Friday, May 08, 2015

Let Me Tell You About April

Okay, this post is a little overdue. I couldn't post in April because I had the A to Z postsThen I had to squeeze in two pre-scheduled book posts and the IWSG post. Since I only blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, that means this is the first chance I've had to really talk to you!



So I wanted to tell you a few things that were going on behind the scenes as I struggled to get around to all your blogs each day. April was a crazy, crazy month. I'm not sure how I survived.



First we started shopping for houses...



Then we put an offer on a house. If you've ever bought a house, you know what followed that...



Finally the mortgage company had our entire life history on file and it was time for closing.



The last week of A to Z, we were packing. We started moving on May 1st and the movers showed up on May 2nd. I had an author event here on May 2nd...



And all the while, I was working my "day job" as a freelance writer. April brought three major writing firsts. I got my first piece on Cosmopolitan.com...



My first piece on GoodHousekeeping.com...



And my first piece on xoJane.



Oh, and I finished my second round of revisions on my 2016 chapter book, Piper Morgan Joins the Circus, and turned them in two days before we moved.



So when everyone else says, "April is over, it's time to rest," I say, "April is over...time to get going on my next big challenge!

How was your April?

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  1. Hooly dooly.
    I would have got bat-shit crazy if I had been forced to deal with all of that.
    You exemplify the old adage 'if you wan't something done, ask a busy person to do it for you'.
    Congratulations.

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    1. I think I hit a wall. Right now there are still boxes to unpack. How long will those boxes remain? Who knows! I have to go to Chattanooga for an author event tomorrow and I'm loaded down with writing assignments...so I'm just taking a pass on moving stuff but there's still SO much to do. We went from a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house to a three-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house, so you can imagine the number of essentials I need to go buy. I never realized how much more often you had to keep up with changing toilet paper rolls when you had three separate bathrooms!

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  2. Congratulations on the house and the three pieces! Wow, trying to pack with the Challenge going on - no thanks.
    With IWSG this week and everything I want to do with the site this month, I won't be relaxing much either. Just won't be going at the same pace as last month...

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    1. I'd say most of April was okay...we were still looking for a house when the month started. Then we bought this house and it started... The worst part was being in the middle of the workday and having to stop to track down yet one more piece of paper for the mortgage company.

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  3. OMG....congratulations to you, Stephanie! What an awesome bunch of accomplishments! Looking forward to hearing more.

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    1. Thank you! I'll look back and decide this was one of the best times of my life...but right now my mind is just spinning with all that needs to be done!

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  4. Wait, so you now have a new cassa?

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    1. More like a castle! It's three bedrooms, so it feels like one. I've lived in a 800 square foot house for the past nine years. The flood kept us there until the property values could recover from what the damage did to our neighborhood. We both work from home, so 800 square feet was tough, especially since my husband's job has him on the phone all day and my job has me needing to concentrate!

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    2. we really must insist that you put up photos of the new castle sometime soon :) That's about 300 square meters, methinks... that is considered a villa in my country.

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  5. Wow, lady, you had it going on! All of it, lol! Wishing you strong backs for the move, and congrats on the articles and 2nd revision!

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  6. And you're still smiling. You're amazing!

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    1. Am I smiling? Probably denial. I'm in denial that so much still needs to be done and, no, I shouldn't be back to work yet. I didn't want my clients to think they couldn't count on me, even when life was chaos, though...

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  7. I read all three of your big first articles on those sites--LOVED them (especially what not to tell a woman when she's turned 30!) my March was crazy like that...my fam almost had to move (our house went into pre-foreclosure and we had it up for sale to collect the remaining (almost non existent) equity...that's why I almost got an ulcer--I didn't know where I'd be living!) but in the end the bank took pity and lowered my parents' loan substantially...miracles can happen! So April was pretty calm and May has been good so far! As long as life is semi calm I'm happy!

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    1. I'm glad you got all that worked out. That sounds super stressful!

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  8. You sure had a ton going on and I know all about those stinkin forms, so many of the damn things it isn't funny. Congrats on the new house and all the publishes.

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    1. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. But when we do our taxes, we can just sign our name once and apply it by tapping on a screen for the rest of the process. That technology had better be in place the next time we buy a house! It's 2015, for heaven's sake, and we're still signing pieces of PAPER?

