Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Just Me :)

One of my awesome writing friends, Rena Olsen posted today about who she is as a person and a writer. I thought it was wonderful and I wanted to do something similar.

I think it can be hard to get to know a person just through reading blogs about what books they've reviewed or just about what they are writing. I wanted to be a little more open with you today on who I am other than just a writer.

I work as an EA or educational assistant in a preschool room with kids from ages 3 to 5. As much as I love coloring pictures of flowers and snowmen, listening to Frozen music while dancing with scarves, and having fun conversations while stuffing snack in my mouth, it can be really challenging. We have a variety of kids from different backgrounds. Some don't have language skills and behavior issues. We have one who is almost deaf and another who doesn't speak English. It's challenging. I spend my mornings cleaning up after sticky fingers and scrubbing marker off the table. I love my job, but it can be exhausting.

And that's just one of my jobs. I also work part-time in retail, stocking lotions and sprays. The good thing is I always smell good. Not that I smell bad, but... anyway. :) I only work there a few hours due to cuts, but I enjoy it. I just wish it paid better. I can't even pay bills right now with my two part-time jobs. I'm job searching constantly while trying to sell some of the things I don't need on local swap-groups. It's a struggle and can be very stressful. I won't admit how many times I've cried over a bowl of cereal or macaroni and cheese. But I try to keep the faith that God will provide for me and things will get better. It's hard, but I have to keep positive and distract myself.

Writing wise - I haven't really written anything new in a month. I've done a lot of revisions on my novel, Silent Beauty, and even attempted to edit my book, Nothing Left to Lose, but I gave up on that one for now. I can honestly say that I've been working on two fanfictions and I'm not ashamed of that. I enjoy it and it's great writing practice developing plot and working with characters that already have a basis. I do get discouraged some days. I've finished eleven novels and have yet to find an agent, but that's okay. It's about the adventure, not just throwing the ring into Mordor. (Yes, I am that nerdy and am very obsessed with Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit.)

I haven't got everything figured out. And some days I don't like being an adult. I'm a twenty-six year old adult with no husband, kids, or even pets. I have days where I feel like a failure and don't understand how others seem to have it together. But I am happy and I love writing. Someday, things will work out. Someday I'll see my book in a store or at least get my little sister to beg for me to sign her book. :) I enjoy being fun on Twitter and helping my writing buddies! But I'm a normal person just like you.

Also, I'm on Day 25 of my 30 Days Hobbit Free and I've cheated several times. I don't have the self-control, but hanging out with my dwarf friends makes me feel better. :) You are welcome to follow me on Twitter, which is on the side of my blog! I share some great things about how Hobbit obsessed I am and you can see a little bit more of me. :)


  1. You're a busy girl with two jobs! It's amazing you find time to write!

    Great getting to know you better, Krista.

  2. I always thought I'd feel like an adult when I graduated college... and then when I got my first adult job... my own apartment?... buying a condo? Surely, getting a mortgage would make me feel like a grown-up... that sounds adult. Nope. What about getting married? (Several years past 26, FWIW). My husband is amazing, but the ceremony didn't make me feel any older or more mature as a result. Neither did getting the pets.

    I'll let you know if I ever figure it out. :-)