However, I've managed to forget (again) my password to the website, so I'm posting here instead. I don't want to reset it again, and I know I have it at home. And besides, I've been scarce.

For good reason. I spent the last week making garb for Birka, and it was all hand-sewn. In 8 days, I made one Viking underdress, two Viking overdresses (minus embroidery) and a Viking tunic (minus embroidery and trim). Needless to say, my fingertips are still recovering.

Birka was Friday through Sunday. I had a blast. There are pictures up on Facebook (I'll link to some of them later, when I'm not at work), and, well, it was awesome.

Monday was not awesome. Monday I went to work with a migraine. Tuesday, the migraine won and I spent most of the day in bed. Between the two of them (Birka and Migraine), they sabotaged my attempt to write every day for the month of January. Boo.

BUT! I did write every day between January 1 and January 27! And I'm determined to do it again this month. To whit, I've signed up for the monthly challenge again over at (I'm vgford on there, if you're a member). I've also signed up for the Month of Letters challenge put up by Mary Robinette Kowal. I'm also vgford over there - feel free to friend me, and if you'd like a letter or something fun from me this month, let me know! I can be DM'd on Twitter (vg_ford), messaged on Facebook (Val Griswold-Ford) and/or messaged here.

I'm also challenging myself to write 500 words of fiction a day. That I will be posting here, and I challenge all the writers on my list to do the same (or a number that you can do). 500 words a day should be doable for me - I just have to remember to step away from the TV and the other stuff I need to do. The goal is to have a rough draft of Forgotten done by April (not sure how long it's going to be yet, so I'm giving myself time). Forgotten is the Sapph novel/novella (not sure which yet) I'm gearing up to write.

In other news, I have SIX babies coming to various folks I know in the next four months. SIX. I need to get my knitting/crocheting fingers going! Also, I will be merchanting at the Palio of Stonemarche in June, which means BEADING! So be prepared, there will be much crafty pictures showing up.

Ahem. Now, if you don't mind, I've got writing to do. I'll set comments to screen, in case folks want to put their addresses in a comment here. Feel free to message me as well.

Edited to add: My address might be nice! If you would like to write me, drop me a line and I'll send it to you. I don't have a PO Box yet, so I don't want to put it out here.
I know, I've been bad about posting. It's been a very busy time lately, and every minute that I haven't been at work, I've been studying or writing. I'm going to try and get back into posting every day, but I don't know when.

But I'm still alive. Just wanted to let folks know.
So, I lost my debit card in December. Since then, I have been finding small random things that were on the card - like this LJ. I don't know yet if I'm going to boot it back up to paid. I might not. I don't know yet. We'll see.

Yesterday was a lovely day spent with [ profile] argus7hills. He surprised me in bed with a stuffed puppy (so silky-soft!), a giant tea mug, a box of chocolate-covered cherries (yum!) and a card that made me tear up. He's so good to me. Despite all my complaining. :D I adore him. We then played WoW all day - my mage is up to level 33 now! Two more levels, and I will be able to make us some kick-ass bags. And other stuffs.

Today, I am dealing with major sinus pressure - this cold is killing me. But now that Rum has gone out, I need to get cracking on Rites. It's time to start really buckling down. Writers write - it's just what we do. Whether or not we feel like writing. :D I've actually been doing about 500-1000 words a day (except yesterday), which isn't bad, but I'd like to step it up a bit. Attempting to do so this week. Then again, it's a treatment week, so I might not. I'm not sure right now - the headache is blocking a lot of stuff.

We'll see.

Metrics from Saturday:

Starting Count: 3963
Ending Count: 4778
Net Gain: 815

Starting line:
Not just her mentor, Edgar Rothman, the original owner of the house, dead two hundred years before, but his niece Marietta, dead nearly as long, and both of them looked less than pleased.

Ending line:
He noticed then that she was hurt too: blood trickled from a cut hidden somewhere in her blond hair down the side of her cheek, and a bruise was forming on her high cheekbone.

Something within Nikki snapped, and dark Power rose up in her, igniting a black fire around her. “He may have been a psychopath, but he had some good ideas,” she snarled, and even Edgar took a step back from her. “One of which is that someone in a box can’t bother you unless you get in the box with them. Would you like me to demonstrate?”

I'm experimenting with being in chat but only looking at the screen after doing 10 minutes of writing. We'll see if that works.
Really. :p Despite the fact that I have Thursday off, it's a long week.

First, though, the good news!

Weight today was 282.5 lbs, which is 3 lbs lighter than last week! Yay! I'm more Twittering my progress than writing it here, but I will keep updating. (The hashtag for this is #operationhealthy, if you're interested.) My nutritionist was very happy with my progress, and I've recommitted to my workouts and my food journal.

