I treasure books. Everything about them: the feel in my hand, the smoothness of the pages, and the smell. I love to buy books. I enjoy the way they look on my bookshelves. And when I buy them, I have every intention of reading them, because that is also something I enjoy.
When I first started this blog back around 2011, I had the idea to read through my own home library, discovering the books I had purchased but had yet to read. I shared my journey here, under the title Conquering My Collection (under a previous URL), and I did pretty well working my way through. But I got distracted by library books, comics, and life. My focus switched when I had my son, and I began blogging about our life on my personal blog, Scrawling Consciousness. For nearly two years, I wrote daily until I decided to take it to a more personal level and keep a handwritten journal for him. That’s when I took a break from writing in general.
But reading and writing have always been such a big part of my life. It’s a big part of who I am. And when I’m not doing it, something feels off. For a while now, I have been tinkering around with ideas for novels, trying to flush them out, and even writing a few scenes. I’ve been reading more and making time every night to do so. But, it’s not enough. I want to write a book. I want to talk about others’ books.
Even though I never made much of a dent in my home library, the idea still inspires me to read and talk about what I am reading. Writing on this blog keeps me motivated to write, even if I am struggling with my novel. Doing them in tandem will help me feel like I have something that is my own, an accomplishment of my hard work that I can track and manage.
So, while I’m still trying to Conquer My Collection, I’ll be writing about anything book related, and you’ll also get some personal notes about me as I work on my novel and pursue a freelance career.
Please note: while I am a freelance editor and writer, this is not a professional blog. It’s a hobby I do for fun. Therefore, things might not be perfect, are often rushed, and do not showcase my business skills. Sometimes I just want to write, you know? My professional blog on my business site it much more polished, I promise.