The last couple of weeks (originally typed books...Freudian slip?) have been interesting, and by interesting, I mean weird. You're going to gasp when I tell you this, but today is June 23 and I've only read one book this month. I almost passed out when I realized it. I may well finish another one or two in the coming days, but I've been a bit distracted.
What have I been distracted by, you ask? Writing.
I love to write. Ten years of blogging proves that fact, but here lately I feel charged up by writing equally as much as reading. So much, in fact, that I've begun to pursue writing opportunities outside of the blog.
88.9 KETR is our local NPR affiliate. They're based at the university where I'm employed, though their work reaches far beyond these hallowed halls and concrete walls. I've talked with the general manager of the station about writing for them for a while, but it wasn't until last week that I told him to pull the trigger.
I'll be writing editorial content about books, reading, and the literary life (or anything else that moves me). It's a dreamy, fun, low-pressure gig and all of my pieces will go into the larger NPR affiliate hopper and can be picked up by other outlets. Here's hoping!
I've also been working on another couple of writing opportunities. One is a go, but I'm keeping that one under wraps for a few months until something solid happens. Sorry for the teaser! All in good time! I'm one of those people who knocks on a lot of wood, so I'd hate to throw out a nugget of good news that somehow gets sunk before it starts.
Finally, I've decided to write a book. HOLY CRAP I'M WRITING A BOOK! Now, don't get too excited. I don't have an agent. I don't have any publishing promises, but I have a keyboard and a dream and some seriously kickass beta readers.
Unsurprisingly, you could also say this is partially Heather's fault. We were emailing last week, just like we always do, and I typed something to the effect of "How the hell do people write books anyway?" and she typed back something like, "Type words." That's a paraphrase, but you get the point. Thanks for that reality check, friend!
I announced this new undertaking on Twitter, and my phone blew up with awesomeness! I really do appreciate all the excitement and well wishes I've received, and I can't wait to get this baby written! My plan is for a humorous non-fiction book of personal essays. I haven't done anything particularly memoirable, but I sure as hell have a bunch of wonky stories. Sometimes they're even meaningful.
So that's what I've been up to. I don't have any plans to slack on the blogging, but I might have to incorporate a wider range of topics if my reading stays slow. Time will tell!