Felix Natalis Mihi

I’m taking advantage of the fact that it’s my birthday this weekend and being incredibly lazy by simply throwing open the gates to the barbarians (that means you lot, sheesh). Your topic today, your choice. Rant, rave, whatever. I don’t care. I’m getting old *sniff* and I figure this last little rebellion of mine won’t ever happen again (until next year, at least).

So what’s on your mind? New grandkids? New babies? Tell me! I must know.


  1. finishing my actually paying work so i can get back to my possible paying work . both involve writing.

  2. My most immediate thought is “oh my gods it is cold. There is no way that it is 27 degrees centigrade. It feels like 17.”

    (I hear it snowed in New South Wales. It is officially winter here in Oz.)

    *burrows under the quilt*

          1. I’d love to move to a place where it’s fall 3/4 of the year. Alas, such does not appear to be available on this planet.

    1. Can you tell me what that is in the only real temperature scale, Rankine? πŸ™‚

  3. Friday. Thank goodness. Two training classes, and then… well, then things get busy. Graduation parties (not my kid, but her friends), a birthday, a bunch of church stuff this weekend.

    No rest for the wicked, I guess.

    1. My grandmother used to say, “No rest for the wicked and the righteous don’t need none.” You can pick which applies to you.

  4. I should be packing up the hotel room. Fortunately, I’ve lived out of a suitcase before, so I can put it off and be done in 5 minutes.

    1. I’m one of those who doesn’t really unpack. Just remove what’s necessary and replace it when it’s not.
      Thinking about using one of those compression bags for dirty clothes on my next trip. Usually I use a large garbage bag.

  5. Finally seeing the end of a hideous data normalization project. Finding out T. Kingfisher and Naomi Novik have new books out. Selling a few more copies of my own even though it’s dropped off the new releases list and is pretty much undiscoverable. And finally, the weather is warm and clear.

    The weekend is going to be great πŸ™‚

    And happy birthday!

  6. Contemplating how my complex and inter-weaving webs of self-censorship are making it basically impossible to write about anything, and trying to reason which ones should stay and which should go. (For instance, I don’t want to blog about: Things that might hurt someone’s feelings, admissions of illegal activity, anything that might come up in a legal context (i.e. car accidents), things I will be embarrassed I wrote later, anything that can be perceived as negative about folks I care about. Also, things that pair poorly with things I’ve previously blogged about (conservative politics and kinky sex would pair poorly, frex.))

    Other than that, cleaning house. Which gets more interesting with active construction going on. I think I’m up to it. πŸ˜€ (Contractor bags FTW.) And maybe stopping trying to get an office job and instead going for retail, or bank teller. And… well, just lifing along.

    So, yeah. πŸ˜€

    1. The only self-censorship I tend to go with is “Does this make a donut less tasty?”

      If it can pass that rigorous standard, then it ends up online somewhere.

    2. Ow. Didn’t like retail when selling appliances. Given a choice between digging foundations and retail, hand me the shovel.

      1. I figure it’s gotta be better than food service, though. πŸ˜› (And I don’t think you could *pay* me to be on the back end–the chefs I’ve heard through kitchen doors… I think I’d cry. >_>)

    3. Conservative politics and kinky sex could be awsome. I don’t think anyone else is doing it (at least out from behind closed doors) so you could own the franchise. It would also make progressive heads explode which is always good.

      1. I think the main thing I’m concerned about is “What I like is right and natural, but what you like is perverted and gross.” (This seems to happen in, like, every damn subculture…) But I suppose a splash page with clear warnings, and a double middle-finger thereafter, might handle it…

        Hmm. Maybe. I do find the fact that I’ll randomly come across conservative-bashing in pretty much any sex stuff I read fairly off-putting. πŸ˜›

        1. Quite right. The critical difference between the good guys and the bad guys is that the good guys are fine with you being perverted and gross if you want to be as long as you don’t try to make them join in.

  7. Most Happiest of Birthdays to you!

    If you don’t have it, I will have to append an MP3 file of me singing, and while I’m not bad, let’s say it would be easier for you to have fun.

