just some stuff i did

Hi! How are you? I feel like I haven’t seen you in forever. You look good. Is that a new haircut? It suits you.

I had all these grand intentions for the new year.  After my brief hiatus at the end of 2011, I was going to come back strong.  Regular posts, thoughtful yet entertaining content, and general awesomeness.  I was also going to make sure that I read every blog that I follow (which is a metric crap-ton, let me tell ya) and leave encouraging, well-thought out comments on each post.  In short, I was going to climb out on the prow of this luxury liner that is blog-land, spread my arms and shout, “I AM KING OF THE WORLD!”

I thought that I heard a humorless laugh, the drum of fingers on a tabletop. But I ignored it.

Big mistake.

That was The Universe, scoffing at my hubris. Right before it punched me in the gut.

Now, this isn’t an excuse (okay, it kinda is), but it is the best explanation I have for my slackassitude.

That’s not to say that I haven’t been doing stuff.  Cause I have.  I can prove it!

For a few months now, I’ve been reading Terribleminds, the blog of author, Chuck Wendig.  I like him.  He’s funny, gives great writing advice and he encourages reader participation on his blog.  In fact, he quoted a comment written by yours truly on one of his posts (it’s at the very end). That was all kinds of cool. (Now, I gotta warn you before you go clicky-clicking over to his site. Chuck has a bit of a potty mouth and by “a bit” I mean Tarantino-esque levels of cursing.  This doesn’t bother me in the slightest, but I know that some are put off by it.)

Anyway, Chuck wrote a book about a woman who can tell how a person is going to die just by touching them.  I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard good things.  As a promotion for the book, he started a tumblr blog called This Is How You Die. He asked people to submit how they hope they are going to die, how they expect to die, or how they are afraid they will die.  Kinda morbid, but right up my alley.

The day before he launched this project, my grandmother died. Because of this, I had a clear picture in my mind of exactly how I DIDN’T want to die. So, I submitted my wish for my death and he posted it. He’s still taking submissions if you’d like to participate.

Also through Chuck’s site, I found out about Bear 71, which is “a documentary and installation about the life and death of a tagged grizzly bear and the surveillance that surrounds this bear. The experience will present at Sundance New Frontier this year — information here.” We were invited to become part of this installation by submitting a three sentence story involving one of eight animals.  Well, I did.  And they posted my story.  And there was much rejoicing (yaaaay).

And, before you start thinking that I’m obsessed with death and dying, I’ve also posted a few new things over on my Retro Fun tumblr blog.

For the past few months, I have also been working as an unpaid intern line editing novels for Musa Publishing. Yeah, whole freakin’ novels. I work 8 hours during the day as a disgruntled insurance agent, then come home and pour through hundreds of electronic pages looking for comma splices and run-on sentences.  It’s challenging work, but it’s also great experience.

Oh, and have the editing I do for my critique group.  And then there is the book I’m trying to write.

So, yeah. I apologize if my blog-life hasn’t been a priority lately.  I’d love to promise that I’ll do better, but I can already hear the dry chuckle of The Universe again.

34 thoughts on “just some stuff i did

  1. The lion, the lion!!!! Oh how I’ve missed the lion. Definitely: “Why would a 90 year old woman do such a thing?” Count me in. I wrote about dying when I was 12 or so. Wish I could find the story, it suited me. Then and now.

  2. Words can’t express how much I love your “This Is How You Die” submission. That photo makes my heart sing. If that’s how you go, I hope I’m in the sidecar with the wind blowing my hair back just like the lion’s. Speaking of, that’s is probably a fitting analogy for how I feel about your blog. Go do whatever exciting thing you want, and I will always be here at your side, waiting with breathless anticipation.

    • That lion in a sidecar photo captured my heart the first moment I saw it. I love everything about it. And I would love if you were in that sidecar with me!
      Thank you, Jeanne!

  3. No explanation needed. As long as you’re doing things that make you happier than a disgruntled insurance agent, I’m happy. Not that you have to make me happy too of course but, I prefer it that way.

