Back to Back 

I bumped into a friend at the school’s big fundraiser a little while ago. This friend was a very supportive voice to me when I was looking for a way to explore my writing, and she was an important motivator for me in starting this blog. At the fundraiser she told me that she hadn’t seen many blog posts from me lately. Well, yes, that’s very true. I told her that I don’t feel like I have anything to say here anymore, and she replied that she thinks newspaper columnists often feel that way too. That made perfect sense to me, and yet columnists push through that block and keep writing and publishing their work. I would like to do that too.

I am writing though, just not here. I submitted a newish short story to Sarah Selecky’s writing contest, and when I count them all up, I now have seven short stories completed, four of which are linked stories that I am considering building into a novel. It’s a lofty goal for someone with two full time jobs (Mom and Government Peon), but I would really love to try.

I do have news though. After months of my youngest daughter asking 12-year-old Niamh and me to stand back to back, Niamh is now officially taller than I am. I thought I would make it to August, but there is clearly a growth spurt happening because she is visibly taller almost by the day. We have been wearing the same size shoes for a while, though her foot is much narrower than mine. Well in fact all of her is much narrower than I am. I bought her some new shoes for her grade 6 graduation (!) and I made sure they were really nice ones because they will be handed down to me in a few months.

And have I mentioned how much she looks like me? At that same fundraiser the other week, she walked into the room where I was volunteering and I felt like I was looking at myself. It was uncanny and surprising and it took my breath away. 

So this was a long way of say that I really do want to keep writing here, but it may not be very often. Only when I have something to say.

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About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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4 Responses to Back to Back 

  1. Sasha says:

    I know that feeling. And when you do have something to say, it never seems to coincide with having the time to say it… and when you do find (or make) the time, whatever was burning to be said is now just smoldering, the smoke slipping through your fingers.

    I’m glad you’re writing. I hope you continue. I’m also looking forward to a peek at those shoes 🙂

  2. Lynn says:

    I do try to force myself to blog – if I go 10 days or more without blogging I will try to force out some crap. It feels awkward and weird sometimes but it’s surprising how often a forced day is immediately followed by three or four really awesome days, when everything just clicks. I guess it’s kind of like stretching out a muscle – once it’s all warmed up it’s ready to go.

    Fantastic news about the stories – can’t wait to read them in print!

  3. coffeewithjulie says:

    I’m in a rut with blogging. Not sure if I even want to get out of the rut. I’m am just worn out from work to enjoy blogging these days 😦 But, unlike you, I don’t have any stories to show for it. I LOVE linked stories. Please make them into a novel for us to read!

  4. Finola says:

    I hope you keep blogging Julie. I love reading. I do think it is very hard to sustain though and I’m not sure how much more of it I have in me.

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