I live

So…it’s been a while. 😳

Since my last post in 2014, I’ve gone back to school and am nearing the completion of my associate of arts in English. I gained new animals (cat, dog, golden pheasants, ducks, hedgehogs, guinea pigs…I think that’s all. 🤔

I took up photography and have been enjoying the learning process (though I don’t use photoshop because it’s complicated, and I’m not ready to go there). Photography has been my sole creative outlet for a while–I took a break from writing. Well, not a complete break. I wrote things, but mostly papers for school. The creative writing I attempted usually didn’t get finished.

I currently work part-time at the local community college. My main job is covering the front desk in the Learning Resource Center (library) during lunch, but the college also pays me to assist the Math, English, and Biology professors. This includes making copies, grade papers, assisting in the biology lab, etc.

However, the majority of my time is spent helping with the English writing lab. I get to work with students to edit their papers and help them improve their writing. It’s my favorite part of the job. ❤️ Also, I learned it’s easier to see mistakes in other people’s writing than in my own.

There are other crazy things going on in my life as well, but, even with it all, I have a bit more time on my hands and am tapping back into my creative writing side. As part of the whole getting in touch with my inner writer thing, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo 2019.

I’d say I’m going to do better at updating things here but it would be a lie. I’m awful. I know it. See you later…though hopefully sooner than five years from now.

About Joan Stradling, Author

Joan Stradling is a middle grade and YA author of stories with magical elements. She loves painting, baking, crafting, pet wrangling, and anything else she can fit into her schedule. A passionate believer in the power of books, she still hopes to one day ride a dragon, meet a Hobbit, or discover new worlds by walking through a wardrobe. In the meantime, she imagines and writes about her own incredible worlds and characters–and continues to live vicariously through the adventures in other’s books. You can find her on Instagram (@JoanStradlingAuthor) or Twitter (@justJoanS) or FB (Joan Stradling aka Joan Stewart) Join me on Patreon: Patreon.com/joanstradling
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