Updates and Chit Chat

Yes, it’s been a while, but since I’ve been gone a lot of things have happened. This time of year seems to race by for me, and I’m sure that has something to do with the anniversary of Momma’s death. At the same time all that was going on, two years ago, an actual miracle occurred and we celebrate it every year on this day. This is the day my first grandchild, now and forever known as “Muffin”, was born. He missed meeting his Great-Grammy by less than three weeks.

Although some people may think his birth date is unfortunate, I don’t see it that way. He is such a special child – beautiful, funny, and very loving. He brings such light and joy to everyone around him, I can’t help but think he was sent to us for several reasons – I know without him, it’s very likely I would not have survived my momma’s passing. Does that sound dramatic? Too bad, it’s how I feel.

Anyway, Happy Birthday to my beloved Muffin! Noni loves you, and I know Great-Grammy keeps a close eye on you and loves you too. Have fun today, bubbe, and eat cake! Lots and lots of delicious cake!

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Onward, ever onward. I have also just completed a move, and I want to say for the record I absolutely despise moving, and I’m hoping I don’t ever have to do it again. I’m still shaking the dust out, sorting through some stuff and waiting to get internet hook-up. In the meantime, I am lucky enough to have a Borders not two minutes from my house, which means free wi-fi, delicious coffee, and all the people watching I can stand. Which is funny, if you know me, because I have become pretty much a hermit. Now, I am forced to go out every day and interact with….people.

This is not necessarily a bad thing for me. Oh, don’t get me wrong – I love people, but typically I like them better at a distance, heh. I am normally rather introverted, not an uncommon trait for writers as I understand it, but it does me good to get out and about on a regular basis. I guess. (I think the jury is still out on that.) I have observed some very interesting people from my little corner, not the least a group of men who meet every day to discuss the philosophical angles of Batman. Yes, you heard me. Long story. Heh.

The beauty of freelancing is you can work from anywhere. I love my job.

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Additionally, I have tried to make some major improvements to my diet. I know this probably isn’t very interesting – who doesn’t go through phases of trying to improve their diet? – but really, I’m not getting any younger and this sedentary life of a writer is not really conducive to good health. Forgetting to eat and grabbing any old thing is not working for me anymore, if it ever did, so I decided to pay more attention to what’s on my plate and eating at regular intervals. So far, so good.

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And, the big news is, I finally finished Chapter 22 and I don’t hate it. The end is in sight. Which is scary-exhilarating. As a matter of fact, I spent most of the night tossing and turning and dreaming about Chapter 23, which I will be attacking as soon as paying work is caught up. The working title is “Athena’s Promise”, and I’ve even made notes about Book II, as yet unnamed.

Three of the craft books I edited have made it live, and I’m excited about that. The publisher seems to be pleased with my work, and has indicated more work is on the way, which is very satisfying. Since I was last here, my story, “The Blood is Not Enough” was published in the August edition of Skive Magazine, which was a thrill beyond words. I love that story and was thrilled it found a home. Go on! It’s a free download :)

Even more exciting than that, a project I’d worked on for over a year is finally released. MeiLin Miranda’s “Lovers and Beloveds” has been released as an Ebook, and can be found in serialized form. The hard copy comes out October 15, and I am so, so thrilled about this. The Ebook is only $3.99, and it is a ripping good yarn, and I’m not just saying that because I was the editor. Magic, history, eroticism – this book has it all. MeiLin was a dream client – we worked so well together, and I’m looking forward to working with her on the next book. As an indie, she really has impressed me with her drive, her work ethic, and her determination. She really is an inspiration to me.

So go – pick up the book. You won’t be sorry, I promise.

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I intended this entry to cover a very different topic, but you know how it is when you open up a blank document and start typing. You just never know what’s going to come out. This is the update, and we’ll talk about something more interesting the next time around, I promise. :)

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