Howdy Hi!

Hey there guys!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I thought I’d give everyone an update for those of you who may have wondered where I’ve been.

A few months ago, the GREAT CRASH of 2011 wiped my computer clean. According to my husband I had a faulty harddrive and it was like it reformatted itself. Meaning…”say goodbye to everything!” *sigh* After crying, throwing things, and finally coming to terms with the fact that most of my edits and rewrites to my manuscript were gone *gasp*, along with all my pictures and other important documents, I invested in SOS Online Backup so that won’t happen again. I know, I know, I should have been backing my stuff up from the beginning, but I thought I was. For some reason my computer stopped doing backups almost a year prior. *points to self* TECHTARD!

Since the Great Crash, I haven’t installed twitter on my computer and I have to admit that I like not having the distraction. I can still see tweets on my phone, so I sometimes chime in on a conversation or answer my @’s, but even though I don’t play on there as much as I did in the past, I’m still around. So, if anyone needs to get a hold of me then the best way is through email.

Fictionista started a fresh new round of workshops that I’m a moderator in, along with helping the new authors adjust to the stringent demands of honest critique. So, between revamping my computer, Fictionista, and my writing, I haven’t had much time to wipe my nose, let alone post on my website.

When I started this website I had lofty goals of puting out a newsletter that focused on writing, reading, critiquing, reviewing, interviews with guest authors, book reviews, etc. However, that was quickly put on the back burner when I became more involved with Fictionista. My goals changed and I figured I could be more help to new authors by working closely with them in a more formal setting. If you are an author, writing original fiction, and want to know more information about Fictionista, please drop me a line and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. The experience has opened my eyes to why most manuscripts hit the slush pile and how to avoid it. Let’s just hope that I’ve learned enough to keep my own manuscript out of that pile of despair.

I am also participating in NaNoWriMo next month, in which I plan on beating the snot out of my friend Erica in word count. Yes, this is just a bit of friendly goading, and for some reason the more smack we talk to each other the more motivated we become. LOL. If anyone else is up to a friendly little competition for NaNo, then shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to whip your tushy, too. *wink* My goal for NaNo is 80,000 words, which is pretty dang lofty since I’m only writing M-Fri, but I’m going to try really hard to meet those goals. What are yours?

Thanks for still sticking around through my absense. I promise not to disappear for another seven months. Next time I post it’ll be about something more interesting than a boring ol’ update. Now that I reread it, this post reminds me of one of those stupid Christmas letters you get from Aunt Marge every year telling you how her cat is doing. :) I promise to do better in the future.

Toodles,
Annalyse

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