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I've decided to jump back into blogging. That all went south over the summer because we were busy getting the kitchen reworked. From this:

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To this.
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And obviously we've come a little further than that (but this is the latest picture I have on my PC right now).

What with all the coordinating between electricians, painters, masons, carpenters, more carpenters, deliveries and a zombie invasion miscellaneous, it's been a busy summer. The result is great, though. We have a kitchen that doesn't try to slice our fingers off with loose plastic film. A utility room that isn't all yellow and brown and no longer has rusty pipes. Wooden floors in four rooms on the lower floor. A window that doesn't drip water onto the sill whenever it's raining. And a roof gutter that doesn't leak at the wrong end.

The summer was also busy with for-hire work, freelance writing for a coach, a painter and a webshop specializing in, eh, feminine couture designed with possible amorous adventures in mind.

I guess what I'm trying to say, it's great to be back at the keyboard writing fiction. And one thing I discovered during my absence from LJ is that posting about writing makes the whole author-thing feel a little bit more real and a little more relevant. Not much - the stories count for most of that - but not telling anybody about writing progress makes it feel a little less like an achievement.

So here's progress for you: two new short stories of about 5000 words each. One is off to find a good home, the other is off to see my local writing group (and hopefully survive the encounter). And after that I have some great feedback to apply to the novel, which is something I'm really looking forward to.

I've been following my F-list from hiding over the summer, so I haven't forgotten any of you :-) But if any of you need to brag about important writing news, the comments are open to your awesomeness. 

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j_cheney
Aug. 30th, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
Sometimes life is just too busy... ;o)
jakobdrud
Aug. 30th, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
You've worked a lot on your home too, so I take it you know what you're talking about.

And do enjoy WorldCon! That kind of busy isn't too bad :-)
glynisj
Aug. 30th, 2013 12:31 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see you are back. I enjoy reading your posts.

The kitchen looked like it was a huge undertaking. I look forward to seeing the finished look of your kitchen.

I really should do what you've done and join a local writing group. I live in a small town and have limited transportation so this may take some finagling. Your short story should do just fine with your group.
jakobdrud
Aug. 30th, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks :-) The writing group is great - we all write very different things and we always get into good discussions about storytelling, characters and such. I also find it's a good way to get feedback, because we can ask questions if the comments are unclear. When someone makes a suggestion, three other people will hammer away at the idea and improve it so that we end up with 'tested feedback' (if that makes sense).
athgarvan
Aug. 30th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
Welcome back.
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