I get the bad pun gene from my dad. Blame him.

You’ll notice the blog looks different. A lot different. Gone are my beloved rubber ducks and blog title, replaced by a fabulous new title that I wish I could say I thought of myself. Alas, Byrne After Reading comes to us courtesy of my friend Christy. So perfect, isn’t it?

I changed the theme as well (stole that one from Cassie of Books and Bowel Movements) and updated my blog roll and added a few widgets. Now, in addition to seeing what I’m currently querying (nothing at the moment), you can see what projects I’m actively working on and what I’m currently reading. Although truth be told, the reading is a bit misleading, because I’m never only reading one book at a time. Feel free to friend me on Goodreads-I love book recommendations and my to be read shelf is glutted with books of all genres that, at some point, I swear I’ll get around to reading. Right? Right.

The works in progress tab has been updated, with a status for each project and they’re now sorted by category, instead of each one getting its own page. Playlists page is still the same, mostly because I can’t figure out how to shorten it. Bio is updated as well, and includes some pretty awesome news:

I will be the conference chair for the Emerald City Writers’ Conference for 2014! I volunteered for the job, and I’m super excited about it. This year I’m getting my feet wet by being the assistant chair. We should have a venue for 2014 within the next few months, and keynotes lined up a few months after that.

Rest assured, the content of the blog won’t change. You may have noticed over the last year or so there have been more writing posts and less posts on current events and politics. This is partly because I’ve stopped paying attention to much of the news. It’s too depressing and too biased for me to want to waste my time reading it.

The other, bigger reason is I’ve got to be a little more careful with what I put out there. As a writer with an eye toward publication, I’m not really in a position to alienate editors and agents before they’ve even signed me. Yes, it’s a bit disappointing, having to turn my verbal filter back on (except for the swears. Sorry, the cuss words are non-negotiable), but probably better for me in the long run. What you say on the Internet never truly goes away, even if you delete it, and I’d hate for something I said two years ago to be what prevents a deal from going through.

That said, there’s a balance, like what Victoria Dahl has found. A best-selling contemporary and historical romance author, she’s rather outspoken on Twitter and her Tumblr about her views on women’s reproductive rights (and occasionally other things like, oh, gun control legislation), and she still sells tons of books and remains a popular author. So if there’s something that really pushes my buttons, you’ll see my views on it here, provided I believe I can come up with a logical and (mostly) eloquent argument for why I believe what I do.

So what do you think of my new, grown up blog? I think it’s pretty snazzy 🙂

4 thoughts on “Ch-ch-ch-changes!

  1. YEOW! Byrne After Reading is scorching! I love the new look and your new dedication to keeping your topics to books and writing. As one who shares most of your political views, we can talk about the bat-shit-crazies over beer should you need to vent some steam.

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