New Year, New Path, New Blog
Thank you SO much for checking out my new blog! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Jenna P – retired blogger from the awesome Bad Girlz Write. If you haven’t checked them out, you definitely should. Lots of great advice on writing, fashion, and the latest men of Marvel. Oh, and the Bad Girlz also happen to be amazing authors too. Check them out!
This being my first official blog on my own, I wanted to let you know a little about me and a little about what you can expect from my new blog going forward. But first off, I want to wish my amazingly talented daughter, “Spot-acus,” a happy birthday! How fitting it is that 12 years ago today I set off on a new journey as I became a mom, and today my new journey begins as a solo blogger. I have to say, I’m equally as scared today as I was then.
In case you are wondering, no, we are not cruel parents and no she is not a dog. All her lovely freckles earned her the nickname “Spot” on her gymnastics team, and since she is such a warrior on the Floor (and a little independent and stubborn at home) we’ve upgraded her to “Spot-acus.” Sounds a little more Unstoppable than Fetch, don’t you think? Spot just started her season as a Level 6 gymnast last weekend in Orlando and she did great, taking First place on Floor and Third on Vault!
My youngest daughter, “Minnie,” earned her nickname because she looks just like me. Minnie is also an amazing gymnast. She is the reigning Level 2 Vault and All-Around NC state champion in her age bracket (YAY)! Minnie is my girly girl, my tender heart, and my free spirit. Her and her sister couldn’t be more different, but I couldn’t love either one of them any more than I do!
I’ve been married to my husband, whom I shall call The Accountant, for 15 years. He is my best friend, my hero, and my second half. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive partner as I climb through the trenches of this sometimes unforgiving industry, or ask for a better pancake maker. (Seriously — best pancakes EVER).
Okay, so enough doting on my family. Thank you for enduring. So what about me?
I’m a roadway engineer by day, women’s fiction writer by night (and sometimes early mornings). I love alternative music, The Walking Dead, insane roller coasters, Disney, and college football (Go Buckeyes!). I’m known to be a little sarcastic (not jerk sarcastic…funny sarcastic like Chandler Bing), and I tend to tell it like it is rather than sugar coat it. I suffer from RBF (resting bitch face), but I SWEAR I’m a super nice person and totally approachable! If you see me at a conference standing off in a corner it’s not because I think I’m better than anyone, it’s just because I’m a total introvert and I’m giving myself a little pep talk. Before I die, I want to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climb a volcano (preferably one that’s inactive), see my great grandchildren get married, and –oh yeah – get published!
As for what you can expect to read about here, well there’s all of that – my insane life as a gym mom, the funny nuances of being an introvert, my constant comparisons to FRIENDS episodes – but also, and probably more so, my adventures of being a writer. We’ll talk craft, business, women’s fiction, time management, and share in all the ups and the downs of the industry. I hope to have guest bloggers on to tell you about their new releases and to give more insight than just mine. But my main goal with this blog is to connect with other writers and women’s fiction readers (and maybe a few fellow gym moms, introverts, alternative music fans, and college football lovers). So I hope that you will come back and visit me, leave me a few comments, and help make this blog a place where writers and readers can go to discover someone or something new!
Who makes it happen? YOU make it Happen!