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Wow, I forgot I even had this blog (as you can tell by the five-year gap in posts). But since I need a blog to link to my in-development writer’s site, this one will do just fine.

Lots has happened in the five years since I wrote my last post. I started a new job as a marketing writer, and am now also the managing editor of my division’s client magazine, circulation 36,000 (love, love, LOVE that part of the job–I can set my inner control freak free). The jerk of a downstairs neighbor I referred to in my first post moved out a few months ago, so the world has (to its unending gratitude, I’m sure) been deprived of my rants about how the space he takes up in the universe would be better given to someone who actually has a soul; warnings about how, if Mr. Bud and I turn up dead, to check downstairs first; and my promises that, if said neighbor was sprawled on the side of the road injured and bleeding with vultures pecking his eyes out, I’d wave cheerily and drive on by. Ooh, there, see? You’ve just been caught up on it all in the Cliff Notes version. Less angst for you, residual catharticism (yes, I like to make up words) for me.

Most important (well, to me, anyway), I’ve started writing again. For a few years after my mom became ill, and especially after she passed away in 2006, other than my writing for work I just couldn’t pick up a pen. Er, keyboard.

But in mid-2010 my friend Shelley and I cooked up a scheme to write a fluffy chick lit-type book (she’d plot, I’d write). And we actually finished it! Sent it out to agents and everything! Only to find out that chick lit is supposedly dead! So it didn’t get published! And rightfully so, looking back on it! But hey, I wrote, and–most importantly for the Queen and Almighty Supreme Empress of The Kingdom of Startem and Dropem–completed a freakin’ book! And then wrote and finished a second one! And actually plotted about half of this one myself! And I’m starting to query on it as we speak! And now, I’m working on a third one! That’s a total trash and rewrite of the first one! Which had some great characters, but all the agent feedback we got on it said the story was way too cliched! And it was!

So there will be updates coming on not only the progress of the second book’s queries, but on the third book’s development. And lots more, too. For instance, at the suggestion of my work posse, Pam, Cathy, and Angela (aka The Girls of Megacube–the 2013 calendar will be on sale soon, guys), I want to start a regular feature we’ve dubbed “Linda’s Tiger Beat Crush of the Week,” in which I will channel my inner 50+-year-old teenybopper and highlight my current celebrity crush (I have lots of them, not to mention an EXTREMELY patient and tolerant and wonderful husband, the aforementioned Mr. Bud, who will probably be the subject of future posts, too, heh, heh, heh, thank God he’s not much of an online guy). My celebrity crushes in many cases are the inspiration for the characters in my writing, so when the books are finally published you can already have a picture of them in your mind (and trust me–they’re all hot, because I have REALLY good taste. You’re welcome).

Oh, and I may even include some non-mind-meltingly fluffy posts, for those of you who prefer some substance with your drivel.

So we have lots of fun planned, kids. Make sure you tune in regularly. This time, I promise it won’t be five years till the next post.

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