Jennifer (gaaneden) wrote,


Abstract Thoughts has been updated with Wishes Come True - which is about my recent vacation and my writing.

July 8, 2007
Wishes Come True
We all have wishes that we want to come true. Big wishes and little wishes. Most of us need to make those wishes come true for ourselves because no one else will do it for us. Doing for ourselves doesn't lessen wonderfulness of the granted wish however, having one's own wish granter is often a wish in-and-of itself.

Somehow, I got incredibly lucky. My dearest of my heart is such a man. He listens to my random wishes when we talk. He remembers them. He makes some of them come true.

This past week, he surprised me with a trip to Port Townsend and booked us a night at Manresa Castle. I have wanted to go to Port Townsend ever since Alex ran a bunch of us in a long term Vampire: The Masquerade game called City of Dreams. Most of the other players in the game had made it up to this historic bay side town and raved about its interesting history and gorgeous architecture. I really wanted to go and I mentioned that to Jeff.

When I say "surprise" I mean he kept it a surprise for about two weeks before I guessed what it was. So, since I guessed that surprise, he had to plan another surprise based on another wish of mine. After a day of wandering Port Townsend and enjoying the sites, then a night at Manresa Castle, I thought we were headed home. Or, at least in the direction of home. I had no idea what this new surprise was. None. So, when we drove to the dock area of Port Townsend, I was very confused... until I saw the sign at the little shop we stopped at:

Whale Watching.

Wow. I was shocked, surprised and very pleased. I have never gone whale watching before and I have always wanted to. It was something that came up when we were talking about our forthcoming Hawaii trip. It was a four hour trip out to see three different pods of Orca whales and they were gorgeous! Just gorgeous. There were so many of them. I know that Jeff got a couple of good pictures, too.

So, now, I've gotten three ... no, four... wishes fulfilled. I've been to Port Townsend. I've stayed at Castle Manresa. I've gone whale watching. I am dating the most awesome guy in the world who not only randomly brings me flowers; he tries to make my wishes come true. I'm so happy I could explode in a confetti of squeaks and satin hearts.

The coolest thing about all this? He challenges me to do and be the person I've always wanted to be. I'm not the adult in the relationship. I'm an equal partner and I have to remember that. That's the best gift of all. It is one I would like to return to him in kind.

I have just ended my sixth month of my Writing Sabbatical Year. Let's see where my Year-to-Date report card is:

  • Submissions: 30 of 60+ (on track)
  • New Short Stories: 18 of 24+ (ahead)
  • Freaky Friday Fictions: 27 of 50+ (on track)
  • Books read: 17 of 24+ (ahead)
  • Novel #2 word count: 10,100 (on track)

    As long as I'm doing stats... The Edge of Propinquity Slushpile Scorecard - I'm all caught up for the moment! This makes me very happy.

  • 109 total submissions received.

  • 109 total submissions read.
  • 99 total rejections.
  • 03 total submissions kept for rereads ('maybe' reactions).
  • 07 total "Yes!" responses.

  • 00 submissions to go.

    As the writing goes, I'm getting pretty darned busy and I like it. This does mean that I'm going to have to hunker down and stay at my computer more often than I have been lately. This means less going out and playing but that's OK. I can handle it. More than that, I think I'm craving a bit more solitude right now. I've been going and doing too much with too many people. It is irritating the hell out of my introvert nature.

    I have plans to hunker down on my novel this coming week and only do those things I've already committed to doing. I think I'm going to have to put a moratorium on new commitments for the rest of the month. Mostly because I need time to catch up with what I'm currently doing and to see how much of it I can do at any one time. I don't want to discover that I have to stop working on my novel because I've picked up too many RPG contracts.

    Heh. I suppose this is another wish come true - I've got as many current (and upcoming) writing projects as I can handle. Only this wish I granted to myself.

    Tarot Card for the Day: The Ace of Wands
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