October 5, 2004
So, the final deadline for the Grants Pass extensions ended on Oct 1st for the Write Away community. I had a very disappointing three submissions. The submissions themselves were definitely not disappointing but the number of them were. Especially after all of the talk of people promising to write. Well, I was somewhat prepared for this. Once I figured out that the Write Away community was filled with, for the most part, people too junior/insecure to submit work, I started planning the next phase of Grants Pass. I will be opening it up to the Webrats group, to personal author friends and people on my Friends list. I will hopefully get a better turn out.
Fortunately for me, after talking with Rory and Jim about the anthology and its theme, their excitement and interest in it has me gearing up for it again. Especially the story ideas they have for it. I will be putting out the second call for submission sometime this month. Fortunately for me, I don't really have that much of a deadline. I'm mostly waiting on the schedule of a couple of known authors to open up so they can write for me.
In other writing news, I've been slightly stalled on my Dragonlance gig, waiting for editor information. It just came to me and I will be finishing up my stuff within the next two weeks or so with about two weeks to spare on the deadline. Most likely, most of that writing will be done during the week I am recovering from surgery. Maybe, I'll even dig out my final notes on Regressor's Evolution. Wouldn't that be a change of pace?
Last Friday, I had my shrink appointment. Everyone going through the lap-band surgery has to go to at least one shrink appointment to make sure they are mentally and emotionally stable enough to have the surgery and be successful afterwards.
This was a much more interesting and pleasant shrink appointment than any of the 20/20 shrink appointments. The doctor was friendly, open and engaging. She laughed a lot. She talked to me about what she called the "vomit discussion" and counseled me on what she thought I would have to look out for. Over all, I am, apparently, a pretty sane and stable person. She believes I am suffering from some weight related depression but, she believes much of that will go away as the weight comes off.
She goes to one of the lap-band support groups and recommends I join a couple of lap-band yahoo groups where people discuss what's going on with them, schedule "soup dinners" for chat and clothing exchanges and is generally available it a patient needs it. Also, she has her own lap-band, so she knows exactly what I will be going through soon. That is pretty cool.
One of the startling things I've discovered is that I really loath the idea of giving away my clothing as I get too small for them. Not because I think I'll get fat again (though, there is a little bit of that) but because I really love my velvet clothing and I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to find such clothing in smaller sizes. Yes, this is probably a silly fear, but it is there nonetheless.
KITTENS! I can't believe I have had my foster kittens for two weeks and I haven't talked about them, yet! There are indeed seven of them. Two Siamese females, one Maine Coone-like male, three gray and white males, one gray and white female. I haven't really named them. I've been calling them things like "my pretty girl", "the runt", "climber" and "the shy one." They are ten weeks old, are all healthy and happy. It is a good crop of kittens if I do say so myself. Hopefully, I will have the energy to get pictures soon.
Work lately has been interesting but stressful. We have been in a "security stand down" for about 1.5 weeks. Lots of test case scrubbing/writing, threat models and beating on the product specifically from a security point of view. This has been really neat. However, until yesterday, I was the only one of my team who had not found a new security bug and that was putting a lot of stress/guilt on me. That whole "I suck! Why am I even a test engineer?" thing. Fortunately, since I have now found a couple, I'm feeling better. Plus, I have a new avenue to investigate tomorrow.
Next week, we start the two week priority one Japanese pseudo-loc test pass. Some how, this has snuck up on me. I, for some reason, though this started on the 18th instead of the 11th. This is going to make my life interesting since I'm going to be out from the 14th to the 24th. Those first three days are going to be frantically busy for me. I have to finish writing a International test kit template, present it and run a bug bash. Then, be out for 7 working days to come back to a week of poking people for there International test documents.
I guess it is a good thing I'm going to be able to sporadically do email during my recovery phase.
Tarot Card for the Day: Four of Cups, Inverted