The End of Winter

Oh my Goddess, have I been away.

That hiatus was entirely unplanned and way longer than it should have been. To make a long year short, my beau and I moved into my parents’ house a year ago while we made renovations on his mother’s home, which is now ours. It required a full gutting and we’re still not completely finished (the master bath is still in pieces) but we were able to move in this winter.

After that, my niece was born and was subsequently hospitalized with a major illness. We then were delivered the heartbreaking news that she will not be with us for very long. She’s turning six months this weekend, and it’s pretty special that she’s still here with us at all. We’re going to continue celebrating each birthday, each moment, each breath until she is with us no longer.

On a happier note, I am now engaged! The beau officially proposed and our date is set for November 2018. I’m so excited that he and I are going to continue this journey together.

As for writing, I have written very little since my internship with RVA Magazine ended last spring. It was such an amazing experience, though! I had so much fun and learned a lot and wrote some pretty great pieces, if I do say so myself.

However, it’s a new season and it’s time for a fresh start. I have novels to finish, editing to complete, and ideas to get started.

It’s been a long winter; it’s time to see things bloom.


Published by Ren Martinez

Ren is a thirty-something Lost Boy whose personal aesthetic is “suspected of witchcraft by local villagers.” She subscribes to cheerful nihilism, the destruction of the patriarchy, and the belief that glitter makes everything better. She is a Richmond-based writer and performer who has fiction and non-fiction work found in a variety of publications, such as The Mary Sue, RVA Magazine, The Quotable, and Nostrovia Press. She is currently the fiction editor and a regular contributor at Quail Bell Magazine. She is also the co-host of the podcast, This F***ing Guy! Find out more at or read her dumbass tweets on Twitter @itsrenmartinez

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