Reboot!

Nov. 6th, 2015 06:03 pm
jessicasteiner: (Blank Paper)
Greetings. It's been a rough two years, but I'm back.

For the past two years, my work schedule has gone from very busy, to very very insanely busy, and basically stayed there. I've dealt with a coworker who flamed out and dumped their entire caseload on me, and also a three month period of absolutely no income while the government body who writes my paycheque "upgraded" their system. During that entire time, I carried a caseload of over 100 clients and worked every one of them as hard as I could.

It didn't leave much time or brainpower left over for writing, and even less time for blogging about writing.

However, I now see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as my work load at the day job. In addition to that, I've had some important boosts to my writing brain, and I believe I'm firmly back in the saddle now, with enough brainpower left over on the side to attend to my social media as well.

In September, I attended the Out of Excuses Retreat. When I got back from that utterly life-changing experience, I went to the Surrey International Writer's Conference, and pitched OtherWhere to an agent, who asked for a full manuscript.

I've decided not to do NaNoWriMo this year, so that I can concentrate on getting my manuscript up to par and getting it out to the agent.

In the meantime, I am committing to updating this blog regularly again. I intend to update on a rotating schedule, every Friday, and it'll probably be more writing and life updates, and writing exercises, rather than reviews. Though I will probably do the odd review, as well.

So thanks for being patient! I hope you enjoy reading what I have to say.
jessicasteiner: (Procrastination)
So I've been struggling to update regularly, and so I've decided to implement some structure to the blog, so that I have a particular target and update at least once a week. Accordingly, I've decided that I'm going to do a rotating weekly post, on different topics. For example, on week 1 I would do an update about my projects and writing generally, then week 2 would be a writing tip post, week 3 would be a review, and week 4 will be something relating to real life or discussion of something that's not writing related. I figure having that kind of structure will give me something concrete to think about, so I can plan out my posts and actually post something - I'm tired of just doing update posts because I have nothing specific to write about.

It'll also mean that I have to try to read or listen to something that I can review at least once per month, which is a laudable goal I guess.

Given the rotation above, and the fact that my last post was a review, that means that this week is writing update week.

Firstly, in exciting news Mortis Unbound is now available in PHYSICAL BOOK FORM. Check it out.

I have actually held my book in my hands and I can say without reservation that it makes a sweet physical object. The binding is strong and the paper is high quality. I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and Createspace's procedure was really easy to use and completely free. I'm really happy I decided to look into it.

In less exciting, but nevertheless news, I'm gearing up for NaNoWriMo, it being less than 10 days before it's supposed to start. Feel free to add me and say hello. I'm a big proponent of NaNoWriMo and I've been doing it yearly since 2003 - through law school and all the rest. I didn't win every year, but I feel it's done a lot for my productivity and confidence.

Of course, it wouldn't be November if the shit weren't hitting the fan, so I'll be trying to do this while moving. Fun times. I'll keep you guys posted.
jessicasteiner: (Bad Writing Day)
Well, it's a bit over a month since I last updated, and I do have to apologize a little. It wasn't an unexpected hiatus - I was writing three major research papers and an exam on Freedom of Expression in Media, and then decompressing after that rather intense bit of life.

On the plus side, I'm officially finished law school.

And I want to reassure anyone who's actually reading, and not just a spambot (lordy!), that I haven't abandoned this blog, and that I do have a lot of things planned to do. I'm just not 100% sure when I'll be doing them.

I'm hoping to do at least one more audiobook review in the next week or so. And possibly a podcast review as well. And a post musing about what I'm up to with writing. I'm going to try to do a little flurry of posts, in other words, to tide me over for a while, becauuuuuuse~

Next week, I start the Professional Legal Training Course, which is a course I have to take before writing the bar exams. This will be a very intense 10 weeks, and I'm not necessarily expecting to be able to do much blogging, or much of anything else. We'll see how it goes.

So that's the state of Jessica for today!

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