Also, I did my full workout today and did some more running, and am happy to report that knees are not complaining! Woot! I'm seriously thinking about starting the Couch to 5k workout in January, but I'm going to check with my Personal Sadist Trainer first. Don't want to be too overenthusiastic and hurt myself.

Writing - I got about 2k written on Saturday, but I won't be picking it up again until after I've gotten all the Birka stuff done, and gotten the edits for Rum and Runestones cleaned up. I have four left that are done on paper - I just need to get a chance to enter them in and then email them out.

I need, seriously, about 10 more hours a day. :P

Also, I'm hosting Thanksgiving on Thursday, which means cleaning and cleaning and more cleaning. I'm tempted to take off a little early either today or tomorrow and make the time up on Friday, so I can get this stuff done. I plan on running low on sleep until I get caught up.

The bulk of my time will be spent finishing up Birka Merchants stuff - I need to send out the remainder of the acceptances and get the folks on the waiting list an update, and I want to have that all done by Wednesday. I'll be doing some more tonight - the more I think about it, the more cutting out of here at 7 pm and getting home by 8 sounds good. That's only 1.5 hrs to make up, and I can do that by staying 30 minutes later or coming in 30 minutes earlier the rest of the week (I work a 4-10 schedule normally, 10 am to 8:30 pm Monday through Wednesday and Friday, with Thursday off, so I work normal hours this week, but I get paid for the holiday, so I'm not complaining too much!).

So Last Rites is on the back-burner and may get picked at on Thursday, in between food or after folks leave. We'll see. If I can get all of Birka done tonight (hm, almost managed to type that without sniggering!), things free up a little bit, but not much.

Ah well. Life goes on. I'll finish the damn book at some point.
I have a lovely little pot of daffodils on my desk, thanks to Daffodil Days here at work. They smell wonderful, and I think, once the ground warms up, that I'm going to plant them in my front flower bed. If I get a pot every year, I could have a TON of daffs in my yard. Wouldn't that be lovely?

They really are like sunshine. I have seven sprouted bulbs, and seven flowers so far, with more buds just waiting to pop. It really does brighten my day.

I'm dealing with family stuff, so I apologize if I don't get back to people right away - my time is kind of limited. But I'm still here, I'm still writing - I should have some more writing stuff to post tonight under the writing filter.

Took an interesting CLE yesterday on public and private benefits - kind of ignited the desire to go to law school again, although I don't know if I'll follow through on that. It's more money to pay out, and another 3 years of school on top of the three I still have... I dunno. Maybe.

Still noodling with ideas for writing. My paladin is getting insistant, but I don't really have a storyline I like for her, and no real villains. Honestly, I don't WANT to write a post-apocalyptic Crusader novel. I don't. Really.

Even if she wants me to.

I found an interesting bit with a paladin and a mage that a friend and I played with in college - she wrote the paladin, and the paladin in question was NOTHING like my paladin (nevermind the story in question was hideous and involved Robin Hood, okay? We just won't go there) - but I liked the interplay between them, and I started wondering.

What would happen if you took a paladin from one post-apocalyptic Earth, a wise-cracking mage from another alternate Earth, and dropped them both in the middle of the Robin Hood mythos?

And then I shuddered and decided not to go there. Not yet, anyways.
This guy is getting it right.

Now if only everyone were trying this.
vg_ford: (garfield)
( Oct. 7th, 2008 09:39 pm)
So, Argus and I are going to Mexico in February. So, we need passports. So, I go and look in our important papers file.

Marriage license - check

His birth certificate - check

My birth certificate - nowhere to be found

*sigh* And of course, I was born in South Carolina, and the certificate itself is this little plastic card. It could be anywhere.

I'm so aggravated.

I'll be ordering a new one tomorrow, but it's going to take a minimum of two weeks. Luckily, passports only take a month, according to their website. I'm going to keep looking but dammit, I KNOW it was in that file!!!!

I have been thinking, lately.

What do I want out of life? Am I happy? What am I looking for? )

Sorry for the introspection. It hits every once in a while.
I went to a really nice memorial service for my friend Cheryl today. We'd lost touch after high school - she'd moved to Texas, I found out, got married, had three kids and got divorced, then moved back here and discovered she had breast cancer. She'd been a year behind me in school, but I'd forgotten that it wasn't because she was younger than me - on the contrary, she was a month older than I was, but she'd been held back one year.

The memorial service was full of music and old friends - I found out that Cheryl's cousin, my friend Chris whom I hadn't seen since, oh, graduation - had three kids of his own. Three kids. Wow. My best friend from high school now has 4 kids of her own! Of course, I was the kid going "Nah, not going to get married and have kids." Chris was shocked to hear I'd actually gotten hitched too. We had a good talk - I got to meet his wife, who wanted to learn all the annoying nicknames we called him during high school. He might take up fencing with us - I think I've got him half-talked into it.

