A New Outlook

Today I ventured out to see the movie Julie & Julia. I’m sure it will be no surprise to hear that I loved it. The best I’ve seen Meryl Streep in years and Stanley Tucci really does steal your heart every moment he’s on screen. Anyone who has ever been a cog in the wheel of cubicle land can relate to Julie Powell. Add in her feelings of failure for not becoming the writer everyone, including she, expected, and I can more than relate. I’m so used to seeing Amy Adams in period pieces or breaking into song, it was nice to see her looking just like the rest of us. Well, she could never really look like the rest of us, but you know what I mean.

There was something Julie kept saying in the film that I’ve seen discussed on more than one writing blog. The idea that you’re not a writer unless someone publishes you. Her husband kept correcting her that she was a writer whether she was ever published or not, and I’d like to think she would have come around to agreeing with him even if she hadn’t won the book deal from the blog.

So I guess you can tell, since I haven’t updated here in way too long, that I left the theater inspired to blog again. One of the reasons I haven’t been updating is because I didn’t think I had anything interesting enough to talk about. But today it hit me, I’m attempting to write a full length novel. On top of that, I’m attempting to get that novel published and then write another one. Get that one published and write another one. I think you see where this is going.

This week I’ll post a “Where we stand right now” blog to bring everyone up to date with the story so far, then I’ll update as the story progresses. I’ve been writing steadily now for six weeks and am having more fun than I expected. Why not share that fun with everyone else?

Tune in later this week to get up to date on the current work in progress, LETTING GO, and come back often to follow the adventures of Celi and Bryan.

10 thoughts on “A New Outlook”

  1. Kate Diamond says:

    Ooh! Maybe I should go see the movie. I’ve been having a little crisis of the faith lately. Perhaps a chick flick is the inspiration I need?

    Thanks for stopping by the blog. I appreciated your comment, and I enjoy both of your blogs!

  2. TerriOsburn says:

    I highly recommend it, Kate. I’m not that easy to inspire enough to make me actually do something. LOL! But this did it.

    And you’re the first to see my makeover. Thanks for checking out both blogs and yours looks pretty cool too.

  3. Tris says:


    You’ve changed your blog look! Its so different from your last one I had to check to make sure I was at the right blog =D

    It’s so great to hear about your writing progress now that you’ve got your degree under your belt (squeeee!) I don’t think I’d ever get over such an achievement such as graduating college!

    It’s so great to hear from you =)

  4. TerriOsburn says:

    Hey Tris! Do you like the new look? I thought it was time for a change. And I do love shades of blue. 🙂

    I don’t know that the degree will feel real until I march up the aisle in the cap & gown in October. Then lets hope it feels really real when raise time comes around in November.

    I’m enjoying moving the homework time into writing time and figured posting updates over here would give me even more motivation. Trust me when I say I can never have enough motivation. LOL!

  5. Anonymous says:


    Love the new look. It’s wonderfully professional feeling. And I love that squee news is on the right now. It felt off on the left for some reason.

    As for your writing, I really like the idea of you updating us on what you’ve done on a frequent basis. Who knows, maybe this will provide you more inspiration to keep writing if you know people are curious to see where you are?


  6. TerriOsburn says:

    That’s the plan! Thanks, Di. I think the stuff on the right feels better too. That always put me off a bit about the other layout.

  7. irisheyes says:

    I love the new look! And Congratulations on the new and inspired you! I’m glad you are writing but more importantly that it’s fun for you. I can’t wait to see the results. 🙂

  8. TerriOsburn says:

    Thank you, Irish! And I can’t wait to see the results either. LOL!

  9. Tris says:

    Hey Terri, your new blog look is great! LoL – Of course I like it =D

  10. TerriOsburn says:

    Oh good. I wasn’t sure if it was too plain. I just loved the color so ran with it. 🙂

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