Welp, it's been a while.
And by "a while", I mean a hot minute. And by "a hot minute", I mean almost a friggin' year. In a nutshell: I started a new job, then grad school, then, like, five writing projects, and then everything went black. When I woke up, the smoke was clearing around me and Hodor was dead.
Which, just wow, by the way.
Quick digression: Hodor's death was the noblest, most heart-wrenching thing I've seen on TV in a looooooooong time.
Quick digression: Has the release date for Winds of Winter been pushed up from Twenty Years From Now? Anybody know?
I apologize for my absence, if it was noted or missed (please hold your sarcasm at bay). I had quite a summer, quite a remainder of the year, and this one is shaping up to be as balls-to-the-wall busy as the last one.
But it's been a year of accomplishment, and for that, I can't apologize. In addition to starting a new gig (which offers FREE donuts every FriYay, by the way. Which has contributed to my weight regain, along with the Freshman Fifteen. More on this later.), I started graduate school at Creighton University. I'm getting my Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, and I've got one year under my belt and one to go.
I also published my first two books, Pas de Deux: Parts One and Two on Amazon under the pen name of Wynter S.K. ("But isn't M. Allison Lea your pen name? How many pen names do you have? Are you batshit crazy?" More on this later.), and I've served as editor on a couple of books by Nik Angela, one of which is on the ZON and the other is forthcoming.
I've entered and lost writing contests, I've submitted to and gotten rejected by The New Yorker (an accomplishment in itself, in a strange way. More on this later.) and I've kept it pushin'.
My husband also graduated from the police academy in December, and is now a full-tilt Bad Boy po-po. It's been a wild ride, but seeing him do what he was truly born to do never ceases to punch my right in my feelz every time he puts on his uniform (which, Hottie Alert, btw).
My kids, a.k.a. The Judgmental Kitty and The Pushy Pomeranian, continue to fill my life with joy, humor, and annoyance when I'm woken at 4:30 every morning for feedings.
In forthcoming posts, I will expand on these points individually and in detail. For now, though, I just wanted to assure anyone who was concerned about my abrupt departure from this blog that 1) I did not get dead, 2) I did not get kidnapped, 3) I did not get abducted by aliens.
This summer I'm hoping to go back to a couple posts a week. I've got a lot to share--a whole year of crazy has just been bouncing around inside this head.
With the voices, of course.