Well, it's been a good minute since I've written anything here. Time has been whirling past, it seems, and it seems to move faster as the years go by. That said, it's somehow the middle of 2018, Reese is almost finished with his program, and soon we'll start the next chapter, wherever that may be.
In April I had the lovely fortune to be able to visit with family and friends back in Seattle. After seven months of seeing people via video chat, it was great to talk to people in person; share drinks and meals together at the same table.
While I was in town, I got to catch up with a friend of mine, Dan, who recently started a new website called Pleb Story. While it's a strange thing reading about yourself through someone else's perspective, I am honored that he asked me to be his first guest and look forward to seeing who else gets featured in the future.
I also had the particular privilege of photographing one of my best friend's wedding. It was one of the most special days filled with love, friends, and family. Though I wish I had more time for my visit, I'm really thankful that I got to be present for some wonderful moments.
Creatively speaking, the last few months have been some of my favorite. I've immersed myself in my writing in a different way than I have in the past. One of the most rewarding things has been discovering my own style, the way I like to put string words together and create the fictional people and places that are in my head. A lot of that has to do with reading other good writers. At the top of my list right now are Lauren Groff, Roxane Gay, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (in no particular order). All three of them write such authentic, complex, compelling, interesting women. They weave stories that are thought provoking, bizarre, and evocative. I'm grateful to have them in my life, or at least my library, while I continue to find my own literary voice.
And this brings me to my biggest life update - starting in September, I'll be attending University of Glasgow's Creative Writing program working towards my master's degree. It's really rewarding that the all of the work I put in these last few years is starting to pay off.
Now it's back to working on some edits for stories I'm supposed to submit.