• Random snippets in the life

    Europe trip. Woo!

    Much has happened. I self-published my second book, Ariagne. More on this later. I made arrangements to ship all of my worldly belongings to Taiwan. I found out, five days before they were going to come and pick my stuff up that the company Air7Seas is super-sketch and that I needed a plan B, stat. Cue unpacking my existing boxes, repacking, and trying to figure out what I really couldn’t live without to bring in my suitcases to Taiwan and storing the rest with my friends. More on that later because I feel like there’s a need for a PSA regarding how shady this company is. I’m leaving for a…

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    Some notes on freelancing

    Or, why learning to say no is invaluable. One key suggestion I have is: Unless you’re starving, do not take on a gig that makes you want to spork out your eyes. For that matter, do not take on a gig if it even makes you sigh into your morning cup of ambition. I found that unless I actively needed the money to live, if I didn’t like the project, I would procrastinate on starting it. This is bad for many reasons, all of which should be more than clear. The project would take longer simply because I didn’t like it. Completely aside from whatever procrastination devices I came up…

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    Depression: The encroaching dark

    I’ve been considering posting about this. It’s not exactly the sort of thing that makes for congenial conversation, after all. But, it’s more important than being a fun person to be around. And then again, I’ve always been extremely comfortable telling complete strangers far too much information about myself. It’s like the acronym TMI was designed for me. I’ve been diagnosed with severe depression. I’ve had symptoms of depression for as long as I have clear memory. I was about eight or nine when I first took a sharp implement in hand and thought about using it on myself and before that, in earlier years, I prayed for God to…

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    Edits, edits, edits…

    It’s been a lovely vacation, but I’ve been getting itchy and antsy of late. Today will mark the 58th day of no new words written. Before, there was being in a vacation setting, complete with being in another country in a house not my own. Then, I was dealing with jet lag. Then, there was simply the usual winter hibernation malaise. However, I’ve moved from feeling well-rested to impatience and irritation. Enough is enough and I’ve decided that I need to push back the sleepy and just get something done. Perhaps some edits. Book one has 28 chapters and is now at 61,275 words pre-edits. If I can get a…

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    T-day 2013 reflections

    We actually did T-day this year on the Saturday following rather than on the day itself. I’m not sure I’d do that again, actually, although it was nice to be able to go shopping for things on Friday when all the madness had already died down. We had also ordered pies from Petsi Pies, listed by Travel + Leisure and others as one of the best pies in America, and I think the line was somewhat more manageable on Saturday rather than Thursday. If nothing else, it allowed us to get a bacon and Gruyere pie as well as a sweet potato and pumpkin pie. I roasted the turkey a…

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