Oh, my poor neglected blog.

In my defense, my life really hasn’t been that exciting lately. Marvelous and stress-free, yes, but the excitement level has been a bit low.

However, there are a few things I could mention:

I received my first advance check a couple of weeks ago. That was WAY up there in the “Holy crap this is so frickin cool!” category.

I’ll be speaking at the next meeting of the New Orleans chapter of the Romance Writers of America on Crime Scene Investigation for the Writer (subtitled: Don’t You Dare Use CSI For Your Research.)

I gave up on the running a couple of months ago due to the persistent plantar fasciitis and bought a cheapo Schwinn bicycle. Turns out I really like cycling and I managed to get my distance up to respectable mileage fairly quickly. I subsequently turned around and bought a non-cheapo Trek FX 7.3 which I luurrrrrrve! I started cycling on the St. Tammany Trace and last Sunday did 34 miles. Go me! My current goal is to ride at least a hundred miles a week, however I’m seriously considering signing up for a century ride in late September (though I think I’ll probably just sign up for the “metric century” since two months is a pretty short amount of time to add almost seventy miles to my distance. Yeah, I’m a wimp.)

The writing is going well. The reading is going well.

I’m taking cooking classes and having a blast. Cooking is one of my non-existent skills and this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. However, at the end of the class we eat what we cooked, so it’s a damn good thing I’m doing well with the cycling!

I’ll be at Worldcon in Denver from August 6-11 and will be on the following programming:

Friday 1300
SF in CSI: What’s possible. What’s imaginary, and what’s economically feasible

Saturday 1000
Clarion West Student Readings, the 90s

And finally, I had some professional pictures taken recently, and I’m pretty darn psyched with how they turned out!