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What I’m Working On, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays!

All the pieces are starting to come together for the launch of Inkstand Editorial in February 2017. Thanks to Maria at The Maple Sapling, I have a great logo, and with that, I’ve been updating my website and social media platforms. Now you can see what genres I work on, view my updated rates and contact form, see what others have said about my work, and sign up to be notified when a new blog post is published or when I have special offers and promotions (left-hand side of the page). The sign-up form is also located on my Facebook page, and you can follow my Twitter for updates and news from the publishing world. If you’re more interested in pictures of books and cats, there’s also my Instagram profile.

Now that the business is out of the way, what have I been working on in the world of books? Truthfully, not much. I still need to finish The Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe—and I only have a bit over a week until the new year, when I like to start fresh, so I need to get crackin’ on that one. The other book I’ve been working on lately is The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago. Happily, it’s reinforcing some of the practices I’ve learned at North Star, though some of it is new information. It’s full of good information on best practices, working with writers of all types, and common editing pitfalls to avoid. I’m only about halfway through, but I can already tell this is one reference book I’ll be returning to over and over.

There is still the question of which book to choose to be the first of the year—especially because I’ve signed up for Book Journey’s First Book. I need to make a decision soon! I’m thinking perhaps Between Two Thorns by Emma Norman, or maybe Paddle Whispers by Doug Wood, or even Cat is Art Spelled Wrong.

And in personal news, I think we’ve found our wedding venue! Keeping it under wraps until we’re certain, but it’s a place both Andy and I really, really like (the first we agree on, actually). After crunching some numbers, we think we can make it work. I certainly hope so! It’s intimate but large enough to comfortably accommodate our guests, and it’s beautiful. One more decision to make after the holidays wind down a little.

My other project I also can’t say much about, because my sister reads these posts and it’s a Christmas gift, but it’s been taking up a good chunk of my evenings lately, trying frantically to finish it. Perhaps a picture will follow in a later post.

Finally, a cat update. Estrella and Luna received a gift from a friend, and have been having fun with it.

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