Anniversary; birthday



Yesterday was my second wedding anniversary.  I came home to a big box on the bed.  Skittles pawed at it, like he saw something to play with.  Replicas of the daggers Legolas uses in Lord of the Rings.  I’ve been wanting them since the movie came out.

I only pulled one out, just to see what it looked like.


So very pretty


They’re not perfect, but I don’t expect that. And they’re just going to be displayed, if I can ever find wall space.  The set came with a plaque, and Rob ordered sheathes for them cause they’re very sharp.

I bought Rob some shirts. Not that he needs any more, but these were ones I knew he’d like.  Plus shirts are more useful than almost anything else I could’ve got him.





Today is Mom’s birthday, and Rob and I celebrated with ice cream cupcakes.


We celebrated her birthday in Alaska, two years ago, the day after the wedding. While she might be gone, there’s never any forgetting.


Miss you, Mom.

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Finally, something concrete

I’ve spent the last several years trying to lose weight. I’ve exercised, changed portion sizes, counted calories, cut out processed carbs. My doctor checked my thyroid and blood sugar. I could lose five pounds, or maybe ten. I lost the most when I was taking prednisone when I had bronchitis. But I would gain it all back, plus another four or five.

This has been the cycle I’ve lived with for a long time. Long stretches of exercise and eating well, getting physically healthy and not losing anything. So I’d give up for a few months. Because why bother? I couldn’t lose anything anyway, and if I did, it’s just come back plus more.

In March, one of my doctors had a lot of different tests run. One was to test for a genetic marker for stroke. All clear on that one. She also had my insulin and hormone levels tested. I have insulin resistant PCOS.

Turns out I do a have an actual medical reason for my difficulty losing weight.

I talked with my GP, and she prescribed metformin for me. From what I’ve read, it’s a common treatment, and it should make my body work right. Or at least better. So, hopefully, I’ll actually be able to start losing weight.

In other not-great news, my oldest uncle is in the hospital.  He broke an arm, and he had to have surgery to put a rod in to help it heal. And he has cancer–a tumor in his pelvis, one on his spine, and a mass in his lungs.  My family is still waiting on the results of the biopsy, so I don’t know anything else. Please, if you would, keep him and my family in your thoughts and prayers. This hasn’t been the greatest year for us.

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Stuff and Things

Wow…it’s kinda been a while since I’ve posted.  Uhm…Oops?  I’ve been a bit…distracted…the past several months. I got the car registered, then Rob and I went to a few cons, and it seems like we’ve been busy every other weekend (We met George R.R. Martin! And Neil Gaiman!). Or rather, we’ve been playing a new MMO every other weekend. And I haven’t gotten much written. Either just not in the mood (yeah, I know, write anyway), or I was reading, or we went to see a movie, or I needed help to figure out something in a scene so I could rewrite it, or whathaveyou. (Excuses, excuses.)

I really did need help figuring out a scene.  Still do, actually. But I was also waiting on Rob to read through the first several chapters so we could go over them for notes.  I didn’t want to start in on a rewrite just to get notes back on an older version. Which has been a bit frustrating, since it meant I was a bit stalled in forward momentum.

The opening of the story’s also been giving me fits, though I think I found that the other day. Of course, Rob read it (it’s only 93 words-quick read) and said that it’s good but still needs work.

Oh! I bought a new desk. It’s so that I have more useable space, and also to make my writing room more of a writing room. I still need to find some kinda thingie for storage space on top, which might entail building something, but I’ll be posting about that once it’s all done. Right now, the desktop is mostly covered with papers from me clearing out my files.

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This is my old car.










And my new one.

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Looking Back and Moving Forward

I had a lot of ups and downs last year. Some pretty major ones, too.

Rob and I went to a few more conventions–smaller, regional cons–and Myke Cole introduced us to quite a few people–his agent, other authors, some SFWA board members.  Myke’s been a strong influence; talking with him at cons, and one of his blog posts, got me really excited about my writing and finishing the draft I’d been working on.  After those first couple cons in February and March, I gave myself a deadline for finishing the draft–August 13–and I finished just before July 4.  Revisions are going slow, but I’m planning on amping that up soon.

Rob and I had our one year anniversary in August.  We took a trip up to Bangor, to do research for my story, and it was fantastic.  And Rob got me the Box of Awesome.

Like I said, some really good ups.

Then, September.  Just after Rob’s birthday (9-11. Yeah.) my mom went into the ER. Two of my aunts had driven to her house (six hours for one, three for the other) to take her to the hospital. It was an intestinal blockage that would require an operation.

I talked to her just before she was taken in for it.

Things seemed to go okay; the surgery went well, and she was sedated for a few days.  She came out of the sedation, and I talked to her again. But a day or two later, she was having trouble and was sedated again. Her condition went up and down a lot.

Then the end of September, my aunt called.  The doctor said we needed to be there to say our goodbyes.

October 1, at 4:20 pm, my mom passed away.

The weekend after I got back to Ct was New York Comic Con. Rob asked if we were still going, or if we would cancel. I said I needed to go.

It was a good thing. I met Peter S. Beagle, and that made the entire weekend worth it. And my awesome friends, too.

Then more awesome-Rob and I went to Texas for Christmas, and we stayed with my younger sister and her family. I adore them. The trip was so relaxing and fun. And we boxed up the stuff I got from my mom, and some I’d left, and we drove back.

Since I needed a new car, I got that. So we drove it back. It’s a convertible, so not my first choice, but it’s a really nice car. We decided to drive through the middle of the country, with a brief stop in Missouri.

We’ve been looking at that area and wanted to get a feel for it.  We spent most of a day with Julie Butcher, and had dinner with her, her brother, and her sister-in-law, and we spent most of the night talking with her and her middle daughter. She’s very much awesome.  Told us where we should look for houses and what sort of jobs are available in the area.

I didn’t really want to leave. The streets there are kinda wonky, but I like the place.  Spread out like San Angelo or Bangor, and seasons and tress.

We stopped in New Jersey for New Years and stayed the night with Shecky and Sue, and then drove the rest of the way home.

I was kinda sad to be home, but Skittles was happy. Once he got over being scared(All it took was petting him with one of those brush glove things).

As for resolutions, I had two in 2012. 1. Exercise; 2. Write.

I sorta exercised. I never managed to get enough momentum to keep myself going, but I made some improvements.  I bought a new treadmill and used it somewhat consistently, at least until the end of September, and just never managed to get the habit set again. Short weeks, holidays, and traveling really screw with me when I’m trying to get the habit going.

So, new year, new treadmill, new time to start again. And oh, do I need it. Two weeks out of work and most of that sitting in a car, and I felt weak going up and down stairs. The back pain is a really strong motivator. I made it go away before; I want to do that again.

The other one, writing? Worked out very well. I gave myself a general goal-2500 words a week. I was pretty consistent with that, aside from the couple months just after finishing my draft and in December. Overall, I finished a second draft of my manuscript. I started a rough draft of the sequel.

This year’s goal is a bit more concrete. Revise the first manuscript; finish the rough of the second. Try for a polished short. These are all doable. I’ll give myself a deadline after I talk it over with Rob.

I’m starting the year well; I’ve been cleaning and organizing my room and computer so that I have fewer distractions. The process is slow, but it’s going.

And so far, things are going pretty well.

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