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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.


2014: My Writing Year in Review

Rumpled - Lacey Louwagie Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism - Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, Ana Kothe Living True: Lesbian Women Share Stories of Faith - Margaret O'Gorman, Anne Peper Perkins Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life - Julia Cameron Publishing E-Books for Dummies - Ali Luke I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith Shaggy Muses: The Dogs Who Inspired Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edith Wharton, and Emily Bronte - Maureen Adams A Year in the Life: Journaling for Self-Discovery - Sheila Bender The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration - Julia Cameron

It's easy for me to get discouraged with how long some of my writing projects take. I will be finishing up my second year of revising my Rapunzel retelling in 2015, and I always want to be writing more than I actually am. But when I paused to take stock of what has happened in my writing life this year, I realize that I have been writing all year, and that projects take me longer because I've diversified how I spend my writing time. Here are the highlights.


January - My husband and I took a three-day retreat at Pine Rest Cabins, where I began preparing to self-publish Rumpled.


February - I began the practice of Morning Pages -- writing 3 pages in my journal every morning. I've been doing it about 4 times a week ever since.


March - I published Rumpled, and I traveled to Dayton, Ohio to do a reading of my essay "Where I First Met God," which was published in Unruly Catholic Women Writers. (Later in the year, it also appeared in Living True: Lesbian Women Share Stories of Faith.)


April - I finished my year-long journaling project, A Year in the Life, and I started a Writing as a Spiritual Practice group at my church.


May - I had to practice what I preached and rely on the healing power of writing as I wrote and cried myself through saying goodbye to my beloved cat, Phoebe, who died on May 30.


June - I began writing Phoebe's life story in my Pet Remembrance Journal.


August - The news organization I work for ramped up its news coverage, so I've written a lot more stories for pay than I usually do. My favorite was this story about voting rights on a Sioux reservation.


September - I attended a phenomenal Master Plot Workshop with Cheryl Klein. Putting my middle grade novel through her rigorous editing prescription is one of my goals for 2015. I was also featured in the September/October issue of New Moon Girls, with a bit of advice to girls about self publishing.


October - I gave a presentation at my local library with tips for NaNoWriMo, then gave the same presentation at the beginning of November at a different branch. I also went on a writer's pilgrimage to the East Coast to see the Emily Dickinson Museum.



November - I wrote my 6th NaNoWriMo novel, which is both a sequel to Rumpled and a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen."


December - My Booklikes blog topped 500 readers, and I set up a blog for one of my 2015 writing projects, A Year in Disney Movies.


I also continued to write for Young Adult Catholics, where my post about Natural Family Planning continues to be the most-viewed entry, and I read over 100 books, including the following writing-related ones:


My writing goals for 2015 are to finish revising my Rapunzel story, do another edit on my middle grade novel (which has been "tabled" for a couple of years), and finish writing Phoebe's life story. I'm looking forward to seeing what other writing adventures 2015 has in store for me.


Happy New Year!