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Checking In

Well, it’s been a while.

I’ve never claimed to be good at this whole “blogging” thing. I tend to spend most of my time over at Twitter I’m not writing or reading. I tend to let the blog go on the backburner for a while. As I’ve clearly proved time and time again.

I just don’t have the things to fill out an extensive blog. Most of my book reviews go up at Booked All Night and few things filter down to here.

So I guess a bit of a catch-up/check-in/update type post is in order, since we’ve solidly entered 2019 at this point.

I’ve completed my Master’s program!

That was a big thing that happened in 2018. I graduated as part of the first class in the Writing for Children & Young Adults from Sierra Nevada College in August. My final semester was stressful–I rewrote my thesis (from scratch!) three times over the course of a month and a half in order to get it as best as I could before my deadline. It was a rough series of months–both mentally, physically, emotionally, and as a writer. It tested my limits.

But I came out the other end and while I wouldn’t say I’m proud of the work I’ve done (it needs a lot of work, and it may not ever see the light of day), I’m proud of how far I’ve come as a writer.

I started a new job!

It was a strange series of events the day I got the job offer. It’s ten minutes before my workshop class was starting. I get a phone call from my local library–where I interviewed for a position about a week before flying out to school–and they offered me a position. It also happened to be the day where I had to defend my thesis before a panel of my professors. And I was the very first student in the entire graduating class to defend. Talk about setting a precedent!

But everything worked out great! I’ve been working at my local library (which is a dream come true!) and I’ve been considering going back to school for a degree in library science. (I won’t, because I’m broke and can’t afford more loans than I already have.)

I’ve been working on the story of my heart again.

I had to put away the YA fantasy I’ve been chipping away at for several years in order to work on my thesis, but I’ve finally been able to go back to it. I get to look at it with fresh eyes and a better understanding of the craft, and I’m not putting myself on any strict deadline to finish it. I’m taking it easy and writing as I can, when I can, however long I can.

I’m trying to hone in on my writing process. I’ve never been a Write Every Day type of writer. I reach burnout too quickly like that. I have days where I can write 7k words, and some days where I can only write 200 words. I’m learning to be okay with that.

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Hello Again!

Oh, hi there!

I seem to have fallen off this blog for a little bit, again. It’s been a rough few months.

I sort of stopped being able to handle blogging and writing and reading all at once at the end of September and it was just not a fun time for a while. A lot of things sort of came up at once and I was in a very bad mental health state through most of October. I took a vacation with my significant other in early November and that seemed to help clear my head a bit.

I’m back, though, and I’ve got a few reviews waiting in the wings to come up and strut their stuff. (Or lack thereof, if the book wasn’t necessarily that good…)

But I’m also still podcasting over at Booked All Night so you can keep up with some of my things over in that neck of the woods.

It’s almost the end of the year and I’m getting into crunch time in the last few weeks of the semester, so let’s hope this plague I’ve seemed to have caught at work doesn’t last for too long…

See ya around, lovelies!

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We’re Almost There!

The semester is coming to a close a little too quickly for my liking; I’ve got less than two weeks to go before I’m done with my first year at SNC!

It’s a little strange to think about how I’m halfway through my MFA program when initially I hadn’t even planned to attend one at all. But I’m always up for ways to further my craft and I’ve met some absolutely amazing people at SNC, and both of my mentors have been pivotal in my progress in my work. Without them, my work would suffer, and I’m eternally grateful to both Pablo and Lisa.

And of course, I’m grateful to Jessi, who’s my sounding board, motivational speaker and best friend. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without her.

There are a few changes coming up in the future, and I’m not quite in a place where I can talk about it just yet, but the news will be coming out soon. I’m a little sad to see some things go, but I am excited for the things to come.

Well, I guess it’s back to writing and planning!