Thank you to everyone who dropped a comment with well-wishes and thoughts over this last week. Apologies that I haven't responded individually to y'all. But you can be sure that your outpourings of concern and support were greatly appreciated.
DiL is still in the hospital but getting stronger daily. He's eating on his own, and I believe they've started him on physical therapy. Still stubborn as all get out and clamoring to go home. They've also installed the pacemaker, a complication-free surgery. Unfortunately, the tests came back that they ran after his last fever spike and he's got a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, which they didn't know before they put in the pacemaker. He's now quarantined within ICU and people have to wear face masks when visiting him. Both fosteronfilm and MiL banned me from seeing him--over my squawked protests--once the results came in, all jumpy about my stupid compromised immune system. Grumpf. Bunch of worrywarts. You'd think with an overactive immune system I'd be less susceptible to infections instead of more. Stupid lupus.
I didn't get a chance to say goodbye before we left. I'd be very distressed about that, but I'm hoping I'll be able to see him again sans infection, when he's back home.
Didn't get nearly as much work done as I'd hoped last week. Not really a surprise, considering, but I'm now stretching myself full out in an effort to catch-up. My hamsters have embarked upon a breeding program while I was up north, the irksome things, and none of the new hamster-spawn appear to be aerodynamic.
The last Dragon*Con all-staff meeting is this weekend, which heralds the start of in earnest Daily Dragon prep. I've also been officially approved as a guest again this year. Right now, I'm scheduled to be on bevlovesbooks's panels "The Power of the Old Stories: Mythology and Folklore in YA" and "So, You Want to Write a Kid's Book?" for her YA Lit track. I believe jackzodiac is hoping to put together a panel for Writers for Relief, and I'm anticipating that Ann Crispin will want me to reprise my guest lecture for her Beginning Writers Workshop. Another chock-full schedule. Much fun, but also loads of public speaking anxiety.
I saw that my other Escape Pod story, "The Life and Times of Penguin," was also nominated for a Parsec Award. That's both of them! Squee! Crossing my fingers that at least one of them makes the short list.
And Escape Pod now has an LJ: escapepodcast. EP was a lifesaver during the drive to and from Illinois. During David D. Levine's "Tk'tk'tk", I totally lost track of the miles and got swept away to an alien world . . . that was also somewhat Asiatic in feel. Very nice.
- Payment for my 2-part Multicultural Writing article from Writing-world.com.
- Contrib. copy of Apex Digest Best of 2005. Shiny!
- My taped-shut-but-empty SASE from Realms of Fantasy for "The Devil and Mrs. Comstock's Snickerdoodles." Erm. I expected it to contain my contract, and now I'm stressing that the contract was lost en route. Have dropped a note to Shawna to alleviate my anxiety.
- 46-day "thanks but no" from Forgotten Worlds. Bummer. But less of one now that I've learned that FW doesn't include a contrib. copy with their payment. While I'd rather get money over a contrib. copy, I sort of expect both.
- 1200 on a freelance gig. Got 300 to go and I can send this one off. This was a longish assignment.
- After 29-crits from Critters.org for "Black Swan, White Swan," I did several editing passes and stuck a fork in. Fly, little swan story; find a good home and make me proud!
- Put together the outline for my first writers-world.com column article. Right now, the plan is to call the column: "Eugie Foster - Writing for Young Readers." It's not flashy or exciting, just plain jane straightforward. But I think that's best. Plus, I couldn't think of anything cute.