It’s July!

(Five days late…)


Which means we’re halfway through 2024 already. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that. Yet, here we are.

I haven’t done one of these updates in a while, so bear with me.


What’s been happening?


In terms of writing? In terms of the past six months?

Well, lots.

I’ve been trying to get my head straight with many things lately: writing, my career, my goals, and who I am.

Yes, it’s as dramatic as it sounds.

But given everything that’s happened in my life during the past 18 months, I was due for some soul-searching, self-TLC, and figuring things out.

While I still have plenty more work to do, I’m in a much better headspace.

I’m reading again. I’m excited about my novels again. I’m eager to begin new projects that aren’t novels but another form of writing.

I’ve been spending a lot more time outside, trying new things, and going to new places. I’ve been learning a lot about myself.

Because of this, I figured it was time to get back into a more regular routine.


July Goals




I’m getting back into a writing routine. However, my goals have completely changed from what I originally planned twenty years ago. In a nutshell, I will stop focusing on being an “author” and more as a “storyteller” – at least, that’s what I’m calling it.

I’m not quitting writing altogether. I’m not going to stop working on my novels and short stories. I’m focusing on other storytelling mediums and working on my books on my own time.

I want to write because I have stories to tell that I want to share with everyone rather than focus on passive or full-time income via the hustle of deadlines and marketing. Twenty years ago, that’s what I wanted to do. But not anymore.

(I’ll explain more about this in a Ko-fi video soon.)




In 2023, I read 27 books, all from the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. If you know me, you know that’s my all-time favorite book series. I’ve read and re-read the earlier series so many times, and it’s been so long since I’ve binged good books that I have been doing everything to get back into reading habits.

Throughout the summer of 2023, I lost two family members. Things were so stressful that I stopped reading again.

As of writing this post, I’ve read one book so far in 2024.

My goal is to read at least one chapter a day to get my mojo back and hopefully get excited about reading again. I’ve been in a slump for… a couple of years at this point, honestly.

And no, I’m not aiming to read books that are brand new, currently trending, or the like. The books will most likely be ones I’ve read before.

I’ve even started giving audiobooks a try. We’ll see how that goes.




At the moment, The Merry Writer Podcast is the most consistent thing in my life.

We’re still going strong with many milestones coming up:

  • 2025 is the podcast’s fifth anniversary
  • We’ve almost reached 10,000 downloads on Podbean
  • We officially moved over from Patreon to Ko-fi (you can check out the podcast’s Ko-fi page here!)

If you enjoy Ari’s work and mine or want to listen to us ramble about our writing advice and opinions, then please listen to the podcast. You can find us on Podbean, YouTube, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.


That’s all for now.


This website will still be mainly dedicated to my books, WIP updates, and podcast updates. I’ll also throw in some of the content I used to do regularly here and there, such as book reviews. 

As a reminder, I’ll post more in-depth updates and information on my Ko-fi page. If you’re not already following the page (for free), please do so, especially if you enjoy my writing work.

Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli


Rachel Poli is a multi-genre author with a soft spot for mystery.

She often experiments with short stories and flash fiction, however, she's currently working on the first book of her detective fiction series.

When she's not writing, she's usually cleaning, reading, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.

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