(personal/writing) Working through the grief

  The picture above is 4 generations of my family, taken four years ago (I believe). Since then, my grandmother (on the left) passed away two months before her 99th birthday, and just this past Tuesday, my mother passed away, barely 2 months past her 65th birthday.   I won’t lie – it’s been a …

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(writing) I need to write Sapph

Damn, I need to write more ghost stories. Really.   In my spare time.

(writing/health) Depression, and the continuing struggle

I was going through my pictures the other day, and realized just how dark this one is. This is my street, during a snowstorm a few years ago. And it got me to thinking about how dark days, dark winters, really, really affect me. And my writing.   I don’t think that it’s a coincidence …

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(writing) Thinking about cons and giveaways

Conventions, not con games, that is. I’m getting things ready for rolling out Winter Secrets at Balticon and ConCarolinas this year, and so I’m thinking about these kind of things, which to be honest, are both fun and annoying to me as a writer.   Fun, because ooh, what can I give away to get …

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(writing) On grooves and getting into them.

It’s Sunday, which has become a writing/editing day for me. There is a wonderful bookstore/cafe in my hometown called Gibson’s Bookstore, that has become one of my favorite places around. I even saw John Scalzi speak here! (It was cool. I was sick, so I stayed away from him, but it was VERY cool. Yes, I’m …

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(health) Making better choices

I love this picture. I love the feel of the greenery, of the moving water, of the sheer potential it represents. To me, running water and the outdoors is happiness.   I haven’t been able to do much in the outdoors over the past couple of years, due to a lot of weight gain, injuries …

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(writing/personal) All the things

Life has been complicated lately. Some things have ended, others have started, and I’m not quite sure how I’m handling all of it. I’m not going to discuss that, or what’s really going on yet. I’m going to talk about writing.   I know, shocking. But I’ve not really been writing lately, and I’ve realized …

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(personal/writing) Writing in the wind

I’m currently sitting in a comfy chair in an infusion room at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, with an IV in my arm, waiting for my next Remicade infusion. It’s raining outside, and as I’m on the 6th floor, I have a lovely view of the parking lot, and the rain. (Hey, at least it’s …

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(writing) Slow progress

 I don’t write fast any more. I think it’s because I’m more of the planner, and I don’t like rewrites, so I want things to be perfect (or as perfect as they can be in a first draft). But I’ve discovered that if I head to a coffee shop, or my studio, I seem to …

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(personal) Tea, and the quitting of soda

I love tea. It’s no secret that I love tea, and that I am a wee bit of a tea snob (yes, Molly totally gets it from me, except that I can’t afford to buy my personal blends all the time, so I do occasionally buy tea from the grocery store. But even then, it’s …

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