Whoops and other things

Sorry about the whole "missing blog" thing there... we had a little snafu on our end. It's funny how the ISP expects us to pay the bill to keep this site running. :) No big, huge deal (as I keep telling Randy!). (Note to self, so he'll quit beating himself up: don't forget to run a back-up of the blog and make a cron job to do it automagically.)

I am only just now getting email running again. Somehow, something went kerblooey with Postfix and I ended up having to upgrade it to fix it. But, it is running now and any personal messages should resend without any hiccups. If you did email me at this domain name and don't hear a response in the next 24 hours or so, query me with a fresh email and see if I ever received the original. :)

Life is going on, despite Elijah's so sudden demise. It's times like this when I realize how lucky I am, to have such wonderful people in my life. They're there for me when I need them---something I'm really getting used to! To my amazing friends and family: y'all are spoiling me!

Have I mentioned our housemate on here yet? I know I've been woefully absent... there's just not a whole heck of a lot that is really interesting enough to write, let alone expect anyone else will want to read... but this is something I should have mentioned. Let me re-cap.

Back in late March, a friend connected us with Rowan because we all have a lot in common and the "let's get together one day" became urgent when his roommates of the time ditched him with no warning. We've been struggling to make ends meet and he needed a place... this sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?

The first get-together was great and there was an instant friendship. Fast-forward past moving day and the settling in and here we are today, unable to believe there was ever a time we didn't know each other. Rowan is like the older brother I never had (and always wanted!).

We're working on a garden out in the great room. Since he's also better with a camera than I am, maybe I'll get him to snap some digitals of this "Room of Greenery", so I can upload them to flickr and share them with y'all. We're growing the standard houseplants like pothos, spider plant and ivy, but we're also growing cuccumbers, carrots, red and yellow peppers (from seeds we saved from store-bought peppers we had for dinner!), broccoli, "salad greens" (why didn't we just go straight to spinach?), lavendula angustifolia... Rowan has branched out and is thus far successful with his attempts to start a sweet potato, a citrus tree (well, okay, it's just a seedling so far), popcorn, fenugreek, mustard seed... I know I'm forgetting something. Oh! We have a store-bought parsley and a store-bought mint plant we're keeping alive. We're not so sure about the store-bought basil. So far we've managed to kill one basil (with help from the ferrets), and we're working on the second one. Oh, we also have sage and kalanchoe degremontia. We have so much kalanchoe degremontia, we'll probably be asking people to take it off our hands. I wonder if it's edible at all?

In other news, I've made a personal commitment to participate in NaNoWriMo for the third time---and the first time since the car accident. That'll be some serious writing for me. I don't have the faintest idea of a story to start from. Rowan and I were talking about books and he said he has yet to see a strong gay-male portrayal in science-fiction. Since I can't think of one right off the top of my head (and since I lean towards female protagonists frequently), I figured that was Challenge Number One I'd take on for this NaNo novel.

That means I've got 2.5 months to get anything I want to do done, so that the entire month of November is focused on that 50,000 word limit. I've done the math in the past and I've got two different "daily minumums" to focus on. If I want the weekends off (and I do, since I'm tabletop gaming 2 Saturdays a month and LARPing 2 days a month), I need to get 2381 words per day in. If I count my weekend-days as "available writing time", that number comes down to 1667 words per day. So, if you thought blog entries had been scarce before... Hopefully, I'll just limit myself to short and sweet entries.

If there's anyone out there who still reads this blog, I've got a question for you. If you could choose, would you prefer to read a portion of a short story and then decide whether it was worth paying for the rest or would you rather read the whole thing and have the option of a "tip jar"? I've gone around and around on this and haven't progressed on doing anything about it because one choice (the "tip jar" option) lets my writing loose in the world and could close doors down the road. So, I'm eager to hear from the 3 or 4 people who read here what you'd prefer. While you're sounding off, I'm looking for a good price for the pay-for-the-rest option (which will actually be for the whole story 'cause that's what you'll get when you buy: the whole thing formatted nicely by yours truly).

Oh and a Josephine McKenzie style greeting goes out to any Camarilla members who might be new readers. My email signature on Gmail has this blog on it, so, "Hey all!" Drop a comment and let me know you stopped by.

Hey, it's seven o'clock in the morning. Do you think I should finally go to bed? yawn Yeah, me too.