Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Writing Updates: Happy Memorial Day

Some brief writing updates for those fellow happy writers, and some links to opportunities:

• I recently had a poem accepted for a Horror Writer’s Association (HWA) anthology. The anthology is for Mental Health Awareness and publications should be sometime in June. Feel free to check out their website for opportunities. Some contests are open to non-members and are free to enter.

• I recently submitted an Author Spotlight interview to Fae Corps Inc. If my answers are accepted, my interview should be posted on there sometime soon. As well, I will be submitting a short story to their horror Call for Submissions anthology. Should prove to be a spooky time–feel free to check out the opportunity yourself. A big thanks to Andrew again for sharing this opportunity.

• Lastly, several weeks ago I received a full manuscript request for my second novel, GOTD. Please keep your fingers, toes, nose, and elbows crossed for me. I am hoping to go the traditional route this time. A link to a teaser of my novel is on my webpage.

Have a Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone. I will probably be in the basement this evening, comforting my dog against the fireworks people will insist on shooting until two in the morning. Ka-boom! Happy writing–let’s keep encouraging one another on this journey. Tara.

Novel Snippets

Seasons of Writing & Novel Snippet

I’ve been in a particularly busy season of my life for the past few years. There’s been some respite and solace, but overall everything’s been at a steady, enduring clip. As things shift and change, I’m starting to realign my time and focus on my personal goals: writing and exercise among them. I’m also volunteering and becoming involved in activities that support my growth and refill my cup. As an introvert, this is a careful balance. Remember my formula? One hour of socializing = one year of hibernation. And yes, I’m still in the red.  But it’s less crimson and more of a happy, candy apple red now…

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The said Labrador Retriever.
Labrador Lessons

Labrador Lessons II: Bark at Suspicion

We’ve owned our Labrador Retriever rescue mix for about a year now. We will celebrate her adoption day soon. During our time together she continually developed her resume and list of self-appointed duties. These duties culminated into a steadfast guarding of her people who feed her and take her on patrol marches around the parameters of her territory. Our Lab is a gentle soul, but grows protective and suspicious of the outside world. It is a scary time, after all. She reads newspapers; she knows. Continue reading “Labrador Lessons II: Bark at Suspicion”