Gettin’ back to it

Hello, friends and readers!  How the heck have ya been?  Life has been…how shall I put it?  Insane?  Exhausting?  Blessed?  Yeah, that sounds about right.

My son is twelve weeks old today, and he’s one cutie patootie.  He’s also a handful.  I’m finding whole new meanings to the word “sacrifice.”  I’m sacrificing my time and sleep daily, but as he continues to grow and gives me more and more of those gummy smiles, I’m finding it’s all worth it.

Adding to the aforementioned insanity is the fact that my husband and I just closed on our first house this month.  Hurray, we’re the proud owners of a mortgage!  We’ve spent most of August demolishing and rebuilding the bathroom and kitchen with the help of our families, but last night was our first night staying there.  Lemme tell ya, central air is a marvelous thing.  We all slept well, baby included (YES!).

I’ve been back to work for a little more than a month now.  I’m a cashier at a hardware store.  It’s nice to work with a bunch of laid-back guys, since there is hardly any gossiping or backbiting.  Unfortunately, I also feel somewhat useless much of the time because, well, they don’t train me to do anything.  There’s always been a woman up front to ring people out at this store, but she’s never held any other responsibilities.  The same has held true with my time here, despite my past experience in management, office work, doing-anything-besides-standing-behind-this-blue-counter, etc.  One nice thing, though, is the fact that they don’t care if I read a book, crochet, or WRITE behind the counter.

With that in mind, I’ve stopped pestering them to train me on other tasks in the store.  Instead, I have been writing daily.  It might only be brainstorming notes in my journal, or it might be 500 words of a story, but I’m writing!  I’m incredibly happy to say I have two short story rough drafts sitting in my “To Edit” folder, and I have another rough draft 50% completed.  I’m working on an outline for my fantasy novel, and I’ve submitted a short piece to Microfiction Monday Magazine.  Once I finish this current short story rough draft, I plan on editing the others so they’ll be ready for submission to Meerkat Press and Writer’s Digest next month.

It feels good to be producing work.  Really good.  I even look at my crappy rough drafts with pride.  “I wrote that!  It sucks right now, but I wrote it!”  I know I will have many a rejection letter in my future, but I’m steeling my mind for that now.  I know with the support of my husband, family, and friends, I’ll get past those rejection slips and keep working towards being published.  I just need to keep my nose to the grindstone and keep my eyes peeled for opportunities.

I also plan on being more active on social media, so I’ll be talking to you guys more here and also via Facebook and Twitter.  I’m looking forward to the day I can write the post titled “Published!”  Maybe with more exclamation points than that.  Yeah, definitely more.

Until then, it’s back to the writing.

-MEP