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Hey guys! I hope everyone here is doing well.

I try to comment as often as I can on all of your journals. I definitely read everyone's even if I don't always leave a note (to wit: one of you is going to Budapest, several of you are excelling in the martial arts, just about all of you are killing it at APAD this year, one of you is exhausted from applying to lengthy job apps at night, someone has had a migraine forever and one of you is doing great with a new form of braiding clay on EBay). I realized that I pretty much never make personal posts, so it probably seems as if I am never around, and I have stopped posting stories here, which really cuts down on my LJ presence. But I'm still hanging out here more than it might seem.

In my personal life, I'm having a lot of troubles with my hands. I don't want to get into a long medical post, but it makes it difficult to comment individually or as effusively as I'd like. But with time and patience I'm working on typing, and I am looking into voice software to help with that.

In more fun news, I'd like to announce that my website is working. It's been up for awhile, but there are still some flaws in it, so I've been hesitant to ask anyone to visit. But then I figured there's no time like the present, and also it would help if I got some feedback from people who are clicking around to point out bugs or who could give suggestions for useage. So I am going to be posting my stories there from now on, and I am inviting everyone to read my work there. I would be delighted if you'd come over and check it out! You don't have to sign up, but if you do it would also be great for me to know how that whole system works. It's completely free, and all of my 200+ stories are there in a library. I update as regularly as possible, with the exception of work that is awaiting publication or that I have signed a contract on.

I'm not trying to bug anyone or guilt anyone into anything; it's always bothered me when friends use their connections to ask people to buy things from them. This is NOT the case here, and no one should feel pressured to go to the site. I'm not tracking anyone or anything like that! It's just to let you know that I'm transitioning my work to my own independent place, and if you are interested in following me there, that would be great! Please check out Keppiehed.com if you like what I'm doing and don't be shy about sending feedback!

Also: I am interested in the idea of an agent. I know some of you have been down that path and I was wondering if you had any advice/feedback/recommendations in that regard. I have met a few in the course of my publishing who might be okay to deal with, but I thought I would pick your collective brain first and see if you've had a good experience or if you have any words of wisdom on how to proceed in this case. I am not too proud to admit that this is out of my area of expertise. So any advice is appreciated.

I hope everyone is well, and you guys have a great day!


Apr. 24th, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
Love, love the header on your website. That's fab. Good for you.

I have tried to get an agent a couple of times to no avail. Maybe someone else has had better luck and can give us both tips!

I'm sorry about your trouble with your hands. I hope it isn't too awful and that things improve. :(
Apr. 24th, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks! I'm glad you like the look of it!

Well, you are proof of success without an agent, so if you don't need one, then maybe I can just keep working at it the old fashioned way! But ugh, soooo hard.

And thanks about my hands. I have a rare syndrome called EDS which is kind of nasty. It makes all of my connective tissue fall apart, basically. I'm pretty practical about it most of the time, but now that the handicap is extending to my hands it's a bummer. But it's better than when I was writing everything out longhand! I'm such a Luddite! We really do live in a fascinating age. I just have to step into the twenty-first century and learn to take advantage of it all!
Apr. 24th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't call myself any sort of success! :)

EDS sounds awful! I'm so sorry! You sound so positive about it that I'm in awe.
Apr. 24th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
You're definitely a success! You had a book published, and you write the most beautiful prose!

I was born with EDS, so I don't really know any other way of existing. It doesn't feel like I am missing out on anything, only when something breaks and then I have to get used to some new restraint. I have a harder time dealing with my son (who is autistic), so I really need to have more grace about that situation! I feel like life is telling me to learn patience, but I am not a very good student!
Apr. 26th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
You're very kind. Thank you.

It sounds to me like you need a support group... and to write a memoir! What a life. Do you have help with your son?
May. 2nd, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
Ah, there's no way I could write a memoir! It's so much more interesting to write fiction. And I don't have help with my son, other than to say that my husband works so that I can stay home and care for him. I know not everyone is in that position and I am grateful for that. It would be impossible to have to work and also try to meet his needs. I don't know how others moms do that. :(
May. 22nd, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know how they do it either.

You could totally write a memoir. I have a book here that I used when writing mine. It's called The Memoir and the Memoirist. You should get it. It's a good read for one, but it's also a great resource.

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