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August 18th, 2008

many happy returns!

Happy (early) birthday to vichan and darthsindel1981!!!! Have lots of cake and ice cream. :-)

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post-vacation stuff

Getting back into the groove of things has been harder than I thought. After three weeks of living like a normal human being, I've had a rough time adjusting to staying up all night again. I could just do like so many other third shifters and sleep the whole time when I'm not working, but at the end of vacation I dedicated myself to getting more done, both on the home front and the writing front; but I sure didn't get much done yesterday.

Still, I'm back to reading my flist, although I'm still not commenting much; just haven't had time. This was the first real vacation I've taken in a long time; usually I spend my time off trying to get this or that done, but Emily made me actually rest and recreate this time around -- I needed it! Now that I'm back, I'm in the catch-up mode.

I'm going to try to get back on track with the agent/publisher hunt, too. I've got to dig out my office supplies, read over and print fresh copies of my manuscripts, research my markets, and get stuff in the mail. Meanwhile, my plan is to write at least 2,000 words of new material every week (including my column) -- *before* working on any fanfic.

That might shorten my LJ time, but I'll keep everyone updated on my progress and, of course, on the progress of the grandkids:

trying to catch both awake at the same time isn't easy ...Collapse )

Meanwhile, here are two filler columns that were in the paper during my vacation, but which I didn't get a chance to post here. Just some light fluff to get me through summer!

Beer Good?Collapse )

Beer Bad?Collapse )

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