I’m not big on any new year, new me kinds of things. I don’t make resolutions, really, unless you count things like my intentions to read a lot, write a lot, and drink a lot of coffee. But those aren’t resolutions—they’re ways of being—and anyway they’re the same thing I think every year. That said, the start of a new year is a good time to shake things up.
From now on, you’ll be able to find all of my blogging taking place at Teen Librarian Toolbox.
Joining TLT, getting to know Karen, Heather, and Robin, and being networked with School Library Journal were definitely highlights of 2014. The blog has led me to so many fantastic conversations and people, and I look forward to spending more time writing for it this year.
When I quit my library job in September of 2013, I wasn’t really sure what I was doing. I was on month 9 of settling my dad’s estate after he died (a task I didn’t finish until November 2013, at great financial and emotional expense). I was exhausted, stressed, and feeling a little (early) mid-life crisis-y. I knew I’d miss the teenagers at the high school, but it was time to go. A semi-reckless “if not now, when?” attitude had gripped me, and when I said, “I think I need to quit my job and really try this writing thing” to my husband, he was completely behind the idea.
All I knew was I wanted to write more. I hoped to find another avenue to review books. I wanted to blog. I wanted to write a novel. I wanted to find some freelance work. And you know what? All of those things happened. I added reviewing for School Library Journal to my review work with Voice of Youth Advocates and Horn Book. I started this blog, which led me to lots of interactions on Twitter with great people, and ultimately led me to Karen asking me to join TLT and starting blogging there, not yet knowing we would soon become a School Library Journal-networked blog. I wrote a novel. I revised that novel. It’s being read by another human right now (reader, I married him), will be revised again, and then who knows what. I’ve spent 4 months working on a freelance project for an educational publisher that has been so fun, challenging, and satisfying. I get to still see my teen minions by running the YA book club and helping facilitate the TAB at the public library. I get to volunteer every week in my kid’s classroom and help kids with reading. My brain is much happier, in January 2015, than it was in September 2013 when I started down this path. Not sure where else it will lead, but I’m having a blast finding out.
My next post for TLT is scheduled for next Tuesday, and I’ll be talking about Shaun David Hutchinson’s The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. Thanks for helping make Cite Something so fun—I hope you’ll follow me over to Teen Librarian Toolbox! Catch me on Twitter (way too much) at @CiteSomething.