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.