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Nov. 29th, 2008

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We Are the Champions!

I have just crossed the finish line with one day to spare! 50,037 words and only another 20,000 (or thereabouts) to finish up the actual first draft. There is nothing quite like the feeling of crossing the finish line of a month-long marathon, but here we are!

And there's no stopping now... see you all when the first draft is finished!


As a side note, congrats to everyone on my f-list and otherwise who participated in the insanity that is NaNo! Even if you don't cross the line, writing is in the end its own reward... of course, for those who do cross the line, extra special congrats! See you in the Winner's Circle!

As a side side note, I just heard the line "Bad mistakes... I've made a few..." and I flashed instantly onto Chapter Eleven. D'oh!

Nov. 3rd, 2008

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Halloween!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Halloween bash, and I hope you all had as much fun as I did! I think it's safe to say it was a huge success, and it was really, truly awesome. I'll have pics in the next few days (Lauren stole the camera when she headed to Chicago the next day and won't be back until tomorrow), but Istole one of Brian's I particularly liked to put up here:


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Do Not Ask For Whom the Cloister Bell Tolls...

...It tolls for David Tennant.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7698539.stm

He's been a great Doctor, and it would be a lie to say I won't miss him like hell, but at least he goes out at the top of his game. Here's hoping the 2009 specials are even more special than previously indicated!

Sep. 24th, 2008

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(no subject)

So, updating my journal. Working on the look first. Also been playing on Facebook - is it wrong that I really enjoy the insipid little D&D Tiny Adventures App?

Anyways, thought I'd say hi and see how people were doing. Me? Busy as hell, as always. Looking forward to the weekend - both Lauren and I have it off, and we have no plans. And no plans to acquire any plans. Whatsoever. Under any circumstances.

Because don't we all deserve a weekend off from time to time?

Aug. 16th, 2008

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A Short Note

If anyone is looking for me in the next few days, don't be surprised if I'm not around. Yesterday morning I was woken early in the morning which informed me that I no longer had any living granparents. My grandmother, Violet, passed away overnight.

I can't say we're shocked; she hasn't been doing well the past few years, and there comes a point where you begin to expect it... the thing is, you never expect it. Not really.

Accenture has a surprisingly nice bereavement policy, so despite that I am out of PTO I still can head down for the funeral. Lauren and I leave tonight, so if anyone's looking for us the next few days, don't be surprised if you can't find us. Internet's sparse where we're headed, and I'll probably have my cell off most of the time.

I'll post more when we get back - I'm still trying to process this.

Aug. 6th, 2008

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New Journal

So, for those of you who want pics of the puppy, she's a clever one - she's started her own journal, at http://kenziepuppy.livejournal.com! She's already made friends with a number of you - check it out!

Jul. 1st, 2008

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Tomorrow

So, it just hit me. Tomorrow is the last day of my twenties.

Now, you know I'm not usually a man who worries about age. Half the time I've forgotten and have to think about it when someone asks my age. And for all the people who go on about thirty being the new twenty, meh. If you don't really think about age, what does that matter?

But I thought maybe I should be a little reflective coming up on that point, and think about what I've done with the first thirty years of my life.

I've got a beautiful wife who I love very much and who loves me too.

I have a wonderful group of friends who put on the most fabulous show once a year for three thousand of our closest friends.

I've written two books, even if I'm not happy with one of them and neither has even seen a publisher's desk.

I have a decent career, which pays the bills and occasionally finds ways to engage me pretty well.

I have a home, which I treasure, and which lets me have both a kitty and a puppy (even if the kitty is technically a cat).

Aside from my knee, I have my health. ;)

Oh sure, there are things I could gripe about. Mistakes I've made, opportunities missed.

But really, what would be the point of that?

It may not go down in any history books or be especially noteworthy, but all in all, I think I've done alright for my time. As Mister Eko said, "I did not ask for the life I was given, but it was given nonetheless. And with it, I did my best."

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Jun. 3rd, 2008

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Thanks for the Memeries...

Leave a comment and I will:
a) Tell you why I friended you.
b) Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a colour, a photo, etc.
c) Tell you something I like about you.
d) Tell you a memory I have of you.
e) Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
f) Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
g) In return, you must post this in your LJ

Shamelessly ganked from others!

May. 27th, 2008

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Early Present

So, yesterday I got my anniversary/birthday present early. For those not in the know, that means this:




She's an 8-week old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and considering her age, a remarkably well-behaved one. She endured a three hour car ride with no fussing and little restraint (she mostly slept in the passenger seat), and survived her first night without making a mess in her kennel. We're working on getting her a name, and I'd love some suggestions/agreements.

Names floated so far:
Evelyn/Eve/Evie
Penelope/Penny
Lilah
MacKenzie/Kenzie
Moira
Branwynn
Carys
Morgan
Winifred

Anyone like any of these? Have a better suggestion? Puppy needs a name, people!

**UPDATE**

Thanks for all the comments, suggestions and congrats... and we have a winner!

The puppy's name is... MacKenzie! Or just Kenzie for short.

If anyone wants to meet her, feel free to drop by. She's a well-behaved little darling. Just call ahead so we's know you're a-comin'.
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Mar. 5th, 2008

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(no subject)

A very good memorial post to Mr. Gygax, probably the best that will be written, is available here:

http://www.websnark.com/archives/2008/03/lower_the_flags.html

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