Saturday, October 15, 2005

Freudian Slip Du Jour

From Agent Kate:

"...the most important thing in the world is getting down to the writhing of great books."


Friday, October 14, 2005

There Is No Joy In NITA

Mighty Carter has struck out!

Apparently, I live a most joyless life. Tambo tagged me with Holly's meme. After much searching, I did find a post using the word satisfaction. Unfortunately, it's not my words. It's the post before this one about Which Astrological Planet Are You?, which says that I "have difficulty finding satisfaction in life". Hmmmm. That's no so good.

I know I have posted about the good things that happen in my life. I know I have. I think. Maybe I just didn't use the right words. So what's blowing my skirt up these days?

Dogs and cats. There's just nothing as comforting as a cat and/or a dog or two in your lap. Some of you are going EWWWWWWW!, I know, but some of us really like snuggling with warm, furry things (other than our wives or SO's, of course. Not to say my wife is furry, at all, but...OK, shutting up before I get my foot in my mouth all the way up to my knee.). If they want to share my pillow at night, so much the better, as far as I'm concerned.

Cool weather. High of 80 today with reasonably low humidity. Glorious! October days make glad to be alive. My very favorite month.

Gardening. My cool-weather crops are in and growing like weeds. We'll be picking lettuce over the weekend, turnips in about another 3 weeks, Sugar Snap peas by the end of November, and lots more. Weeds grow a lot slower, bugs are mostly gone. Highly satisfying and gratifying.

Wife. Goes without saying, though I know I should say it more often than I do. I just wish we had more time to spend together. Our work schedules don't coincide, so we wave as we pass on the road. Friday nights we get to eat supper together, and we have Saturday afternoons and all day Sundays, too, so we get by.

Blog friends who cheer me up when I need it and are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. And memes.

DSL is coming!
DSL is coming!
DSL is coming!
And I won't dial up no more!
Supposed to be turned on Tuesday. Got the modem sitting on ready.

And finally, words! Lots of good reading lately. Lots of good writing, too. I'm working out some forensics on Washed in the Blood. Hope to get my final draft of Sea Change polished up this weekend. The Book That Must Not Be Named is providing hilarity.

And then most finally of all (I promise, for real this time)...I have e-mail! It might take another day or two for the DNS to finish propagating, but it's working from here, anyway. The Web site will take a few days to get everything re-installed, but it won't take too terribly long. Still not sure on the Vision indexes, but I'm not going to think about that until, ummmm, Sunday. Yeah, that's it! I'll think about it Sunday. That's the ticket!

That's only a partial list, of course. There are always great things happening in our lives, we just don't always see them.
Now, who shall I pick on this time? How about...

Melly (got to get you into shape)
Heather (this will be easy for you, you only have to go back a couple of days)
Mik (us Venuses have to stick together :) )
Ronn (You've got another recent post to work with)
Jean (like you needed more work, huh?)

And here are the rules:


Search your blog for the word “joy” used in the context of “happiness.” If you cannot find the word in your weblog, you may use any of the select list of synonyms below.

joy — amusement, bliss, cheer, comfort, delectation, delight, ecstasy, elation, exaltation, exultation, exulting, felicity, gaiety, gladness, glee, good humor, gratification, happiness, hilarity, humor, jubilance, liveliness, merriment, mirth, pleasure, rapture, regalement, rejoicing, revelry, satisfaction, wonder

If your weblog does not include a built-in search engine, then you can use Google to search it only for the word you wish to find.

If you’ve found the word and it was not used facetiously or sarcastically, good for you. All you need to do is link to your earlier entry, and write a few words about that joyous moment. If, however, you have no joy (whole words only) in your weblog, you must dig deep in your soul and find something wonderful in your life right now. One little thing that fills you with warmth, that bubbles you over with quiet happiness, or tickles you with its good-hearted hilarity, or makes you glad you just took a breath, and are getting ready to take another. It doesn’t have to be anything big. A smile someone gave you; your cat on your shoulder; the way the light angles through your window and casts rainbows on your floor. All it has to be is something genuine, something real, something that matters to you.

Because we all need joy in our lives, and need to take the time — from time to time — to recognize it. And sometimes, we need to pass it on.

Even if we’re a big pain in the ass when we do.

