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General Updates [Mar. 15th, 2009|09:49 am]
It's been a while since I posted. It's even been a while since I've read LJ. Things have been plenty busy at work and at home there's also projects.

I've finished the draft of the novel I started for NaNo08 and went through and did basic cleaning up to make a good first draft. It'll need a bit of work yet but I like the story and concepts in it; with some work it may turn out quite good.

I also found a local writers' group to participate in and it's great! Geared towards speculative fiction (i.e. sci-fi and fantasy, my two favorite genres), a strong constructively critical atmosphere with a side of humor, and a bit of track history as a stable group. There's about 20 people and about 8-10 show up at any given meeting. Really liking it so far. (I had them critique the prologue of my current draft and it was both helpful and encouraging.)

We've been doing spring cleaning around the house and got the main rooms into decent order. It may be optimistic as it seems spring hasn't yet arrived and it's currently snowing in big, powdery flakes. Bah. But we got a foam playmat downstairs for Timothy with letters and numbers on it which has managed to be educational and entertaining for him. My next project is to assemble a bench/toybox (I've cut all the wood already).

twigmouse came by to visit yesterday and show off his camera savvy. Fun stuff. Photography is one of the (many many) pursuits that fascinate me but I haven't had time/money to pursue. Cool to see him at work.

Talked with Xodiac about panel ideas for RainFurrest. I'm lookin' forward to the con already! Last year was fun; it's at a nice size where there's enough attendees to have a nice event and panel selection (I admit, my con focus is generally panels) but still not feel "too big".

Finally, it was Pi Day yesterday (3/14) and Kit celebrated in proper style:

[User Picture]From: pyrate_queen
2009-03-15 05:09 pm (UTC)
I am v. jealous! I have been trying to get into some sort of writing group, but the Tacoma area seems pretty lacking in them. Every quarter I sign up for some sort of writing class in the continuing ed. dept. of Tacoma Community College, but it is always cancelled due to low enrollment. Grrr. I did apply for the MFA in creative writing program at PLU, but am currently waitlisted (*crosses fingers*).
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-03-15 05:22 pm (UTC)
I wish I could offer specific advice. I did get lucky. Check around your local bookstores, maybe? That's where this one's meeting and I found out about them from the posted "events calendar" in the window.

*Also crossing fingers for you getting into the class!*
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2009-03-15 05:22 pm (UTC)
MMmmmm...pi pie :)
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From: avon_deer
2009-03-15 06:31 pm (UTC)
A pi pie! I need to make one now. :D
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