Thursday, June 28, 2007

We Bought a House

Semi-detached, close to subway and schools, private drive, parking, and only needs a little work.

(It's the one on the right)

Cool or what?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Small Magics Update 2 (and other stuff)

All right, the beast is off. Gwen at Dragon Moon has it, and is putting together a final copy to send to the printers. Here's hoping I found all the erratta.

Gwen should get it out in a week, the printer should take about 4 weeks, which means a late start for it, I know, but not overly late, and not unexpectedly so, given my life these days.

So a new release date to be released soon.

In other news, I've just about got the new computer up and running (yes, it's taken me this long. Like I said, I'm busy). Which soon means more time for writing, rebuilding the website (the next project) and little fun things like, oh, I don't know. Going to a movie maybe.

Meanwhile we are also house hunting. I'm not going to put any details here for fear of jinxing it (yeah, stupid superstition, I know, still what can you do?) but I'll let you know when we've got it.

And now, back to work. I'm on the clock in 7 minutes.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

And It's Off!

Small Magics is back in the publisher's hands, along with a list of erratta I missed the last time I went through it. It should be headed to the printer shortly, and then available for all who want it.

Thanks for your patience. I can't wait to see it!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Small Magics Update

For all those of you who have been awaiting the release of Small Magics, there was a slight glitch on my side involving a large amount of work to be done, a small amount of time to do it, and a new computer which, like all new computers, takes forever to get set up with all the right information.

I am expecting Small Magics to be out in two weeks, and will keep everybody abreast of developments.

Thanks for your patience.


Monday, June 11, 2007

New Computer

Well, we got a new computer, in case you've been wondering what is going on.

I've got the driviers installed, found a version of Windows XP (because from everything I hear, Vista is not good) and have started adding in the software.

My big concerns are transferring my Norton Anti-virus subscription, Dreamweaver, and several other programs so that we can use them on the new machine.

I have decided to try going open source, rather than with Microsoft Office because, again, Vista has issues and I couldn't find a copy of 2003 or XP. SO far, the office suite looks good. I need a calendar program, but I've got Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird for Web and Email respectively.

The next challenge will be getting the files off the old computer and onto the new one. If everything works, the old machine goes to a new home, and the new one takes its place.

And that's what I've been doing. That and and writing and editing and working on a film and my day job and looking after the kid and looking for a house and developing a publicity campaign and being the treasurer for FDC.

So, not busy at all, really.

Friday, June 01, 2007

And Now, Get in Shape Month is Over

And you know, it went pretty well.

I declared May, for any who might be new to the blog, to be Get in Shape Month because I was feeling all sorts of out of shape. I had four goals:

  • To get back to working out 6 mornings a week (3 days strength and martial arts, 3 days running)
  • To do more swordfighting
  • To make it through my core program without resting
  • To be able to push myself hard through my entire calisthenic circuit training

And how did they go? Not bad, but not great:
  • Worked out 5 days instead of 6 most weeks but that's more than I was doing
  • Didn't get to swordfight once (dammit). Rapier Wit is in teaching mode right now, so open nights were taken up with rehearsals
  • I can now make it through my core program, which is essentially three minutes of variations on the plank, without rest and with only a little crying
  • I can almost push myself hard through my entire calisthenic training program (its a twenty minute, no rest program).
So I didn't quite achieve those goals, but I did get some other things out of it:
  • I can do 50 pushups again
  • I can do 12 chinups again
  • I can chest press 200 lbs again
  • And I lost 5 pounds
Not bad at all. For the next three months I 'm actually going to be concentrating a bit more on the weight loss. I am not fat (according to the charts) but I'm not where I'd like to be, so that's the next step.

Back to work.

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