Lots and Lots Going On!!

Hi Everyone-

Wow, it has been a crazy few weeks! I haven’t even had a chance to read Harry Potter recently, that’s how busy I’ve been. How are you all doing out there? Staying warm? Try to stay warm. Be safe. Wear layers and warm socks.

Since things are so busy, I thought I’d share some highlights, basically in bullet form:

-I got promoted on the suicide hotline from volunteer to supervisor! This is a big deal for me. I have been volunteering there since 2012 and logged over 300 hours. It’s something I do weekly and care passionately about. I had a chat with the director about things I thought we could do to improve the hotline and get more visibility and he was very interested in my suggestions. It looks like I will be getting more involved there and I couldn’t be happier! For those of you who don’t know, I volunteer for imalive.org, the world’s first text-based crisis hotline. It’s like gchat, only with trained volunteers! We are actively trying to spread the word and get more volunteers, so I will be writing more about my work there and the things we do. Check out the website if you’re interested: https://www.imalive.org/

-I got hired as a freelancer for BuddyTV.com! It’s not a website I was familiar with, but they do a lot of traffic. It’s a big everything-TV website that has recaps, polls, op-eds, and news about pretty much every TV show under the sun (but not Call the Midwife…yet. I am still working on them to convince them there’s a following!). The recaps are posted 1-2 hours after the show is over, so it’s a very quick turnaround. It’s a high-octane writing experience, but I like the adrenaline rush. Please check out my first piece on “Empire” (which honestly, if you’re not watching you should be. I really really like it and I think it’s important to watch shows that are not aimed at you demographically. There are tons of crazy guest stars like Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Hudson, Patti LaBelle, and Courtney Love! It’s breaking records for viewership on FOX!): http://www.buddytv.com/articles/empire/empire-recap-can-the-lyon-55789.aspx

-I am doing a presentation for Watson’s Tin Box, my Sherlock Holmes society! They asked if anyone could do a presentation on pirates. Since this is likely the only time anyone will ever be clamoring for my expertise in a piratical-themed emergency, I readily assented. I am VERY NERVOUS because many members of this club are huge bigwigs in the Sherlockian world. I myself am very new to the club and don’t want to seem impertinent. Hopefully it all goes well! I have been doing a lot of research. I will probably publish my notes here after the presentation next month, so stay tuned!

-My pirate book is going well! I have to have my formal proposal to my agent by 3/13 so I am writing like the wind on it. That takes up the bulk of my day, and all these other things happen either very early or very late at night. 🙂 And sometimes I see my husband, too!

I love you all and wish you warm and happy thoughts 🙂

-Laura

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