May. 8th, 2009 05:08 pm
j_cheney: (Hurry...)
So, I hit page 602/602 on the revison today. I think that means 'done'

The ending needs to be tweaked, and I'm going to spend a few days cleaning up little odds and ends, but after that it's going to the first reader. Finally.

Outta here...

Tough Times

May. 8th, 2009 12:12 pm
j_cheney: (End of the Road)
I went by the post office today to drop off a couple of cards and spotted one of the postal employees outside....edging the post office lawn. Yep, they have to do it themselves these days.

A lot of people won't agree, but I think my post office does a bang-up job. I don't recall bills going astray, I get 99.9 percent of everything in good condition, and media mail is far cheaper than it should be. The one time I had my mail stolen, postal inspectors hunted down the culprit and returned my totally unnecessary catalogs to me. (But hey, they got the theives, which is what counts.)

Yep, I bought forever stamps yesterday. But I don't really have a problem with the price hike. The postal service hasn't made a profit in years, and every time someone switches to e-billing, that takes away some of their funding (I am not, BTW, advocating against e-billing. It's a great idea, It just means that the POs revenue stream is decreasing and yet they're still delivering to all the same places--therefore more loss).

I like all my post office folks, and I'd hate to see any of them lose their jobs. :o(
j_cheney: (Ivy)
My mother told me she really liked Early Winter, Near Jenli Village (at least I remember it that way), and her tastes were validated today by Lois Tilton over at IROSF, who gave the story a RECOMMENDED review!

A sad and quiet tale about wounds that even kindness and love are not enough to heal.

I am full of squee!!! And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] marshall_payne for the heads up!

On another note, I went to the brick-and-morter book store today and was frustrated that I couldn't find what I was looking for (hardbacks of the last two books by Jim Butcher, and the first two books by [livejournal.com profile] rclementmoore). That is less worthy of squee. I gave in and ordered on-line.

Almost done

May. 7th, 2009 07:15 am
j_cheney: (Sword)
From the Horoscope wars:
You might find that there is an element of fantasy about the day that is causing you to lose track of time and space. Don't bother connecting to reality if you don't have to.

Oh, right....and how is this different from any other day?

I reached 95% of the way through the WIP rewrite last night. I think I'll be finishing today, and will follow up with some cosmetic tweaking for a couple of days after that, then off it goes to the first reader.

Then I'll return to working on short stories and novellas. Yay!!
j_cheney: (Sky)
The sun finally made an appearance this afternoon, after days and days of Seattle-ish weather. Did a touch of yard work, but didn't bother with the dead snake or dead skink. I keep hoping something will come along and eat them. The ground is really soggy out there.

I'm starting this work period at 85% through the WIP. The major changes have been made, so now it's only cosmetic from here to the epilog. Perhaps tomorrow? The WIP has ballooned from 95 to 120K, not too surprising, and I'm hoping the first reader will spot all the boring bits so I can chop about 10K out of that.

Tomorrow is two weeks to Wiscon, and I'm not ready.
j_cheney: (Stone Lion)
Dear Neighborhood Felines,

I do realize my house is apparently built on cat-centric ley lines, but I'd like you to please stop leaving your sacrifices next to my hose reel.

Yes, I got the dead skink. Yes, I got the dead snake. I'm sure you're trying to appease cat ancestral spirits or whatever, but couldn't you just eat the things? Or take them back to your owners?

Or you could try to kill the moles....ever thought of that?

j_cheney: (Tired)
I'm still trying half-heartedly to set up Dreamwidth, but so far it's taking 13-20+ minutes to load pages. Each individual screen, I mean. I hit enter, and a quarter hour later the next page opens. This is probably due to my ISPs hate of Dreamwidth, but if it doesn't get better...I'm throwing in the towel.

I'm looking into going to WFC this year, so I booked the hotel, and looked into plane tickets. We have a direct flight from OKC to San Jose? It's cheaper to fly from OKC than it is from Dallas?!? How weird is that?

I got copies of our special anthology "A Cabinet of Curiosities, A Circus of Marvels" from AnthologyBuilder.

