A little catch up before we begin for regular readers…if you’re just here for the writing exercise, go ahead and jump to that.
I’m back from a month-long hiatus from the blog, in lieu of some Big Life Changes going on. You’ll probably notice some changes with the blog as well.
I’ve already announced a break from my most popular category I wrote about the most, the Difference Betweens.
You might have also noticed a few categories that didn’t really take off – Tara’s Tutorials With Baking, which was great in theory but time consuming and now I’m going to be moving, and won’t be just down the street from my baking expert sister-in-law.
Then there was Operation Declutter, which is actually still an ongoing process in real life, as it has died on the blog. As I got into it, I realized there were uh, things I was getting rid of that I didn’t really want to broadcast on the internet. I still very, very much believe in decluttering and having less Stuff around, but this has turned into more of a private process.
As I’ve started a new, full time writing job, I’ve stopped my main freelancing gigs, so I’m not writing as much at home anymore. Although I took a break from ErinNudi.com as I got settled into my new, awesome job, oddly enough, I’m actually going to have more time to blog than I did before.
And the whole not freelancing thing also leaves room for another passion of mine: fiction writing.
I wrote a novel a couple years ago, Sober in Connecticut. The whole thing. About 96,000 words. I put it out there to publishers and didn’t get a bite. That will probably be revisited at some point.
Over the course of several months, several months ago, I wrote roughly half of the most difficult short story I’ve ever worked on – about 10,000 words – and had to stop. I hope to revisit this one as well. We’ll call it “The Animal Story” (a working/terrible title).
As I jump back into fiction, I wanted to start fresh with a new story.
I know, I know. It’s classic to start stories and not finish them, and I swear I don’t normally do that and “The Animal Story” is a fluke.
But a story idea just came along recently, like they often do, and I’ve been plotting it out and doing some character development before I dive in…
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