5 Years of Blogging My Writing Life

Five years ago today I started this blog, called “distraction no. 99” because I decided, oh so wisely, that I could use one more distraction in my life and that should be blogging.

The day was July 31, 2005. Where was I in 2005? I was a few months back from my first-ever visit to a writers colony, feeling idealistic about revisions I’d just made to a manuscript. I was querying agents in adult fiction—again, after getting rejected with a first draft. I was working full-time, toiling away as a copy editor at a big publishing house. I was not happy. I needed an outlet. So I started this blog.

A lot has changed since July 31, 2005. That novel I was working on then? Dead. The agents I queried back then? None ended up saying the ultimate yes. Adult fiction? I write YA now and am thrilled I made the switch (I think, without knowing, I’d been trying to write YA all along). That publishing house where I toiled? I left that job for another job. But you’ll love this: that very publishing house is—no joke, the beauty of this makes me smile now—the house publishing my next novel. It’s a whole different imprint than the one I worked for, but it’s on the same floor as my old office! I’m not a copy editor at that publisher anymore; now I’m their author! That’s, quite literally, a dream come true.

I’m a lot happier since 2005. But, even so, I do still need an outlet. So I haven’t given up on this blog.

Now, if I had it more together, I would have done a whole thing about this five-year anniversary. I was going to do a giveaway, I swear. I was going to do something special. But I guess there’s at least a little irony in the fact that I started out this blog as a struggling writer wanting to have a book published and now here I am, working on a book that is going to be published… and I’m so busy with it I can’t even celebrate the blog that got me there!

I do think this blog had a lot to do with all this. It was therapeutic. It was cathartic. It connected me with some wonderful people I now know in real life. It helped me reach out and overcome my shyness and be a part of the world. It got me through.

For some of my favorite posts, see the favorites page.

And, coincidentally, when I look back in my archives I saw that five years ago today, I was working at my writing space—just like I am right now. I guess not so much has changed after all, huh? Here’s my first-ever post. I was afraid to talk too much about myself when I started this. Hmm. Well, that sure changed. 😉

Hey, blog. Happy 5 years.

(Featured “5” photo by Leo Reynolds, via Flickr)

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10 responses to “5 Years of Blogging My Writing Life”

  1. Five years! Good heavens. It’s such a thrill to have been along for four 1/2 of those — and through such serendipity, too. (I found you on the “next blog” button on wordpress, if you can believe it.) It’s such an enormous pleasure to see how beautifully your writing career is turning out. Much, much love.. xoxo


  2. Happy 5 year anniversary, Distraction No. 99. 🙂 I am so glad you are in my life, look at all the awesome stuff our blogs have brought us, including this friendship!


  3. Happy (belated) blog anniversary!! Another thing I love about your blog, Nova, is how much OTHER people have/will get out of your journey too. They get to see how hard you’ve worked, and how far you’ve come. It makes me happy to think that here you are. And Imaginary Girl is on its way… !!!


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