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The new normal

Hello, friends. One day I hope to get better about updating this thing, lol. I just finished my seventh week at my new job, and I have to say, I'm really enjoying it. The amount of freedom I have is something I only ever dreamed of having in a job. I can basically do whatever I want, as long as I get my work done, which has been so great for my anxiety. I wear what I want, get to work when I want (within reason, lol, but basically I can get there "late" and it doesn't really matter), I work from home on Wednesdays right now, and I even worked at home a little bit today because I left early yesterday. The environment is great, the people are great, and while the work can definitely be boring, everything else makes it not so bad. Having more money is obviously great too. I finally got a new mattress (it's financed, but I don't feel stressed about the payments), and I've been able to buy other things here and there that I need. One sad thing is that my grandm

News!

Some very exciting news: I finally got a new job! It's for a place called Municode, they prepare and compile municipal code (laws) for towns and cities all over the US (if you're in the US, there's a good chance your town is one of our customers). I'm a proofreader, which means I read over the supplements after the editors have done their job to check that it's all how it's supposed to be. I just finished my first week, and so far, I'm really enjoying it. A lot of my work is actually done with pencil on paper, which I find kind of nice, since I don't have to stare at a computer screen all day. It does get a little boring, because it's legal stuff, but at the same time, it's still interesting. But everyone's really nice, the dress code is super relaxed so I get to wear basically whatever I want, and the overall vibe is also pretty relaxed. Mostly I'm just really jazzed I got a new job doing something related to writing, and in such a great

The finish line is in sight

 So, somehow I got all of my motivation back to work on Becoming Family , and as of this post, it is essentially done. *gasps all around* Yes, the book that has taken me like, two and a half years to write is basically finished. I still need to do at least one more readthrough, but that hopefully won't take more than a few days. As of right now, though, I'm not really sure when I'm going to publish. I would like to have both the Kindle and print versions available at the same time, but I need $50 for Agata to make my print cover (I tried bypassing that when I did the new cover for No Safe Place , and the result was not ideal, lol). I'm hoping to start a new job soon, so perhaps July? Once I start getting some steady income, finally? Basically, WATCH THIS SPACE for release date news, but be assured, Becoming Family is finally about to be published. In the meantime, I'll probably post Chapter 2 to Patreon soon, so head on over there and become a Patron if you want t

Becoming Family: Chapter One

I've finally gotten back into working on Becoming Family in earnest, and decided to share the first chapter here! I'm really really hoping to get this finished and out soon, so I thought I'd give a little taste of what's to come. I'm hoping to post more excerpts to Patreon (I know I always say that, but I always mean it when I say it...), so if you'd like to see more before it's published, head over there to become a Patron!

2021 is a mess so far

Apologies for not updating this in so long. I don't know if anybody even reads this thing, but maybe there are a few of you out there. 2021 has been a weird year for me so far. For reasons I can't explain (possibly depression related?), I turned my laptop on maybe 3 or 4 times between January and like, the end of April. I've always been a person who was on my laptop daily, and for some reason, that changed at the beginning of this year. Of course, that also meant I wasn't writing. I have finally, within the last few days, started turning on my laptop again and working on Becoming Family , but man... it's been a process. I want to get this book out, but my brain is just not functioning right lately. I'm stressed about money (as always), and I need a new job, but looking for a job is probably the most depressing thing in the world. Sometimes I wish I had another marketable skill, especially something that was a little bit more instant gratification, like YouTube o

Starting 2021 a month late

So. It's 2021. Happy New Year, a month later. 2021 hasn't started out super great for me, lol. I mean, nothing really bad has happened, but I think I hit the COVID slump a bit later than everybody else and have spent the past month just playing games on my iPad and watching random shows. (What have I been watching, you ask? First I discovered Bailey Sarian's "Murder, Mystery, and Makeup" videos on YouTube and spent a good week and half/two weeks devouring all of those and seriously, if you're into true crime and enjoy watching people put on makeup, I highly recommend checking her out  [and she's posting a new video tomorrow!]. After that I watched The Zoo on Animal Planet, which I've seen before but it's fun and basically comfort viewing, and then I got sucked into Dr. Pimple Popper on TLC, lol.) But yeah, I pretty much didn't turn my laptop on for a month, and now I'm trying to get back into the habit and trying to start actually being pro

Where does the time go?

Well, a lot of things have happened in the past month, lol. Still have my same job, but started a new client who I really like and they're really easy. Unfortunately, I've been off work for the past almost two weeks because I ended up having carpal tunnel release surgery on my left hand. I have my post-op follow-up tomorrow, and hopefully he'll give me a work release so I can go back. Because of this, I haven't been able to do much of anything, but my hand is feeling much better (as evidenced by me typing this blog post...), and I'm hoping to dive back into Becoming Family , make the changes that need to be made, and finally get that released. I did not think this would become a year-long odyssey, but such is 2020... Also hoping once I get that out, I can embrace the season and start working on Winter's Noelle . Obviously I didn't end up doing NaNo this year, but hopefully no matter. Fingers crossed it won't take long to write, but I can't make any p