April Updates

April 30, 2018

April was quite an eventful month – A press trip to Mexico, two writing competitions, several freelance assignments, a wedding, a 95th birthday party, and caring for my pup going through heartworm treatments while also (unsuccessfully) trying to move into our new house.


Freelance News


I went on a press trip with four other writers to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We stayed and volunteered at the Centro Infantil de Los Angeles which provides free daycare services for low income families. It was truly an eye-opening and enlightening experience that I will certainly remember forever. If you're interested in hearing more about my trip, stay tuned because I'm working on some upcoming articles for a few different online publications.


I picked up writing gigs for two new print publications here in Ocean City – Sunny Day Guide and Coastal Style Magazine.


A story I wrote about the Ocean City food scene was accepted by Eat Your World, an online foodie publication.


I’ve also been working hard to expand my creative/personal writing portfolio, so this month I submitted several pieces for consideration to various publications. I received one rejection letter, but I am hopeful about those submissions which are still pending. Here’s the running list:


  • Delmarva Review – ‘Stolen Passion’ – Rejected

  • Gone Dogs Anthology – ‘Maxie’ – TBD

  • Baltimore Review – ‘Wards End’ – TBD

  • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul – ‘Sweet Stanley’ – TBD


I also competed in two writing contests this month:


  • Fiction Wars – ‘Generational Monster’ – TBD

  • NYC Midnight Screenplay Writing Competition – ‘Unshaken Murderer’ – TBD


In the Pipeline



I’ll be working on some longer-term pieces with Coastal Style, so stay tuned for upcoming content!


I also plan to submit a piece for the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest. The judges will review all submissions and select a certain number of stories to be featured in their ‘Beach Fun’ anthology. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my story will be chosen!


Personal Updates


Sadly, we are still not moved into our new house yet, but we are hoping to move in later this week. Moral of the story: Never hire Lowe’s for home projects. We regrettably chose to use them for our kitchen remodel because they were significantly cheaper than other local companies. Little did we know that our project manager would ghost us, our designer would fail to order the correct pieces or give us accurate drawings for our laborers, and almost every other Lowe’s team member would outwardly not care about the status of our seemingly never-ending project.


We are now almost two months behind schedule. After reviewing many other complaints online, I’ve come to the conclusion Lowe’s has company culture issues on the national level. Buyer beware – go somewhere else for home projects!


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