What I’ve Been Doing For The Past Three Months (With Pics!)


So, it’s been awhile! And I promise, I have some really good reasons for that. Here they be:

  1. You may remember from my last post that I launched a business in July. Together with my business partner Ash, we founded the editing firm Bear and Black Dog Editing. We’ve been working to get the word out and make friends in the industry, so a lot of my online energy has been directed at those efforts. Check us out! We have a blog there too!

    Jay being an attentive mascot
    Jay being an attentive mascot
  2. My fiance Matt and I moved to Portland, OR. This city is roughly three thousand miles away from where we used to live. We drove across the country with our dog Jay and everything we own in a 5 x 8 U-Haul trailer, and it was a complete adventure. We stopped along the way to see friends and family, got to see a bit of the country, and generally had a good time. Then we spent three weeks making trips to IKEA and the hardware store while we replaced pretty much all our furniture (we sold it all except the bed to fit everything in the U-Haul).

    Our new apartment building
    Our new apartment building
  3. I’ve been writing. A lot. I just finished a YA horror novella (currently with beta readers) and I’m almost 3/4 of the way through my next New Adult manuscript, a sci-fi inspired by the “Should the Doctor be a woman?” kerfuffle prior to Twelve’s unveiling. (This is probably obvious, but I came firmly down on the “yes” side–though I am a Peter Capaldi fan).

    Hastily made doll representations of the three main characters, via dolldivine.com
    Hastily made doll representations of the three main characters, via dolldivine.com
  4. I’ve also been querying FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAIN. First rule of Query Club is don’t talk about Query Club. But it’s happening.
  5. I’ve been crafting like a mad woman. Our wedding is next June and let me just say, I am super thrilled for it. Which is why I’m getting a jump on all our DIY projects now. I’m learning to embroider, people. I also opened an Etsy shop where I hope to share my newfound skills.
  6. Matt just had hip surgery. Back in April, Matt injured his leg playing soccer and well, it never got better. So we finally went to an orthopedic doctor once we were settled in Portland and it turns out that it wasn’t a moment too soon. It turned into a pretty serious thing and so Matt is on crutches, 0% weight-bearing (meaning he can’t put any weight on his right foot) for six weeks.

    Poor dear. Jay takes care of him.
    Poor dear. Jay takes care of him.
  7. Job hunting. B&BD will take awhile to become sustainable, if it ever does, and there are no immediately looming six-figure book deals in my future yet, so we’ve been looking for day jobs. Nothing yet.

All of this has conflated into a no-time-to-blog black hole for me. Whoops! I hope to re-establish a habit of posting poetry and such, perhaps even regular blog posts (though as I say, a lot of that is put toward the B&BD blog), but until then–bear with me, lovely readers. I appreciate your patience.

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