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On Weddings, Writing, and Wondrous Things


It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. I’m very bad at writing posts for this site, but it’s only because I can’t think of anything very interesting to say on a regular basis in any sort of coherent matter, and tend to wait until several things worth telling about accumulate in the inbox of my life before I start working on them.

First things first, my best friend got married! So that was exciting. I didn’t do a lot as her maid of honor except for hold her parasol and let the prep-girl put false eyelashes on her even though Shana told me not to let the prep-girl put false eyelashes on her. (Later she said she actually really liked them and might wear them all the time, so I wasn’t actually a traitor anymore.)

There are a lot of beautiful photos from the wedding, especially some of my boyfriend grooving at the reception to “Never Gonna Give You Up” and me not wearing shoes. The photographer gave me permission to post some of them as long as I credit her, so I just want to take a second to say that Stephanie ‘Willock’ Heng did a BEAUTIFUL job and they all look just great!

It was a fun wedding! We went off our diet for the weekend for financial and convenience readings, but let me tell you… it is not a good idea to try and eat wedding cake after six weeks of no sugar. What a buzz! We both only got through a bite or two… not doing that again for a while! Even pizza was almost a little much.

What I can also show you are pictures of my wedding gift to the bride and groom… completed the afternoon before the rehearsal!

photo by Chris Ndife

I’m so glad I’m done working on it! At the same time, though, now I don’t know what to do when I’m watching TV… I promised myself (and Chris) that I would take a break from stitching for at least a month and actually spend time with him, and my writing, and reading. Also geeze my eyes probably really need a rest.

Other great things that happened: I got a new job! I wasn’t getting enough hours at the restaurant, and I really wasn’t getting along with most of the other employees, and so it was an awesome surprise when the manager at the local AMC Theatre left me a voicemail asking me to come in for an interview. I think I applied for a job there back in, like, March, when my manager at the restaurant and I really got into a tizzy and I was ten seconds from quitting (the only reason I didn’t was because, well, I need the money). My first day at AMC was yesterday – LOTS of training videos and paperwork, huzzah! – and I unfortunately went in with a mild to moderate, very visible allergic reaction to probably a crawfish I ate the night before. Yeah. I had ONE crawfish, and by noon the next day my upper lip and my eyelids were swollen and itchy and they hurt. My aunt asked me if I looked like Will Smith in Hitch. Haha, very funny. No, I didn’t.

(Most people said they didn’t notice until I had pointed it out, but most of those were people who had never seen me before. Chris saw a selfie I took during the worst of it and confirmed that it looked like a classic shellfish allergy.)

Bad news: there are bugs biting me at night. No confirmation yet on whether or not they are bedbugs again (I REALLY hope I don’t have to live through that nightmare again), could possibly be fleas. (Please, please, PLEASE be fleas.) So far I have torn my bedroom apart looking for bedbugs, but have found nothing – no fecal matter, blood spots, cast offs, or bugs living or dead. However, I’m getting eaten up pretty bad, although the bites look like mosquito bites and are faded or almost entirely gone by the afternoon. My apartment manager is having the Terminix guy come out tomorrow and inspect, and he’ll treat for whatever he finds – and thank God, I don’t have to pay for it at all. The last thing I need right now is another bill. The bites didn’t start showing up until our outing to the park on July 4th, so hopefully I just brought something non-bedbug-like back from there, either the grass or the hillbillies who were out in full force the latter part of last week, and it’ll be gone quick.

My Itty Bitty Idea BookCamp NaNoWriMo started last week, and like always, I’m pretty behind. I got caught up in a week-long binge of The Sims 3, which always seems to happen about the time these noveling months start. However, I do have a lot of research and a good start and I SHOULD be able to reach my 100k goal by the end of the month (helps that July has 31 days instead of, you know, 28). I’m putting deAngelis on the backburner because it’s giving me a coronary, and deciding to write something fresh and new (kind of) that’s been hanging out in my little writing notebook and the back of my mind for a while, now. I’d tell you about it, but I haven’t really worked up to the point where I can give an accurate or catching back-of-novel blurb just yet, so you’ll have to be content in knowing simply that I’m finally working on Steel, and having a lot of fun.

