Friday, November 12, 2010

What I've been up to

I haven't blogged as much as I'd like to lately, but I have a good excuse!  I've been doing more freelance writing - I'm now writing for Xomba, Suite 101 and Demand Media Studios.  I'm also continuing to do short stories on the side and sell them to online magazines, but unfortunately I can't post the links because they're "adult" sites and I don't want to get in trouble with Google or Blogger! haha

For my other writing, I've started a list along the right-hand side in the box titled "Some of My Online Articles" (very original, I know).  I'm not going to post them all, but chances are, I'll post most of them.  I feel like I'm spending as much time, if not more, marketing my writing as actually writing, but I've discovered networking isn't so bad and it's actually paying off, which thrills me.  If you're interested, you can find my Xomba profile HERE, which has a list and links to all my articles and bookmarks, and my Suite101 profile HERE, which again has a list and link to my articles.  I'm just getting started, so there's not much to read, I had been concentrating on short stories up until a couple weeks ago when I decided to branch out into articles.  I'm dedicating myself to this full time though, so keep an eye out in the coming weeks and months and there will be a lot of articles to read! :-)

Other than that, I've been busy planning birthday parties for two of my favorite people, my brother Jamie, and my grama.  My brother's birthday is the 26th, and my sister-in-law Amanda (who also happens to be one of my closest friends) came up with this great idea to take him away.  I had mentioned to her how I'd love to be a travel writer (combining two of my passions, writing and traveling, what could be better?) and she sympathized (probably because she'd be my travel buddy and wants to travel too!) and then said how she'd love to take Jamie away.  By the end of the day, we'd made travel arrangements, booked a hotel and basically had the whole trip planned.  We're going away Friday the 26th - Amanda, Jamie, my oldest friend in the world Suleena, and me - but I can't tell you where because Jamie doesn't know!  I think that's my favorite part - we're not telling him where we're going, but he knows we're going somewhere.  Is it bad that that elicits an evil cackle from me whenever I think about it?  Anyway, I am super excited, not only to be getting away with three of my favorite people, but also the fact that because it's off season, we got the hotel for...wait for it....$27!!!  I didn't know it was possible to get a hotel that cheap, anywhere, ever.  I honestly thought there was a mistake and Suleena asked me what kind of place it was, probably assuming it was a dive for that price, but it looks like a nice place and it's within walking distance of all the main attractions of the city.

So, we're leaving the 26th, coming back the 27th, and my grama's birthday party is the 28th.  This should be very interesting.  Amanda and I are going to do a bunch of baking for the party, so we've got to squeeze that in somewhere between coming home Saturday after a 4-hour drive and Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock.  Good thing I love a challenge!

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