Everything that happens now is happening now

Grieving is such a powerful emotion. I grieved so heavily for society as the pandemic unfolded. It fucked me UP, to say the least. I tried to stay positive and worked hard to be functional. I stayed healthy through the lockdowns but briefly danced with Covid during the worst of the Omicron strain. I’m thrilled that my asthma didn’t worsen the whole situation. I got the first shots and 1 booster. I was so worried as we all learned what was happening with the disease that it would lay me out for weeks. But I honestly bounced back within a few days with no lasting symptoms. Someone’s looking out for me.

I started a new job that I’m enjoying immensely. I pivoted into tech journalism. It’s been a learning experience that I wouldn’t replace for anything. And that’s why I took it. Being a professional writer means you shouldn’t give the cold shoulder to an opportunity. Trust me when I say you must humble yourself and find a way in if you want to be a writer. You’d be surprised at what happens when you do.

I’m venturing back into the world, planning trips and seeing friends I hadn’t seen in years. We all take those things for granted, don’t lie to yourself. As introverted as I am, I crave human connection as profoundly as anybody, pre- and post-pan de sal.

I’m grateful to my wonderful boyfriend of five years, my senior-aged dog, and my fiercely independent family. I wouldn’t be here if not for any of them.

Suppose I had to summarize my professional life. On top of my full-time job, I’m freelance writing here at Makata and on Writeropolis Industries, copy editing for Epifania Magazine, and publishing new episodes of the City of Writers podcast.

Currently working on:

  • Refreshing my sites one by one after stepping away for most of 2022.
  • Preparing content for season 3 of City of Writers.
  • Reconfiguring the content calendar for my sites.

Short-Term Plans:

Long-Term Plans:

  • Turning Writeropolis Industries into a paying publication.
  • Attending a CCW class with my mother.
  • Clearing out my storage drive of assorted ideas.
  • Create an LLC.
  • Save up for a house.
  • Visit Japan on my 40th birthday.
  • Self-publishing my three poetry collections – Regina, Ars Amatoria, and Roadside Afflictions.
  • Visit the remaining missions in California: San Antonio de Padua, San Miguel Arcángel, San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, La Purísima Concepción, Santa Inés, Santa Barbara, San Gabriel Arcángel, San Juan Capistrano.

Fini:

  • Visit San Buenaventura. completed November 2022
  • Visit San Fernando Rey de España. Completed October 2022
  • Dive into my Anaphora Arts residency. completed August 2022
  • Purchasing a pro account at SoundCloud. completed August 2020
  • What to focus on for a Writeropolis YouTube and/or podcast. completed July 2020
  • Building a Silent Book Club for Las Vegas. completed July 2020
  • Writing a tutorial on utilizing WordPress multisite for a fanlisting collective as I’ve done with Sunday Blues. completed May 2020
  • Finish reposting content from the previous incarnation of Raconteuse. completed February 2020
  • Creating reusable and “on brand” social media images for all projects. completed February 2020
  • Moving over to https for my domains. completed January 2020
  • I’m about 3 months away from paying off my car. completed December 2019
  • Obtaining my First Aid/CPR/AED certification through the American Red Cross. completed September 2019