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An ever-updating list of newsworthy events

September 15, 2016: All of my hard work has finally paid off; I achieved my first publication credit at Maudlin House today. Check it out on my publication list. I’d like to thank my critique partners and writing friends on Scribophile, in the Ubergroup, on Twitch, and IRL. I couldn’t have done it without you.

June 2016: I got a job at the public library, and I love it!

October 2015: I started volunteering at the public library, and I organized a local writing support group that I now lead. How fun!

June 2015: I’ve been nominated for the Encouraging Thunder Award. I discuss the award in this post, which also happens to be my 100th published blog post!! YAY MILESTONE!

May 2015: I’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award, which elicited an interesting Q & A session in this post.

April 2015: I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, which I discuss in this post.

The New Year 2015: I quit my big girl job a few months ago so I could focus on my mental health and writing goals. I’m currently working on a YA fiction novel titled JANUS.

The New Year 2014: I’ve got a new big girl job that’s cut my commute time down significantly. With an extra 15 hours per week to spare, I want to write, blog, and share more often.

The New Year 2013: It took longer than originally anticipated to purchase a laptop, but GOOD NEWS; it has been purchased and is on the way. Thus, 2013 will see the weekly continuation of Sacred Sundays. Yay for the acquisition of owned technology that allows for a consistent blog schedule!

Halloween 2012: I will return to posting blogs when I get a computer of my own (near Black Friday-ish) because, without one, it’s been very difficult to keep up with Sacred Sundays!

September 2012: I have obtained a full-time “big girl” job that will use and improve upon my skill set while allowing me the financial freedom to plan for the worst and best the future has to offer me. What a mouthful of goodness!

August 2012: This bird has flown South from her hometown nest, searching for an eternal summer in the Orlando, Florida area. To celebrate this transition, I have updated all mentions of my current whereabouts as well as every professional document on my rates & services page. Huzzah!

June 30, 2012: The redesign of my site is LIVE! My good friend Ernest Mombay developed the theme for me (out of the goodness of his large heart). I’ve had this website template in my head for awhile, but it never would’ve been a reality without his hard work. Thanks to him, my site does not look like any other on the widest of the world’s web. I am oh so grateful and oh so blessed. Enjoy. PS: If you wanna hire Ernest (he’s a fantastic web programmer, really) get in touch with me for his contact info.

June 25, 2012: Wicked Wednesday’s on perfectionist hiatus (Explanation here). Sacred Sunday’s still going strong.

June 17, 2012: I decided a few things after reading the notes my friend Lee Reyes gave me from an all-day blogging seminar she attended. First and foremost, a posting schedule is in order. Thus, every Sunday shall be henceforth known to all the realm as Sacred Sunday, the day of the blog publishing, and every Wednesday shall be recalled as Wicked Wednesday, the day of the vlog posting.

May 15, 2012: I got my first rejection from South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art‘s annual essay contest. It inspired me to join Scribophile, an online writing critique group. I highly recommend it. With karma- and points-based critique levels, quality is not only encouraged, it is required. In other news, I’ve also started looking at some Floridian literary journals.

April 21, 2012: I have updated every page of my website with new content! Revision is king, and it is going to command me all weekend. Its first command? Temporarily set aside my 14-hour-long freelance business days so I can work on what’s most important: the betterment of my writing and the organization of a (gasp!) writing portfolio.

April 17-20, 2012: I am getting the hang of it! I have left the pharmacy to pursue my freelance business full time. I am launching a full-scale attack on my life and the world (also known as a business plan), which includes designing my own website (no more templates!) and a creating a slew of marketing materials (all of which can be found on this page).

April 1, 2012: I sucked in my breath and held my nose before diving into the world of web hosting, domain names, and WordPress.org. My previous site at rebeccamckinnon.wordpress.com has evolved into rnmckinnon.com. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke (and why would it be? You’re on the site now!). I will continue to update you on the progress of this as I get the hang of it.

March 27, 2012 – April 2, 2012: I decided to make a larger business out of my freelancing gig. I now am not only a freelance editor but also a freelance writer and tutor. To ease this transition, I slashed my hours as the office manager at the pharmacy down to two days weekly. It may be a risky decision, but it is the only one that leads to a fulfilling writing career sooner rather than later.

March 10, 2012: I joined Duotrope. What a lovely submission resource for writers. And with creative nonfiction submissions in beta, it’s keeping up with the times!

Feb. 16, 2012: I entered a creative nonfiction essay/extended prose poem titled “Three Hours Alone on Black Rock Beach” into the 2012 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest. This is an annual contest held by Columbia University’s literary magazine, South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art. I’ll have an answer by June.

Jan.-Feb. 2012 Job searching and obtaining abound! I am now the office manager of a local pharmacy and a freelance editor with a local client.

Dec. 9, 2011: After three and a half lengthy and exhausting years, I graduated from the University of North Florida with my Bachelor’s in English. The obvious next step is an MFA in Creative Writing, but that can wait while I establish an author platform and develop a competitive portfolio.

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