2016 Thus Far

PencilArtHey, Everyone!

Wow. Has it really been an entire month since I last updated here? Shameful! :O

I’ve been so busy, I’m not really sure where to start — or what you might be interested in — but I’ll do my best to cover the “big” things that have been going on this year, starting with…

My Writing Career

I’m still writing! In fact, my business website, LittleZotz Writing, got the following awards so far this year:

And I was interviewed about my writing career by Anthony Dejolde on The Write Freelance. (more…)

Alive and Well in 2016

Hey, Everyone!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! How’s 2016 treating you thus far?

For me, two things happened right at the start of the new year:

  1. I turned 31 (yay!)
  2. I caught pneumonia (boo!)

It’s hard to say how being 31 is as the whole pneumonia thing has really cramped my style. I’m on the mend now, thankfully, but I spent the first few weeks of 2016 in bed. And I still have a residual cough! Yuck.

Despite that setback, I managed to get out the ol’ lapdesk and continue the reconstruction of LittleZotz Writing from bed. 🙂 Things are coming along nicely!

And here are a few new things you may have missed: (more…)

I’m All Right!


Hey, Everyone!

Those of you who follow me on social media already know more-or-less what I’m about to say…

Last week, I found out that the hosting service I had been using was going out of business. This required me to switch my sites — LittleZotz.com and LaurenTharp.net — over to a new host.

That shouldn’t have been a problem. But it was.

Both of my sites were down for several days. And then, when they came back, they were a mess.

LaurenTharp.net, my personal site, was completely wrecked. Tabula rasa. I had to start over. I’m deeply saddened because I had recorded a lot of important life events on this site — from coming clean about my mental health issues, to sharing how I stopped self-mutilating, to sharing the pure joy of spending time with friends, family, and classrooms full of young writers-to-be. But I’m trying to remain optimistic that the new LaurenTharp.net will be better than ever. (And at least I got my neato theme back!) (more…)