Wow, I Feel Like I Owe Y’all An Update…

okay, first and foremost, my wife is once again employed (and there is MUCH rejoicing). she’s working in San Antonio on a gubmint contract at Lackland AFB. we were prepping our minds (and i had begun packing up the house) for a move down there – i was starting the process of separating from my writer’s group… when it occurred to me (with a spark from my Beloved Nephew) that if we sell this house (and as to “in a timely manner”, which it would need to be – a moderately big “if” in this market and economy, with the house in the shape it’s in), it’s highly, highly unlikely that we’ll ever be able to afford another.
so, if the fiscals can work out, we’re keeping the house, i’m living down here, Dorris is in an efficiency in SA and comes home on the weekend. it’s not something we’re happy about emotionally, but intellectually, fiscally, it feels right…
next issue, prepping the front bedroom for and finding a suitable roommate… oh boy.
we pretty much have to if this is going to work. and god knows it’ll take a special kind of freak to survive being our roomie.
part of that is going to be deciding if it’s furnished (such as it could be) or unfurnished… i’m going to be rearranging some stuff around the house, one way or another… how much and how much i’m going to upset my wife in so doing remains to be seen.

at a glacial pace, the estate sale (and then “we gotta sell it quick afore we owe more than we can get for it”) on my mom’s house continues. hope to hear some good news on a date for the estate sale this week sometime.

selling-wise… well, sales continue about how i thought they would on ‘Saving Molly’ and ‘On a Road Going Nowhere’, i have no idea how sales are proceeding for “The Ladies of Trade Town” and “Zombified”. my story for ‘Stories from the Ether’ may be in the next quarterly offering, since they’ve decided to e-publish as a quarterly magazine. my haiku series on “The Moon: the Eighth Continent” took second place and i didn’t know it until Rie let me know from FenCon (she took 1st & honorable mention). i’ve checked ‘spam’ and couldn’t find any email telling me i’d placed second, but it will be coming out in paper and ebook editions to raise money for the contest’s sponsor, the North Texas Space Society. more on that as i know it.

as to writing, i’m trying, albeit it in a distracted and spastic fashion, to finish up ‘Falling Angels’ and i plan to cinch my privates with a belt and send a query letter to Hard Case Crime Publishing once i’ve polished it. i read two of their books by Christa Faust, “Money Shot” and “Choke Hold” – i recommend both – as a publisher they’re going for the old noir-ish detective pulp style, complete with classic-style covers – my only concern is that my fictional city might not suit them. otherwise, i naively believe i might have a shot with them.
i’ve also half-convinced myself to try tossing a “Hail Mary” fourth quarter pass from deep in my own territory and hammer out a story for the “Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations” anthology… primarily because my friend Matt has made it past first cut, my friend Teresa is submitting a story… and i think Cen-Tex writers getting three stories in would totally fucking rock! Represent! of course, there are a metric fuckton of ways that won’t happen, and only a few in which it could, but still… the deadline is 10/31, it’s 10/18… hammering it out and grinding out a polish on it in 13 days… can i do it? will i do it? (especially since, upon rereading what he’s looking for, i realize my current idea is nowhere close… massive retooling/reimagining ahead if i go for it) stay tuned…
then there’s psychic detective, “what’s happening to the ghosts of some-damn-place-in-England?” Victorian Nasty that i need to hammer out for Rie and my four story ‘victorian nasties’ anthology – which as you may gather, only has three stories at present.
i know the “oil of roses” fans would really appreciate it if i finished hammering out and organizing the 70k+ chapter 60… and i do really need to… just in time to write the yahoo group a christmas story as well…
there’s another anthology with a 12/1 deadline ‘dark metahuman’ stories, that i’ve got a really great idea for…
fuck NaNoWriMo this year, i should be too busy writing to take time out to write…

and to finally finish this little early morning gambol through my mind and recent events – many, many thanks to Lee Downing and Mike Lynch for acting as my taxi service for trips to the grocery, bank, pharmacy and such. it is a blessing to have such friends and God knows i’ve been blessed far beyond anything i might conceivably be said to deserve in this lifetime with a plethora of such friends and ‘family’…

Listening to: the dawgs telling me they really think it’s time they were let out – tough luck, it ain’t 6 AM yet
Mood: hopeful, thankful… sleepy

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