Too Much on My Plate Just Means More to Eat

Wow have I been busy lately. As soon as school let out for the summer I started working hard in other avenues not related to academia. So far, I’m loving it.

Recently I have taken on the task of ghostwriting a book. Although I cannot provide details yet, I can say it is under way and coming along great. This is on top of working on two novels myself, writing for my personal blog, starting a biography for one of my dear mentors, running The Bitter Student, and looking for a job for the summer. It’s a lot, and I love it.

Writing is what I’ve always tried to occupy my time with, seeing as how it’s what I want to do for a living, and even though I’m not getting paid for any of this work monetarily, I know it is paying dividends in experience and practice in honing my craft.

This ghostwriting venture is my first at writing someone else’s story, as well as trying to meet deadlines and stay consistent in my work. The best part, or the worst, of being a writer is that when you write your own stories you can do it on your own time. That can be great because it is a low-stress environment, but it can also lead to a lack of production. Having at least a somewhat structured system of interviewing, discussing, and writing in a certain amount of time is allowing me not to overthink what I put down and is making me hold myself more accountable than when I just write for my own works.

As my novel Sunset Cove is still going through massive amounts of self-editing and I’m querying it out to agents and publishers, I felt it was time to start a new book. So I did. It is in the very early stages, and by that I mean it has an outline and a few thousand words, so I won’t give any information on that yet since I don’t even know where I’ll be taking it, but be on the lookout.

This is my first post here in what seems like forever. I wrote in one of my more recent posts that I wouldn’t be posting as often for multiple reasons. I would be busier and focusing on making the content here more concentrated and longer. I would rather post one long, fleshed out piece every week or two rather than two or three short pieces thrown together just for the sake of having content. I was going to write a piece on this website about my vacation to California, but instead I posted it on The Bitter Student. You can find that piece here. As always, I am grateful for those who keep up with all my postings and support my writing endeavors.

The biography I’m working on, another new kind of writing for me, hasn’t officially begun yet, but I have spoken to the person I will be covering. This person has a phenomenal story and has affected thousands of lives. It is a person who had such a major influence on mine and so many others’ lives that I feel it necessary to cover them. More updates to come later here as well.

Just a matter of weeks ago, I was officially named the CEO of The Bitter Student. For those of you who have been following all of my endeavors, including those outside of this blog, you realize that I have been a part of The Bitter Student for a while. Two years now to be exact. It is an online publication my good friend Sam Campbell started. He had a vision for making a platform for our generation to have their voices heard. I met Sam through a mutual friend and he was kind enough to give me a summer internship position with The BS. From there, I worked my way up through Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief, and now, finally, CEO. I’m thankful for every opportunity Sam has given me as well as the support he has shown along the way. We have an amazing staff currently and I am looking forward to picking up where Sam left off and taking our company even higher.

Lastly, I’m looking for a summer job right now on top of all of these other jobs I am undertaking. I have a few leads, but nothing solid just yet.

So, this long-winded babbling of background information is just a segue for me to say that I’m a little stressed, a little overwhelmed, and have a lot on my plate. I haven’t even mentioned the different sports websites I’m writing for, as well. There’s a ton on my plate, and that’s completely okay. The way I see it, the more there is on my plate, the more I can eat. Call me glutinous, but I just see myself as a glutton for writing.

Writing is my absolute favorite thing to do in the world. I’m well aware of the difficulty in becoming a successful author and having a self-sustaining career in writing. I can look at the odds and sit and think of how difficult it might be, or I can absorb myself in writing so I can continue growing and getting better at what I do.

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