Here’s what has my attention right this second.
- The year flew by as a Writers’ Room of Boston finalist in nonfiction, and I read an unpublished essay at the final reading to perhaps the world’s best audience (they gasped when the board member who introduced me said “BREVITY.”)
- Just finished reading an Advanced Reader Copy of Susan Fekete’s memoir Ten Boxes: A Story of Stuff, out in June 2018. I’m honored to read and review another memoir about a topic near and dear to my heart that needs to be better represented in literature.
- I almost lost it when I got an email from Dinty W. Moore. My writing was featured on BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog on February 7, 2018. That’s it. Done for the year.
- I attended the 2018 MUSE and left on quite a high after some confidence-boosting meetings with literary agents.
- I’m helping to create a Boston-based nonfiction reading series called Tell-All and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
- Elizabeth Acevedo wrote a novel in verse, The Poet X, and I can’t wait to read it. She signed a copy for me and I got a copy signed for my teenaged niece too (to inspire her).
- It was fun to run into Nakia Hill at Acevedo’s reading at the Brookline Booksmith. I was so happy to hear she’s a Boston artist-in-residence this year.
- I’ve dared to apply to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference for 2018, and waiting until the end of May is killing me. I need a Plan B so I don’t crash if I don’t get in.
- If I do get in–which is apparently in the realm of possibility–I’m throwing a party. With champagne.
- In 2018 so far I’ve read MSs for the Writers’ Room of Boston and GrubStreet’s Memoir Incubator. It was an honor to be invited and a delight to read such a diverse array of nonfiction.
- I’m framing my email from BREVITY. Pinch me.
- Trying to submit to a lit mag every Monday.
- Had so much fun at the Write-In JP–Using Stories to Break Down Walls. Took a mini-class with the ever lovely Grace Talusan, made new friends, listened to talented kids at the open mic. Thank you, Jen De Leon!
- “I’m still here.” Blown away by the personal essays seniors at Margarita Muniz Academy wrote. Privileged to participate in 826 Boston’s FIRST College Essay Academy.
- Hard at work with my many writing groups: Almost Famous (memoir); Tatte Writing Group (avoiding carbs and workshopping essays); Friday Essay Club (essays); and Sneaky Saturdays (craft focus).
- Revising, refining and rewriting To Have and To Hoard, my memoir of the love triangle between me, my husband, and his stuff.
- Thrilled to be helping a client apply for her first grant for her business.
- Enrolled in the Copyblogger Certified Content Marketer course. Can’t wait to become Certified!