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Week 3 In Review

Thursday, September 22nd, was the autumnal equinox and I like to think that the change of seasons is an opportunity to embrace old favorites, try something new, and refresh our look, just like Mother Nature.

This week was a time of R&R for me from my bill pay job so it was an opportunity to spend time with friends and family, dig around in my small patch of earth, and take a long walk enjoying the changing of the seasons.

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A new season is also a good time to update your portfolio or resume if you haven’t done it in a while, so I invested a few hours this week in updating my LinkedIn profile, and creating a Works page, where you can see all of my published articles and reviews in a tidy list.

Several hours this week went into updating MidwestMaven.com (thank you for visiting!) which now has a refreshed look and a (hopefully easier) browsing experience. I value your time and my goal is to make it easier for you to jump in and (re)discover favorites. Some parts of the website are still under construction so thank you for your patience. 🙂

Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know how I’m doing!

scribeaug16As many of you might know, I am the editor of a literary magazine, The Scribe, and this week I’ve also been focusing on pulling together submissions for the September issue, available on Smashwords in the next week. The August 2016 issue is now available (see right). Right now, submissions are only open to members of the St. Louis Writers Guild. For details about joining, visit their website.

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

Looking ahead to next week, NaNoWriMo prep season is nearly amongst us and I’m giving serious thought to an earnest participation this year. If you’re thinking about joining me, be my writing buddy this November.

Although NaNoWriMo is free to participate, you can support the program and get a cool halo like mine by making a donation. For a limited time, at the $30 level, you also get an awesome “NaNo Prep magnetic , reusable, word-count calendar (erasable pen included)”. Speaking from past experience, my first successful NaNo win occurred when I had some kind of visual reward system for keeping track of my progress. Sign me up please!

You can be sure that if I do embrace the challenge, expect to see a non-traditional approach, lots of writing posts here related to prepping for NaNoWriMo, and blogging the journey. I might even consider posting excerpts…

Much more to come!

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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