July 22nd, 2005

I sleep now

Unwinding. Decompressing.

It's quite ridiculous how long it takes me to recover from a holiday these days. I feel like I'm smack dab in this gray haze of confusion. I can't sleep but I'm exhausted and having the hardest time concentrating. Nothing that a few more long naps won't fix, I'm sure. But the important thing is we're all back home. Hobkin was quite excited about returning from skunk camp, so much so that he was a squirming fuzzy basket-case on the car ride. He snooped out the biscuit I'd stuck in my pocket first thing, and then devoured it in a crumbly mess, leaving me, the car seat, and himself covered in bits of biscuit. That's my baby. He's snoozing peacefully under his hutch now, looking like a furry angel. We had some quality cuddling time, and all is well.

Watched Ella Enchanted which arrived via Netflix. It was much better than I'd expected, and proof that Shrek has most definitely spawned something--fairy tale-type stories told with modern, hip characters and sensibilities, accented by classic rock music. I like it. We zipped through some of the extra features on the DVD afterward. There was a brief Hollywood sound byte from the author of the novel, Gail Carson Levine, asking the hows and whys of her inspiration. She said she wrote it as an assignment for a class on writing children's fiction. She couldn't come up with anything, so she decided to do Cinderella. Urk.

Matthew went out to see if the blackberry bushes were still producing, and they were! He picked a nearly full Tupperware container's worth. We went to the grocery story, since our cupboards were bare, and I got another crust mix. The plan is to make another pie today.

Slowly catching up on all the to-do items that have accumulated in our absence. Achieving progress.


Writing Stuff

Sent back the Escape Pod contract for "The Life and Times of Penguin." The editor said that it'll be about a month before "Penguin" is slated for publication, but he hopes less than two.

Also went over the edits from Cricket for "The Raven's Brocade" and "The Tanuki-Kettle" and mailed back my a-ok as well as the answers to some questions my editor had marked for my attention. Definitely need to get back to work on that folk tale I'm in the middle of.