The Year in Recap

It’s been a pretty big year for me. I’m in a loving, committed relationship, I graduated college, my dog died, we have two furry additions to the family, I was accepted to grad school…

I graduated with my BA this summer and I am seriously just amazed at myself. Growing up, I wasn’t what anyone would call an Honor Student. Yet, here I am, in a national honor society, with Magna Cum Laude on my degree. Man, if all those teachers could see me now. And you know what the weirdest part is? It wasn’t hard, it was just hard work. I just woke up one day and cared.

It hasn’t all been fun this year, though. Back in February we had to put my Belgian Shepherd, Precious, down. She was 14 years old, a month away from being 15, and couldn’t walk anymore. She suffered a stroke on a Saturday and we took her to the vet that Monday. It was so hard to put her into a box and wrap her up with a blanket that last time. I’m still healing from all of that.

The puppies help, but sometimes they make it worse. Belle, my labernard, lays in the window just like Precious did. And she’s pretty calm, like Precious was. Luka, my other labernard, not so calm. Very much a stooge really.

At the beginning of my last finals week as an undergrad the puppies came home. I finished my class in the summer and somehow managed to get all my work done while I was training the little behemoths. And then boom! I was in grad school.

I still can’t believe I’m in grad school. Like who am I? Where did I come from?

And then there are my projects. This site and Round Robin Writes. They’ve both come so far and I’ve learned so much from doing them. I used to post long, loooooooong, posts, but I learned that people want things short and sweet. I learned to bold items for emphasis online, instead italicizing it like I do in print. While tweets get lost in a sea of information, that does not mean to post every hour. Same thing for Facebook. People don’t want daily content, I have learned. And I don’t want to create daily content for that matter.

But RRW is almost a year old. It seems like we’ve only been doing it for a month and that project will be a whole year old on March 15th. Where did the time go? How have I created all that content?

And then where did all these followers come from? 300+? And why don’t these followers follow me on Facebook( and Twitter(@JMTuckerman)? Hmmmm?

Even my writing has moved along. I’m 20,000 words into Charlotte Holmes. She’s not middle grade anymore, and I think I’m going to like her in YA. I’ll be able to be much darker with the crimes. Oooooooh, the possibilities.

In any case, I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year and perhaps my little following will grow. I am hoping to get more vlog posts done in 2015. *crosses fingers*

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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