21 January 2019

Back to the Blog

I never expected to be back here again, but well, you use the tools you have, right?

It has been almost three years since I posted here, and once again I am going to change things up a bit.

One thing that has been on my mind, especially over the last year, is the concept of writing. Especially now that I have been with Library Journal for nine years as a reviewer and writer.  I have seen friends go on to publish their own writing in other spaces: blogs, chapters, stories, books -- I want to stretch my creative wings on new endeavors.

So, to that direction, I ended up purchasing a couple of titles for my own use.

Right now, I am focusing on DIY MFA, as I know I will not be actually pursuing a new degree (hello, I have a full-time job and family, including a five-year old grandson approaching kindergarten at full throttle, although that didn't stop me from getting my first master's come to think about it), but I want to start exploring writing. I think I dreamed about writing even before I dreamed about being a librarian, in grade school, and there are definitely points stretching back *cough* forty years indicating my love of prose and poetry.

Right now Gabriela Pereira is starting her DIY MFA Book Club:

Starting January 21st, you'll receive a short email from me every few days with a writing prompt on some topic relating to the DIY MFA book. While it's not necessary to have a copy of the book in order to participate, you may want to have a copy on hand. Look for it at your local library or indie bookstore, or click the link to get a copy online.
If you have a blog of your own or contribute to group blog, you can use these questions or prompts as a starting point for a post. 

And bingo - a return to the blog has begun. What better way for me to have accountability, documentation, and my own (maybe imaginary at this point, but that is fine) cheering section than to be back here, where I did some of my most creative writing in the first place?

Fair warning: with this new direction I plan to archive a large bit of the past posts, because sometimes you just need a fresh start. I do want to keep my reviews archive up and available, in case it interests people. Otherwise, be prepared for posts on writing, reading, and more writing!

I already have my first prompt from the Book Club, so stay tuned.