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  9. Wow, you had a very productive April! No chance to sit down and rest (much) during that month! Congrats on the house buying and moving, always an adventure, but once you are settled, its a great feeling! Congrats too on getting the pieces in the magazines that you did!

    betty

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    1. You know it's crazy when working feels like rest!

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  10. wow! go, superwoman, go!!! hoping the 'dust' is settling around you a bit by now1

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    1. I think I hit the wall. I have those boxes left to unpack. You know the ones...they stick around forever, with you saying, "I really need to finish unpacking those boxes!" I have to do something because I can't find my Kindle.

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  11. Sounds like a busy month. Congratulations on your new home and your publications!

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    1. Thank you, Sage. I need a week of quiet!

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  12. Oh wow Stephanie, I read your articles and I'm learning more about you. You don't need a super woman outfit to stand out from the rest. I have a lot of admiration for your sense of duty and your capacity to deliver. "You Rock" woman...
    Congratulations of so many achievements. I'll be looking for your name whenever I pick up a magazine.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you! Those were pretty enjoyable to write. The ones I write about Cisco routers and cold fusion feel more like work.

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  13. Yikes, I'm worn out just reading about your April. Moving is enough, but all that other stuff.

    My April was boring compared to yours.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  14. Wow Stephanie.. you had an overload April.... mine was NOT that busy... thank goodness.

    I hope the move went okay and things settle doe a bit. Kudos to all your firsts ♡

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  15. Holy Moly! I feel shame complaining about keeping up and I did not have all you had in April. You must feel a sense of accomplishment in getting all of this done. Moving is very stressful so at least now all you have to do is the unpacking. Congratulations on writing these pieces for big magazines(online). Now even more to do:)

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  16. My April was crazy busy and wonderful, too! You certainly did manage to accomplish a lot -- did it require gallons of caffeine?!

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  17. I finished the A - Z Challenge as well. On top of finishing one class and starting another on the same weekend! Exhausted. I know how you feel!

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  18. Wow, I'm breathless just reading this post! Congratulations on completing the Challenge with some pretty fantastic posts about the 1980s. Congratulations on your new home purchase. Congratulations on getting those articles in some very high-profile magazines. Congratulations on your book release and event. Whew! Did I miss anything?

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  19. Definitely not as hectic as yours. I think I would've started drinking again (diabetic) just to deal with all the stress/aggravation that goes with buying a house.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  20. Seems you've had quite a busy and hectic month. I am so glad I had the opportunity to read your A to Z posts and I enjoyed the blast to the past. I am very grateful to you for the time you put into helping with the challenge and am most appreciative of all your visits to my blog. I know you had so much on your plate and it was kind of you to stop by as often as you did. I hope we stay in touch now that the challenge is over

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  21. Yep, your April was busier than mine...

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  22. Hooray for the new home and three articles!
    You mean April is over? I'm still answering comments.

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  23. OMG, Steph. You've been kicking some serious writing butt (on top of the house move).
    You go, woman.

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  24. Okay, you are Superwoman. No doubt about it.

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  25. Holy cow! I hope you're taking some time to rest and relax now, at least for a little bit. You deserve it. Congratulations on all the wonderful things April brought you!

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    you have a lovely blog,
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  27. Wow, that's a lot. I'm glad you were able to do it all. Congrats on all the article sales.

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  28. Oh wow, you have been busy! Congratulations on finishing the challenge, on top of everything else you had to do! I hope the house move went smoothly :)!

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  29. Happy Mother's Day, Steph:)

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  30. Congratulations on the challenge. My April, best forgotten, have high hopes for May, Stephanie :0)

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  31. A nightmare month indeed. I can well remember the pressure of house buying even though it was nineteen years ago now. Anyway, lets hope this month is less crazy.

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  32. What an April you had! Congratulations on those major writing accomplishments! Can't wait to see what you do in May.... :)

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  33. WOW! Sounds like a very eventful month for you, Stephanie, and I hope things are quieting down a bit. Congrats on closing on your house and on all of those articles! I'm off to read the Cosmo one since my 30th is coming up later this year!!! :)

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  34. HOW did you find the time for all that?? I'm tired just reading it!

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  35. We are also buried in mortgage paperwork. That consumes every moment, and I'm not even writing a book.

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  36. Holy cow! I can't imagine all that you had going on at once in the month of April! I am tired just hearing about it. I am glad everything went well. Congrats on the house and writing. :)
    ~Jess

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