The celebration of Yuletide is the perfect opportunity to quietly reflect on the past year and prepare for new beginnings!

Though 2017 was full of many global trials and tribulations, it was overall a very good year to me personally. Three of my big life goals were finally achieved:

  • I accepted a job as a technical writer! Being a professional writer in both a full-time and freelance capacity has always been a dream of mine that was granted at the beginning of the year. Another career related milestone was being offered a position as an editorial intern at Entangled Publishing, which has already taught me a great deal about the submission process of a major publishing house.
  • I moved to Colorado, a beautiful place full of adventure! I live only an hour away from Rocky Mountain National Park and so far have gone up into the mountains every weekend. Organizations like Girls who Hike and Mountain Chicks have given me the chance to meet some really amazing women adventurers!
  • I was admitted into the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing for Popular Fiction! Earlier this year, I attended a workshop at the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction, hosted by Tina Connolly, and absolutely loved the experience. I’ve taken creative writing workshops before (both in-person and online) and their format works really well for me, and so I decided to officially pursue that path for graduate study. I am eagerly counting down the days until my first residency in January!

There are still many challenges to overcome. My biggest goal for 2018 is to complete my YA manuscript that I began this June. It has evolved into something exciting and will hopefully be one of my first semester projects at Stonecoast, and I feel very confident that this is something I can definitely achieve. Moving to the mountains has taught me that all it takes is one step at a time to reach my destination – and with patience and persistence, I always do.

Jess at Dream Lake
Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park


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