“I’m Back, Bay-Bee!”

Hello there, friends!

Yeah. It’s been a while. If you’ve hung around for this long, I ought to congratulate you for your faith in me. There have been several months where I haven’t had any faith in myself, but I think I’m ready to try and really pick this blogging thing up again.

I’ve spent this mid-morning and early afternoon metaphorically cleaning the dust off this site and updating some links. I also figured out how to do a little slideshow thing on the front page, so I’m proud of that too. I know I’ve promised and failed repeatedly on providing more consistent post and things, but this go around I am really going to try and make the effort to keep you all in the loop of my escapades as an author.

And there have been some great escapades amidst my radio silence! I’ve finally sent my novel, Haywood Micaye, out to some agents to see if I can get a hit and get this thing published. Not only that, but some exciting opportunities to get my work out in the world have come up in the last few weeks as well, and as those things get finalized I’m looking forward to telling you all about them.

These past few days, I’ve been really proud of myself as an author. If you know me, this feeling can be sort of rare, as I’m the sort of person who can be pretty critical of myself and my work and for a while I thought my career was really stuck in the mud. However, I’ve looked back on the things I have done and my recent accomplishments, and I can’t help but feel proud of it all, really. I have a plan of what I’m doing creatively figured out now, and with every new project I get to tackle I get this feeling of immense satisfaction.

I think part of my issue was the fact that I had been so stuck on my novel I didn’t really allow myself much time to think about anything else. Now that the thing is moving on to the next steps, however, I feel sort of liberated. I feel like I’m now allowed and free to do all of these small projects and events.

I’ll admit, I’ve already started plotting my next novel (and oh boy, this will be a doozy in the best way possible). And I’m really excited to sink my teeth into it and really start working on it. But for now,  I have some short stories and novellas I’ll be working on over the next couple weeks and months. And that’s okay with me.

It feels nice to be out of this somewhat depressive rut I’ve been grinding in for the past couple months. And it feels nice to be blogging again, even though this is a short post. But it’s a start, and that’s enough for me. It’s good to see I still have some folks on board with me on this crazy journey.

I’ll be giving you guys some longer posts to dig real soon.

Until next time,

Ashlynne

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