So let’s get back to that social media platform :P

Hi. So it’s been awhile….

Like five months, according to my stats. Last log on February 22nd. Oops.


I have excuses, really, I swear. I went through a few major life changes…

I signed with an agent! Claire Anderson-Wheeler at Regal Literary Management. Here’s the story. Also, even though it’s been like 6 months, I still feel the need to share a celebratory GIF because she’s been just so awesome. So bear with me.


I relocated from Singapore to Wisconsin and started full-time work in the schools in February. All the major life changes with that. Here’s that story.

So what have I been doing in the mean time? (other than NOT blogging) So I got a ton of agent feedback, which launched a MAJOR re-write of Hooligans. Like the entire first 2/3s. We’re talking about a second full-time job.

On my summer break, I went back to Singapore THEN had the opportunity to return to Belfast. Which…was…amazing. Like I can’t even….

Oh, and we’re expecting our first. Our baby’s due in October.


What can I say? I like to cram all my major life changes into six months.

I’m going to get back to blogging now, really, I swear!


I plan to focus on the *joys* of the writer’s life, tips on writing/querying, and photography. I’m no longer living the expat life or engaging in ridiculously awesome travel now that I’m back to normal life, but I suppose I’m about to start a whole new kind of adventure.



  1. Dee Connell · July 26, 2015

    Congratulations, Sarah! I’m glad that you came back with good news. It’s an encouragement to all of us aspiring authors. Good luck on finding a home for Hooligans 🙂


    • sjoycarlson · July 26, 2015

      Thanks and thanks for the welcome back! I’ll keep people posted on the ride that is life after getting agented. Which is so far not that wild, lol.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. jlheuer · July 26, 2015

    Well good thing you posted when you did. I was just reviewing some of the blogs I follow and culling those that hadn’t had any action for quite awhile. Put I had a feeling that a writer might be back. Congrats on all your good news and welcome back to Wisconsin.


    • sjoycarlson · July 26, 2015

      It’s fate! And thanks for the warm welcome back to the best state 😀


  3. phantomwriter143 · July 26, 2015

    Congrats!! On all your recent achievements and your upcoming little one! It’s all so exciting!


    • sjoycarlson · July 26, 2015

      Thanks and I know!!! It’s kind of a lot to process… Lol…


  4. Kelly Ruiz · July 26, 2015

    So happy for you and all of your joys! Agent, baby, new job! All well deserved and I can’t wait to read the book. I’ll be lined up to buy a first addition!


    • sjoycarlson · July 26, 2015

      Thanks! I know, the past few months have been a whirlwind. How have you been?


  5. ehbates · July 28, 2015

    Congratulations on everything! So much exciting news!


    • sjoycarlson · July 28, 2015

      Thank you! I know! That’s just how I roll at once. Cram as many major life changes as possible into a few short months… LOL.

      Liked by 1 person

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