Yes, girls, I'm back. The computer has returned, seems to be running fine. They even fixed the keyboard, so I can actually see things like the M that had rubbed off. One of my shift keys is pretty wimpy, but the unreliable mouse button seems to be better, so I guess its a fair trade.
While I was away, I've been slaving over this novella, which has been really kicking my ass. Expect full details in a few weeks, but suffice to say, there is a certain anxiety that comes with having an agreement to publish and not actually having it done. The issue of finishing it isn't an issue, I am nearly there, but the issue of whether or not I can make it good is what scares me. I had a whole first draft on paper and was halfway through the second when I crashed, losing all but the first five pages. I kept going, though, getting back in the saddle right where I left off and heading straight through to the end, and now that I have started over at the beginning, I realized it was a sort of blessing in a very ugly disguise to have to do so, as I have a better handle on the whole thing. But, man, what a way to have to get there!
I also picked up a new serial manga to replace Gravitation. I am not sure if it's been announced yet, it's not on the Tokyopop site, so mum's the word at the moment.
In other news, Kelly Sue--the Tristan to my Lance--sent me her old digital camera, and if I can get it to work, I can start posting pics here.
Elsewhere, my friend Lara Michell released her third album this week, and she had a smashing party to celebrate it last night. Lara's the author of one of the quotes at the beginning of Cut My Hair, so you should definitely check her out.
Current Soundtrack: Pulp, Hits
Thanks to everyone who used my Amazon links in the last four months. I got a nice gift certificate today! One nice person even bought that silly Cut my Hair thing.
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