Under Construction

*This post might turn out to be long but stick with me — there’s something in it for you!

I’m sitting here trying to figure out a way to tell you what I’ve been doing since November 17 (the point at which I disappeared), but it’s all very slice-of-life stuff.

I got busy.

Family came to visit for Thanksgiving and that was a blast. And then we got sick and that was not a blast. Then there was everything that leads up to Christmas and it was all merry and bright. And then the boys were struck with something like the flu but they’ve had flu shots so not the flu exactly. And then I fell victim and it was most definitely the flu. And then it was two days before Christmas and pretty much the only person I had shopped for was Mia. Oops. And then it was Christmas and fa la la la la la la la la. And then we had a snowstorm, the end.

But what I really want to say…because this is my space (not to be confused with MySpace which I’m pretty sure is defunct by now) and I’m fairly confident there are approximately three people who read this blog…and my mom tells me that I should swallow my pride and let it out…

Taking a deep breath…

The last half of 2012 was not kind to us in the finance department. Things aren’t good and they’re only getting worse. So…I’ve been job hunting.

To give you some back story because I don’t think I have so far, I come from a publishing background. Children’s publishing specifically. I used to work at a literary agency in New York until we moved back to Indiana right before Mia was born. Since then, I’ve done some freelance writing and editing and manuscript critiquing. When I found out I was pregnant with baby number two (the twins thing would be a shock later), I had just finished a project that kept me busy for most of 2010. It was the perfect time to take a break and just be pregnant. Which turned out to be a grand plan because that pregnancy kicked my ass. And then the boys were born and, hello, who has time to work with infant twins?

Who has time to (insert any verb here) with infant twins?

So, a few months ago I decided we were finally in a good enough routine that I could get back to doing some freelance work. Imagine my surprise to find that a year and a half later most of my contacts can’t be found. I’m trying to network, and I think I’m making new contacts, but it’s slow going. Too slow for our circumstances. So, I’m now the proud owner of an updated resume that is currently circulating the WWW and probably not being seen by any real people anywhere.

So this is where you come in.

See? I told you there was something in it for you.

I need your help.

Okay, so not quite for you.

If you happen to know anyone in need of any writing, editing, copyediting, proofreading or manuscript reviewing work, I’m your girl. Likewise, if you’re in the Indianapolis area and you just happen to be looking for a detail-oriented, creative, reliable, dead-line driven and all around awesome professional, ahem, I’m right here.

So that’s that.

Another thing — you’ll probably notice the “personality” of this blog changing a bit in the near future. Though I’m still using this space as a “mommy blog” (ugh, I really don’t like that term), I’m also going to incorporate more material on writing and books. There will be some book reviews (mostly children’s books — picture books through YA), some discussion on current publishing trends, industry news, maybe some author interviews, who knows. I don’t really know what’s in store but I’m excited to find out.

Cheers to 2013!

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8 thoughts on “Under Construction

  1. now at home mom says:

    I’m glad you are back in the blogging world 🙂 glad to hear from you! 🙂 I am so sorry to hear about your situation and want to let you know that you are brave by writing this and that we are going through a similar situation at this moment. I left work because I used to log over 60 hours a week, which meant, I would spend a very small amount of time with my son, it’s been great but not financially. It has not been easy on the finance department for us, so I truly understand your situation 🙂 & I wish you the best of luck on finding work 🙂 & I truly hope this year will be much better for you guys! 🙂 At this moment, all you can do is stay positive and strong. I can’t wait to see how your blog will evolve 🙂 good luck in everything you want to accomplish this year 🙂

  2. Lara says:

    Thanks so much! It’s tough but at least we are able to spend this time with our babies while they’re so young. Wishing a happy everything to you and hoping 2013 is kinder to us both.

  3. kayfroebel says:

    I am glad to know I am not the only one who took a random MIA moment, it is a healthy thing to do every now and then! Is your genre of choice Children’s? Or do you dabble in multiple genres?

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