  4. You’re wayyyyy ahead of me! Damn girl you’re a working/reading machine. going to check out the blogs you’ve mentioned.
    then attempt to catch up on the remaining 132 blog updates/alerts/new posts… which I’ve wheedled down from 360 over the weekend.
    Please send a great excuse besides the lame one which now escapes my lips “my daughter was visiting and life is topsy turvey. I swear!”

    Looking forward to more of your writing. Take your time the universe will still be around.

    • I finally just had to delete all my blog update emails for January and try to read new ones as they were posted last week. I hated doing it, but it was either my sanity or reading other’s blogs. Sanity won, but just barely.
      Thanks, Rachael!

  5. Welcome back! At least you have believable reasons. I feel off the blog wagon so many times in the last months that I have road rash on my behind. And no reason other than I just sort of crashed and burned.

  6. Are you kidding? You’re doing all sorts of real writing – I’m proud and envious. All I do is this blog thing, which will probably never get me published.

    Oh, and I also do the soul-sucking insurance agent thing 8 hours per day. Were you serious about that? Show me the insurance agent secret handshake, so I know you really are “one of us”.

    • I wish I were joking about being an insurance agent. In my neck of the woods, it’s always hard to give the secret handshake because one or both hands are already occupied with a stiff drink. I’ve been a commercial agent (just service, no sales) for over 10 years. I know all the acronyms to prove it: BOP, CGL, EMR, COI, TRIA, NCCI, OMG, WTF . . .

      • Wow, you really ARE the real deal. Better be careful or I’ll show up in your town with a fistful of BORs. (Ha ha! Hoo boy, these insider insurance jokes are hysterical. And they say we have no sense of humor.)

  7. I’m not sure I have the energy to type a comment. I’m exhausted just reading all you’ve been up to! I personally am intrigued by the editing…because I am an editing geek. The kind who is bugged about split infinitives and sentence fragments.

    I hope Pottymouth Chuck isn’t writing an autobiography of a serial killer who solicits ways that people want to die and then carries them out.

    Come back when you have time and inclination. I know I’m not alone in saying I’ll be happy to read when you do.

    • I got into the editing via a friend who works at Musa. It’s an unpaid internship, but could lead to a paid gig. It great, too, because everything is done via email, so I can do it wherever and whenever I want.

      And if Chuck is collecting potential victims to kill in the manner of their choosing, at least I get to live until I’m 90!

  8. Someone EDITS novels? Holy crap. I figured they just made the writer do that. Man… I wish I had an editor. How’s the pay? Do you spend a lot of time translating passive voice into active? What’s the most common flaws you see?

    • Yep. I used to think that the writer was responsible for most of that, but that isn’t the case. I’m doing final line edits, so most of the passive voice and structure stuff is weeded out by the time it gets to me. I mostly see punctuation errors and the occasional continuity error. The most common mistakes involve commas – not using the serial (or Oxford) comma, incorrectly adding them before “and” when it is linking two phrases, not knowing when to use them before “but” and “or,” crap like that. If you study up on your comma rules, editors will love you.

      As far as pay, I have no idea. I’m working as an unpaid intern. I do know that this publisher pays editors a percentage of the book sales (this is an e-publisher) so you probably wouldnt be able to quit your day job.

      If you are in the market for an editor, I can cut you a deal. :)

  9. Keep up the great work hon! I know it can be pretty hectic having so many things on your plate. Then, you have your unintended things (accidents, deaths, illness, etc [ps- sorry to hear about the passing of your grandmother; she sounds like a wonderful woman]). Thanks for keeping us posted.

    By the way, I don’t know if you read one of my last few blogs but I awarded you the “Kreativ Blogger Award” and the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” CONGRATULATIONS!

    You can find the awards here: http://diaryofamadgayman.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/you-really-really-like-me/

    • Thank you for the condolences. She was a wonderful woman and she will be missed. And how awesome are you for giving me an award? I feel like such a tool for not noticing sooner!

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