I hope that the start of the new year is bringing you hope and inspiration to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Although it seems that the world is a dumpster fire right now, we can still find joy in our families, friends, and community. In 2018, I shook off even more of my fears and focused more on saying “yes” to opportunities that felt right, and “no” when it needed to be said. More than anything, I stayed busy, and if you know anything about me, that’s a good thing.
- For starters, the BLLC held its first writing retreat last October and it was amazing. But don’t take my word for it, check out the photos on the website and have a chat with the participants. We’re holding our second retreat this fall, so let me know if you have any questions.
- I attended the Hurston/Wright Foundation Summer Fiction Workshop and it helped me to level up my writing. I’ve even started a new short story collection, although I’m supposed to be working on my novel. As long as I’m writing, it’s all good, right?
- BLF Press exhibited at the North Carolina Writer’s Network conference and we had a great time. I even got to meet Naima Coster, author of Halsey Street, and she gave us a beautiful shout out on Instagram.
- I earned my real estate license, something I’ve always wanted to do.
2019 promises to be busy as well. In March, I’ll be on a panel at AWP for the very first time (I’m also a first time attendee.) I’m really excited about participating at one of the largest publishing conferences in the country.
In April, I’m facilitating a workshop at the very first Johnston County Writers Conference (my current home county), and I’m looking forward to meeting lots of local writers.
Finally, (well not really, but this post is getting long), I’ve created a couple of classes that I’ll be teaching this year, and YOU can take them too! Learn more here, and if you have any questions, be sure to reach out by email or on social media.