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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to you all! May the coming year be filled with light, love, and laughter for you.

I’m not making any resolutions for the new year because if I want to make a change in my life, I’m going to make it whether it’s a resolution or not. And I’m not necessarily going to keep to a resolution just because it’s a resolution.

Yesterday, our neighbors across the street hosted a Victorian First Day of 2012 Feast. I was not aware until yesterday that they’re Civil War era re-enactors with a passion for all things Victorian. I know who I’m talking to if I ever get the urge to write a steampunk novel! ;) It was a very fun event that included enough food to feed a platoon of soldiers and some very cool people. I can honestly say that buying this house was the best decision we’ve ever made.

One of my husband’s gifts to me was a flat screen monitor, so now I’m not getting headaches and blurry eyes after being on the computer for too long. It took a while for me to get the brightness and contrast settings to a comfortable balance, but now that I have them set I’m loving it. Which means I can finally get caught up on the beta reading I need to do.

He also got me Skyrim which I’ve vowed not to begin playing until I’ve beaten Dragon Age Origins. Which means I need to write faster because playing Dragon Age is my reward for getting my writing quota done for the day.

We’re starting to clean up the house and put decorations away. The house is looking extremely bare and forlorn. I’m thinking that we need to paint and finally put up curtains at least in the living room. We’ve been putting it off because we need to tear down the old, crumbly plaster and put up new drywall, but that doesn’t look like it’s happening any time this year. We’re also getting our butts in gear and finishing up my office. I want to be completely moved in there before Spring.

Blessed Solstice

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Tonight is the longest night of the year. After tonight, the days start to get longer. Yay!

Most Pagans I know celebrate this day by focusing on it being the shortest day and longest night. They celebrate the fact that the sun is returning and the days are getting longer. They celebrate the triumph of the light over the darkness. Which is all well and good. It’s their way of celebrating and I would never tell anybody that their way is the wrong way (unless it is).

I, however, celebrate the longest night for what it is – the longest night. For years I have contemplated holding an all-night vigil on the Solstice, not to anxiously await the first glimmer of dawn, but to celebrate the night in all its glory.

Not this year, but maybe next. We shall see…

My presents are almost all wrapped and beneath the tree is getting a bit stuffed. Once I have the last of the gifts wrapped, I’ll post pictures. It looks very happy and festive. We also have just about all of the shopping done. We just have a couple more things to buy and we are done for this year.

Holiday cards are starting to pour in and my DVD shelf where I’ve been hanging them is looking very bright and festive as well. Last year, for various reasons, I didn’t feel the holiday spirit at all, but this year is more than making up for it.

Now to go finishing wrapping presents and hanging cards.

Manic Monday

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Today truly is a manic Monday. Or, it was manic until I took the pretty little Ativan the oral surgeon prescribed. In just under an hour, I go to get my wisdom teeth pulled.

Yesterday we put up the Christmas tree and decorated it. It’s beautiful 9′ tree we bought after Christmas last year. Our poor little 6′ tree just looked pitiful with the 10′ ceilings in our house. Unfortunately, we didn’t buy any extra ornaments, so the tree looks a little bare in places.We have some goofy ornaments like Garfield, cars, and other such ones, but I’m not a big fan of those. We don’t have kids, so the kid-like ornaments just don’t work for me.

Oh well, we’ll buy more ornaments after Christmas this year so that next year we have enough.

We also hung a few pictures in the living room, finally. I wanted to wait until we’d had a chance to tear down the old, cracking plaster and put up new drywall, but the way things are looking, it might be later next year that we get a chance to do that. Bah… I’m sick of living in a house devoid of decorations.

Okay, time to go get ready to be put to sleep for a few hours.

I’m Still Alive

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I know I haven’t been posting very much lately, but life is so hectic right now.

I’m trying to whip When Demons Cry into better shape by adding scenes and expanding the ones I already have.You would think, since I already know what’s going on, that this would be easy. But no.

I have a friend’s manuscript that I’m critiquing. Or, to be more accurate, I’m trying to find the time to critique a friend’s manuscript.

After more than eighteen years of not going to the dentist, I’m now playing catch-up with them. This coming Monday I’m having three wisdom teeth pulled. Yikes! This will be my very first serious medical procedure. Then there’s the consult with the orthodontist next month to discuss possibly getting braces. Then there are cavities to be filled and a chipped tooth to be fixed. I’m not sure if, at the end of this, I’ll be terrified of going to the dentist or blasé about it.

Along with all of this comes the standard holiday chaos. Thanksgiving this week, Christmas a month from now. Yikes!! Christmas is only a month away. There’s so much I need to get done before then and no way it’s all going to be accomplished.

I need to start planning an actual website for myself and not just this blog. I tried explaining to my husband why I wanted a website before I’ve got a contract, but he just doesn’t understand. Ah well, I love him anyway.

At least stressing about all of this other stuff is keeping me from stressing  about being out on submission, right? :D