But blogging every single week day definitely means there has been a lot covered, so in case you may have missed something, here is a quick refresher:
- Jaycee kicked us off with this lovely introductory post, and then one (she tells a little about her), two (what are your favorite NA reads?), three (she tells a little about Victoria), and four (a funny pitch moment) Blog Me Maybe posts.
- Next Juliana shared her thoughts on NA writing, something about herself, and she asked why do you support NA?
- Then L.G. came to share something about Bailey (yes, me), and something funny about pick-up lines & writers' retreats, and finally left us yesterday with her thoughts on the NA genre/category.
So after all of those posts, let's continue on with Blog Me MAYbe, and today I'm here to Tell You Something About Me.
I could give you the crash-course in Bailey, but I'm not going to because it'd be much easier for you to just visit my own personal blog instead. No, today I'm going to narrow my focus and tell you a Specific Something about me.
I'm a graduate student in English -- and I don't study literature. In fact, I don't even like studying literature academically. The assumption is always that because I'm getting my Master's in English and because I am never without a novel, I must study literature. But I don't. In fact, this is how I feel when I try to hold my own in a literature class:
|“How I Feel When Writing About Literature”|
Why am I telling you this, you wonder?
The thing is, I often feel like I'm standing in two very different reading & writing worlds -- my left foot is planted firmly in popular fiction while my right foot is standing solidly in academia. And I always feel the need to be completely open with both sides about my serious endeavors in the other. Because for me, both worlds are incredibly important and I treat each with equal respect.
I want to write great, contemporary books, but I do see myself as a writer of "popular" fiction. I can't seem to reread Jane Austen & F. Scott Fitzgerald enough, but I don't have any desire to write books like theirs. My books include non-existent creatures and romantic plot lines that I would never have the patience to suffer. And I love that -- I love writing those stories and I love reading those stories, too.
I have witnessed the eye-widening and jaw-dropping confusion from my academic peers when they ask my what I'm reading and the title is very obviously about fantastical creatures and heart-racing adventure that I wouldn't ever survive. (Let's be real, my favorite past time is sitting at a computer typing for hours on end -- I can imagine the adventure, but I'd so be the first to die in anything.)
I'm not really sure what the blogging & writing communities think of me as an academic -- but I can't separate that from how I write and read, either. I may feel utterly confused about Foucault and Distant Reading Practices, but I have always studied books from a writer's standpoint and I get really nit-picky about craft. I can't help but question what symbolism and foreshadowing and larger social perspectives might be drawn out of what I'm writing or what I'm reading. That matters to me on a very deep level, and that level only gets deeper as I'm forced by my Master's program to become a more literary-academic.
I've always considered myself a writer and a reader, and I consider academia and being an aspiring author two things I pursue with my writing and reading.
None of this has to do with New Adult, and maybe it should have, but you're going to hear a lot about New Adult from me in the future, and I figured this was a good moment to just tell you a little something about myself beyond the New Adult sphere.
If you do want to know what I'm doing within the NA community, this is the place to stay tuned! And I am writing a New Adult novel -- a ghost story -- and the progress of that particular adventure is tracked weekly on my blog.