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End of Year Stats [Dec. 30th, 2008|03:09 pm]
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Originally published at Blessed and Mundane. You can comment here or there.

Writing Stats:

  • Shorts Written: 2 1/2
  • Shorts submitted: 2
  • Acceptances: 1
  • Rejections: 0
  • Still waiting: 1
  • Novels drafted: 1.5
    Not bad, percentage-wise. :P

Intentions for 2009:

  • 365 Photo Project (w/ group)- more on that later
  • Finish Solace. Research and draft The Auctioneer and round 500 of Melanthe.
  • Knit more.
  • Grow more food.
  • Have baby, which is certain to complicate everything else on the list, and yet is the thing I’m looking forward to most.
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Rude Awakening [Dec. 16th, 2008|09:59 am]
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Originally published at Blessed and Mundane. You can comment here or there.

My first conscious thought this morning was that I needed to restructure Solace entirely, because the real problem is I have too many planets and can’t tell the story properly- all those planets are just distractions.

The plot will need to take a new direction, but this also keeps the emphasis on what I wanted to write about in the first place: how we might respond to a new planet.  Also makes it much more about individual characters than their social groups- the conflict is between individuals and not cultural structures. Much better. More fun to write, more interesting to think about.

And I think I figured out how to fuel the ships and account for FTL. So that’s all right then.

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Holiday Preparations [Dec. 10th, 2008|03:33 pm]
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Originally published at Blessed and Mundane. You can comment here or there.

This is one of those Accountability lists, ensuring that I actually get some house stuff done rather than face public humiliation:

1. Clean out family room toy bins. There’s one small set, and I intend to keep it that way.

2. Drag holiday boxes up from the basement.

3. Find tree stand (garage?) and clean it out before we get the tree on Saturday.

4. Find saw and rope needed for tree cutting. Hm. Or make trip to Home Depot on the way to the woods. Do not forget camera: kids and trees and stuff make for good pics. Hope for 50` weather being promised, expect blizzard.

5. Finish up holiday shopping at the Boulder Bookstore and other local shops. Get photos into frames and collect kid art for shipping. Package and mail gifts over the weekend.

6. Drink more eggnog, lament lack of rum.

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All the cool kids did it... [Nov. 28th, 2008|11:37 am]
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Not what I would have guessed, but also not surprising.

Your rainbow is shaded white.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate quiet moments. People depend on you to make them feel secure.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.
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Podcast Recommendations? [Nov. 21st, 2008|10:49 am]
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Originally published at Blessed and Mundane. You can comment here or there.

I’m going to spend roughly 40 hours in a car over the next week, with my husband and small child. We have radically different musical tastes, so I thought we’d try some new podcasts.

Please save me from 40 hours of networking/business/system security/techie “humor”. (I have seen J’s subscription lists. If you don’t speak in acronyms, you don’t get the jokes. I understand half of it and that’s just because he used to code in his sleep.)

I’d love some spec fic podcasts- they don’t have to be family-friendly but have to be identifiably not so (I don’t like to be surprised or stressed when driving, so no gore/horror/etc, and I will be screening for 3yr old ears). Pub biz news welcome, ITunes-friendly a plus. Writers, word geeks, etc, are favorites. Science podcasts would also be good.

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Sprouts in the Cold Frame! [Nov. 12th, 2008|12:02 pm]
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Originally published at Blessed and Mundane. You can comment here or there.

The latest round in our gardening experiments is a cold frame. A few weeks ago I bought the materials and installation in a silent auction (thanks to Eric and Penelope from Peak Soil), and then spent a nice Saturday morning clearing what was left of last summer’s veggie patch for the winter garden. Once it was in it looked like this:

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We’ve been carefully watering it for the last two weeks, and this morning when I went out to open up the plastic a bit I found this:

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Those are sprouts. Those are sprouts that will turn into spinach, kale, collards, and other tasty green things over the next few months, and all I have to do is water it once in a awhile and roll and unroll some plastic to keep the frost off. The materials were cheap and the work was quick and easy if you can dig in the dirt a little.

And dinner at my house in January is going to be really good.

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Like I Need Another Project [Nov. 10th, 2008|11:21 am]
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Originally published at Blessed and Mundane. You can comment here or there.

So I’ve reached that stage of pregnancy where I need bolsters and props for yoga. (This, as I mentioned to a friend a few days ago, is frustrating: going backward instead of forward when it comes to balance and flexibility and strength. I am not good with change unless I’m orchestrating it.) I don’t have the cash for the gear, but I’m pretty sure I can make them. I probably already have the supplies.

Anybody have a pattern for pillows or bolsters or meditation cushions? I can adjust sizing to my needs, but would prefer to have a pattern to use at first, and I haven’t turned up much online that appeals to me.

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Avoiding All the Timely References to Changes… [Nov. 9th, 2008|03:45 pm]
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Originally published at Blessed and Mundane. You can comment here or there.

…but making some nonetheless. Much as I liked the old theme, I wanted something friendlier and brighter and colorful. And here it is.

I’ll be back to blogging soon. I missed it. I think this version will be less focused on the work and more personal- I can report word counts all I want, but that’s not any more fun for me than it is for you.

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Some things are so obvious it's hard to believe it's necessary to say them. [Nov. 1st, 2008|04:05 pm]
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Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a non-same-sex marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by those who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.
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This Seems Like a Good Time... [Oct. 12th, 2008|12:17 pm]
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From bachsoprano :

Post 10 things that are going right in your life right now. I don't care how small. You're happy with your cup of coffee. You saw a flock of geese flying over. ANYTHING. Things that make you happy. Things that make you smile.

1. My birthday was Thursday.

2. I got to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time. That's a pretty good present.

3. New haircut and color always cheer me up: short and red this time.

4.What I wanted for my birthday: to have a nice dinner at home with my family. Yes, that's pretty much what we do every night. It's a nice life, this getting what you want every day.

5. I have an actual plan for all the house stuff that needs to be done this month. With lists and directions.

6. It's cold out. So cold that I pulled out the nice wool and will start a new shawl and sweater today. Fall is my favorite time of year.

7. I'm now working on two novels in very different stages. Both are going pretty well.

8. I have a kitchen full of pumpkins and other squashes. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, squash soup... have I mentioned that fall is my favorite time of year?

9. The short story group that was passed on to me is going very, very well, much as I'd feared it might fall apart in the move.

10. The first trimester nausea/fatigue/brain fog has receded enough that I can actually get things done... now to do them before the belly gets too big for me to move much.
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