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The New Normal

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I actually hate this phrase. I hear it all the time, usually dealing with chronic illness, and I have to admit it tends to be the last admission to myself when I realize that once again I’m afflicted with some sort of “we don’t really know how to fix this or test for it, but we can treat it. Maybe. Sorry” disease. Like everything else, a confirmed diagnosis is both good (yay, I know what I have!) and bad. (Boo! Everything hurts and nothing helps.) I guess you could call it a five stages of grief thing, as you desperately research everything you can about said issue, throwing yourself at doctors and home remedies in the off chance that maybe this particular herb will be the miracle you’re looking for. And then there’s anger/sadness/depression and all that…and eventually acceptance. The new normal, such as it is. But I’m not here… Read more

Happy New Year

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I’m not one for making resolutions,  actually. Not that I don’t have some things I want to change this upcoming year about my outlook – though I’m actually going to talk about that more on Thursday for my Word Whores post. So, where does that leave me here? Well, for starters, I can look back on the past year and wonder at the fact that I manage to publish two books, sell a short story and a comic book story…and start up/continue a comic book collaboration with someone who has become a pretty dear friend. (The fact that I still have my day job and my kids aren’t running wild with hedgehogs is an added bonus.) I did my share of cons, got a new tattoo, traveled about the country and hung out with a lot of very cool people. Yes we had a shower that sorta fell apart and… Read more

Blogging Plans Awry

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I had all these plans today to write up a post about character development and what aspects help to create a compelling character, but real life seems to have waylaid me. For one, I ended up spending a few hours at the vet with Tumbleweed today (lovely shot there for you.) Think she’ll be okay, but I gotta watch her for the next few weeks and make sure she gets her meds and then we’ll see. (It’s nothing major, but she just seems to be walking funny and a bit off her feed.) For the other, it’s Connor’s birthday today and I’ve got a whole bunch of family type things to arrange and do, so that’s cut into my blogging time. Once I get these first pass pages in next week I’ll have a little bit of a breather, but otherwise I suspect I’ll be rather scare on the interwebs… Read more