So, it’s been a while, yes. But I have reasons behind that – some good, some bad. But I promise the good outweighs the bad by a TON! At least, in my opinion.
First, there’s been a lot going on in my personal life. A lot of that has to do with my mental health. As anyone with or without severe anxiety or other mental issues knows, life is difficult. I have been dealing with depression on and off for years, and anxiety is something that never really leaves my side. It often leaves me drained and feeling an overload of mixed emotions – which is not the best mood to have while writing. Lately, I have been dealing with that on my own while trying to balance personal time, college, and something else I’ll mention in just a second. Luckily, I am in a place in my life where I am feeling motivated to work harder to achieve my goals, and I am using that to its fullest potential!
Now let’s get to the GOOD news. Woohoo!
I am so pleased to announce that I am writing a book! Yes, that is the main reason why I’ve been away. This past summer, I began writing a fiction novel that I am now more than halfway through with the first draft. Since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to write novels, and I have worked so hard on building my skills to be able to do that – which is what I am doing now. That being said, I know that publishing this novel will not only be the fulfillment of a dream of mine, but a way to share my love of writing with the world.
It is still not done, and in fact, I’m not quite sure when it will be. All I know is that this book is extremely close to my heart. I have poured some of my deepest feelings and most personal experiences in my writing of this book, and while not all events may be concordant to my actual life, much of the emotion is inspired by things that I have gone through and people that I have encountered throughout my life.
Now that I am working more seriously on building my credentials, experience, and recognition as an author, I will be writing more on Road to Ashland. Yay!
Just to note, I intend to finish writing this book by summer 2020. I will not reveal the title just yet, but I will give you three words that gives you a hint into some of the prominent themes in my novel.
Conflict. Betrayal. Obsession.
Oh, and one more thing . . . sometimes, when your stars are not aligned . . . everything falls apart.
Yet, falling apart only means we can be fixed again. But we are rarely ever the same . . .
Sending positive vibes to you all! Have a wonderful day and week! Follow my Instagram, ashleyxfern, for more upcoming details on my new book.