Currently I’m reading two books in one go, partially because I was about 100 pages into Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, and then somehow it ended up in my boyfriend’s trunk and my boyfriend just left for a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., so I had to go to the book I had on deck, with was Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera. I love Marquez and the calm that seems to emanate from his writing is exactly what I need right now. Wild Cards is still only partially-read on my Kindle, but library books take priority because they have, you know, a due date. Also there’s only so much George R. R. Martin that a girl can handle in a few days, otherwise life starts feeling a little doomed and bleak and like everyone you know and love is going to die or be horribly maimed.

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So, now I’m off to actually get some work done. Look for more frequent updates or posting this week as I try to while away a few boring days of no boyfriend and no Diet coke.

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Massive Apology


So, I owe y’all an apology.

Especially the people who have submitted to QoS, and are waiting with bated breath to hear back from me. I’ve fallen a bit behind. Yes, it’s going to be late. Not by much! but real life has been kicking my butt and I meant to be sending out contracts like two weeks ago at least and that hasn’t happened yet, and I can’t publish until I have contracts signed. So that’s going to be my task here for the next couple days.

I’m now shooting for July 4th as the publication date. That’ll give me a while to get contracts out, get them back, throw together the files, and then get it out there. To people who submitted to QoS, I am so, so sorry that you’ve been waiting so long. I know I said I’d let you know either way what the decision was on your work by June 15th, and I’m painfully aware that it is now the 19th. Look for an email from me by the end of the 21st.

I feel awful about doing this, but QoS is by no means anyone’s bread and butter, so I needed to prioritize the pest control issues going on in my apartment, and my continued (and fruitless) job hunt. I ask that you guys be patient with me, and I promise that you’ll get something worth the wait. I’d rather you guys get something done correctly and well and a little late, than get something slapped-together and incomplete and half-assed but on time.

If I have time in the next couple of days, I’m going to write a series of posts on Strong Female Characters in pop lit/media, so look for that, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Anyhow, here’s David Tennant, who is the only one who can express just how sorry I am.

My Year in Books


Back in February, when Snowmageddon hit, I decided to set a reading goal for myself of 35 books for the year of 2011. It didn’t seem like much – something I would blow through – and then sometime in June I realized I was something like four books behind and I thought, “Huh.”

Last night I apparently finished my reading goal for the year, just in time for finals. Some of them were fantastic, some of them were absolute crap, some of them were for school. Nonetheless, I read 35 books, amounting to over 13,000 pages.

And now, for your reading pleasure, here’s my year in books!

January

Thunderer Felix Gilman (review)
Soulless Gail Carriger
Sandman Slim Richard Kadrey (reviews for this and Soulless)
Halibut Rodeo Mark Lewandowski (review)

February

Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man Steve Harvey*
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer Jonathan L. Howard (review)

March

Kiss & Tell MariNaomi (review)

April

The Eye of the World Robert Jordan (review)
A Fistful of Fire Misti Wolanski (review)
At the Mountains of Madness H.P. Lovecraft (review)

June

The Gathering Dark Jeff Grubb
City of Bones Cassandra Clare (review)
The Goddess Test Aimee Carter (review)
Go the F*ck to Sleep Adam Mansbach

July

Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin (review)
Clash of Kings George R. R. Martin

August

Batman: The Long Halloween Jeff Loeb

September

The Country Wife William Wycherly
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Frank Miller
Storm of Swords George R. R. Martin
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
The Best American Poetry of 2010 (review)
The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare
Love in Excess Eliza Haywood
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Watchmen Alan Moore
Persepolis: The Story of a Return Marjane Satrapi

October
The Beggar’s Opera John Gay
PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2010
A Feast for Crows
George R. R. Martin (review)
Ghost Story Jim Butcher (review)
With the Light… Vol 1: Raising an Autistic Child Keiko Tobe

November
Dream Country Neil Gaiman

December
Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks Ethan Gilsdorf