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2018 April

April 3 – May 23

I am now in my final stretch at Kellogg. I’ve enjoyed school, but I am ready to be done (and to finally live with Ryan). The last two months haven’t been great for me from a writing perspective (stomach flu and a really bad sore throat back to back knocked me out quite hard). But going to the Nebulas this past weekend (yay Isle of Write!) and the change in weather has got me reinvigorated!

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One thing I’ve been meaning to add to my blog (but have been lazy) are 1) more specific updates on my writing progress and 2) book / story / game recommendations based on what I’m reading and playing. I’ll start doing both in this post!

Writing Update

In the last two months I’ve beta-read TWO novels for friends (Tamsin by Denise Beucler and The Lost Year of Dead Things by Jules Whitney) – I am excited for both of these to sell and be published! One of my stories has made it to the final round of consideration at Fireside and another story at Escape Pod (both Hugo nominated publications!). I’ve started two new shorts (I’ll probably only pursue one fully), and I plan to switch to my novel soonish (outline is complete).

Story Recs

I haven’t had a chance to read too much outside the novels above (beta-reading takes so much time!), but I did finish The Captive Prince trilogy at the behest of a few friends. The first book is … problematic, but a lot of the issues are well-addressed in books 2 and 3. I recommend the entire series. It is romantic, thrilling, suspenseful – an exciting second world military fantasy / romance. Not usually my thing, but good writing is good writing. Also, if you own a PS4, I would encourage you to pick up God of War (4). I was not a fan of the original trilogy, but this reboot is incredible – deep, complex character development focused on a father trying (and sometimes failing) to do right by his son. And Norse mythology – very cool.

March 7 – April 2

What a busy month! The highlights:

Joe Biden came to Kellogg! I enjoyed hearing him speak. His strongest part centered around what he believes have always been America’s key core strengths:

  1. A willingness to challenge tradition and status-quo
  2. An unyielding stream of immigrants (some of the best and brightest) from other countries

I agree with his stance and left the talk with a more positive impression of Joe (though I know he’s not perfect).

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My Business Innovation Lab team presented our findings to Hormel, our big client this quarter. The presentation went well and, while we were in Austin (Minnesota), we got to visit the SPAM museum. Turns out (surprise) I don’t like SPAM, but maybe I haven’t given it a fair shake?

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Finally, I flew back to Orlando with Ryan and his parents. His parents got to meet my family (O_O!). I think it went well. And of course we also did a bunch of wedding stuff including our food and cake tasting. Everything was delicious, and I am so excited for the wedding (food). I also locked in hair and makeup as well as music and invitations. But the real highlight, was hanging out with this special rascal:

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One more quarter of school and then I get my summer of writing 😉 (oh and moving and wedding and moving again)

PS – I also added a new page to my website where I plan to post writing resources I collect along my journey. Definitely check it out if you’re interested!