Room to Breathe

Room to Breathe in the rain

In October of last year, I was finally ready to query my manuscript. At this point, it had gone through two editors, eleven versions, numerous people in critique groups, and more hours than I care to count. Needless to say, it’s been through the fire but (hopefully) came out in its purest form. And while I wait with bitten fingernails to hear back from agents, project number two must begin… Grab cheeks and queue Macaulay Culkin’s character in Home Alone—AAHHH!!!

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A Rose by Any Other Name

A Rose by Any Other Name

I toyed with sharing this fun fact because it is so personal and is surrounded by pain. But like my Boldness in the Face of Anxiety post, I have a feeling I’m not alone. So, if this helps one person, it’s worth any judgement that may come…

It’s not uncommon for a child to dislike their name growing-up and then appreciate it later in life. For me, it was the opposite, so I legally changed it in 2014. No, Amélie is not my birthname. Actually, my given name was fairly common, ordinary, even, but that’s not why I changed it.

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