When I was in high school, I got really stressed out over college application essays. They seemed so long and daunting, and I would sit down at my desk and try to force myself to write. I remember sitting for hours, staring at the computer without anything to say. Even back then, I considered myself a writer, and not being able to do my â€˜jobâ€™ and write something so important was insanely frustrating.
I vented my feelings to an older friend, and he said, â€œStop worrying about it. Just walk away from the essay. One day, you will wake up and want to write it, and you will.â€
The advice sounded crazy, but I had nothing to lose, so I followed it. A week passed, then twoâ€¦ and then suddenly, I woke up itching to write my essays. I remember that I wrote three in one day.
For the past two months, Iâ€™ve been rolling around concepts for Book #2 in my brain (this is Book #1!). Iâ€™ve tried to sit down and write a few times, but something inside said, â€œNo. Not yet.â€ But, as I wrote this morning, I woke up today and had the urge. A few hours later, I have a flushed-out concept, working title, and chapter suggestions! Not sure if I love everything or if my agent will approve (or if I even like it enough to send it to her), but itâ€™s a start. :) (I canâ€™t share what itâ€™s about yetâ€¦ sorry!)
Post-writing sesh lunch:
Since itâ€™s Cinco de Mayo, I decided to go Mexican-inspired! But I wasnâ€™t craving cheeseâ€¦ so I made a vegan quesadilla.
Instead of cheese, I used chopped artichokes:
Instead my quesadilla:
- 3/4 cup drained, rinsed, dried, and chopped artichokes
- 2 tablespoons salsa
- 1/4 cup drained and rinsed Great Northern beans
I mashed all the ingredients together, warmed the mix in the microwave, and then cooked it on the griddle in between a burrito wrap.
Topped with salsa!
And a salad on the side:
Ole! Now all I need is a Mexican beerâ€¦
What did you write your college application essay on? I wrote about being president of the Science Honor Society (nerd alert!) and organizing clean-ups at local parks.