Yes, it's official. I signed with Jessica Alvarez at Bookends Literary Agency to take my career to the next level. I wasn't sure if this would happen with Covid-19 pausing everything, but it did, and I'm super stoked. Jessica and I are already working on a project together and hope to do many more to come. As far as the rest of my writing life? Well, let's just say not much has changed except that I got the cat videos out of my system, however, a new hobby emerged. I've moved on from retro cookies to pandemic porch cocktails. Yep, a new one (almost every night) gets shared on my Instagram page. Well, I promised to do this more often and it's only been a month since my last one, so not bad.
The world as we knew it is over--at least temporarily. We've all been dealing with Covid-19 in various ways in these unusual times. I've been trying to keep on writing and researching, but get easily distracted with the news, changes in lifestyle, and helping others. When I wasn't feeling creative I chose to bring some laughter into my world by creating some funny notebooks on Amazon and even created some funny narrative cat videos. My cat Hobbs Monahan actually made the local paper because of it! I also started sharing some retro cookie recipes on my Instagram page. I think that's out of my system, but who knows. I'm back at work on my next book, Historic Foods of America: Recipes from Hotels and Restaurants. It's pretty much together, but I'm finalizing recipes and the format. Next up is finding the best publisher, which might require an agent. I've never used one before, but it might be time. [...]
Last time I posted about a possible SALs reaction and having found an acupuncturist and NAET specialist. I've had three treatments so far and other than slowly getting my sense of smell back I don't see any difference. But then again I haven't been tempting fate by eating foods that could trigger a reaction. During the NAET testing I learned my body didn't like Vitamin C, Sugars, or Vitamin A. Next week we test for SALs. It may seem odd, but I get it. Most SALs have all those other components in them, so we're clearing away the intolerance to those first, so the SALs (if positive) will go away easier. Kind of like pulling support from a tall building so it will collapse easier. I also had an upper endoscopy that showed my eosinophils are around 100 in my lower esophagus, which means inflammation. I have to take a PPI, which I don't like and causes bone loss, [...]