Our reading cabal* will be giving a few of these away as door prizes at Wiscon, so if you're there, swing by and try to win one ;o)

*[livejournal.com profile] jess_ka, [livejournal.com profile] camillealexa, [livejournal.com profile] carolineyoachim, [livejournal.com profile] dotar_sojat, and me.
j_cheney: (End of the Road)
Bed made.....check!
Garage door fixed...check!
Mole-Man dropped by....check! (traps empty)
Chicken stripped....check!
Return taken to Hobby Lobby.....check!
Creamer and Oatmeal from store....check!
Checks deposited....check!
Quicken run/bills paid....check!
Caught up on e-mail...check!
Laundy and dishes....check!

Downstairs bathrooms......well, not yet....
Catch up on LJ posts.....No way! Sorry, folks....

Still working on other things. Shower over, though, so life will return to normal. Laundry to fold, TTFN
j_cheney: (Hurry...)
The shower went very well. Whew!

I was extremely pleased at the turn out, and my lemon bars had the highest sell-through eat-through of all the cookies present. The bride and groom were roundly feted by all, and got a really nice assortment of gifts.

Got a dreamwidth account, but for some reason can't get any of the pages to open....they time out. ::sighs:: I'll get it worked out eventually.

Must go make dinner. Tomorrow back to realy life and finishing that WIP!
j_cheney: (Default)
Last summer, my favorite movie turned out to be The Mummy 3. It was brainless mind fluff. Michelle Yeoh was awesome, as always, and I was even willing to try to believe in the CGI yeti.

Just got back from Wolverine. Agan, mind fluff. No big political message, just some good ol' X-Men duking it out pre-Professor X. It was lovely to see them bring Remy LeBeau to the screen.

Husband and I may cut the swing through Wisconson short to save a few bucks....that I might use to go to WFC in Oct/Nov. Still working on the finance end of that....so my con bills this year will be....larger than last year.

Of course, we just had the fence replaced, the roof fixed, the mole-man out......and yesterday the spring on the garage door broke. OTOH, I got a nice check in the mail today from JBU (despite Eric Flint going in for hearth surgery). Hopefully things will even out.

I also hope we enjoy Star Trek as much as Wolverine....


May. 2nd, 2009 09:30 am
j_cheney: (Black and White)
Wolverine? Kentucky Derby? Wolverine? Kentucky Derby? Wolverine? Kentucky Derby?

So I'm leaning toward Wolverine. After all, the KD is just going to be a few minutes long, and there's a possibility that one of the horses might get hurt. I don't wanna be watching if that happens. I can catch the race later on YouTube.

Go to gym? Bake lemon bars? Go to gym? Bake lemon bars? Go to gym? Bake lemon bars?

Duh, lemon bars. Have the shower tomorrow, so those are first priority.

Angry e-mail? Polite query? Angry e-mail? Polite query? Angry e-mail? Polite query?

Dreamwidth failed to send me my code. What's up with that? Yeah, I'll go with the polite query. I'm just not the angry e-mail type.

As I need to go down and make lemon bars, please don't take it personally if I don't read your blog today....perhaps later ;o)


May. 1st, 2009 09:53 am
j_cheney: (End of the Road)
My dad sent me the quote from his cryptoquote today...

Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
-- Jules Renard.

A bit harsh, but true in the context of often being asked "Are you still doing that little writing thing?" (Most of my friends only consider publication of a novel to be writing, so I'm pretty lame by their standards.)

Also, I'm going to beta the Dreamwidth thing for six months, at least. Supposedly importation and cross posting are made very easy, but I suspect it would stay secondary to the LJ. However, since I'm phone-unfriendly enough not to tweet, I have to stay current in other social venues.
j_cheney: (Book)
So, here's a question for the flist...

Does anyone rent out things like Kindles?

It seems like a no-brainer, let people test drive them before committing a gazillion dollars.

Also, does anyone know much about the 'slow screen death' on Kindle 2s?

