Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
For a girl who slept in until after 10:30 this morning, I sure am tired! I always have this goal to stay up until after midnight on Saturdays, because that's when my schedule goes up for work, but I don't know if I'm going to make it tonight!
Not only am I tired, but my eyes are going crazy. They're completely bugging out! It's a good thing that we had so many typing classes in elementary school, because I'm writing most of my blog post tonight with my eyes shut! I think my eyes are just exhausted from staring at a computer screen for quite some time today. While I'm not fond of the eye exhaustion, I am glad that I accomplished a lot today.
I started off writing a few more paragraphs in my novel. Well, writing and editing. If you remember, I had talked about the fact that I swapped the order of two chapters. I had already written one of the chapters before changing them, so now I'm going back to ensure that everything makes sense still. I do need to change a lot of information within this chapter, but the good news is that the bulk of the plot line is remaining the same. This means that I can just read through the chapter and take out information that is no longer pertinent, switch some facts, and ta-dah! It's starting to make sense again.
Whenever I re-read my writing, I find things to fix, even if I didn't go into it knowing that I had errors. I'm not just talking about a typo or wrong punctuation or realizing that a word is missing... I'll read a paragraph and realize that I can get the same point across in a totally different way, making it sound much better and allowing the story to flow more smoothly. So of course as I'm going back through this chapter, I've been adding in new paragraphs and deleting parts that still made sense after the chapter switch, just because I've thought of a new way to write it.
The other way I was productive today was with my blog. I'm sure some of you may have noticed that links to the "Next Post" have been missing in more recent posts, and you can't reach more recent posts by going through the Categories column on the right of the website. The problem is that I've been posting quite frequently from my iPad because I'll start writing on break at work or on the bus back to my car... It's convenient to have a way to write even when I'm not sitting down at my laptop, but I'm limited as to what I can do with the iPad app versus being on the internet on my computer. Unfortunately while the writing is still ready to go each night, some of the more structural elements of the blog have been neglected.
I've been telling myself that I need to start going back through old posts and fixing the issues that I've noticed, but I never seem to have time. Today, however, I managed to find enough time to sit at my computer and update all of the posts from November. They're now all linked to the proper category that the post fits into, and you can easily move back and forth between each of those November blog posts without going back to the main list. Alright, so I still have to fix December, January, February, and now March posts, but at least it's a start!
I also reached out to some foster family pages that I'm part of on Facebook, and I'm hoping to get more interviews to start up Foster Parent Fridays again. I thought that those interviews were a great way to showcase different foster parent perspectives, and I miss including those each week. So if you're a foster parent who would like to have your views shared on Taylor Talks, or you know a foster parent who would be interested, please feel free to contact me to get the list of interview questions, and be sure to read the old interviews that I featured last year to see what other foster parents have had to say!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to finish rubbing my eyes so I can read my work schedule when it's posted.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.