December Updates

While my blogging has been a little more spread out this year than in the past, I love looking back this time of year and reflecting (internally if not always in writing) on where I’ve been as well as where I hope to be and what I hope to do in the coming year. I had the amazing opportunity to serve as Relief Society secretary in my LDS single’s ward through April. (I’m currently serving as a visiting teaching supervisor, and I love it!) I became an aunt/first cousin once removed. I lived in a tent in Kenya for six weeks, networked with some wonderful people there, and rekindled my love for the natural history of the earth. I started working at an environmental consulting company, and I have learned and grown so much from all of these things and more.

I’ve submitted another round of grad school applications. Three of the four schools I’ve applied to are outside the US (one school is in the UK, and two are in Canada). My hope is that obtaining a master’s degree in a paleoanthropology field will allow me to be more competitive when applying to PhD programs again down the road. Advice I received this summer was that schools outside the US are more likely to offer terminal masters programs than US schools (most of the US schools I’ve looked at do not offer terminal masters). I also have duo citizenship with Canada, which I’m hoping might be a cool and worthwhile thing to tap into at this point where graduate education might be concerned.

For writing news specifically, my story “Thought Power” will appear in Jason King’s Valcoria Awakenings anthology on the 19th of this month. I have not seen the book cover yet, but it should be coming soon! The other authors contributing to this anthology and I have all been waiting quite a while for this to come out, and we’re very excited to have you read these fun adventures set in the world of Jason’s fantasy series.

There is also a giveaway on Goodreads for a free copy of the anthology. Check it out!

I don’t know exactly what the new year has in store for me, but I’m so grateful for all of the supportive people I have in my life. I wouldn’t be where I am as a writer and pending scientist without the wonderful people I’ve come in contact with, and come to know and learn from over the years. Thanks so much for reading and for following my writing journey online.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and have a wonderful new year!