What’s been happening in my life recently?

Well, how far back do you want me to go? I used to write a yearly update letter that I sent out to friends and family around the holidays, but I haven’t done that in at least a ¬†couple years, maybe longer. And there’s so much to say! Let me see if I can boil it down to just a few bullet points. In semi-coherent order:

  • I left my job of more than four years at Starbucks to work for a small publishing company Digital Manga, Inc¬†(DMI), where I headed up YaoiCon two years in a row.
  • My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and proceeded to beat it back with her usual aplomb and finesse. She is currently in remission.
  • My brother and his wife moved from Texas to Southern California for her medical residency and to be closer to our family (at least for a while!).
  • My best friend Bobby graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
  • My sister was married in September 2016, and I acted as her maid of honor.
  • After two years working in marketing and events at DMI, I moved across the country from Los Angeles to Baltimore in January 2017 to work for the U.S. Coast Guard Surface Forces Logistics Center as a contract technical writer/editor.
  • As you may remember from a recent post, I have been freelance editing for Less Than Three Press. (If you would like to hire me for editing, please see here!)

As all these life changes whirl around me, I am slowly learning about myself again in a healthy way and practicing self care. I still have a lot of anxiety and still struggle with depression, but I’m working on that with a therapist and psychiatrist, so there’s hope for me yet.

Last Friday I had my first annual work review after 10 months on the job here in Baltimore, and I’m pleased to say it went very well. My work was even described as “phenomenal” and when I asked about a raise, I wasn’t immediately shut down, which is great news for my self-esteem.

I’m still writing as well, though it comes in spurts and jolts, like I’m riding in a train car that keeps jerking as it plows forward. NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, and I’m pantsing it again this year, so we’ll just see how that goes.

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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