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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