Let's talk about the pleasures and puzzles of the smaller mystery--mystery novels and other fiction--and the bigger one--life.
I'm waiting to retire. Yes, it's years away (not fair, kb -- you're younger than me!) but I'm on the every-day-brings-you-one-day-closer retirement plan.Morning all.
Same here, Andi. I'm cheering KB on though.More immediately, I'm waiting for people to approve about five documents hanging in the approval tool at work. One of them popped out just before leaving yesterday, so I'll fix that. My boss is one of the worst offenders about it.For no good reason, I'm waiting to send some shorts out to mags.And i'll be waiting for the rest of the gang to chime in…
3 days.....And I'm having a panic attack.Andi, did I ever tell the story about how I found (crossing fingers) post-retirement health insurance?(waving madly)
Actually in a way this is my last work day....Tomorrow is "The Party" and Friday is, well -- my last day. ....
G'mornin', y'all.Tom Petty was right, the waiting is almost always the hardest part. Nancy, I hope your computer guy is not too slackery. Today I am waiting for a guy to come and trim the trees in our yard and yank out a hideous bush so we can replace it with a lovely Japanese Maple.
Good morning, little rabbits, and everybody else too.I'm waiting to here whether Ace will buy a fifth WebMage, and what my agent thinks of my proposal for the successor series, oh and if anyone wants to buy any of the five other books or series out with various editors. No, it doesn't make me the least bit tense, why do you ask? What's that? A twitch you say? Nonesense-nah-nah-nonsense, nonesense.
In other news, for $900,000 you can buy a house around the corner from the apartment where I lived my first 3 years....
Agrh! "here" instead of "hear." I writes goodly, can you tell I are an author? Bad me.Oh, and Maria from yesterday on the four to one time ratio of first third to last third: (grin)
andif, farfetched, katiebird, all waiting to retire. . .Jen. . .think Topiary. ha. Kelly, oh god. From my perspective, you win the waiting prize. (Which is a copy of that painting, "The Scream.")Good morning from mi madre's computer.
Good morning Nancy and everyone.Andi like I told, retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. That is unless Jim wins the lottery. ;)I'm waiting on PCH to ring my doorbell so I can start living the life I want to become accustomed to. :)Back to retirement. I remember when I retired, for about three months afterwards, I was a little depressed. I had done the same job for twenty years, and if I say so myself, I was fairly good at it. Plus I really enjoyed it.KB I hope you have a wonderful party and great last day.
FamilyMan, I think envisioning your experience is exactly why I feel like I'm standing at the top of a high diving board. And thinking about backing down the stairs instead.....
Thank you, thank you. It's an honor to here. I must say that it's a prize that I did not apply for and do not wish to win, but hey what else have I got to do while I'm waiting. I'm mostly pretty good at ignoring all balls hanging out there in space waiting to drop. But there are days...especially at the moment when the last contract book is delivered and I'm at least temporarily an author without a publisher of future work. Oy. Fortunately for our financial situation Laura is the primary earner and we can currently treat my income as found money. Still another contract would be very welcome. So would some foreign sales and, while I'm wishing, a movie option or two. I don't need them to make the movie, just so they give me money to pretend that someday they might.At least I'm really writing again, 1,500 words yesterday, which isn't great but puts me back above the line where the low production negatively impacts my mood. Speaking of which, I should probably go do some more of that before it starts to feel like a fluke.
Hi kb. **waves at kb**I'm so happy **sob** that this is your last real day at work. Mazel tov.
KB it's not so bad. I think most people just have problems with change. You have to admit retirement is a big change.Of course in my case, I keep thinking that I wish I had saved every penny since age two. :)
Don't you back down those stairs, kb!!Hi, Fam Man.
What Nancy said, KB. No climbing down. You've got a great adventure in front of you and you should carpe the daylights out of it.
Kelly, that between-contracts or between-publishers period is. . .twitch, twitch, twitch. A good friend of mine is in that position while writing what she believes is the best book of her life. It's a good book for her to be sending out, but she's a twitching rabbit, too.They'd be crazy not to snap you up, widdle rabbit.
KB, my life got crazy as soon as I retired. I don't know how folks who have real jobs get everything done. But I've loved every second of it - of course, I retired from my "real" job, and picked up this other one instead...so maybe I'm not really retired after all.Waiting today? Hmmm. Waiting for life to calm down. Check back with me in a month or two. Now I have to call HP and argue with them about the phone support contract they sold me, and then promptly told me the PC was toast, hence said contract is useless. Sigh.Waving to everyone! Crossing fingers for Nancy and Kelly!
(sitting around smiling)I love spending a day in the coffee shop with friends.....Kelly, I've got CodeSpell in my stack of books to read after Friday. I can't decide if I should jump on it as soon as I get home....Or Put off reading it until after the other books.You Can never read a book for the first time again. So sometimes I hang onto a book that I'm REALLY anticipating. Yours is one of those.
"carpe the living daylights out of it"lol, Kelly. I love that.No word from the 'puter guy. There are five ahead of me. Back to cleaning the basement.Hi, Beth. Come on, HP!
Nancy and Beth -- You BOTH have computer trouble? Wow.Nancy, too bad I'm still stuck at work. I used to be a computer technician -- I could look at it. If only....Ah well, one of these days I can quit working....
I hope you have fun with it, KB.Beth, hi, hope the back is getting better.Twitchy? Maybe a little. There is that little tic I keep getting under my left eye. But overall my mood is improving--just knocked off another 1,000 words. Funny how tied that is to how well my writing is going, huh? Yeah, I didn't think so either. I'm currently working on the second book in an unbought series despite knowing that's bad business practice, because it's the best thing I've ever written and I want to finish it damnit. Well that and because I figured out that with all the proposals and potential rewrites for editors I had four-and-a-half years of potential work floating in space and it seemed like maybe a good idea to knock some of that off before I wrote a bunch of new stuff with attached proposals and added to the potential load.
Yeah, KB, you can't back down the ladder… there's too many of us wanting to enjoy your retirement for you! JUMP!Story idea, that I came up with at lunch: a high-school age cyberbullying victim spots an ad for an outfit called "Payback, LLC." Through the contact, a disembodied & filtered voice on Skype, she learns some horribly embarrassing information about her tormenters (and receives video proof in email). Does she use this info against Ashley and Megan? Is the entity behind Payback, LLC angel, devil, or human? [I honestly don't know.] I really need to work on FAR Future, so if someone else wants to grab this & run with it, feel free. Or I could write it as flash fiction with a cliffhanger ending.
I'm waiting for a jeans in the washer aha! moment, too.
Congrats, kb. Hope you have a grand party tomorrow. Try to stay present and enjoy it because you deserve it!I'm waiting to retire though it will be a while yet. 14 years ago I told an administrator who was retiring that I only had x number of years to go until I could retire. He told me that it was a bad sign that I was counting already. LOLI'm also waiting for the love of my life to find me so we can live "happily ever after" and for Nancy's new book to come out (no pressure :-) ).Oh, I'm also waiting for the courage to sign in here (being anonymous feels safe but distant, too. :-( )
Hi all. I'm waiting for all those galleries to call and demand that I place my paintings with them. < rolls eyes furiously >
Hey, Margaret! Lovely to see you in the coffee shop. Gang, say hi to my pal, Margaret. Anonymous? You stay anon as long as your anonymous little heart desires. We like our Anons. Personally, I think it's kind of cool to get to know a person without any name to go with it. Far, that's a great idea. I hope somebody runs with it.
Well, boran2, I'm not rolling *my* eyes at that idea. It seems entirely sane to me. If I had a gallery, you'd be in it. So there.
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