Update: Oh hi, it’s me!

Still here! Just a little preoccupied with the creature in my arms.

Still here! Just a little preoccupied with the creature in my arms. This is the only recent picture I have with me actually in it– but pretty fitting since I took it last night while I typed one handed. Learning to get a lot done with a little extra creativity.

As I sat down to start writing today, I remembered I had some comments over on Leap of Mama to check out. Then I wandered back over to this blog and realized, wow, it has been more than a month since my last entry. That made me a little sad. This blog used to be my baby. Then I had a baby and, well, she took over that spot and my writing had to become a lot more prioritized, (as in, somehow, this blog fell to the bottom of the list).

I hope you stick around despite the neglect. I plan to triumphantly return one day and hopefully soon! The non-mom part of me is still alive and kicking, if just for a couple hours here and there throughout the day. Most of my writing attention has been going to middle grade fiction, a novel about an 11 year-old girl in search of answers about why her mom left and what it means to be alive, all within the kid-favorite context of living across the street from a graveyard.

I am having a blast writing it, started the last week when E was in my belly and picked it back up a few months ago. I’m 15,000+ words deep, which for middle grade fiction means I’m about halfway through a book, exciting stuff. I look forward to sharing more as I finish up in the next few months. My goal is done with my first draft by E’s first birthday; the best present I can think of for her, even if she has to wait ten more years to appreciate it, (which is great, because that gives me plenty of time to polish it up and slap a real cover on it!).

Anyway, just wanted to stop by, say hi, and tell you I’m still around, writing. I miss the community that was beginning to emerge on this blog. Now it’s a little like an abandoned garden plot, but I know there are more good things to come, just hope you are still around to say hi too! If you really miss me, (which how could you not?), you should stop by my other blog, Leap of Mama. I make a more frequent appearance in those parts.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

And, oh yeah, let me know how you’re doing– what projects are you working on? What’s new in your life? Would love to hear, whether it’s a comment or email!

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9 thoughts on “Update: Oh hi, it’s me!

  1. sknicholls says:

    Hi Olivia. Good to see you. Last weekend I met Becky Meyer Pourchot. She has a series of middle grade fiction books out and has become a local success in Flagler Beach. She sells paperbacks mostly, but is in the process of stepping up her online presence. Here’s her author page:
    I’ll be posting a review on her series on my blog soon. I can’t wait to read your’s too.

  2. jeffo says:

    Nice to see you! You’re looking well and happy and E looks quite content. Good luck with your project, and enjoy the holidays!

  3. kingmidget says:

    The book definitely sounds interesting.

    • olivia says:

      Thanks– I’m finding it to be a bit tricky of a balance because she really wants to meet a ghost to find out what happens after we die… She never finds out, obviously, but don’t want to step on religious toes for the sake of kids actually getting to read it!

  4. Covetotop says:

    As far as this blogger is concerned, the answer is yes, I am still around to say hi 🙂

    ¡Feliz Navidad para ti y tu familia!

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