Wednesday, January 28, 2009


It's snowing. Normally I like the snow, but this snow means the dig I was supposed to have at the start of February is postponed. I haven't had a job since before Christmas. Christ.

On the other hand, I've almost finished the reverse-outlining part of editing my book. I'm trying to decide where to go next- more editing, or agent/publisher shopping. Probably both. That whole lack-of-a-job thing makes me really eager to try things that will bring money sooner rather than later.

I'm sure I'll look back at this over-a-month-now involuntary-hiatus from archeology as a blessing for editing my book. Or not. Maybe I'll just see it as the reason I have too much goddamn credit card debt from bills.

Bah. To work.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Warm Ups

If I had known I wouldn't have a dig for the whole month of January, I probably wouldn't have gone to Miami. I love UC, and now I love Miami, but... yeesh. It took some financial back flips to pay the bills this month.

But, a good friend offered to pay my way to Boston, so now I'm on his couch and blogging as a warm-up to editing/outlining my novel. I'm experimenting with the outline thing, in that I'm outlining after writing instead of before. When it comes to writing, I don't like a lot of plans, but I feel like I need a more explicit concept of the book if I want to edit it. Basically I'm going through each chapter and scene and asking myself, "What does this scene do for the plot or characters?" and then noting that. Hopefully it will help the process go quickly, because I want to send my baby out right this second but I feel like that would be rather unprofessional. Though with the amount of time it takes the publishing industry to do anything, it might be six one way, half dozen the other.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Anybody wanna buy a couch? ( technically it's a love seat) black leather, $75

Saturday, January 10, 2009


This one time, I thought I might die. Nothing interesting- just a deer in front of our van, and nobody hurt, but I remember being startled and losing a few moments and then realizing that I very nearly missed a death. It sort of felt like when you think you've seen someone you used to know, and then it turned out to be a stranger instead. As if I had very nearly missed reuniting with a friend. I thought about that a lot when Dream talked to Death.

Destruction's attempts at creation made me smile, and a little afraid.

Despair reminded me of someone in my family, who I won't name.

Destiny bored me. And despite the name, Desire is not for this space.

I liked Delirium. I liked how the rainbow fish could sparkle out the light on a blade of grass and how she looked for what she lost and the colors in her hair and the dance-y fascination with words and word-shapes and frog-shapes and the raspberry chocolate lovers the way reality was this incredibly hard, hard thing that cut with the rules of it until it became something else like bugs or anger or bubbles in the shapes of kings even though that meant that there was no Delight, she was gone and the glass beauty and stains in the way reality takes your breath away in places because it is so unbearable became just unbearable and avoided and skeltered. Delirium was nice.

I finished my novel.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Snow Shadows

The concept of a snow shadow makes me smile.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Greetings from Dolphin Stadium! Hope you all enjoyed your holidays- I'm about to enjoy watching the Bearcats spank V Tech. I promise a better post later- in the meantime, GO CATS!

Welcome to Miami!

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