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  • Hi everyone!

    Apparently it's been two years to the day since I last posted a status update, which feels kind of fitting. A *lot* has happened in those two years. Mostly three big life changes:

    1) I graduated with my bachelor's in Computer Science in spring of 2022!
    2) I started a full time job and furnished my first apartment.
    3) And, in March of 2023, I married my wonderful husband!

    So lots of good stuff, but life has been a little crazy. Writing hasn't taken a complete backseat, but it has definitely been slower-paced.

    As I've started my career in tech and now that I'm married, I've had to re-evaluate my goals and my relationship with writing. I still want to build a writing career, but the fact that it's probably never going to pay the bills anywhere near as reliably as my tech job means I have to take a really hard look at how much time I can actually invest into it while balancing work and family. And I just don't know what that looks like yet.

    So why am I back here? Well, for one, YWS has always still felt like home. I don't have any writer friends IRL who are still writing, and I really miss the sense of writerly community.

    I'd love to talk to any of you all about your publishing goals or opportunities for writing communities you've found. I kind of never broke into writing Twitter, and now it seems like it's basically dead, oops. I know Tiktok is a thing, but I'd really prefer a text format.

    Also, if anyone would like a critique partner for SFF, especially middle grade fiction, let me know! I've been trying to find a writing group, but they all meet in person, and an async style of feedback would be way better for me.


    Carlito MEA!!! <3

    I'm still so excited for you and all your recent big life milestones!! And even though I'm not usually a SFF gal, you're still welcome to drop anything you write in my inbox <3

    I'm still hanging on to writing twitter although it's definitely not what it used to be. A lot of people have moved over to Instagram and I've also heard that people have moved to Bluesky which is a Twitter-esque model, but you have to be invited to join and I don't know a ton about it. There's also a lot of stuff on Discord, but I'm also not really in that either.

    Aug 29, 2023

    Snoink Hiiiiiiiii!!!

    When I first married about ten years ago, I too had a bit of a challenge juggling writing (and art, really) with the newness of everything else. You'll get better at it, honestly! I make time writing now... it is fun. :)

    If you want to trade novels for reviewing, I've written almost four fantasy novels in the last couple years so... um... yeah. ^^ Still not sure what I want to do with them, as far as publishing goes, but I want to finish the series first while it's still in my head, so yeah.

    Aug 29, 2023

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  • starshipgirl
    May 8, 2023

    happy birthday!!!!!!

  • looseleaf
    May 8, 2023

    happy birthday!

  • momonster
    May 8, 2023

    happy birthday!

  • winterwolf0100
    May 8, 2023

    Happy birthdayyy!!

  • Dossereana
    May 7, 2023

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!! I hope is awesome like you!!!! <333 :)

  • Carlito
    Mar 14, 2023

    Congratulations again Mea!! I hope you and HUSBAND had a wonderful day today 💜💜💜

  • Hattable
    Nov 11, 2022

    c a k e

  • BluesClues
    Nov 11, 2022

    happy cake day!


  • Happy cake day Mea! Hope you're doing well.

  • FireEyes
    Nov 11, 2022

    Oh my! Happy cake day!

  • Happy birthday, Mea!

  • Coffeeboyjay
    May 8, 2022

    I know i'm late but happy birthday to Mea have a wonderful birthday Mea and we love you Mea🍰

  • momonster
    May 8, 2022

    happy birthday!!

I tell the neophyte: Write a million words–the absolute best you can write, then throw it all away and bravely turn your back on what you have written. At that point, you’re ready to begin.
— David Eddings