What's good? — March 2019 by Hurley Winkler


Each month, I share what’s been good in my life. Here are my top five pieces of good news for March.


1) Finished my residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

In February and March, spent three weeks away at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where I studied under short story queen Bonnie Jo Campbell. My time there was fruitful, to say the least—I revised an old story, worked on some new projects, learned a ton, hosted a zine workshop and a talent show, and made some lifelong friends.

After spending so much quality time with the writers there, it was bittersweet to come home (but let’s be real, I missed my husband and dog SO MUCH IT HURT). I’ll always be grateful for the time I was granted to thrive creatively at ACA, and I’m already eager to return there someday. Fellow artists should definitely consider applying for one of their interdisciplinary residencies.

Photo from the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA

Photo from the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA

2) Accepted a spot at Lit Camp in Big Sur, CA!

A week after returning home from Atlantic Center for the Arts, I an acceptance letter landed in my inbox from Lit Camp! I’m so excited to study there with R.O. Kwon, Jonathan Lethem, and many other incredible writers, editors, and agents in what very well may be the most beautiful place in the world. I visited Big Sur for the first time in 2017 and have been dying to return ever since.

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3) Finished an enormous copywriting project.

For the past several months, I’ve been writing web copy for Favor, a new accessories brand. The website launched last week and I’m thrilled with the result! It’s my biggest copywriting project in years, and I’ve been lucky to work with on it with an incredible team.

Need a copywriter for your small business in Jacksonville, FL or beyond? I offer copywriting services on an hourly basis. Email me to get started!

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4) Discussed Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget at Babes + Books.

We had a great turn-out for our second Babes + Books meeting of the year at Social Grounds Coffee. This month, we discussed Sarah Hepola’s memoir Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. It’s clear from our discussion that this book impacted each of our members. I’m grateful for this group of women who are not only willing to read a book on a difficult subject, but who are also willing to get vulnerable during our discussions.

Want to join in on the book club fun? We’d love to have you! Our group meets every other month to discuss woman-written, woman-focused books. Sign up for Babes + Books, the official book club of Babes Who Hustle, here.


5) Made my way through even more books.

It’s been another great month of reading for me. Still kicking ass on my #52booksin52weeks challenge! Here’s what I read in March:

If you’re a reading-tracking nerd like me (no shame), you can follow my reading challenge in real time on Goodreads.

Can’t wait to see what’s next for me in April!

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What's good? — February 2019 by Hurley Winkler


Each month, I’m sharing my top five life updates.
Here’s what’s good in my world for February.


1) Closed a chapter at the Jacksonville Public Library.

Very big news: after two spectacular years, I left my job at the Jacksonville Public Library earlier this month. I will miss working for an organization that truly shaped me—I first fell in love with books and reading at the library, and it’s been remarkable to be part of the JPL team.

I’ll be taking on much more freelance copywriting and editing work, as well as devoting more time to my own writing projects.

Fans of Completely Booked, do not fret—we were able to record upwards of 50 episodes before my last day at the library! I will definitely make podcasting part of my future.


2) Started my residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

In case you missed it, I’m spending time as an associate artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts! So far, my time here at the residency has been remarkable. It’s been an honor to study with the writer Bonnie Jo Campbell, and I’ve made steady progress with my own writing projects.

Pictured above is part of our workshop group in the fancy Writers’ Studio at ACA. Yep, that’s key lime pie on the table.

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3) Finished editing Kim Carrington’s latest novella.

I was thrilled to have a chance to work with Jacksonville author Kim Carrington on her latest project, Leta.

It’s a stunning novella with magical elements and sincere heartache (I’ll share the link to the book as soon as it’s available online!) We were able to polish and edit the novel just in time for her to debut it at the Jax Book Fest! This is the second project I got to work on with Kim and I’m so proud of her hard work as a writer.

But don’t take it from me. Here’s what Kim had to say about working together:

Hurley has worked on two of my novels. She is incredibly detail-oriented and polishes my manuscripts in a timely manner. Hurley is professional without losing that personal touch, and she always makes herself available in case I need advice or have a quick question. I’m looking forward to working with her on all of my literary projects.
— Kim Carrington

If you’re a writer interested in polishing your prose, I’d love to work with you.
Email me with your questions!

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4) Tackled some serious life admin tasks.

Who doesn’t love a quick win? This month, I tackled a couple of admin tasks that left me feeling 15 pounds lighter.

I took a workshop on taxes and hired a new accountant. I updated my website (and started this blog!) We have to remember to pat ourselves on the back for these types of mini accomplishments.


5) Devoured more books!

I’m still on schedule with my #52Booksin52Weeks reading challenge. Here’s what I’ve been reading this month:

Follow my reading challenge in real time on Goodreads.

Can’t wait to see what March has in store for me!

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What’s good? — January 2019 by Hurley Winkler

Every month, I’ll share my top five life updates. Here’s what’s good in my world for January.


1) Accepted a spot at the Atlantic Center for the Arts’ residency.

I’m excited to study under short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

I’ll be writing alongside seven other writers, and the residency will also have eight dancers and eight photographers present. Shipping out on February 17!


2) More than 50 women attended our first Babes + Books meeting of the year.

We’ve never had a bigger crowd at the Jacksonville chapter of the book club I lead with Babes Who Hustle. This month, we discussed Becoming by Michelle Obama.

I’m looking forward to discussing Blackout by Sarah Hepola at our next meeting on March 25th.


3) Started my #52Booksin52Weeks challenge.

In 2019, I’m striving to read a book every week. I’ve always been a bit of a slow reader, so this is a big challenge for me.

I got off to a great start this month by reading six books, putting me ahead of schedule! Here’s what I’ve read so far:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran

And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

You can follow my reading challenge in real time on Goodreads.


4) Interviewed a WWE Diva for the podcast.

After throwing some serious Instagram shade, WWE Diva Alicia Fox came on our podcast!

We chatted about her 13+ year wrestling career. And who knew this WWE Diva loves zines?!

Don’t miss this episode when it lands in February. Subscribe to Completely Booked wherever you get your podcasts.


5) Made serious progress on an essay thanks to my cheerleading partner, Jessica.

What’s a cheerleading partner? Basically a writing partner with pom poms.

I’m lucky to have brilliant literary editor Jessica Hatch on my side as my cheerleading partner.

This month, Jessica and I met up twice to talk about an essay I’ve been toiling over for six months. She really helped me see the forest for the trees in this piece of writing, and the essay is finding its shape!

Looking forward to February with all my might.

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