    1. Maybe for a fundraiser we could do a virtual choir thing like Eric Whitaker does, except get all the Mad Genii and Huns and Hoydens to sing something filk, merge the files, and for a small donation people will NOT hear the result on autoplay. *evil grin*

  8. Formatting a non-fiction manuscript for e-publication, and thinking up some more illustrations and/or cartoons to draw for it. Will be trying tables instead of graphics of tables.

  9. Basking in the brief glow of two releases in one week (_Blackbird_ and the story ” A Father’s Choice”) and fighting off the start of a new series. (Down, story, down! Shoo, go away, or at least get in the back of the line. I have a third WWI/Interwar novel to be researching, a suitcase and carry-on to pack, and errands to run. No, not even one little paragraph. Down boy!) And waiting to hear back from a publisher about a non-fic book I submitted, oh, two years and five re-writes ago. I’m not exactly holding my breath.

    FrΓΆliche Geburtstag, Jason!

    1. Oh how I wish. My backyard is a thorough mess, partly because of *good* things (we got the house re-floored.) I’m the only person who can manage the backyard (because of allergies on the part of the other resident adult) and I’ve been spending all my time wrangling a giant baby and trying to get the house back inside. It’s been a month and we’re still working on thatβ€”the yard is a MESS.

      1. Real life was super stressful and busy for a period. I’ve got the fires out, and am getting the yard back into shape. I should do some more today, instead of just internetting and recovering.

      1. Thanks. It’s a great honor.

        Now, if only I could win the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award too . . .

  10. I’m getting ready to publish my next book this weekend. I am determined to put it up everywhere, not just Amazon to start like I did with the first two. I am also dithering over pricing. My two bourgeois, legal, science fiction books are 3.99. They are both over 100,000 words. This next one is pure adventure SF, and comes in at 60,000 words. I’m thinking 2.99 because a) it’s short, and b) I’ve switched subgenres a bit (ok, a lot).

    1. Sixty-thousand words is not short; it’s a novel. If you really feel guilty about it being a shorter novel than your other novels, price it at $3.49.

      $2.99 is for short stories

      1. Seriously? I see many novels out there for 2.99, and I’m not exactly well known. I’m also kind of fantasizing about volume pricing as opposed to the more artisanal approach I seem to have going on.

        1. eh, pricing is a voodoo art, IMO. When you put it up, take a look at what Amazon’s pricing tool says. At least its calculations have a bit of statistics behind them. And yes, 60k is a novel πŸ™‚

      2. How much for an 11,500 word how-to booklet with tables and some self-drawn cartoons? $0.99 seems a bit low, but is $2.99 too high?

        1. All I know to do is look at the prices of similar works. You don’t want to price yourself out of the market. One friends says if you aren’t selling at a low price, raise your price. You’ll make more money on what you do sell.

        2. With fiction word count is at least a somewhat valid metric to estimate value by. With a non fiction how to it’s all about the subject matter, the number of potential buyers (ie folks who participate in that subject area), and a good faith estimate of just how beneficial your information is.
          Then of course you have to decide if you want to target volume or value.

    2. I return your compliment: congrats on your novel. Hope it does well.

  11. Trying to plant 2000+ sq ft of garden in Maine quickly enough to get at least some produce before it snows.

  12. Working in the garden, watching Thor 2, visiting the animal shelter, going to church on Sunday. I lead a very peaceful life unless my sisters and their children are visiting.

  13. Have begun the much dreaded kitchen remodeling.

    The best thing about it is that I can use it to threaten myself into writing more. “A thousand words, else you have to go peal three layers of nasty dirty linoleum off the next section of the floor!”

    The bad news is that I have decided I need to shoot my Main Character. Or maybe that’s more good news. He’s been interfering with the editing I ought to be doing.

  14. Happy Birthday to the young pup Jason (and the rest of y’all June born folk) Just took a week off for mine (49 years? Egad.) Went camping for a bit (Kerrville-Schreiner State Park)

  15. Happy Birthday! Sorry the congratulations are so late, but the reason is in the line of celebration. Bought a house. Husband and son moved in but the internet has not yet. (Hopefully tomorrow) Hopefully also there will be consistent unpacking.

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