During the service, the pastor talked about Cheryl's faith, and how she always had it, even though she didn't get baptized into the church until three weeks before she passed away. That got me thinking. I have been very, very lax lately about my faith. Honestly, I pay lip service to being a pagan, but I haven't celebrated a ritual or even lit my altar candles in a long, long time. And not because I don't believe anymore, but because I haven't made the time.

I need to rediscover my faith. Rededicate myself to me, not just to the world around me. Figure what I want from life (and no, I'm not talking about going off the deep end, divorcing [ profile] argus7hills, shaving my head and running off to Mexico) and go after it.

To that end, all my LJ friends who are in the NH area are welcome to come join me for a Beltane celebration (because we might be able to see my backyard by then). I want to set up a labyrinth and walk it in the backyard. RSVP at some point in the next few months and let me know if you're interested.

I'll be doing more introspective work too, posted under the "pagan" tag (for those who just look at the tags up top), but I'm not sure what yet.

Right now, I have to get back into the saddle on this book. More later.
Well, I'm in work. Bleah. My head is pounding, my nose is stuffed and I'm almost certain my cold is turning into a sinus infection. Lovely. If I continue to blow green stuff out, I'm calling my doctor tomorrow.

However, it looks like the rumors of a shift bid are true! I just got asked by my wonderful manager what shift I would like to start 1/2/08. Keep your fingers crossed - I've asked for 8:30 - 5. Here's hoping!

I know it's way early, but are any of my SCA friends going to Pennsic next year? I've got to put in vacation in another week, and we're definitely going. [ profile] jackoutofthebox, are you guys going?

Nothing much for now. Hoping for a quiet night, so I can get some reading done.
I doubt I'll have a lot of updates this week. Due to the storm yesterday, I got up way early, and got home way late (but I got lots of exercise, between shoveling the driveway in the morning and cleaning off the car at night), and so got no writing done (literally, I walked through the door, toasted an english muffin, ate it and went to bed). However, I might get some done tonight. We'll see.

The Company Holiday Party(tm) is tomorrow night, so instead of working my noraml shift of 11:30 am to 8 pm, I'm working 8:30 am to 5 pm. Bleah. But getting to have dinner with hubby, yay! We're going to watch Spiderman 3 and some of our other movies. And Cake for dessert - I'm determined. :D There might even be some WoWing done.

Thursday, I'm ALSO working 8:30 am to 5 pm, because Donna and I are going to see Dierks Bentley at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. He's her fav country artist, so the tickets are my Christmas present to her. Needless to say, there will be very little writing done Thursday.

Friday - I have regular shift, and then Dance class!!! I'm so excited - I haven't danced in over a year, and I'm going back!!! That's why today's icon is what it is. Yay belly-dancing!! I have to find my stuff.

Gods, my life is boring. :p But I leave you with a hot image:

vg_ford: (Angry Oliver)
( Aug. 21st, 2007 06:27 pm)
Well, I'm off after work to WalMart to get something to tape up the screens on our porch. Why? Because Bear apparently got out today and hung out under our porch until our wonderful landlady found him and put him back in the house.

He nearly gave me a heart attack. I was running around, late for work and nearly in tears because I couldn't find him. My cats are my babies (hey, I have no kids), and he's NOT equipped to live outdoors. These guys are strictly indoor kitties. But they love the porch, and I like giving them some fresh air, so it's off to get some stuff to make sure he can't get out again. (Yes, we're replacing the screens eventually, but we have to coordinate with the landlords on that.)

In other news, I need to learn to destress a bit more. I had a major headache today, because of Bear and life and I'm sick and the book's being a PITA get the idea. I've got a bellydance workout taped that I haven't had a chance to try, and I'm seriously considering starting yoga again. Anyone have any good suggestions for a fat, out-of-shape white girl?

I'm also going to start listing writing goals for the day again. I need to get back into a groove. To that end, the goals today:

1. Finish the timeline for Seasons

Yep, that's it. Finish the bloody timeline, and anything else is gravy. I also need to get caught up with crits over at DII (bad, bad Val), so I'm aiming to get one crit done tonight after I get home and can access my other email.

Oh, and the cold? I'm almost positive it's weather-related. Mid-70s during the day, and mid-40s at night. I HATE boomarangs like that. It plays havoc with my sinuses.

And I gained more weight. *sulk* Stress again. Gotta start working on that. I need about 10 more hours a day so I can fit in time to relax.

Okay, enough whining. Time to get my butt in gear and write (for the remainder of my lunch period).
Dear life,

I am exhausted and not feeling well, so unfortunately, I shall have to cancel our plans for today. Hopefully I'll be feeling well enough tomorrow to come out and play again.

