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Writer, freelance copyeditor, bibliophile, homesteader, mom.
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I am a late-20-something with a new zen and a full plate. My days sometimes feel like juggling acts:

Parenting (one ginger human, four rescued pit bulls)
Homeschooling (my kindergartner)
Homesteading (with an end goal of self-sufficiency)
Freelancing (proofreading, copyediting)
Blogging (The Daily Word and my personal site)
Writing (novels, short stories, essays, NaNoWriMo)
Reading (fiction and non-fiction, the latter with a focus on history and science)

Passionate vegetarian (goal to be vegan) and friend to animals and trees everywhere.
Strong believer in world peace, empathy, love, and happiness for all. 
Devoted sister, daughter, granddaughter, friend. 
Gluten-free out of necessity.
Avid coffee drinker. Eater of chocolate everywhere (all varieties).
I get happily lost in Staples and other office-supply stores.
Bragging rights
I'm pretty sure I was rich and famous in a past life.
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Female
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In a relationship
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Freelance Copyeditor
Employment
  • Novelist, 2007 - present
  • Freelance
    Copyeditor, 2011 - present
  • The Daily Word
    Blogger / Contributor, 2011 - present

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Do you ever feel nostalgic for past NaNoWriMo projects? 

...especially when you're deep in the throes of anxiety over your current project? 
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Nope. I published several of them. :-)
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Thanks for the invite. I look forward to having some interesting conversation with you guys. 
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Thanks William! 
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I'm starting to think a supply of fresh watermelon has become crucial to my high productivity level. This may become a problem in the off-season. 
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I'm finally getting around to reading The Time Traveler's Wife.

Don't ruin it for me.

Seriously. Don't. 
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Marketing links featured in today's post:

Author Etiquette 101: Do’s and Don’ts for Writers Using Social Media
(from Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog)

How Social Media Changed the Dynamic Between Authors and Readers
(from Joanne Clancy at Leaders West)

Your Author Online Platform and Numbers – Newsletter Subscribers, Speaking Engagements, and Book Sales
(from Karen Cioffi at Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing)
Also from Karen Cioffi:
Your Author Online Platform and Social Networks – Blog Page Views and Twitter Followers
What Is An Author Platform and How Do You Create It?

Ever Thought About a Virtual Launch Party? Here’s How!
(from Pamela S. Meyers at We CAN Market Our Books!)

And Then What Happened?: Chapter 3 in My Self-Publishing Diaries
(from Julie Gerstenblatt at The Huffington Post: Blog)

Bonus Resource:
18 Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts
(from Jody Hedlund at Goodreads)
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I know I'm quite late to the game, but who's read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky? People seem to either love it and feel like they really identified with it, or find it mediocre and overrated. Which camp do you fall into, if either? 
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Thanks for the invite! Animal rescue is a cause very close to my heart. 
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I'm going with my sister tonight to see Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre's production of Les Miserables. I'm not familiar with the story (which my dear sister deems a tragedy and seems determined to rectify) but I'm excited about the show. SSMT's productions were a staple of our childhood summers, and they never cease to impress.
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Dammit. Is the sun going down again? 
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I'm being stalked by embroidery floss.

Seriously.

It started small - a single yellow strand draped over the arm of the couch, a few short red pieces in the corner of the bathroom, maybe a small jumble of multicolored leftovers on the coffee table.

But now... I can't go anywhere; I can't do anything. It watches me from the kitchen table, from my nightstand, from the center console of my car. It mysteriously appears in my purse and the pockets of my jeans; the other day Danica pulled a magenta piece out of my hair (and I haven't even used magenta). Lately I've been waking in the night feeling floss tangled around my fingers, or curling slowly around my ankles, only to look and see nothing there.

But I know what they want. My embroidery needle, my pattern, my Aida 12 ct, they sit on my desk; still as ever, but waiting, always waiting, sending their colored bits of thread to do their bidding. They know I will return.

And for now, I will oblige. For now, I will play their game. For now... I will stitch.
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Free-entry contests featured in today's post:

Writing Contest: Liquid Literature
from Literature and Libation
Theme is “Writing and Drinking”; 300-1,000 words
Deadline May 3

“(Un)Conventional” Short Story Competition
from The Great Escape
Must be set at or strongly feature a convention or expo; 1,000-3,000 words
Deadline May 30

A Midsummer Tale
from Toasted Cheese Literary Journal
Theme is “Retreat/Encounter”; story should take place during warm time of year; 1,000-5,000 words
Deadline June 21

drawkcaB Fiction Contest
from Postcard Poems and Prose
Theme is “Backward”; 153-194 words
Deadline June 22

Weekly Micro Fiction Contest
from Flash! Friday
Theme and word limit are given each week
Deadline Fridays

Bonus Resource:
Poet’s and Writer’s “Smart Approach to Contest Submissions”
from The Competitive Writer
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