Today was a freaking masterclass in showing up for the work. 〰️ I have been STRUGGLING, y’all. Depression is such a strange beast, and it’s really hard sometimes to authentically show my social audiences the truth of the ups and downs on my life—and not for lack of trying. But it’s HARD to post and talk and share when you’re down in it. So even though I want my online presence to be real, full of highs and lows, it’s easier said than done. 〰️ Today, I realized that I’d stalled out on #revisions and #revisealong at least in part because of fear. I hate that. I NEVER want to not do the thing because of fear. So, I’d been avoiding the work AND I’d been feeling sad, so it was doubly hard to make myself even look at the to do list. 〰️ Today I made myself a little mini-retreat session with serious #aktinycabin vibes and sat down to write. It was like 50 degrees, but gorgeous so I got my little space heater and electric blanket and came out to work. 〰️ One session does not Out-Of-Funk make, BUT, I feel loads better already and more willing to get back to work, which is absolutely the hardest part for me sometimes. 〰️ I can’t always promise to share every moment, but I can promise to be honest that my life isn’t always shiny and instagrammable. And I’m trying to be kind to myself every day.... which seems like a good place to start.
Went outside even though I didn’t wanna, and I put on skates for the first time in months even though I was scared because sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do because they’re good for you.
#revisealong challenge, phase 3 video is up on my channel! Link in bio! ♥️
Man it always feels good to print out my whole dang book. 😍 Revisions are going well! I’m getting beta feedback over the next couple of weeks and then at least one more deep plunge. After that, I may see light at the end of the tunnel! ♥️ #revise #revising #revision #revisions #amrevising #workingonrevisions #revisioncave #revisionscave #revisingcave #amwriting #amdrafting #revisewithme #revisionhell #revisinghell #revisionshell #revisingtrenches #querying #rewrite #edits #editing #amediting #writerlife #writerprobs #writerproblems #deathbyrevisions #writercommunity #writingcommunity #writerfriends #revisealong
I’m curled up in my beloved “Hidey Hole” aka the best reading nook EVER with my bestie’s (brilliant and horrifying) manuscript and a cup full of coffee with OREO CREAMER OMG (STILL NOT OVER IT, @rebeccaksampson). 〰️ I had SO much fun yesterday at my book event, but it’s got me thinking about how much easier it is to feel like an author when I’m out signing and talking and being seen by others than when I’m ACTUALLY home doing the thing that makes me an author. 〰️ That’s... kinda messed up. I’m an author and a writer even if nobody is looking. Maybe even MORESO when nobody is looking. 〰️ If nobody is seeing you be a writer, and that ever makes you feel insecure, let me remind you that you’re a writer because you choose to do the work of writing. 〰️ Love you guys! Have a great Sunday!
This is my fave EVERY TIME I HAVE A BOOK EVENT! Especially one in an amazing place with loads of LIBRARIANS! 😍😍😍😍 . So pumped about #librarypalooza today in #friscoisd! I’ll be here and hanging out with my pal @agfordart and chatting with @realvictoriascott and meeting tons of new friends! . I’m doing a public speaking workshop at 9 . Signing copies of #damseldistressed at 9:40 . Chatting about using creativity to battle mental health issues at 10:20 . And doing a panel with some other YA folk at 11! . Come say hi! . #author #writer #writing #authorlife #writerlife #yaauthor #igauthors #authorsofinstagram #instawriter #igauthor #igauthorlife #amwriting #amrevising #amediting #booklover #yalover #authorsofig #yaauthors #writerprobs #writerinspo #kidlit #kidlitauthor ##writingcommunity
I am totally loving learning more about tarot while writing this book! 〰️ I am absolutely obsessed with the GORGEOUS @fountaintarot , and it’s amazing little guidebook. SO insightful. . I’m also finding so many amazing character development resources in this book The Creative Tarot by @jessacrispin! It’s amazing for me as a writer AND as a tool for development! I love this book. Such a light. 〰️ Have you ever used a tarot deck for introspection?
How many more word-surfaces can one use at the same time? . Hey friends! I’m slowly working my way back up to full speed after being sick and being a little off my game for a few weeks. . The #revisealong challenge (aka my #REVISIONS are going super well, but it’s always slower than I want! . I know several of you are still revising, so be sure to use the hashtag on your posts so I can see who else is in #revisionhell. Misery loves company and all that. . I’m running an early morning writing sprint tomorrow. Are you joining me? . Who are my early birds? Drop that 🌞 or 🌛 below. 😘