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This is a retrospective … Looking back …

No, not really. Happy … happy … well, happy December and New Year guys; it’s been awhile. If I told you all of what happened to me in 2022, even in just 3 months, you wouldn’t believe it. I can’t even still believe it. Suffice it to say, I’m married now, officially Kindra Joyce Lee Marquez and no longer Kindra Joyce Ferriabough. That’s right. My husband is Hispanic.

While homeless—because that’s what happened to me too from Aug 2022Nov 2022—I managed to keep things going around here, not these updates though; but that’s what I wanted to talk about too. This is a retrospective because I won’t be doing these What’s Packed? posts anymore … well, like this anyway. I’ll keep my Goodreads blog though I think; like I’ve done since 2021 when I started this website: I write there throughout the year then move it all over onto the blog archive here and here once the year is up and start afresh. I started this new year with an interview with indie author Corbin Bosiljevac: you can read it there on GR, or here on the website. Or here on my new Substack newsletter.

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I’ve started an indie newsletter for all things I’m interested in with indie books. You might’ve seen me do it here and there already here on my website and on my Goodreads blog: I’ve decided to give it a go, centralizing everything and charging a nominal fee to boot. I’m moving forward with the first paid newsletter content for Valentine’s Day, so check it out if you’re so inclined and subscribe!

It’s 5 bucks a month/35 for the year, at minimum 1 newsletter a month about indie news/411, what I’d like to read, what I’ve found to share, what you’d like to share, interviews, recommendations, announcements, discounts, giveaways, and really just anything I find and discover interesting about the indie (literary) arts. I don’t know what I’ll do with my book social media accounts like GR and LibraryThing, but I got rid of Indie Corner (my indie book lending library) when I found out Amazon (very quietly) discontinued its lending program. Very quietly. To me that was a disappointment because I thought that the lending program was redemptive for a monopoly like Amazon; then suddenly, I come out of my little world, go to look at my Kindle content and see that the 60+ books I had in my library to lend are no longer available to lend. Huh. All the more reason now for a chap like me to really start buying books elsewhere since there’s no more of that incentive to keep the circulation going with lending.

But whatever. For now, if you sign up for the annual plan, you can get The Bubblegum Review newsletter free for 2 months. With an annual subscription you can also receive a complimentary indie service promotion. For more of the deets, visit the BGR page on this website here.

Stay tuned though. You can always visit the Site Map here (which I update regularly). I still have a lot to do and, conversely, no idea what to do so this always works out great. Just check back. Obviously if I changed or updated something it’ll be changed and updated, so depending on what page you’re interested in here on A Packed Lunch, just check back. You can always follow the site or subscribe. I’m always up to something, turns out.

For now, I hope you had a great New Year; let’s keep trying, throwing things up against the wall to see if it sticks Let’s keep enduring things in life with gratefulness so that it turns into a natural gratefulness to be alive no matter what the circumstance.