Starting a new endeavour…

25 10 2010

Weather: Brilliant fall like…kinda. High: 74º & partly cloudy. Will be in the low fifties in a few days. WOO!

Have been a lax blogger, bad Heidi —  no cookie!

On the writing front, where we always begin, I’m re-working my plan for publishing & my fiction platform. I’m still submitting my first book for consideration to small press pubs, but I’m also preparing a secondary path if that doesn’t work out.

Book # 2 is getting a complete overhaul and re-focus. I realized that the trilogy was not going to work as planned, so I am revising my story arc and it seems to be working much better now. The continuity from Book #1 seems much more smooth in transition. And the characters are now much more interesting than I’d originally cast them. There will be more snark & chemistry with these changes.

My wee kittie Fern took ill a week ago, and is now on the mend. Seems she had a cold & a bit of a small infection in her eye. So, liberal doses of the Pink Stuff (you pet owners know of what I speak) and she seems much better.

Husbeast has items up on his stained glass site. If you are interested, he currently has some suncatchers, candleholders & a vintage lampshade up for sale. He is going to be adding more suncatchers and Tiffany reproduction lampshades soon. He’s also been rumbling about making some Moravian Glass Stars for the holiday season. So if you’re in the market for some lovely stained glass items to brighten your home, here is the link to his store. Einini Glassworks.

Still working on the whole “Life Path-Move the Hell Out of Indiana-Become Genius Entrepreneur” scenario. Slow going. Lack of funds definitely dampening the enthusiasm.

Ah well, tomorrow is another day and another opportunity.

One thing I keep telling myself is that I can listen to everyone’s advice, and study the success stories of those in my field, but ultimately, I need to forge my path the best way I can, even if it flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom says that right now I should just set aside my wild dreams and hopes and I’ll be damned if I do that. A safety net is always a tempting idea, but it gets you no where if you only lay in it waiting for opportunities to come to you. I’d rather get a club and go after them instead.
But YMMV.


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Tuesday musings: Storm Spankage edition.

5 08 2008

Weather: Yeah. About that. High: 86 degrees and scattered storms. AND HUMID.

So here’s what hit us last night:

Storm Spankage Iminent!

Storm Spankage Iminent!

We lucked out and only got wind (60+ mph) and rain and lots and lots of Thunder & Lightening. Granted the Civil Defense sirens went off and chased us into the basement with a neurotic cat.

South of us got it worse. Griffith, where my friends Lisa and Tom live, got smacked by a small tornado which ripped the hell outta a lot of houses and businesses  very near where they live,. Luckily they are okay, though without power right now.  As are the in-laws. Luckily for both there were generators available so they could at least get their sump-pumps up and running.

So we sidestepped the worst of the storm. Didn’t make commuting into work this morning any easier. Got a train that was two earlier than my usual train and it still came in 10 minutes later than my usual train would have. Thank the benevolent deities I decided to leave early!

Today is full of scrambling trying to get the stuff done for our company fund raiser golf outing. lots of stuff to be printed compiled and double checked before it gets carted off today.
Heh. So in my compiling today, I am chopping up poster board, using a glue stick and making name tags. I think I’m ready to teach kindergarten now. Oh wait! I work here–that’s already part of my job description. [/bitter]

I got an e-mail from my sister outlining the next few weeks leading up to the wedding and had a mild panic attack. It’s coming up sooner than I thought! GAH! (makes note to self to revamp speech!)

ETA: DONE WITH THE BLOODY GOLF OUTING CRAP!! HUZZAH!!!

Now onto the MUCH more exciting end of month reports. [/sarcasm]

Here- Have a video!
Some Steampunk Goodness:

Abney Park–Sleep Isabella

The Crüxshadows – Deception





I can see Friday on the horizon…::reaches::

31 07 2008

Weather: High 85 and ZOMG HUMID!

Starting to lose my patience with people in my office. There a small handful of guys in the office who fancy themselves Tech Geeks and thus like to over step our department and make changes on our servers and install software. Because they know what they’re doing. ::rolls eyes:: Well one of these mental giants managed to screw up half the offices fax profiles by moving a folder from one location to another. Needless to say I was livid. I posted a thinly veiled creed to the company intranet about keeping their GD fingers off the servers and contacting the Automation department (ie me and my boss) before screwing around with stuff. I’m sure they’ll read it and obey. ::rolls eyes again::

Trying to get all my projects done here at work and failing miserably. Forgot it’s end of month which doubled the graphic design work I had to do today, not to mention that I have end of month reports to run.

Today is one of those days that II want nothing more than to be at home writing and snuggling with the hubster.

Looks like we have some thunderstorms rolling in. That shouldn’t increase the humidity. Sigh.

I’m gonna cut this short as I only seem to be rambling.

Brain is full of whirling chaos right now and I can’t focus on much at the moment.

BTW– Witchblade RULES! Even Hubby was impressed by the dialogue and mythology. 🙂





::Stabs internet with a rusty spork::

29 07 2008

weather: Just the fifth ring of hell!! High: 89 with heat index of 96 because of the humidity. KILL ME NOW!

So came into work this morning to a completely screwed up internet and a lot of irritated people. Great. So now it’s 1:00 and I’ve gotten virtually nothing done, have a migraine and feel like the world is about to come crashing down around my ears.

On a happier note, Bri and I watched Heima, the Sigur Rós documentary/concert film on Sundance Channel. What an amazing film. We were just entranced. The visuals were amazing. Iceland is so beautiful and we both have wanted to visit there for a very long time. And with the band playing their icy soundscapes with that as a backdrop–just a soul stirring experience.  It was so overwhelming that after it was done, there was nothing else on the telly I wanted to watch. It all seemed so loud and grating.  Is it so bad that I just want to up and move me and the hubby and the cat to a farm in the middle of nowhere because people in general are annoying and making me want to kick them?

Yes, the misanthropy haze is back. People for the most part are giving me migraines and I’m sick to death of dealing with them.

I’ve described a depression spiral to Brian before as walking around feeling like you’re wrapped in cotton–the sounds and sights are all dulled down, along with your emotions. The only thing heightened is pain. Not sharp pain mind you, just a dull aching pain that makes you feel sad and exhausted and just not wanting to deal with anything. I get these spirals more often now than I have in a long while.  It’s never good when they hit at work. IT breeds apathy and anger and resentment, which doesn’t lead to getting much done. And people who don’t understand try to “cheer you up” not understanding they are poking a bear with a sharp stick.

On a separate note, I’ve joined a writer’s group online, “Muses Gift”, which is a yahoo group formed by a bunch of my writerly friends to discuss our writing, share some tips and get our work critiqued. Hopefully this input will help me re-find the discipline to get my damn stories done.  Hit a wall again last night, but I think that I had too much on my mind to focus. Sigh.

Enough of my burbling. Have some Sigur Rós to calm your soul:
Saeglopur

Svefn-g-englar

Hoppípolla