Saturday, February 27, 2010

Once again, with feeling.

I have good news and great news.  The good news is that I finished my paranormal submission for the Fab 5 Contest.  I'm very pleased with it, and it's now in the hands of the judges.  The great news is that I got another short short story accepted in the Literary Circular.  I now have two stories published.  Yay.

Also great news: I've been promoted to Fiction Editor at The Cream City Review.  And I learned all the words to It's a Brand New Day on the Dr. Horrible soundtrack.

All in all, things are going pretty good.  Still have to get invitations done tomorrow, as well as my second submission for the the young adult category in the contest, but I have faith.  And now, bed.


it's true
i was vague about the how
so how can it be that you 
have shown me the light

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vanilla bean cheesecake.

Is my downfall.  Or it will be if I go back to Pick N Save.  Their bakery is evil because they had chocolate vanilla bean cheesecake sitting next to key lime cheesecake sitting next to apple cream torte.  I bought carrot cake.  For Saturday.  I refuse to eat it before then so I've hidden it from myself.

I'm supposed to be writing right now (and I will be shortly), but I'm trying to keep my blog fairly updated.  There are a number of books I want to mention in a review-type entry, but alas, that's not for today.  That's for after I've finished most of my writing for the semester and can relax.  My stress headache is blessedly gone and my eye hasn't twitched once, so I hope that those two symptoms of my growing insanity have passed now that I've finished my creative nonfiction presentation, my observation, and my subjects for my prelims.  That was a lot for a Monday.  Now if I can just finish revising these two chapters and get them sent off before the first, I'll be right on schedule.

Right then, goals for today:
Finish revising two chapters.
Assemble wedding invitiations.
Design tattoo with Nicole.
Pick up Brian from Sheboygan (probably, and that's a whole 'nother story there)

I also have some tutoring sessions scheduled for today.  Le sigh.  I need to stop procrastinating.


when violet eyes get brighter
and heavy wings grow lighter
i'll taste the sky and feel alive again

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Can't sleep.

Eli is in Florida for the week, so I can't sleep.  Maybe if I get a doctor's note I can convince JCI to stop sending him places?  I need to be functioning to teach tomorrow.  Actually, that's not true.  I can teach and not function at the same time.  I have skills.  But it would be nice to be well-rested for once. 

In other news.  I submitted to the Literary Circular again, so hopefully I'll get chosen again.  Yay, two publishing lines on my CV.  I also submitted to REAL in the hopes that being on Christine's good side will get me in the door.  It pays to know (and love) the editor.  I'll also be submitting to WisRWA's Fab 5 contest again this year, in young adult and paranormal.  I just need to revise the first ten pages of each of those stories.  More on that later. 

My rationale and book lists for my prelims should be done by the end of this month.  I'll breathe a big sigh of relief once those are finished.  They have to be turned in by mid-March to make the April meeting of the committee that needs to approve it.  Then I just have to write five more papers and do two presentations to finish out my coursework.  Simple, really.  As long as the anxiety doesn't kill me first.  Anyone have a Xanex?


cause i'd get a thousand hugs
from ten thousand lightning bugs
as they tried to teach me how to dance