I’m Writing A Book

So I have these two passions, writing and speed skating.  I mean there are more – I love being a mother and my husband is uber-cool – but aside from that, these are the two things that really light up my life right now which is completely different being lit.  Having something light up your life doesn’t leave you with a hangover.

I work on improving both daily, especially the speed skating since sharp blades are involved.  As far as I know, there’s never been a writing accident that ended with stitches.  Probably just a paper cut injury at best.

Earlier this year I resigned as Editor-In-Chief at Yummy Mummy Club.  Part of that decision was because I had become so intrinsically involved in growing the website I forgot that my most important job was to be growing my children.  I was working from home but spending more time on the computer and less time with my family. And while my husband is amazing, he was living with a part-time wife and a full-time bitch to which I hope he responds “I wasn’t that bad” but we’ll both know that’s a lie.  Good marriages are based on white lies, it keeps the romance alive.

The other part was because I want to focus more on my writing.  I just kind of fell into writing and while my voice is becoming more and more clear, I need to get back to the basics and focus on things like, I dunno…grammar?  It seems that proper grammar is a good thing. Apparently commas are more than little hooky things that look pretty. I’ll be taking a writing course and incorporating what I learn into my writing while keeping my voice.

But mostly, this is the year I’m finally going to bite the bullet and write a book. Whether it gets published or not isn’t of consequence, I just want to do it.  Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess. I even started it.  It’s only once sentence but as my friend Lisa pointed out, it’s one more sentence than I had last year.

Also? It’s about speed skating. I’m mixing my two passions.

I just hope I don’t get any paper cuts.


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About Sharon

Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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31 Responses to I’m Writing A Book

  1. Karen says:

    I can’t wait to read it, Sharon! You’re the woman!

  2. Louise says:

    furiously waving my pom poms over here!!!!!
    where are you taking your course?

  3. HouseTalkN says:

    Woohoo! You go get ‘em! And, will you write me in as a really hot and smart blogger that is being stalked by Ryan Gosling?
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  4. Tunde says:

    Awesome, I guess I missed you announcing you resigned from the YMC. I am psitive you made the best choce for your and for your family. all the best for 2012.

    Ps: Do you need a cover shot for the book lol…

  5. Wow. Speed skating AND a book. You are seriously cool. I wish we lived closer to each other so some of your cool could rub off on me! This is awesome and I’m with ChickyMara – where can I pre-order!

  6. mara says:

    Are you taking pre-orders? Plus, can I be in it?

  7. Nenette says:

    That’s awesome news! No paper cuts or bruised noses too!
    Reading this was like reading about my 2011… I quit my post as editor of a local parent/child publication this past Fall for the EXACT same reasons as you. I hit the peak of stress and crankiness. It was difficult to live with.
    I’d love to finish the erotic novel I’ve been writing off and on for the past 15 years, but I’ll stick to some freelance writing for now.
    All the best on this… be sure to keep us posted on how it’s going.

  8. Emma says:

    I love that so many friends seem to have books in their heads, waiting to get out. I look forward to the results of your work! :)

  9. CynthiaCrumb says:

    You go, girl! Can’t wait to read it. Or at least the first sentence. :) (btw, you’ll totally get it written, I’m confident)

  10. Good for you! I wanted to write that in all-caps but it felt obnoxious. I’d better be invited to that book launch.

  11. Mary Lynn says:

    Congratulations! It’s funny, because I’ve had a blog for four years now, but for some reason the idea of writing an actual BOOK seems so much more daunting. When I walk into a book store and see all those books on the shelves I think to myself, “wow, there are a lot of brave people out there,” because I really think it take a lot of bravery to put yourself out there like that creatively. You go, girl!

  12. Tracie says:

    Love it Sharon! So happy you’re able to live your dream. Can’t wait to read your book(s)!

  13. Stephanie says:

    I had no idea you had resigned from YMC; but, congratulations on your decision to write a book! I wish you endless success and I can’t wait to read it.

  14. Dee Brun says:

    I will be first in line to buy said book…
    I am so proud of you…

  15. Lisa S says:

    This is really inspiring. I need balance in my life. I ran a 50 mile race in 2006, then I got pregnant. My son was born almost one year to the day after my race. I promised myself that I would keep running as “my” thing- the thing to know that after work, kids, dinner, managing household, etc. I still fit on the list of priorities. I would like to say that I kept that promise, but alas- no. Now i’m a mom of a 1 year and 4 year old. I adore my children, but your post reminds me that balance is a good thing. Thanks for posting.

  16. Good for you! You know you totally rock, right, cuz you’re like a rockstar who skates and writes and stuff? Ya, you knew that already. As for grammar…screw it. Write like you speak. Well, that’s what I do anyway (except I swear less when I write). Of course, I’ve never written a book either.

    Forget it. I have no clue how to write. :)

  17. Alison Wonderland says:

    That’s a book I’d love to read. Just don’t say the word “shit”, ’cause, you know, some people might get offended and shit like that. ;p

  18. Tegan says:

    So excited to read about your book project! Go for it!

  19. Nay says:

    It makes me happy that you’re going for it. Awesome!

  20. Eden Spodek says:

    Sharon, this is awesome. I can’t wait to read your books. I always love reading your blog posts (regardless of where you’re blogging) even if I lurk more than comment. ;) Kudos to you for recognizing where you want to focus and following your dreams. Looking forward to reading more about your speed skating encounters too.

  21. Eden Spodek says:

    Sharon, this is awesome. I can’t wait to read your books. I always love reading your blog posts (regardless of where you’re blogging) even if I lurk more than comment. ;) Kudos to you for recognizing where you want to focus and following your dreams. Looking forward to reading more about your speed skating encounters too.

  22. That is amazing Sharon! Cannot wait to read it.

    I have always wanted to write a book myself. No idea where to start.

  23. Dara says:

    Amazing! Can’t wait to read it! I hope I figure prominently as some sort of menacing dark-alley character. Like maybe we get into a speedskate fight. But, of course, it’s up to you. xo

  24. Patty says:

    Sharon that is so amazing. I love knowing people who decide to take that jump that most people never have the courage too. Most people peek over the cliff or test the water with their feet before jumping right in. I’m a jump in kind of gal myself. ;) Children grow so fast, as you well know. Taking the time to be there for them and your husband is something I am sure you will never regret and it will give you back so much more. Taking the time for you, to find your voice and learn how to have it be heard through your writing, well that is just the bomb lady. I cannot wait to see what 2012 has in store for you. And as for the book well it’s the journey and not always the destination, but I have a feeling that both are going to be amazing for you!

  25. Nicole says:

    Oooh, you’re writing a book! Very inspiring. It’s something I have been working on, but haven’t quite got there yet. You’re an inspiration to all of us!

  26. Danielle says:

    Hey Sharon – good for you! can’t wait to read it! And don’t worry about the grammar – they’ve got people for that! hope to see you soon xo amy and danielle

  27. Thrilled for you. You’re gonna rock!

  28. Pam @writewrds says:

    If you’re taking pre-orders, please put me on the list. Can’t wait to read the book.
    (But honestly? You sure commas aren’t little hooky things that look pretty?…)

  29. Sarah says:

    Can’t wait to read it. You have a truly unique voice that so many of us enjoy reading and really learn from!

  30. Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments says:

    I’ll be cheering you on from the sidelines (do they have sidelines in speedskating?). Either way YAY YOU. Can’t wait to read what you’re writing!

  31. Lisa says:

    I’ll plan your book signing party. :)

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