Catching Up

It’s been a little while since we’ve talked Dear Reader!  

I alluded to counting chickens before they hatched in the last post. Well, those eggs have all hatched now. Let me tell you what’s been going on.

I got a job!

And while it’s not one that’s earth-shaking or revolutionary, for someone who has been a stay at home mom for a long, long while and for someone who carries the social anxiety shoulder monkey around, it’s a big deal. 

I’m in a retail position that has me interacting with people pretty much constantly. And so far, I haven’t been reduced to a shivering mess of tears on the floor. That’s not to say that it hasn’t been close. (Cause holy shit, some people.) I’ve done well. I’ve been able to be professional and pleasant and somehow, adaptable. I’m learning not only how to do the ins and outs of the job, but how to handle the ins and outs of the customer service side as well. 

And that’s the part I’m adapting to the most. I never want to just half-ass things. I want to be the best I can be, especially when it comes to interacting with customers. I want anytime they spend with me to be pleasant. 

Maybe it’s my ingrained desire to please. Maybe it’s my desire to continue getting a paycheck. Or maybe, just maybe, that little bit of interaction is part of my Craft that I’m just now figuring out. I’ve been shown in these last few weeks that I can do things that usually frighten me. My social anxiety used to be pretty harsh. I’m not trying to make it into one of those mythical romanticized things, but for a long time, it was the ball and chain that kept me isolated. Now, while it’s still there, itching and clawing inside, it’s not holding me still. I’m doing things. And, if recent feedback is true, I’m doing them well.

Ok, second big life news:
I have newly published works!!

Drabbles are 100 word stories. No more, no less. A whole story in one hundred little words. For me, it’s a challenge. I’m from the Stephen King school of over-explaining everything. So when I tried to write my first drabble it was mostly to test myself. Now, it’s become something I really enjoy. 

This is why I’m so excited to share that I have three drabbles in three new anthologies!  

Beyond

Unravel (Coming October 2019)

And Apocalypse, coming in November.

Not only that! I also have a short story in another anthology set around that bonkers idea of storming Area 51 that got popular on Facebook. The theme is first-person accounts of the storming and all the insanity that brings.  It’s called Storming Area 51: Survivor Stories and you can find it on Amazon.

All that means that not only am I feeling pretty freaking good about having my work published, but I’m Amazon official when you click on my name as an author. I have yet set up the full-fledged author page but once I have a bit (and the patience to understand it) I plan on creating it. 

I set out with a goal to write a book. I haven’t done that. But I have been published in a few. And that is pretty freaking cool. I hope this continues. Along with various articles being accepted and published on websites, I feel that I am finally at a place where I can say I have moved from an “aspiring” writer to and “emerging” writer. 

And let me tell you, Dear Reader, the difference between the two feels mighty good. 

Thanks for being along for the ride. Hopefully, things are going to pick up around here when I figure out how to juggle work, writing, and all the other expectations I normally had. I feel like my coffee intake is going to increase dramatically. 

My conjure intake probably needs to increase as well.

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