Thursday, April 22, 2010


Yes, spring term is now over and I'm back in the blogosphere for a while. I had so much work over the past fourteen weeks, I pretty much had no time for much else. And when I did manage to snatch a few hours here and there, I did a lot of reading. No writing, alas. My brain was pretty much completely dedicated to school stuff. That's not to say my characters haven't been trying to get my attention, but I had little to give them.

So I'm hoping over the summer that I'll manage better, given that I'm taking only one course. Despite my preoccupation with school, I've missed my truly creative side and know that at least some of my grumpiness is down to the fact I've had to suppress it to concentrate on reference assignments and learning about enhancing library web pages.

What keeps me from giving up entirely on my writing is knowing that school is a finite thing. In two years I should be done! And then I can go back to writing regularly. A hiatus may not be ideal, given that I still do want to get published but now that I've found library studies/work to be what I want to do on a regular basis, I have to dedicate myself to it. I'm generally a "don't do things by half-measures" kinda gal :) Which in the end, also makes me a better writer.

How about you? Do you sometimes have to set your writing on the back burner? Do you feel guilty? And do you get grumpy when you don't write?

Happy Earth Day!


About to Start Reading: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier


Melissa Marsh said...

Yes! I get VERY grumpy when I can't write. Drives me nuts!

Glad to see that you found something that you really want to do in the library studies program. For awhile, I thought I wanted to go into museum studies, but not anymore. The writing keeps calling to me and I can't think of anything else that I want to do. If only I could get PAID for these novels I'm writing! I hope someday, that will be true. :-)

Tess said...

Melissa - I too hope that we BOTH can make some money from our books one day! Keep the faith!

Funny thing - I too considered museum studies a few years ago (before we left Ottawa), but also decided against it.

The library studies thing just all came together. I was volunteering a couple of years ago and during the Christmas party for the volunteers I ended up talking to another volunteer who was doing the online programme I'm now in. Serendipity indeed.