Tuesday, February 23, 2010


i'm not one of those people who always knew they wanted to write.
i'm one of those people who always loved to read.

ever since i can remember my life has been filled with books, but i never had an urge to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard and actually write.
there was only one time in my childhood that i imagined myself a published author. i was in jr. high and the school library was hosting a talk given by a young adult author. she was an alumna and had riddled her novel with references to our school. sitting in the library i allowed myself to imagine i was her, talking with the students and suggesting that one day they might be giving a speech at their former jr. high.

it wasn't until i became an adult did i even consider attempting to write. and now here i am, working on my fourth young adult novel, hoping to soon land an agent (i'll wait until i've landed an agent before i dream of actually being published).
now you might be thinking, "this gal has written three novels and is still unrepresented. she must suck."
and you know what?
you may be right. but i like to think of my first novels as practice. as a way of working on my craft. my previous novels were written in quick succession, the last one completed three years ago.

so why has it taken me so long to start writing again?
reason #1 - burnout
i was just all written out. i had an idea i really wanted to work into a novel but i was just too tired. i had no enthusiasm and no flow, so i thought a break would benefit me.
reason #2 - baby
throughout my pregnancy and the first year of my son's life, i have just had no time (or energy) to write. it's taken a long time, but now i am itching to work on my novel. the only problem is finding the time.
but i am determined and dedicated.

this blog is just a fun way for me to document my journey while working on my current project, and to give my thoughts on Young Adult literature.
and a way to remind me to WRITE!


Eric said...

Well let me be the first commentor then.

Christine Fletcher said...

Glad to see you! I'll be following along...

Anonymous said...

i was a longtime reader at your bux blog. glad to see you here!

ikw said...

eric - hey there!

christine fletcher - it's an honor to see you on my blog, really.

anonymous - thanks!

BaristaBud Charlie said...

a fellow barista introduced me to your bux blog almost 2 years ago. i started over from the beginning of your blog because after being with starbucks for almost 2 years, i felt the connection. i teared up a little when i saw your last post. you are an inspiration and an incredible writer. can't wait for this next journey with you.

ikw said...

baristabud charlie - thank you so much for your kind words. it means so much to me!

Maura Anderson said...

Congratulations on your new journey! I started reading your Barista Brat blog and enjoyed it.

SkippyMom said...

Well HELLO Missy! I missed you Brat and was a little saddened you never emailed me back to tell me the final result of the big news.

I am still waiting to know - lol it would help immensely in the gift department, y'know?

Oh gosh, I hope you remember me and that you did, in fact, share news with me privately. I have been good about it and respected your privacy - 'cause I luv ya - but email me please [if you even remember who I am. lol]

I think one of your books should be set in a Starbucks. All our kids and their friends LOVE the 'bux. My kids only get it as a treat once in a blue moon - but I know some kids that LIVE in the damn place.

Congrats on your new adventure. Let me know when I can buy a signed copy - my kids will be thrilled. Hugs.


ikw said...

maura anderson - thank you!

skippymom - i thought i'd sent you pictures! i tell ya, everything's been kind of a blur since becoming a mom! i will email you from my new address.

Biff Nightingale said...

I am following you over from Barista Brat and have been in a similar situation to the one you describe..it's good to see you writing again!

Tom said...

In from Barista Brat. I've written two novels, both done during NaNoWriMo. No agent, and not concerned about that yet. I theorize that I, too, may suck, but I think it's all practice as well. Soon as I get a rewrite done on one of them I'll start worrying about that whole agent thing. One step at a time...

ikw said...

biff nightingale - thanks so much! hope things are going well at your place of business now.

tom - i've never participated in nanowrimo. was it easy to create a cohesive piece? i'm always worried that if i were to participate, my novel would be all over the place because i'm a serious edit-as-i-go gal, and wouldn't be able to write 50,000 words in a month. that's great that you were able to participate twice!
keep me posted about your edits!