When you’ve dealt with your own joy, pass the quest on to five other bloggers.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

These things scare me sometimes. Love the art work.


"You thrive on balance in all aspects of your
life. You have a great deal of passion and when
it comes to love, you like to play games. You
have a tendency to search for something better,
a search which always seems to come up short.
You have difficulty finding satisfaction in
life, but you have a great ability to get along
with almost anyone."

. : : Which Astrological Planet are You? : : . [10 Gorgeous Pics!]
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Link from tambo.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Web Site and E-Mail Down

My hosting service has been having diffifculties for the past couple or three days. That's why the sidebar looks so peculiar. The images aren't available right now. Also, if you've sent me e-mail that bounces back with an "Unknown server" message, please try again later. I have some hope they will get their shit together at some point in the near future.

Edited: 6:45pm

Turns out the data center housing the servers burned down. It may be a few days. God, I hope I remembered to dump the Vision indexes recently. I won't be happy with myself if I have to do a lot of rebuilding.

News Briefs

--My review of James A. Moore's Blood Red is up at Green Man Review. I was unhappy with this vampire novel.

--I signed up for DSL this morning. My local telephone company is offering an upgrade special for DSL Tier 1 to dial-up customers. My monthly bill will stay the same for the next 12 months. The only out-of-pocket expense is $10 shipping and handling for the hardware. It's USB stuff so installation is plug-and-play. I'm sure glad to be joining the 21st Century!

--Holly tagged me with this meme. I'll have that up this evening some time.

--Then Heather turned around and tagged me with this variation on the theme. This one will take a few days. I have so many weird posts, it going to be hard to decide. Thanks, dear, I owe you one. :-p

Monday, October 10, 2005

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

The Tag (from Holly):

1. Delve into your blog archive.

2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).

3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).

4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas…

5. Tag five people to do the same.

12/27/2001 Current writing: only writing practice for the past couple of days

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, pratice. How do you get published? See above.

Writing is a skill. It must be learned. A talent for telling engaging stories is helpful, but talent is wasted without the skill that comes from writing words, words, and more words. It's useful for us writers to remind ourselves sometimes that we need to practice our skills. Stretching our boundaries is good exercise, and no words are ever wasted. The practice of writing them not only feeds our addiction and reinforces our habit, it also improves our skill. We get better word by word.

When I wrote this post, I had just finished a year in Hell. I knew going in that that job would probably kill me. So why did I take it? I have a self-abusive, self-destructive streak so wide I can't see one bank from the other. 19 days after I wrote these words, I was on my way to a psychiatric hospital for a 2-week crisis intervention.

On the other hand, 2001 was the year I discovered myself as a writer. I had been writing sporadically for many years, but in 2001 I came out of the closet and publically declared myself to be a writer. That was the year I began to first think of myself as a writer. 100% of the credit for that goes to
Holly Lisle. First, I found Mugging the Muse, which is still one of my favorite books for inspiration. Through Holly's site, I found Forward Motion, signed up, and never looked back.

Being a member of a community is one of the things I have been able to hold on to through the really bad times that followed. The unconditional support and willingness to help was exactl;y what I needed to put my feet on the right path to writing. In that December, my short story "
'We'll Always Have Paris'" was published on the Writer's Hood (which has unfortunately gone belly-up) after an intensive round of revisions that I consider my MFA.

That story also brought me my first reader feedback. That was a real watershed event. It brought writing out of the realm of fantasy, of dreaming, and made it concrete in my life. The fact that a reader had been so moved by my words that she took the time to write me, a total stranger, was a slap in the face with an ice-cold cloth. I realized at that moment that I actually can write. I am a writer, now.

Christmas, 2 days previous to this post, had brought me two books that also changed my life.
Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind, both by Natalie Goldberg, have served as guideposts along my path, keeping me going in the right direction and offering the occasional kick in the pants. For continuing support and help, I highly recommend them both, along with Thunder and Lightning, a later purchase.

The best of times, the worst of times. Life is never as bad as we imagine it to be. When the darkness falls, and I despair of seeing the sun again, I know now that there are still good things in the world. Hope never deserts me, it's always waiting patiently by me side, waiting for me to uncover my eyes and see it. Good things happen all the time. I just have to recognize them for what they are.

Who's up next:

Stationery Queen