Circling around…

I’ve never been one to find a lot of benefit in offering excuses for long absences, however valid they may be. The point is, I haven’t been around. Here. I haven’t been around here. But I haven’t dropped off the planet completely. Let me tell you what I have been doing.

In October 2019 I took a position with a local newspaper, The Coastal Point, as the digital content specialist for their bridal division, Delaware Seaside Bride. They shortly promoted me to editor of the division’s magazine, and I have been creating, writing, and playing in the magazine world since.

In my spare time I have continued to write and create my own story worlds. I got heavily into Bookstagram (the bookish side of Instagram, if you aren’t in the know) for a while before realizing that social media content creation is fun, but not how I want to spend every waking hour. So now I only post occasionally, sharing new books and giving reviews. Some of which I will be sharing here. For all the pretty pictures, my Insta handle is @beachinbooks.

I recently finished up an 8 week workshop with Kelli (Allen) Christian, Founding editor of Book of Matches literary journal, and an award-winning poet with multiple books. Kelli was one of my professors at Lindenwood during my MFA. Finding myself back in the workshop environment was exciting and surreal, especially since several other Alumni from my graduating class were also in attendance. We created beautiful words, shared, and critiqued with nothing but genuine support for one another. As a result I have several new pieces that I will be sending out into the world in the near future, potentially as a chapbook! Stay tuned for more updates.

Under A Purple Moon

Well my friends, its been a while, and there’s been lots of changes happening in my life since the last time you heard from me. I won’t bore you with all the gory details; suffice it to say that sometimes the things we thought we’d never want, are exactly what we need.

A song that I adore: “Changes” by Langhorn Slim & The Law. There’s a line that goes:

Maybe it’s too soon
Under a purple moon
But I’d ride off with you in a big balloon

So my moon is glowing brilliant, I’ve chosen my balloon (it’s gorgeous I tell ya!) and whoever it is that’s going to join me on my next big adventure still remains to be seen. But I can tell you this, dear Reader, that this adventure in writing doesn’t stop here. It just can’t. Someone I consider to be a mentor recently said this about me, and I think he hit the nail on the head, “Writing is integral to her understanding of and engagement with the world.” Oh, all the warm fuzzies! Ahem…anyways. The point is, this isn’t the end. Not even close.

That said, keep your eyes peeled! I have another story being published in the next few weeks over at Literary Mama. I’ll share the link once it’s live.

In the meantime…for your enjoyment:

 

Of Writing and Coffee

In my MFA program, there’s always the requisite introductory post. You would think after a year and a half I’d be used to these by now. But really, I just end up feeling like I’m at a WA meeting…”Hi, my name is Taryn, and I’m a writer.” Yes, thank you, we get it. You like to write. Now please sit down.

So rather than boring you with all my details, I’ll simply suggest hopping over to my About page, or stick around and read some of my work. Because that’s why you’re here, right? Also, please be prepared for random mentions of coffee, java, joe, etc., (but never decaf) – because if we’re going to insinuate addictions, that one actually is legitimate.

-Taryn