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As I mentioned, December is already full of adventures. One of the biggest ones for me is that I quit my job at an association management company after six years! The travel schedule was murder, and I had been planning for a couple years to make a change once I hit the six-year mark. I’ve accepted a work-from-home position as a virtual executive assistant, and I’m really looking forward to the change.

Even more exciting than that, my new position will allow me the freedom to expand my freelance editing work! I’ve created a brand new website,, which outlines the editing services that I offer and also serves as an author page. I’m thrilled to be able to dive deeper into the editing world! I was so busy with my day job this past year that I had to turn down some manuscripts, and I’m glad that will no longer be the case.

Whether you have a fiction manuscript that needs polishing or a nonfiction document that needs to be typo-free, send it my way! I’d love to work with you. Check out for my rates and information.

November was full of marvels. The best one was that at long last, the Hubs finished his master’s degree in medieval history! He had slaved over it for 5.5 years. (For those who don’t know, he’s a teacher and was working 60-70 hours per week during those years, so it didn’t leave a lot of time for master’s work.) I planned a massive surprise party for him, and we actually managed to surprise him! This is quite the achievement. My husband can smell surprises. My brother did a really cool vlog about the party here.

We also hosted Thanksgiving for both sides of the family here at our little apartment for the first time, which went really well! There’s a long but fun video of that too. The part at our house starts around 4:20.

We went to NC ComiCon dressed as Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers and had a BLAST!

Then we reprised our Lord and Lady Macbeth costumes for a trip to the renaissance fair. It was in the 50s and kind of drizzly, so we had to make some cold-weather adjustments, but they worked well!


We also just so happened to go on Time Traveler weekend (hence the cool costumes sported by the other members of the group) and had a great time taking photos with some of the props.

A busy, costume-filled month! It was fun, but so full of commitments that I kind of wanted to sleep for a week. Lots more to tell in December, but it’ll keep till next time!

I can’t really call these recent adventures anymore, but I will still relate them! Hurricane Matthew knocked our power out for three days, which turned out to be quite adventurous indeed. We read scifi by candlelight (some kind of irony there), played my first game of Settlers of Catan, and built a candle stove, which we used to cook eggs and bacon, roast marshmallows, make tea, etc. Check out the candle stove in action below.

It worked surprisingly well and will definitely be utilized again if the power goes out this winter. We put 6-9 candles inside our metal sink (raising the candles up high enough so that their flames came close to the top of the sink), put a stove rack on top, and surrounded the edges with foil. We put the food we wanted to cook in the middle, with a metal bowl on top. VERY effective!

Soon after, we went to Sault Ste. Marie Michigan and Ontario for a week, which was lovely. But don’t take my word for it:

The Russian babushka look was essential, I assure you. Lake Superior is beautiful, but it is COLD. We went out on an old tugboat and had a glorious time. Good times, good friends, good food, and beautiful scenery, on both sides of the International Bridge! In Canada we made the required pilgrimage to Tim Horton’s and Canadian Tire, so all duties were fulfilled enjoyably, and I would love to go back.

November’s adventures will have to wait for another post. Stay tuned!

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