It’s so nice to see you! I’m Lauren, and this is all very new to me. I’m a recent college graduate, so recent in fact that my graduation was just my name flashing by on a live Youtube stream, as I watched from my living room (go class of 2020!).
Originally, all I had wanted to do was make a blog where I could write little reviews about books I read, as college and life had taken reading away from me, something I used to love doing and did all the time when I was younger. Despite being an English major (my focus being Creative Writing), I hadn’t actually read for fun in what felt like forever. I realized just how bad it had gotten when I had the same professor for two semesters in a row for a creative writing class, and he asked us what was the most recent book we had read. And I had to say the same book both semesters. And I had listened to it as an audiobook. I hadn’t even read it.
It was humiliating in a way that was only noticeable to me. He didn’t remember what I had said the last semester, neither did the other people who had taken both classes with me. But as I raked my memory for another book I had read, I drew a blank. I used to be able to read a 500 page book over the course of a school day. But now as a college student, I hadn’t read a single other book over an entire semester. It was devastating. And I had the nerve to call myself a “reader”. So I decided I was going to start a book blog where I would be forced to read, to finally get through the books piled high on my bookshelves, and write some reviews on them. Even if nobody would read them, I would have them.
Then I graduated and the real world began. I’m now currently working as a freelance editor. So this new book blog is going to serve many purposes.
The first purpose, the one I’m most excited about, is as a book blog. I’m going to read more books, and maybe once a month, I’m going to post a review. The second is to hopefully use this as a sort of business blog, to put my name out there so people know that I am ready and willing to help edit their work. The third is to do reviews of other things, shows, movies, maybe the occasional podcast. I haven’t decided, but it sounds pretty fun! And the fourth reason is to talk about my writing. The books I’m working on, my struggles, my triumphs, the funny things I learn along the way, and maybe after a while with some luck, where you can find my finished, published book.
That’s the goal at least. For now, it’s a pretty bare-bones site, but I think it’s cute, and looking at it brings me a small joy. Look, I have a website! And maybe it’s a small first step, but it’s one I’ve finally taken. If you’d like to follow along with me, or check back in every once in a while to see how I’m doing, I’d really appreciate it!