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Hello, dear friends, fellow writers, and random people from the internet who’ve stumbled upon my blog…

It’s been a minute since I posted, but not for lack of ‘thinking about writing a blog post’ effort. If posts written in my head counted for content, I’d be the most prolific blogger ever. Alas, those words have struggled to get onto your screen.

My last post was 3 months ago. I was halfway through NanNoWriMo and having fun streaming my progress.

A lot has happened in the few short months since NaNoWriMo 2022!

  • Completed (won) NaNo with approx 63k words.
  • Promptly scrapped half those words.
  • Began rewriting my NaNo project after revising the outline (WooHoo!).
  • Interpersonal conflict and drama.
  • Workplace conflict and drama.
  • Regular depression.
  • Seasonal depression.
  • Nintendo Switch and ACNH for xmas! I HAVE A NEW ADDICTION.
  • Back to seasonal depression.
  • Workplace changes.
  • A few chapters written.
  • Beta reading other peoples writing! YAY!
  • Existential crisis.
  • A few more chapters written.
  • Heavy snowfall.
  • Wait, how are we already 2 months into the new year!? AUGHHHGHGHGHGHG!
  • Finally on the final few chapters of my WIP.

In between trying to work on my own projects, I was critiquing others’ writing, and I did the February Motley Writers Guild blog post: 10 Romance Tropes Readers Love (with examples!).

The last 4(ish) months have been a whirlwind, some of it good, some of it bad, some of it life changing in ways I wish my life wasn’t changed — but it’s all room for me to grow as a person and as a writer/professional/mom/sentient ball of anxiety.

Which brings us to now…

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With one cat at my feet, another on my lap, and a third close by (waiting to pounce), I sit in my writing nook overlooking a very snowy yard, and I feel… Hopeful. Which is a difficult feeling to have in this, the age of pandemics, right-wing extremists, and looming climate catastrophe.

Want to know what I feel hopeful about?

Of course you do! That’s why you’re reading my blog!

Em Van Moore, Cat Owner & Human Woman

I am hopeful for changes I can make in my life, and the lives of others.

We just launched Services for hire through the Motley Writers Guild, and I can utilize my hidden superpower: Knowing what’s wrong with other peoples writing, while still struggling with my own (please don’t judge my critiquing abilities by my informal blog!).

I am starting a new job in an area I am really passionate about.

My kids are potty trained at 2.5 years old, and I did it in 4 days! (I’ll write a post about it if enough people want to hear the story)

The world is making great strides in the effort to move away from fossil fuels and curb our emissions. Check out this great article about Positive Environmental Stories from 2022.

And most important of all….

My senior cat gained 0.20 kgs.

I know that doesn’t seem like much, but he’s been steadily losing weight since my other senior cat (his BFF for 16 years) passed away last year. He lost half his body weight in 7 months. I’ve spent thousands on tests and procedures to try and diagnose his issue, and now he’s on a special diet, getting treatment, and seems to be perking up. After seeing that scale number get lower and lower every month, I cried when it went up by 0.20 kg.

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So now that things are improving…

(And my website is being hosted by myself and I don’t have to worry about it)

I’m back to writing!

And critiquing!

And drawing/painting!

With any luck, you’ll be seeing more posts from me in the future. Yes, I know I promised that last time…but this time I mean it 😉

So stay tuned for whatever it is I decide to blog about next…

Will it be a banana bread recipe?

A book review?

Creative writing?

My mid-life crisis?

Who knows! But I’m sure it will be vaguely interesting, and totally worth reading in the time it takes for you to go to the bathroom.

Best wishes and snowflake kisses,




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