On August 9, 2013 I decided to take the plunge and join GA as a member instead of reading stories as a lurker. While I'd dabbled a bit with writing poetry and some creative fiction, I'd never actually finished anything I started writing. The closest I came was a vampire novel I started writing in the early '90s (which I may yet finish ) The atmosphere on GA was so welcoming. It felt like a place where I wanted to interact with others, and one of my favorite things was reading the weekly prompts. There was more participation in the prompts back then, and I felt like they were a good way to ease back into writing. Bolstered by the positive and encouraging responses to those early scribblings, I expanded one of them into my first novella. I then decided to tackle the anthologies, which helped me develop my writing skills even more. I was beyond thrilled to be promoted to Promising Author, and then Signature. I still feel a flash of pride whenever I see the maroon rectangle next to my name.
Writing and GA has opened so many doors for me. I love writing and sharing my work with like-minded people. My editing/beta team have become dear, dear friends. @Cole Matthews, @Lisa, @aditus... I can't imagine a life without you all in it There are too many to name, but know everyone on this site holds a special place in my heart. It's hard to believe it's been five years since I de-cloaked and became a member. Yes, I'm a Star Trek nerd
Many of you know I have been spending the summer re-doing my house. I bought new appliances, a new recliner, a giant cat tree, and a boatload of other new things for the house. My mom and I moved every piece of furniture, scrubbed the walls and floors, and went through every box downstairs. I threw out a ton of stuff, donated a ton of stuff, and now have a manageable living space. There are a few reasons we did all this. One, it needed to be done. I've done a lot of travelling in the ten years I've lived here, so I let a lot of house stuff go. Two, I had my BFF planning to visit for a week and I wanted a house that didn't look like it was inhabited by trolls. And three... I am having major surgery this week.
This has been a summer of reflection for me. I found a lot of things from my past when going through all those boxes. Mostly good memories, but some bittersweet. I don't want to get into all the details of my surgery, since it's rather personal, but I will say I have a pre-cancerous condition which requires the removal of some parts. The risk of cancer is relatively low, but still there. I've had two prior surgeries, and admit to being most nervous about this one. So I will be away from the site briefly while I recover. I'm hoping my absence will be less than a week, but it all depends on how I feel and what they find. I won't have my laptop with me until I'm back home, but I will have my cell phone and will keep Cole updated. He has my permission to post updates here.
I am hoping to do a lot of writing while I recover. I'd like to finish "The Hollow Hills" and start my next novel. I have some editing to do, and something exciting in the works for GA. I also hope to be able to do some reading... something I've been neglecting lately.
So that's what going on in my life right now. Thank you to all my readers, followers, and friends. You guys are awesome