Freelance Article Round-Up: September 2014

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Welcome to this month’s Freelance Article Round-Up! If you read last month’s, you might have noticed something different about today’s. See the logo above? 😀 What do you think?

Freelance Article Round-Up is a monthly series (or bimonthly, depending on my freelancing schedule) to keep you abreast of the articles I’ve written outside of this blog. I’ll also offer a glimpse into the coming month’s assignments and other exciting happenings.

Here’s what I’ve been up to since the July / August Round-Up.

Tea Time at Reverie (Tea Reviews)

I’ve started reviewing some of the many sample teas I’ve received over the past few weeks! This means that the Tea Time at Reverie column at A Bibliophile’s Reverie now offers more variety and less partiality (because, honestly, how can you be impartial about the teas in your personal stash?). Here are links to the most recent tea reviews:

What’s Coming in October

Bingleys Package

More tea samples? Yes, please!

More tea samples have arrived – and more are on their way! Bingley’s Teas sent a beautifully presented parcel of samples from their Jane Austen Tea Series. Just look at the photo above. How could you not be excited to try these because of the love and care the owner put into the packing? Tea From Taiwan has also sent samples of some of their prized oolongs. Expect reviews on some of these teas and others at A Bibliophile’s Reverie in October!

Of course, now that my tea shelf is crammed full, I think I should wait a while before buying new teas. That’s not such a bad thing, right?

Apart from tea reviews, my next article for Grub Street’s blog Grub Daily should be out on October 30th! The title sums up the content pretty well: “Using Music To Enhance Your Writing.” Because of its proximity time-wise to the next Round-Up (scheduled on Friday, October 31st), I’ll share the link as part of that update. However, if you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you’ll see the Grub Street link as soon as it’s available!

Other Happenings

Progress on the fantasy WIP is still coming along. Yay! Now that I’m about 70% of the way through, it feels like I’m on the home stretch: well past halfway, eyes on the light at the end, and way too late to quit now. *lol* I hope to the 85K mark sometime in October, although my calendar for the coming month is already quite full. We’ll just have to wait and see…

Unfortunately, the Author Interviews series I was planning to kick off in September has been delayed for circumstances out of my (and the author’s) control. As soon as it does, though, you’ll hear about it!

Also, with all the different projects I have going on right now, I’ve decided to discontinue the Music Mondays series. I still love music, so it’s hard to come to terms with talking about it even less here, but sometimes you have to make tough choices.

boston-book-fest-2014

Outside of writing, I’m looking forward to going to the 2014 Boston Book Festival! This annual event in the city’s Copley Square area celebrates literature in all of its forms and genres, and offers insights into literary agencies, the publishing industry, and (of course) the ideas and minds of writers themselves. From informative and entertaining seminars and writing workshops, to book signings and a literary fair featuring literary journals, independent booksellers, giveaways and freebies, and live music – basically, if you love writing and reading and you live in the Boston area, you shouldn’t miss the Boston Book Festival. Especially because the admission is free. Yes, free. Not counting any books, food, and merchandise you purchase. It’s an incredible learning experience and so much fun, so I can’t wait for this year’s edition. If I can find the time afterwards, I’ll write about my experience in a Field Trip article. Now that I think about it, I haven’t written one of those in a while….

That’s it for this month. As previously mentioned, the next Freelance Article Round-Up will be out on Friday, October 31st – Halloween! I wonder what I can do to make that installment a little… scary. *evil laugh* Until then, come back for more Recent Reads (book reviews), another installment of Chronicling The Craft (novel-writing progress series), and much more!

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