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The beautiful red barn near my Getaway cabin.

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Here’s what has my attention right this second.

  1. The year flew by as a Writers’ Room of Boston finalist in nonfiction, and I read an unpublished essay at the final reading to perhaps the world’s best audience (they gasped when the board member who introduced me said “BREVITY.”)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I attended the 2018 MUSE and left on quite a high after some confidence-boosting meetings with literary agents.
  5. I’m helping to create a Boston-based nonfiction reading series called Tell-All and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. If I do get in–which is apparently in the realm of possibility–I’m throwing a party. With champagne.
  10. 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.
  11. I’m framing my email from BREVITY. Pinch me.
  12. Trying to submit to a lit mag every Monday.
  13. 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!
  14. “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.
  15. 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).
  16. Revising, refining and rewriting  To Have and To Hoard, my memoir of the love triangle between me, my husband, and his stuff.
  17. Thrilled to be helping a client apply for her first grant for her business.
  18. Enrolled in the Copyblogger Certified Content Marketer course. Can’t wait to become Certified!