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An Apology to My Stories

I'm Carey Burns, I'm a writer, and I'm a mess.  I have four flashdrives for my writing.  Four.  With multiple versions of all of my stories on each of them.  That's a lot of stories.  So finding something I'm working on is a chore in itself.  This week, I'm on an organizational kick.  I'm wiping out old versions of stories and getting down to just two flashdrives:  one working and one backup.  I know, I know, there's some Cloud out there and other services that will gladly store my stuff, but I'm paranoid and don't embrace change easily.  I still have 3.5 inch floppies!  (that sounds wrong...)  Anyway, the point is, I'm making a huge effort to treat my stories better than I have been.  Next up is getting all of my handwritten scribbles in some sort of organized fashion.  That might take a while.

In other writerly news, I've decided to throw caution to the wind and join the Horror Writers Association (HWA) as an affiliate.  Once my dues are processed, I'll be official.  The rest of this year I'll be working like mad to climb to the ranks of active member status. 

Slimming is going well, I'm in week 6 of The SHRED plan and I am maintaining my weight but my clothes are fitting a bit looser.  Honestly, I'm a little disappointed that the numbers on the scale aren't moving.  This must be the mythical plateau of which dieters speak.  Lovely.

It seemed to me earlier today that I had another announcement-ish thing but I'll be dipped if I can remember what it was. 



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