Here Goes Nothing...

Hello! Welcome to my new blog! I'm excited and nervous to start blogging, but it's also long overdue. I've been talking about launching my own blog for more than a year, but never got around to it. Well, in 2013, I'm not going to let myself get away with not getting around to it anymore.

What will I be talking about? Why should you stop by and read? (And I hope you will!)

The two main passions in my life are writing and dancing. I'm an aspiring novelist currently completing the second draft of my second manuscript. So, you can expect to hear a lot about the writing process, and then the querying process, and beyond—if all goes well this year! I've learned so much from reading other writers' blogs, and I hope that my process and goals and frustrations and dreams can resonate with other writers, as well. I also hope to get to know other writers who are in my same phase in the pre-publishing process, so please comment if something jumps out at you!

In the dance realm, I'm a freelance contemporary dancer as well as a freelance dance writer. So, you might hear about classes, rehearsals, and performances, as well as articles I'm working on that have struck a chord with me. (See some recent examples of my dance writing here, here, and here.)

As a writer and avid reader, I'll definitely be blogging about books. I haven't decided in what format yet—weekly, or when I finish something particularly awesome that warrants discussion and recommendation, or when I have issues with a book or character, or all of the above. But in 2012 I read 71 books (nine of which were rereads, two of which were full manuscripts written by friends) and some of them DEFINITELY need to be reread and blogged about this year. Not to mention all the incredible books out there waiting to be read for the first time!

On the "real life" front, I'm a Brooklyn-dweller married to a wonderful guy who doesn't mind the idea of being mentioned on my blog from time to time. We love to go on NYC adventures (Our favorite: The Atlantic Avenue rail tunnel, before the tours were shut down), but we also stay home and watch movies and cook and root for the next Iron Chef on the Food Network.

So, in a nutshell: Come to read about writing or books or dance, and stay for the food! Here's to a bloggy 2013. :)