June 30, 2008
Today’s post, “Writing at Your Own Pace,” can be found at http://magicalwords.net. Visit the site and enjoy!
June 27, 2008
Another day, another outing for a sporting event. We’re leaving town in a little while so that Nancy can participate first thing tomorrow morning in her first ever triathlon! (That’s a swim, a bike ride, and then a run, for those of you who don’t know.) It’s actually a mini-triathlon, so the distances are a little more reasonable. But still it’s pretty cool and I’m VERY proud of her. She’s trained hard, and I expect she’s going to have a blast and come out of the event feeling great about herself.
And before any of you ask, I would have given it a try with her, but I’m not much of a swimmer. In fact, I’m not a swimmer at all. I sink . . . er . . . stink. One of the two. Maybe both.
June 26, 2008
Kids have a swim meet today, so I’m cutting out early. I did manage to get my 2000 words for the day, but I still haven’t had enough quality time with the new camera.
It’s an away meet, so we have a bit of a drive ahead of us. The team is undefeated, and though both of my daughters are at the lower end of their competitive age groups, both have managed one blue ribbon and several second and third place finishes. Pretty good. They get it from their mother — I can barely get across the pool….
We’ve been doing this for several summers now, and the kids love it. So do we. We never worry about them being around water now. They have a great coach who teaches them the fundamentals of each stroke and stresses personal improvement and teamwork rather than individual achievement. The team is incredibly close knit (18 year-olds rooting for 6 year-olds and the young ones then returning the favor) and so are the swim parents. We all volunteer to help out with meets, and after the meet tonight bunches of us will probably wind up getting dinner together. Fun stuff.
Catch ya’ll tomorrow. Go Tigersharks!!
June 25, 2008
Well, I was going to post about something writing related. Hadn’t decided what yet, but I’m sure it would have been nuanced and amusing and incredibly insightful. But as you all might remember from a recent post, I’m a material guy, and my new camera just arrived!!! Canon 40D! 10.2 megapixels, 3 inch LCD monitor, burst rate of 6.5 frames per second, and a integrated sensor cleaning system. I get all hot and bothered just thinking about it.
So I’ll catch you tomorrow.
June 24, 2008
Reached something of a milestone on the work in progress (Book III of my Blood of the Southlands trilogy) today. You can see it plainly on the bar below:
Pretty exciting. Still no title, but that will come eventually. The deadline is still a long way off (November 1) so I’m confident that I’ll have the book in on time. In the meantime, it feels good to be making progress.
I also have a short story coming out later this week. “Cassie’s Story” will be appearing in the summer issue of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show. Hope you all enjoy it.
Today’s music: Gary Burton and Pat Metheny
June 23, 2008
For today’s post, I refer you to http://magicalwords.net, where my friend Edmund Schubert, editor of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, is this week’s guest blogger. It’s a fun post. Come on over and check it out.
And tune in tomorrow for a special BOW Award in response to this week’s nonsense about oil drilling.