I’m an Iowan Now!

If you take a look at the updates here on my site, you’ll probably notice that it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Turns out there’s a reason for that: I’ve had a busy year.

At the end of 2016 I decided to move on from my career in the music publishing business and look for a new challenge. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was I wanted to do, but I knew I wasn’t happy anymore and needed a new challenge. For a while I did work as a digital marketing consultant (my past role was as CMO for a digital music dotcom) and it was enjoyable… but I started to miss working with people every day. There was just so much energy that was missing in this new “work from home” environment that I decided it was time to start looking for a new role.

The good news is while I was doing this, I still was consulting – so I was able to take the time to be picky about what kind of role I took and what kind of company I joined for the next part of my life.

Turns out that new role was as a Senior Marketing Director for a mobile gaming company out of Iowa. And so, over the last few months I’ve been busy with the new role and a big move for me and my family. Even though it’s only three hours or so from my previous hometown of Madison, WI … my new home in Cedar Falls, Iowa is the first time I’ve lived anywhere other than Wisconsin. A few months living here without my family in an AirBnB, then moving the entire family here took quite a bit of emotional time, and unfortunately the writing went on temporary hold.

But like any writer, I never really stopped. Ideas continued to fly around in my head. New inspiration to solve problems in my upcoming works came from the move and the new scenery. A lot was happening – even if nothing was happening.

Now, as October comes to an end, I have a new house in Iowa. We’re settled as a family again, and my notebooks (and brain) full of random ideas are ready to start spilling back out into new work. It’s an exciting time – and I have a fully complete draft of one book sitting here next to me. I have another half-finished. And with NaNoWriMo coming up in just a few days, I have a third that’s probably going to get vomited out like the emotional piece A Confession was two years ago (still the work I’m most proud of).

So it’s time to start writing again. And I’m sure some things will change with a new home in a new state. I do know one thing for certain though – I’ll be solving one major roadblock in my work-in-progress with corn.

That’s what Iowa has done so far.

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  1. Lynn Assimacopoulos

       Hello! I am a retired nurse who has always loved to write since I was 8 years old. In the past I have written for professional Nursing journals as well as some other books and poetry.  My new book called “Separated  Lives” is a true story about beginning a skeptical search for my son’s friend Ryan who wishes to find his birth parents.  After I consent to help, I take him on a fascinating but uncertain and sometimes tearful journey with unexpected twists and turns in many directions.  Readers’ comments about the book have been that it is “highly engaging”, “an emotional roller coaster” and “reads like a private diary” as well as “it captures the reader.”  I am hopeful that my adventure in searching will be of help to other persons in their birthparent search!
    It is available from the following:

    Dorrance Publishing (in Pittsburgh, PA)

    Barnes & Noble 

    Amazon
                                      
    Author:  Lynn Assimacopoulos
    (ISBN: 978-1-4809-1247-2)
     
    P.S. Looking forward to reading your work!

    FYI–I was born in Ft. Dodge, IA and lived in my early youth in Humboldt and Algona.

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