*Yes, I have to use the book icon for this because I haven't yet seen a grave marker with an angel holding a Kindle...
j_cheney: (Bunny)
I have identified three of the unknown geraniums as Geranium x oxonianum "Wargrave's Pink", and a handful of others as Geranium incanum. It's always lovely when they flower and show you their colors. Now just a couple of unkknowns left ;o)
j_cheney: (Stone Verse)
Finally, thoughts about Conestoga. Read more... )
But Conestoga was a blast. I'll get to see a lot of the same people in a couple of months at SoonerCon as well, so that's something to look forward to ;o)

I wrote DitD quickly. In reading it quickly, (100 pages in two sittings) I noted that I need to work on varying the phrases for certain movements, and so have decided that I will start compiling my own Thesaurus of Body Language.

So I'm starting with eyebrows. My first too-often-used phrase is 'he regarded her with raised brows' Any suggestions as to other ways to write this bit of body language, oh wiki-world?*

*(Please note, if I happen to use your phrasing at some point in the future, I am not going to pay you royalties. Get over it.)
j_cheney: (Hurry...)
I spent three hours today driving from SuperWally to SuperWally trying to find the hostess gift for the shower on Sunday. Finally found the stoneware, but nothing local carries the flatware. Settled for kitchen accessories to round out the gift amount.

Among my other errands, I purchased prescription dog food for Mr. Loki. In the last two years it has crept up from $54 for the big bag to $80 a bag. This is getting ridiculous. I need to monitor how long it takes the beast to go through a bag. I haven't really tracked that before, so it might not seem as bad once I determine a daily cost. Of course, we don't want to go through dog surgery again, so we can't just feed him Ol'Roy. ::sighs::

Yesterday I was exhuasted. Last night I read some and then slept like a ton of bricks. No WIP work done, but I needed the rest. Will be working tonight. Yay!

Perhaps a con post tomorrow ;o)
j_cheney: (Sleepy)
But no, I don't have the flu.

Conestoga was awesome, and I don't think I had any real 'social ineptitude' moments. (There was one 'confused dumb blonde' moment, but the recipient of my idiocy didn't seem too upset.)

I have many things to do this week for the wedding shower I'm hosting after church next Sunday, so I can't do all the catch-up (or the obligatory con report) today. Must go purchase purty napkins and coordinate hostesses.

Having read The Great Influenza last fall, I'm rather creeped out by the stats coming out of Mexico, particularly the one that notes that the fatalities fall into the 20-45 age group. I will be washing my hands a LOT in the next several months.

BTW, antibacterial gels are antibacterial, not antiviral. Doesn't hurt to use them, but don't use them in place of washing your hands. Use them in addition to washing your hands. And stop touching your face.

j_cheney: (Hurry...)
Off to Conestoga today.

My goal? No 'social ineptitude' moments.

ETA: From today's fortune cookie:
Diligence and modesty can raise your social status...

Good to know.
j_cheney: (Black and White)

Such an oddity for me. I don't usually do these, but I have links today.

1) [livejournal.com profile] marshall_payne has posted his interview with me at Fantasy Magazine today. It was surrpisingly fun to do. ;o)

2) [livejournal.com profile] scbutler's story "More Than Once Upon a Time" is now up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

3) [livejournal.com profile] melissajm's story "Children of the Fire" can now be found at Aberrant Dreams.

4) [livejournal.com profile] musingaloud has a charming short, Potion Woes out in Everday Fiction.

5) Place reserved for the one I'm sure I forgot....If you guys remember, leave a note in the comments.

6) [livejournal.com profile] incandragon posted this. It's worth a watch for the nostalgic smile it will bring (to those of us over a certain age).
j_cheney: (Hidden Away)
Heavens! What does one say about the skink in their underpants?

I was out in the garden and realized that....something was going on in my pants. My immediate suspicion was a spider.....a biiiiggg spider. It's not exactly like I'd be comfortable stripping outside, so I hustled back indoors, jogged to the bathroom and dropped trou.....dumping a very confused 4-5 inch long skink onto my bathroom floor in the process.

Once I wrangled the skink and got him back outdoors, it was time to cook lunch. But I assure you, a shower is in the offing later.


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