amygrech (amygrech) wrote,

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2020: Year in Review

2020 will be remembered as a dumpster fire of a year. COVID-19 upended the world in March; two weeks before the pandemic hit, I had my gallbladder out. I went to my primary care physician in January; she referred me for an ultrasound in February for defuse abdominal pain. I was then referred to a GI specialist who in turn referred me to a general surgeon. For three months, I was in agony with unrelenting pain akin to appendicitis.

Like millions of people, I lost a great deal of work, including several clients, due to COVID-19; however, because I was hired as a W-2 Search Engine Optimization consultant for a creative agency in Manhattan, I was eligible for unemployment benefits…

My brother moved me out of my Brooklyn apartment at the end of March—I never really liked my last apartment in Bay Ridge—definitely not my kind of neighborhood. I’ve been staying at my Mom’s house on Long Island and am working on finding a new place in Brooklyn, or even Manhattan—it’s a renter’s market. Am open to any leads for a studio or one-bedroom apartment. Hint, hint...

During the second half of the year, I turned a corner. I landed several new clients, referrals from friends and satisfied clients. I also sold a poem and several short stories to various anthologies due out in 2021. I appeared on several podcasts promoting my writing. In addition, I was one of the first readers for the Galactic Terrors monthly, virtual reading series.

Onward and upward in 2021!

Tags: 2020, brooklyn, covid-19, dumpster fire, freelancing, galactic terrors, horror writers association, manhattan

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