Jennifer (gaaneden) wrote,


Abstract Thoughts has been updated with Mishmash - which is a collection of bits and pieces: My ankle, my last day at work, the new job, the Vogue, the Mercury and Writing.

April 30

My ankle is finally healing from the kick I took at Norwescon. It is still swelling but not nearly as bad as it has been. This is a good thing because I've really felt the lack of walking. I don't get that time with myself or the exercise and I have missed it. It made my last two weeks at EED less pleasant than they could have been.

No worries there, really. My last couple of days there were not much more than me imparting all of the knowledge that I could as well as doing last bits of testing. By the end of Friday, I was bored stupid with nothing to do but surf the web and wait for my exit interview that was short and sweet.

Also, it seems that I have a four day weekend. Some bit of admin paperwork did not make it through the right channels in the appropriate amount of time. So, instead of starting on the 1st at MS, I start on the 3rd. I can deal with this. I have plenty to keep me busy for the next couple of days. Though, it is too bad. I was/am ready to go. I am very interested in this new job and where it could lead.


I tried out the Vogue. I went mostly so I could say that I went and my snobbery... er... preference for the Mercury (smoking or not) is justified. As it turns out, the Vogue is a pretty interesting place. Right now, I still prefer the Merc but it isn't because the Vogue sucks. On the good side, it is non-smoking, interestingly decorated and well laid out. On the bad side, the ceilings are way too high so it has a warehouse feeling, it is open to the public so the looky-loos can come and go as they please and the drinks are more expensive.

I will be going to the Mercury with cmpriest next weekend to show it off to her. So, I will be able to tell if my memory of the Merc matches reality. We'll see. If it doesn't, the Vogue is within walking distance of the Merc. If the weather holds, we're going to walk from her place. If it doesn't, I'll drive. So, it looks like I'm finally going to have to figure out how the heck to get their by car myself.


I picked up plates from Toyota for Morpheus. I immediately Went to the DOL to get my personalized plates and was denied. I swear, nothing has been easy working with the DOL. Mostly because I don't understand the workings of the DOL. But, I have to mail my personal plates request with a check. Le Sigh. Thwarted. So, now, the personalized plates request is winging its way over to Olympia. Hopefully, my new plates will be here in a couple of weeks. I'm not worried about getting the plates I chose. I'm just impatient.


On the writing front, I am getting close to being behind on my May TEoP story. It's not that I don't know what I'm going to write about, it's the fact that I'm letting my time and energy be eaten by Oblivion. I know better but it's the time of year. It just makes me what to play hooky all over the place. I think that is because I know I won't be able to play hooky later in the year when I'm working on the new Sovereign Press contract(s).

Tomorrow, I write the email (informal query) email to the DAW editor I met at Norwescon. I'm mildly freaking out about this. Mostly because I'm not sure what to expect. I suppose the worse she could do is not answer me at all. The best is that she takes on both of my anthologies. If I'm lucky, she will point me at the right person to speak to about anthology query letters. DAW puts out a lot of anthologies. I would love for both Grants Pass and The Edge of Propinquity to be among them.

Other than that, my short story, Judgment, is patiently lingering and still wants to be written. Plus, I have the seed for a new story based around a tiny drabble abstract I wrote up on my last day of work about it being the last day. We'll see if it blossoms into something else.

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