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I've been posting my stories at my website, but I have been forgetting to post links here. I'm not sure if anyone is interested in reading my work, but I'll remember to post the links to my site here just in case. This is a continuation of the story of Aladdin (the one from A THousand and One Nights) called The Echo of Eons: http://www.keppiehed.com/includes/story/library.php?sid=231l11698. I wrote it for Zimbell House Publishing, which has some really great opportunities for writers, if any of you are interested: contests/submissions here!

I know I've been really absent lately; the start of the school year seems like it has been rocky this time! I'm buried under conflicting kids schedules/illnesses/etc. In happy news, I was asked to join the staff of Bedlam Publishing in a newly created position as submissions editor! So I am really thrilled about that. We're just beginning the process of looking through submissions for the third issue of Loud Zoo, their online literary magazine, so I have my hands full with that job. It's been a daunting but educational experience. I hope I'm doing a good job. Eeek!

I'm also keeping my chin up about writing. It comes and goes as far as rejections and acceptances are concerned (as you guys know!) so it's important to keep going with it. I've only had eleven acceptances this year, which feels a bit like a loss somehow, but the year isn't over yet.

In unrelated news, I just got back from a great trip to Stratford, Ontario. For those of you who don't know Stratford, it is known for its outstanding repertory theater, most notably their excellent Shakespeare productions. I was invited to take a trip with my sister and her friend, a world famous Shakespeare webcomic artist. We had a wonderful time! Stratford had a fantastic season this year, and I was able to see two shows: an avante garde production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Gershwin's Crazy For You. I can't praise them enough; they were just phenomenal. To say I rarely get out is an understatement, but these made up for the lack. I feel fortified enough to dance through winter now. Here I am basking like a queen in hotel room and another pic of me with a random gnome on a street in Stratford:

me on bed in Stratford
me and a garden gnome in Stratford

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the fall season, especially if you live somewhere with beautiful foliage. Take care of yourselves! <3


Oct. 23rd, 2014 08:11 am (UTC)
I have spent the last year grieving (lots), travelling (not enough), still not writing (that may not return), working (too much) and building a new house.
Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
I've gone through two very different periods of grief. In the first, I lost the ability to read, which was pretty shocking to me, since I had been an avid lifelong reader. I'm talking a habit of 3 books a week. It actually took me awhile to connect it to the fact that I was grieving, or that it was something that was not coming back for awhile. I'm still not the reader I was. When I was grieving the second time, I couldn't seem to stop writing about it, which was a little embarrassing since I pride myself on being a pretty private person. What I learned from that whole thing is that (for me) I guess that it's a completely demolishing, unexpected, uncontrollable process that just knocks you off your feet and however you get through it, as long as you get through it on your feet by the end, that's all that matters. I can't tell you how much you have my sincerest sympathy for what you're going through and I wish you speedy healing as you find your new footing.

As for the rest, you have my admiration; I have always been a homebody, so I love to hear about people who have the guts to travel. I knew that you were building a house and I'd love to see pics of how it's coming if you ever get the chance. That sounds like a lot of work, but also a rewarding process by the time it's all said and done.

Take time to take care of yourself, lady! Don't work too hard! *hugs*

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