So, big huge announcement for this blog: I've decided to kill it!
That sounds so mean, I know, but let me explain.
I started hello, moon on March 7, 2009. I was a new writer fresh from finishing her first novel, and was just joining the oh-so-daunting world of querying. It was incredible to meet new friends online who were going through the same struggles as I was, and it seemed like starting a blog to record my journey was just about right.
So I started recording. I wrote about trying to find an agent, and trying to get pregnant, and lots of random things in between. This place became my diary and I loved having it.
Reading back makes me smile, cringe, and smile some more. This blog has followed me through so many huge events in my life: being signed by Joanna, getting pregnant with not one but two beautiful squidlings, making awesome writer friends, coming out as bisexual, writing four novels, deciding to take the big scary genre leap from contemporary to horror, and realizing a life-changing passion as a result from that leap.
So here's the thing.
From day one, I shared everything. Being personal wasn't an issue for me, as I knew it could be for some. And the blogs from others that I enjoyed the most were personal in nature. (And still are!)
But as time goes on, I've become more aware of just how personal I've been. I've talked about my struggles with anxiety and OCD, the pain caused by rejection in the publishing world, and spilled my heart's deepest hopes and dreams out on to these pages. And this is the internet, blah blah blah, insert after school special about internet privacy here.
I don't regret a single word I've written here, but as a result of the discomfort I've been feeling about how much I've revealed about my family and myself, my blog has fallen flat into something that doesn't accurately represent me as a writer or person. (Even the layout is so blah!) I tried stepping away from doing all personal stuff and incorporated new features, but it didn't rekindle my love for blogging like I hoped it would.
This isn't the last of me, obviously. I have found the best REFRESH button ever...and it's called Tumblr. If you would still like to follow me online, I really hope you'll come on over to Moonbeams and Ink Stains.
Yes, I'm making the switch, to a site that will be much easier to update multiple times daily as it's a sort of mix between Pinterest, Blogger, and Twitter. I'll still be able to create personal posts when I feel moved to do so, and in the meantime I can reblog inspirational images, videos, quotes, and text that I adore. There's also a feature called 'ask me' where you can ask me any question, anonymously or not, and I'll answer it. (If you're not being a troll, that is!)
I've only had it for a day and I'm already so happy I've made this change.
So, my friends, that is the end. All blog posts besides this one have been locked down. I'll never delete it because I still follow tons of blogs that I love to read, and also I love to look back from time to time and observe how much my life has changed. (The best part of any diary!)
I really want to say thank you to anybody who has read and followed this blog. After three years in this space, it's time to say...goodbye, hello, moon!
And hello new era!
Besides my new Tumblr page above, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and, of course, YA Highway.