February 29, 2008
How many times have you wished for an extra day? How many times have you thought that if you just had one day without obligations you could catch up on chores long neglected, or take the time to write a letter to that friend you’ve been missing, or spend extra time with your kids or spouse or partner without feeling that you were shirking professional responsibilities? How many times have you thought that it would be great just to slip away unnoticed and give yourself a day to do whatever you wanted to do — maybe go for a walk in the woods, or a drive in the country, or maybe just sit around and read a book, or pretend to read a book and actually take a nap?
That’s what Leap Day should be. February 29th should be a national holiday. It’s a freebie, an extra day. It’s like found money. We shouldn’t use it for business as usual, nor should it be commercialized into a Giant Sale Day, or a day for giving senseless greeting cards and chocolate. (Though, if you have chocolate lying around and want to have some, by all means, go ahead. It’s Leap Day. Knock yourself out.) Leap Day should be each of ours to do with what we want.
So have a happy Leap Day. Or not. It’s really up to you.
Today’s music: Lowell George (Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here)
February 27, 2008
First, a birthday shout out to my friend Stephen Leigh! Hope it’s a great one!
Things here remain as they have been, with a snow day for my younger daughter thrown in for good measure. My older kid and I go back to the doctor today to see if the injection of antibiotics she got yesterday did any good. If the doctor isn’t satisfied with her progress, the next step is admission to the local hospital. We’d all like to avoid that, thank you very much.
On the professional front, I learned the other day that of the 5,500 hardcover copies printed of THE SORCERERS’ PLAGUE, fewer than 120 remain in Tor’s warehouses. There will be returns, of course, but that’s a pretty good sell-through. Maybe they’ll even go back to press with it. Fingers crossed.
I also seem to have sold the first of the two short stories I’ve written in the last few months. There are still a few editing details to be worked out, but barring something unforeseen, I’ve got my first sale of 2008. The second story is out, but I’ve yet to hear anything back.
And that’s all the news that I’m fit to print…..
Today’s music: Unidentified classical piece on NPR
February 26, 2008
I should have known that it wouldn’t be easy to get my kid healthy again. We thought she was recovering nicely. Her fever vanished over the weekend and by Monday morning we felt confident in sending her to school. We had her sit out gym, of course, but we figured she’d be fine with the rest of it. I picked her up after school at 3:00 and she complained of being tired. She’s never tired during the day. We got home and she went upstairs to take a nap. She NEVER takes naps. When she woke up her fever was back, her cheeks were flushed, she was still fatigued. We were supposed to go back to the doctor today for a follow-up, but at this point I expect that the doctor will prescribe new drugs.
My poor kid. She’s sick of being sick, she’s tired of coughing and taking medicine and having her temperature taken. She’s sad that she can’t see her friends or go to school or do any of the things she wants to do. She can hardly remember the last time she felt “normal” or actually had an appetite.
February 23, 2008
My daughter’s temperature (notice I’m not using the word “fever”) is down to 98.7. Yay! It’s been great watching it go down; the decline has been steady for two days now. She’s still coughing like a three-pack-a-day smoker, but she’s supposed to be coughing. She’s got stuff in her lungs that she has to get rid of, and I guess you could say that cough of hers in nature’s sump pump. The thing is, she’s better. [Knocks wood.]
I have stuff to do around the house. My older daughter has homework to do. My younger daughter has to clean her room and play her violin. My wife has to go to the office for a while. It is, in just about every way, a typical Saturday.
Thank goodness. Right around now typical sounds pretty good.
February 22, 2008
Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net. Come on over and check it out.
February 21, 2008
My email server is down and I’m shocked and dismayed to find myself totally debilitated by this. I feel as though I’ve been cut off from the world, though of course I haven’t. My phone works. The internet connection works. I assume that my mailman will stop by later. But I keep on having to resist the urge to try the server again, to see if they’ve managed to fix the problem in the last seven minutes. Pathetic.
Update on my daughter: She’s still coughing and still carrying a low-grade fever. It’s hard to say if the antibiotics have had any effect yet. She certainly doesn’t seem to be getting worse, but as of yet, I see no evidence that she’s getting better.
Patience has never been one of my virtues, and today it seems I’m being tested on several fronts.