Dusting Things Off

12241680_924318637651988_1648210537067023044_nIt’s been over a year since my last blogpost, and a ton of things have happened since then. The biggest change was moving to St. Louis and becoming a professional writer. I worked doing technical writing for about six months, which is part of the reason I fell off the social media train, but life intervened and I’ve switched gears again. I’m writing full time, but not in the same vein, and though it’s going to take a little time, I’m starting my own writing/editing/publishing business and getting that off the ground. I have a non-fiction project with a former student in the works, along with several short stories, and I’m working on a new novel as well. I’m learning InDesign and refreshing my Photoshop skills, and I’m taking some classes online to get myself prepared for the work I intend to do. Huge changes, and I’m thrilled with what the future has in store. It’s going to take a lot of sweat equity, but it’ll be completely worth it.

12227676_924004711016714_4396303318842443354_nI also attended three writer’s retreats this year. I spent a week at the Tuscon Festival of Books, a week in New Orleans, and a week in Estes Park. All three of these experiences were fantastic, and I was really inspired by the people I met and by the locations.

In addition, in December of last year, I traveled to Scotland with my mother, and the two of us spent two weeks wandering the streets of Edinburgh and Inverness. We both loved it there, and I cannot wait to go back.

Currently, I’m in the middle of NaNoWriMo (feel free to add me as a buddy there), and though I’m behind in my word count, I should be able to finish the first draft of the book I have in mind by the end of December.

I fully intend to be back here at least once a week and make it part of my regular activities, along with doggie snuggles, which Layla insists I not neglect.

In the meantime, I leave you with a list of things I think are interesting, in no particular order:

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