So I managed to not get Covid from my trip a while back to Pechanga so that’s a plus. But this weekend is my great niece’s 4th birthday party. My niece and her husband just moved back to So Cal from Nor Cal and they bought a very nice house in a place called Rancho Cucamonga. Anyway, it’s only family being invited but that thing is everywhere isn’t it?
M’s sister lives in ND and her husband just got diagnosed with it (not to be confused with M’s half sister who also lives in ND whose husband died of Covid in November). He’s miserable but mostly okay with his biggest complaint being his back pain from it. She has tested negative so far.
This is their cat, Mr. Kitty
Don’t be fooled by that cute face. He’s a serial killer of mice and rabbits.
Speaking of cats, here is ours, in her pampered pink blanket she loves
Tomorrow is the last flash for January (I know Monday is January but I explain that in tomorrow’s flash post).
Otherwise, we keep plugging along here. I don’t remember if I mentioned M being laid off last February (got a new job in June) but the old job asked M back you can believe it. It’s more money than the current job, but I have concerns and hope that taking that old job again is the right decision. But M wanted to.
I’m still working from home indefinitely which is the way I like it these days. Have an overnight trip planned in mid-Feb, and then a longer one in March and then relatives come for a visit in April over Easter. So much is going on!
In other exciting news, I may be going to the Star Trek convention this year in Vegas in August. It’s a long way off and anything can change including a certain Spock actor COULD cancel, but right now Quinto is scheduled to be there for the first time ever. Trying not to be too excited because as I said a lot can change in the many months until then.
My updates of current WIPS are going swimmingly and I know you’ve been enjoying them so I appreciate the support.
I said I would finish up Cosmic Love on AO3 and I swear I will soon. But right now I am concentrating very heavily on getting the Christmas in July stuff written, so it’s not going to happen as soon as I originally planned. I did finish up flashes for June and as of last night started the first Christmas in July Flash but I have many more to write so for right now that is where my thoughts and muse are!
Finally got my posting date for the T’hy’la Bang story. It’s June 22nd. Yaoichan12’s is June 23rd. So we aren’t first but we aren’t last either. I did manage to write a bit more and I have to have it pretty much done by the end of this month. It will be. I don’t have that much to go.
As you know I finished Cadet Ashayam and my next plan is to finish Nine Lives too. I’m already very much itching to begin fleshing out Vanik’s story, aptly named, The Matchmaker. It will be part of my Starfleet Academy series.
I plan to continue a few threads of flashes for the June flashes, so stay tuned for that.
I must admit there are some really fantastic stories on AO3 right now and it’s a little intimidating. I love it as a reader but as a writer, yeah, I’m a little envious. Ah, well. Such is life I suppose. There is always someone better than each of us at something or other I guess!
I bought myself a desk. Don’t recall if I mentioned this. But I had been at my dining room table for six weeks working from home. I have two monitors. So every single weekend I had to take my equipment down off the dining room table just so we could have a dining room table. My stuff took up a huge amount of it. Six weeks of this.
So I broke down and got a desk for about $220. It’s you know cheap Ikea type furniture, but it works. I’m off the dining room table and by the cat box, ha ha, but it is what it is. I figure I will be here at least another six weeks maybe more, so…desk it was.
We also bought a little bistro set for our patio so we can sit out there this summer and enjoy since we can’t really go anywhere. Things are starting to open up slowly but we figured sprucing up our patio was rather overdue anyway.
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend already. So it’s three days off for me and I’ll stop work at 1 on Friday like I would have if I’d been at the office but now I won’t have to walk home. I have a special flash for that Monday too.
Well not really. But 75% done. And I submitted it for claims. I estimated 18,000 words, so if I go slightly higher I’m good, or slightly lower, I’d still be over the 15,000 minimum, but I doubt I will go under.
I guess what’s next, is they review all the stories submitted to ensure they meet what is required, and then the summaries are sent to the artists the week of April 27th. The weekend of May 2-3, the artists pick which story they’d like to illustrate for and authors find out who they are matched with May 4th. My story needs to be finished by May 30th. Piece of cake at this point. So that’s where I’m at.
Posting begins in mid-June. We shall see where everyone is at with this Covid-19 thing by then!
Anyway, so… that means getting some flashes done to post for the future, and a very short Pinto de Mayo story. Not much plot, and quite simple, but I will have something (Nope haven’t even started it). There will likely be only two of us posting a story that day.
Yesterday, I posted Chapter 11 of The Space in My Bed. I hope to have the final Chapter 12 up in the near future. I’ll be so happy to have another one finished. I am super excited by that prospect. I have new ideas to post, as you know (having done some sneak peeks) and I’d rather get a few more done before I do that.
Once that is all done I will turn my attention to an update for The Vulcan Who Fell to the Earth and Orchestral Maneuvers. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves!
Tomorrow is a flash that pretty much continues from a flash we saw at the end of December. Now when they become an ongoing story I think they lose flash status but whatever. I might write more on this storyline so stay tuned.
It’s a three day weekend for me and M as both of our companies get Monday as a holiday (MLK). I am quite happy about this. Sunday night we are going to dinner with the family, so that will be nice, but I have no other concrete plans other than to sleep! This is my last official holiday until Memorial Day (M’s company gets Good Friday off).
In other news we are supposed to get rain tonight, so wish us luck with that, as we always need rain.
So I am struggling with the next part of Our So-Called Life. I kind of know what’s supposed to happen next, but I am not feeling the urge to write it. I tried. I opened it up and wrote a paragraph. And then closed it.
The answer? I’m going to put it away for now and mull on it. I may change what happens next slightly. We’ll see.
So while I am still working on my December stuff (6 and a half days done and scheduled. I should have the 7th done soon), I will move on to The Vulcan Who Fell to the Earth next instead. So expect that some time this week.
I’ve been enjoying writing the December stuff anyway. Other stuff will be updated as needed.
My three day weekend is at an end and it’s back to work tomorrow. Sigh. Wish I was rich. Don’t we all?
Went to see It Chapter 2 last night, of course, and it was good, but super long.
We got Subway before and I don’t know, maybe the turkey was bad, because I ended up sicker than a dog in the middle of the night. I didn’t go to work today but didn’t do much of anything but moan and groan.
Plus what I am working on is all at work, so…thus I am falling behind this week.
The flash for November 6th with my TOS guys is a little more complicated than I first thought it would be and I ended up making it into a series-ish thing like the other Wednesday Flashes. But stay tuned for more on that when November comes.
Then I was working on Nine Lives but it’s a bit stalled. I’ll get through it.
This Saturday I plan to finally make that cheesecake I found the recipe for I want to make, so Friday after work I need to go shopping for the stuff.
I will take pictures and let you know how it comes out.