This is Post 1 of a 31-Day Blogging Challenge hosted by the Ultimtate Blog Challenge.
It’s been a bit since I’ve updated this blog, much less this site – and the site update is definitely on my to-do list as a lot has changed in the past couple of years. The biggest news this year is that baby five is here, she’s three months old, and I’m just starting to get back to work on my various projects after maternity leave and being put on bedrest due to preeclampsia.
The pandemic has left me feeling like I’m moving through molasses. My big kid has moved out for graduate school – a very welcome development after his battle against COVID-19 and all of the complications he experienced from long COVID, resulting ultimately in the removal of his gall bladder after the virus destroyed that organ.
So what have I been up to? Outside of taking care of the four younger kids and gearing up to homeschool again this year, I’ve been working on simplifying my life. That involved letting go of (at least temporarily) Activism My Way, Ronda B. Boutique, SNARK! Magazine, and the work I was doing with J.B. Dondolo and with the Arthritis Foundation.
Earlier this year I edited an amazing book – Ila’s War by Cindy Entriken. I’ve been working still with managing a variety of social media accounts, including Sofilantjes Patterns’ Instagram account. I published a number of articles at Moms.com. I’ve still been writing for Midwest Fashion Week. I’ve also been ghostwriting posts for a restaurant and a couple of industry leaders.
Needless to say, it’s good to be back, and I’m excited to be undertaking a blogging challenge that will have me creating a post a day for 31 days.
What have you been up to?
Published by Ronda Bowen
Hello there, and welcome to my page! I have been working as a full-time freelance writer and editor since 2008 when I decided that while I rather enjoyed philosophy, the Ph.D. program I was in was not a good fit for my life goals. Since then, I have published many papers and articles, started two blogs, worked as a senior editor for a magazine, served on the board of a start-up non-profit organization, and walked across fire.
I strongly believe that it is important to work to make the world a better place – one project at a time. I’ve worked with Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program to construct living quarters for those in need, written content for Stonewall Alliance, and edited the newsletter for my local natural foods cooperative. One of the blogs I founded, Activism My Way is dedicated to helping people get involved with causes they feel passionate about.
Although my academic background is in philosophy and social and political theory, my heart has always been in writing fiction and poetry. I have a novel in progress, and I am working on putting together a collection of short stories to share with readers. I also worked as part of a creative team on a project with a hip hop artist that involved world-building and creating an amazing back story to a concept album. I have worked with several authors to edit their novels (as well as dissertations, children’s books, journal articles, and non-fiction projects).
Non-fiction topics I have written about include pop culture and philosophy, project management, business startups and management, insurance, technology, and much more. I also have created web content for a wide variety of clients (ranging from gas station owners to hotels to lawyers), and I’ve had an opportunity to interview some amazing people (Michele May, Kevin Sorbo, Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Mark Victor Hansen to name only a few). Needless to say, I love what I do.
I enjoy photography, and my subjects these days are usually my children as well as food, beverages, craft projects, and other such things for my blog, Wining Wife™. My favorite subjects are landscapes, nature (particularly clouds, flowers, and trees), and architecture.
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