Circle_profile_picI am Lara “LaLa” McKusky.  “LaLa” is a childhood nickname, given to me by my mother and my aunt.  When trying to come up with a name for my blog, lo these many years ago, it just fit.

I am a single mom with 3 children.  I work part-time in a church in downtown York, PA as an administrative assistant. I am also working on a novel (and have been for quite some time. sigh.) and my first art gallery show collection in paper art shadowboxes with a hefty list of collections I’d like to work on in the future.

Writing Credits: I have had a blog post linked to by NPR and just missed (bad bad timing) being interviewed for the accompanying podcast.  I have written for Technorati.com, Today’s Mama–York, PA the Parenting column, and Freshfiction.com. I was most recently a ghost blog writer for Ray Access where I wrote about all manner of things, from medical articles to a fitness newsletter article with a recipe to articles on real estate. I am a Writer’s Support Scholarship winner and graduate of  The Brainery: Online Speculative Fiction Writing + Resources, where I took a course in Short Fiction, workshop-style.  I am a scholarship winner and attendee of the Writer Unboxed’s Un-Conference, 2016 for writing fiction.

I am a Diana Gabaldon Fan Ambassador.WrittenInMyOwnHeartsBlood_FanBadgeRound  I was a book reviewer for several years and received books from St. Martin’s Press, Harper Collins, and Random House. I worked with a small PR firm called PR by the Book to review all sorts of indie books.  My bookshelf runneth over (still, several years later!). I am no longer reviewing as I turn to concentrate on my kids and my personal passion projects.

Finally, I have an associate’s degree from Methodist University {formerly Methodist College} in General Studies, where I participated in their  first ever Honors Seminar, where we focused on exploring Greek and Roman writings.  I earned a dual BA in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies frprbythebookom Notre Dame of MD University {formerly College of Notre Dame of MD}, graduating magna cum laude and having been inducted into two honors societies.  Additionally, I have 40 credits in an accelerated program through the Art Institute of Pittsburgh–Online Division towards a degree in   Graphic Design.

I have worked with children in all capacities {pick one: babysitter, camp counselor, nanny, private tutor, child care group leader, Sunday School teacher, student teacher, substitute teacher, etc.} in addition to having my ed degree, so I have fairly strong opinions about raising children, as a result.  I’d apologize, but I’m not really sorry.

What do I do when I’m not taking care of my kids, working, designing, reviewing, or writing?

I love pop culture.  I have worked in a comic book store, I love the comic book world and all things geeky and nerdy.  I am also a nurturer and a nester that loves cooking, straightening up my abode, snuggling down with blankets and books, movies and popcorn.  I garden, walk and cross-stitch. I just learned how to knit, which I adore, and I’m eyeing up crocheting. Somehow, I am an 18th century woman trapped in a feminist’s body.  I can’t figure it out.  You shouldn’t hurt your brain trying to either.

Welcome to my world.  Welcome to LaLa Land.


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