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Chicago-area deviants! I'll be around next week because I'm  going to be at a work conference and I'm staying at the Hilton. Do you have any suggestions for things to do or places to eat? I'm all ears!
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My name is Kate, and I'm a writer.

I'm a native New Yorker, but I moved to Washington, DC and got a BA in English and Creative Writing from The George Washington University in 2013. I now live and work full-time in Arlington, VA.

I have a lot of varied experience in being published and working in publishing, so if you have any questions about how to get published or how to work in the industry, feel free to send me a note!

:eager: Need publishing resources? Click here!


wreckling started it, and I figured this is a great excuse to give a shoutout to some fabulous deviants who have shaped my time here (even if some of these folks aren't really around anymore):

BeccaJSClawsOfSteel | CutToTheSex | dame-de-rebel | fallenidle | fllnthblnk | GDeyke | GoaliGrlTilDeathGrimFace242 | HaveTales-WillTellilluminara | IrrevocableFate | TheBrassGlassjulietcaesar | Kizziesama | LadyBrookeCelebwenLadyLincoln | LadyofGaerdon | LiliWrites| MemnalarNestalgica | neurotypeninebark | raspilRosary0fSighs | SkysongMA | Snapperz | TheTerrorOfTheDeep | Tremere-Prodigy | VigiloWorldWar-Tori | zebrazebrazebra

Thanks for making me stick around, giving me a kick in the ass when I need it, and giving us all such amazing art.

Updates and whatnot

Assorted grab bag of random stuff because I haven't updated in forever:

+ I made it to Colorado/California and back in one piece (obviously). Although two flights in 48 hours = I had the flu for the entire Christmas holiday. Didn't stop my fiance and me from going on a day trip to Monterrey, though, to visit the aquarium. I must have watched the otters for an hour. :meow: Definitely worth it if you're ever in that area. Plus my future brother-in-law made sure I was constantly washing my insides out with alcohol. :|

+ I got two new tattoos! These are sitting on my inner arms, just above my elbows (sorry for the bad fluorescent lighting in these pictures). I actually got them at a tattoo expo in January, because it was my friend's birthday and she wanted to get her first, and I was itching for some new ink myself. Warning, however: If you ever go to an expo, prepare for lots of blood. I'm surprisingly squeamish for how much I love tattoos. There was a really hardcore guy getting a piece traditionally done -- so basically his artist was carving at his leg with a sword-looking thing and packing ink in. I couldn't watch for long without wanting to throw up, because I'm a wuss. :lol:
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+ Wedding planning is well underway, which means I'm slowly growing wedding-brain, much to my fiance's chagrin. =p We're more than a year out (we're aiming for August 2016), so the process thus far has been more fun than panicked, but that might change eventually. Right now we're working on nailing down a venue. So far we've looked at a lot of galleries and generally off-beat places in DC. I'll be sure to post pictures of the place we land on.

+ I applied for two writers conferences for this summer: Napa Valley and VONA/Voices, the latter of which is specifically for writers of color. Not sure how likely it is I'll get in, but I figured I have enough savings to do either if I do get in, it'll be fun to get back into the workshop swing of things and meet other writers, I'll have a built-in vacation, and I'll see if an MFA-like environment is right for me. (And if you want to apply to either, I think their deadlines are still a week away, so get cracking!)

+ I've been taking part in a series of interviews on writing for theWrittenRevolution's Mentorship Project. Lots of brilliant dA writers are also sharing their thoughts, so even if you're not taking part in the project, be sure to read the interviews. You can find all the interviews in the group's journal, and the first one is here: tWR Interviews: On Writing.

+ I'm heading to Chicago for the first time tomorrow morning! For my job's national conference. If you have suggestions for fun things to do or if you want to see if there's a good time we can meet up, let me know!

+ On a slightly down note, my therapist and I have decided that I'll need to up my meds this month because I've been back to feeling kind of unmotivated and sluggish, and it's made me miss a few days of work. Although I'm no longer against medication like I was in the past (obviously, since I'm on one now), I'm still working on readjusting my thinking about them -- as a tool to get me on track so I can feel more myself, and not a sign of weakness. I'm doing okay and I'm nowhere near as low as I was last summer, but I'm taking a lot of time to view this not as a setback, but as a step forward to get where I need to go.

How are the rest of you? :)

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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015   Writer
Just a quick note to say, in no particular order, Happy New Year, congratulations, and I hope that you're doing fantastically well.

Take good care of you and yours, and all the very best!
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014   Writer
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julietcaesar Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I keep looking at all these medical conferences that are happening in America and I must admit I keep secretly hoping I'll get sent one close to where you live. :) 

Or really, any conference in the states. :P I'll somehow make a holiday out of it and come visit you! 
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illuminara Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So you've probably seen this multiple times before, but I thought of you when it gave me a good laugh. :aww:…
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014   Writer
I love you.
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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We all know you're wonderful, but in case you've forgotten for a moment, here's a reminder.


:squee:  :iconheartglompplz:  Party  Clap  Party  :iconheartglompplz:  :squee:

To see what nice thing you've been accused of doing (and who else is being recognized), find the widget by the same name on my profile page!

Helpful hint:  It's near the bottom, above my webcam image!

Have a wonderful rest of your day!
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ButterflyBlaze Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Thanks for the llama! :-)
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Undergr0undFurry Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   General Artist
Random hug of the day! :hug:
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   Writer
Just pretend I'm not a horrible person and


:excited: :dance: :boogie: :drunk: :party: :drunk: :boogie: :dance: :excited: 
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CutToTheSex Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
I hope you had an awesome birthday Kate!!!!
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