is for you to see how fun I can be. Or weird. Or both!

There may also be times where I’ll chat and gush about writers I know or love (because I can and I want to). Essentially, Writing Wednesday is all about writing or the writing process or what goes on my head during writing or writers or… yeah, you get the picture.

Now, I want to start off this Writing Wednesday about myself. Why did I go into writing? What is up with this blog? The works.

Well, I have always wanted to be a writer. It’s true, ask my mom. I wanted to write from the ripe old age of 4 where I wrote my own version of The Three Little Pigs for a preschool play. From that point, I was hooked on words.

I went through school with the intention that one day I would be in bookshelves (this was before the ebook… GASP, I know). I would do little school writing contests and only got honorable mention. I would try some online stuff and got scammed once (which sucks, but you live and learn). I eventually decided that I would go for a teaching degree in college.

Only to burst into tears while talking to mom.

Teaching is great and I love the idea of helping people out, but my life is in ink. I mean, I BLEED ink. I couldn’t keep going without at least trying. So, my major changed (which wasn’t that hard. It just went from generalized English to English with a writing concentration).

From that point, I learned a lot of things. My biggest one is that I’m more into the entertaining and subvertly getting into your head versus being some kind of “serious” writer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m serious about my writing, but I realize I won’t be taught in college courses. I don’t want to be a course in college. I want to just have a piece of my soul and give it.

Think about it. A writer is basically the same as Jesus breaking bread and saying “this is my body.” Only, a writer hands you a manuscript and says, “this is my soul.” Not saying I’m Jesus, but you never see Jesus in the same room as me….

Food for thought.

Anways, I would have to say this blog and meeting Will is what really made my writing go crazy. During the time I was with Will (that sounds wrong, I’m married to the man! I only mean when we were first living together in sin and not married), I was also going through my first NaNoWriMo. I learned so much that November and I haven’t stopped learning.

I started this blog about a year after that and it did start out as a disaster. I mean, here I am writing about my life and being a whiny bitch. Not cool, Cas, not cool.

So, I decided to branch into reviewing what I read. That’s really when the floodgates opened. It was a full on flood, baby!

I had found my corner of the world (pun intended). I’ve had authors email me requesting for reviews, I’ve started joining street teams, I’m beginning to know the ins and outs of the indie writing world. As well as learning about the publishing process as a whole.

And I’m not done yet… no, I’ve gained more great friends who love my work (not saying my other friends didn’t! I swear, you guys have kept me going to this point and I’m so thankful). I mean peeps I haven’t met face to face yet! This is huge in my book.

So, where am I in my writing? Well, I have one short story in an online small press literary journal. I also have another short story in an Indie press anthology which will be out (hopefully) this month. I have many first drafts of novellas. One first draft full length novel. And I’m writing another first draft right now. On top of another story for another anthology (fingers crossed).

So, yeah… I’m feeling good at where this is going. This year is going to be the year of writing. I know, I said that the first of January too, but it’s true. Essentially, I’m really excited to see where this goes and I’m genuinely happy about it.

Until next Wednesday… no idea what it will be, but hopefully it’ll be a fun post!

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