December 30th, 2006

santa hobkin

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It's my birthday today! Happy birthday to me. As I was telling terracinque, I still love having birthdays, but I've reached the point where I find the numerical increment in age indicator something of a downer. Yeah, I'm conflicted by my birthday. But at least there's cake.

fosteronfilm and I got back to Atlanta yesterday after a grueling 14+ hour drive, retrieved Hobkin, who has been a fuzzy lump attached to my hip (or haunting my ankles--which has made walking something of a chancy affair), from his godmother, and have made a dent in unpacking. We discovered several packages on our doorstep, and the mail person brought another one when she made her rounds. After resting and having our traditional Christmas feast (we always have our own, private Christmas after we get back from Illinois)--faux roast beast, mashed potatoes and onion gravy, and cranberry sauce--we opened the prezzies from our friends and the remainder of the ones to each other, and took a long soak in the hot tub. The perfect way to cap off the holiday.

This morning, I'm sipping some delicious Adagio apricot green tea which I brewed from the IngenuiTea infuser/pot, all part of the gift set that n_decisive gave me, while I peruse L'amber by Tanith Lee from teflaime as Loreena McKennitt's new CD, An Ancient Muse, courtesy dean13, plays in the background. I've got on the new Victoria's Secret sleep shirt the hubby gave me and am using the cordless, optical mouse that my mom-in-law got me to post this LJ entry, while Hobkin snoozes beside me.

It was a good Christmas, with periodic flashes of sadness as something remembered or said triggered memories of my dad-in-law. But I managed to keep from having a total meltdown and only got teary eyed a couple times. He is sorely missed, and his absence was a compelling but quiet presence--much like he was.


Writing Stuff

New Words/Editing:
- Cranked out another 600 words for my January Writing for Young Readers column, did several editing passes, and sent it off to my editor. And I got a confirm from her that it made it to her without problem this time. Whew.

- 92-day personal and complimentary pass from Paradox with invite to submit again. Also, by way of apology for the delay in response (I didn't think it was that long, actually), an explanation that a bunch of submissions seem to have gotten delayed en route by the USPS. My manuscript, although mailed (First Class) in late September, didn't arrive until mid-December. It seems other manuscripts were likewise delayed. Eep.
- Payment for my January column. Huzzah!

- The audio podcast of "Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me" is now up at Pseudopod, read by Paul S. Jenkins who, ye verily, has a sexy voice. Go listen, yo!
- "Addy in My Mind" is now up at Helix. This story is a stand-alone sequel to my Phobos-award-winning "All in My Mind." Enjoy!