Oops, It’s February

Dang, guys. DANG. It’s February already.

I so totally didn’t get to all the creative writing related or blogging related things I wanted done. For some reason, I decided to spend January actually getting my work life together. Well, actually, I spent January trying to figure out what getting my work life together actually means. First, I decided that it meant I had to work a crap ton, so I went job hunting. I got two jobs. Now I’m back to one job. Well played, universe. Lesson learned.

Then, my boyfriend and I had a mutual discussion about how we’re really just friends and we ended up breaking up. I think maybe we’re going to stay roommates, too, which is great, because I would hate to have to learn to live with someone all over again right now. Of course, being this close to Valentine’s Day is a drag, but that’s just the way the spaghetti fork turns.  (My boyfriend, I mean my ex-boyfriend, I mean my friend, hates it when I cook spaghetti, so that was me being a smart-ass.)

I did my taxes. They were boring. I thought Trump was supposed to make doing taxes more entertaining?

After I did my taxes, I sat down and I got caught up on submissions for Likely Red Magazine. Well, sort of. I’m still piecing together some potential acceptances into an issue before I send out the acceptance letters. Gotta be sure, you know?

So, that was my January. Here’s what I know now: I’m good with customers but not good in retail or fast food anymore. Also, there are two places I’ll live in a cardboard box before going back to work for. I won’t name them, but one’s in fast food and one’s in retail.

So, now I’m job hunting for a job that I can do that maybe involves people but not retail or fast food.

I got an interview for a clerk position at a school. I didn’t get the job, but I’ve decided that I want something like that. So, I applied for a bunch of education administration, office administration, and coordinator positions. Then I thought maybe sales or something. I don’t drive, so I can’t do door-to-door, but I could do like, insurance or something. Whatever. I’ll figure it out. I will let you all know how that goes. You know, maybe.

I’m also thinking Receptionist, Coordinator, person who says hi and smiles at you until you pick a direction to start walking in, and possibly a bartender, if I could learn to to make drinks. There’s a one-night Mixology course this month at UofL, according to my alumni association email. If I can scrounge up the $35, I’ll go.

I did manage to get some clients for my freelance editing gig. If I could get some more of those, like enough to pay my rent and support my coffee habits, I’d be all set.

I wrote very few words this week.

I worked very little on my own writing off and on in between other tasks as the month went by. I’ve managed to get somewhat of a short story about some guys who sell their horses to a nut. I’ve also got some working drafts of two short-short stories. I’m still editing them for submission.

I got a few rejection letters this month, but only for old stuff. I think I’m going to force myself to only show the rejection letters I get for my new stuff, that way I actually write new stuff. Yes, that makes sense. I’m gonna do that.

Oh. Right. I got asked to do an interview about editing over at Shawn PB Robinson’s blog. Definitely check that out. It was fun. Great guy. Fun to work with. Helpful blog, too.

You can read my fiction that I’ve posted on my blog here.

You can submit to Likely Red Magazine for free for the month of February while the allotted amount of free submissions holds out here. Update: The allotted amount of free submissions has been filled. Likely Red stays open to submissions year-round with a submission fee, and a little birdie told me that we’ll open back up for free submissions again in May.

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I’m going job hunting.