Weekly Update, The First

Well, there may be other updates too, but I’m determined to drop a little something here every week (or just about) this year.


This past one was my first week of new life and times, obviously. There was slightly less of a learning curve than I expected. While my normal deadlines and some new ones have commenced again, I had a few days to play around with a new book and getting that first 10K is always the hardest for me. (I’m just over 5K, which was my goal for last week!)

I went to my first silks class of the new year.


First silks class of the new year! (I could feel all that champers. Ack.)

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I’ve been in aerial yoga for awhile now, but this was my first full-on aerial silks class since Intro one and two and boy, did I have some impressive bruises the next day. Worth it, natch.

And I started my new job for Subterranean Press, which I’m having a lot of fun with. (Follow us on twitter at @subpress and like us on Facebook — go on DO IT. I’ll wait. We have so much planned.)



I didn’t manage to get as much writing done as I wanted the first few days of the week, so I decided to try the coffee shop down the street. Could it be my cute co-workers distracting me?


The triumvirate at work, 2016.

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While I was there my friend Sarah Combs, who I don’t get to see nearly often enough appeared at my side: “Gwenda, is that you? Why are you here on a Thursday morning? Did you leave your job?” And then we had a congratulatory catch-up hug and an impromptu writing lunch.  What else? I got a closer-to-final Girl in the Shadows cover and it is AMAZING and copyedits for same (the copyeditor said nice things, yay!), which I’m working on this week. Magic, new routine established. 

Oh, and I decided to play in Christopher’s Pathfinder game as a fox-woman swashbuckler based on Claudette Colbert. Because, why not?

Plus, I totally touched the display.


Really thinking about touching the display.

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It was a pretty grand week, is what I’m saying. I think this is going to turn out to be the best decision I ever made. This morning we had long-distance staff meeting, then I went to the coffee shop and finished up some pitches for a possible THING(S) and sent them off, and now doing more copyedits. Already, I feel like life is much more manageable, not to mention the time for more silly moments.

But also, the time for more focus trained where I would like it to be. As you can probably tell, I always kept my work lives completely separate (DO NOT CROSS THE STREAMS). This meant I often felt like I was maintaining two separate identities. My real life, and the other one. It was real too, and I’m proud of all the work I did there and I did my job to the best of my ability. But it wasn’t where my heart truly was. There wasn’t as much me in it.

I feel like I only have to live my real life now.


It’s a gift and I’m enjoying it. I know inevitably stresses will come and it won’t all be action figures and lunches out, but I can already tell the good will be worth it. Which is all I could ask of 2016.


On a sadder note: Goodbye, David Bowie. The world will never be the same.

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