Sincerely, me


I called out sick to fighter practice and the feast, and slept in until 1:30 pm. GLORIOUS! I needed that, after last week.

So now I've got a new to-do list for today:

- laundry (already started)
- email/LJ
- clean desk off
- balance checkbook
- pay bills

- go through newspaper (coupons and apartments)
- finish editing Tony's novel
- write

Those are my goals for today, in order of importance. A nice, easy Sunday, made better by the fact that we don't have work tomorrow!!! yay!!

And I'll get a chance to get caught up on all my podcasts. I might even find a new novel to listen to (I've been contemplating "The Rookie," because it sounds so darn interesting)

More later.


Edit One: Well, got 3 loads of laundry done (we have about 20 more to do, sigh, but I thought I'd let someone else into the machines, because I don't have to work tomorrow, so I can do more then), dinner is in the oven, bills are paid, checkbook is balanced and we still have money to see Ghost Rider tomorrow! Yay! Now to eat dinner, work on Tony's novel and see about those coupons...
Which I will put behind a cut to spare my flist.

Metrics )

Life was interesting this weekend - we helped [ profile] aishabintjamil clean up her mother's house. Found some really cool vintage stuff - I have the most awesome new hat. :D But there was a LOT of stuff to be gotten rid of - apparently, neither her mother or her great-aunt believed in throwing ANYTHING out. It was...educational, to say the least.

This is the second time I've helped out a friend doing that. Hey, [ profile] watermelontail, remember Dina's house? This one, luckily, was smaller, and we were allowed to throw stuff out.


I realized a major plot point that I can't believe I've forgotten so far, and this leads me to believe that the piece of story I'm writing now might get pushed back farther into the book in the next draft. After everything that went down at Gene-Tech at the end of the last book, there is NO WAY in HELL that the cops are not going to want to talk to Nikki. No way. Unless...*light goes off in author's brain* Maybe that's who Derek is!

I'm so smart. :p

Sleep now. More tomorrow.
This is a whiny, PMSy post, so be warned.

I haven't been able to write lately. Not because I don't have the words, but because every darn time I sit in front of the computer, something happens and my life blows up.

It's highly irritating.

Take today - I had a minor (okay, major) meltdown over my swimsuit that I've had for umpteen years ripping. I need a new swimsuit. I knew this. However, the fact that it ripped, TODAY, was emotionally horrifying to me.

I hate it when I get this way.

So I stayed home, cooked massive quantities of food and did a load of laundry. And did I get anything written?

Actually, yeah, I did, but that's beside the point.

I just hate being a PMS bitch.

Back to your regularly scheduled rant.
It's raining here. Again.

I feel like a freaking mushroom.

But enough complaining. It's just been that kind of week.

BBM's investiture was rainy, but fun. I had a blast being the Herald for the Challenge Tourney - I'm sure some of those gentles (Wulfere, for one) will NEVER let me decide their challenges again, but hey, that's what you get for telling me to "be creative." Hehehehe...

Oh, and at Midsummer's, ask the Baron to demonstrate his favorite weapons form. It's worth it! ;)

However, Saturday night was not so fun. [ profile] argus7hills's car got used as a parking spot by an Isuzu Rodeo. Needless to say, the Taurus didn't fair well being a parking spot. To make matters worse, the guy driving the Rodeo left it there. I'll upload some pictures later.

So, the Taurus is in the shop. I have a rental. I have to put the deposit for the rental on my credit card, which is attached to my bank account. This means all sorts of fun with money, especially since the Taurus wasn't totalled, so until they find the guy and squeeze his insurance, we have to come up with the deductible. Which is $1k.

SOOOOO, the event schedule is changing. Right now, we've cancelled Vinland Raids and Boredom War ([ profile] liamstliam, I'll still be sending a bottle down for the auction.) Glenn Lynn is up in the air - we really want to go, but we have to see how money is.

At least my migraine is gone! And we're still going to Midsummer's.

See you all there!
vg_ford: (lara)
( Mar. 15th, 2006 12:31 pm)
I did a cool thing this morning - I went to a middle school near me (Woodbury Middle School, in Salem, NH) and participated in their "Read to Lead" program. It's a volunteer program they run every year, where they ask about 50 volunteers from all walks of life to come in and do a 15-minute reading to the 6th, 7th and 8th graders. We got the email at work, and I volunteered.

Well, I showed up with my big book o' Celtic Legends under my arm (because it was 10-minute readings and I love Celtic legends) and signed in. I got a bunch of 7th-graders, and we had a BLAST! They especially came alive when I told them I was an author. We talked about how I got published, what I read, why I read - they were great.

And more good news!!!!

Not Your Father's Horseman is one of THREE DMP books on the Short List for Science Fiction for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year!!!! (The other two are Legacy of Morevi and Earthcore)

Commence the celebrations! (and the press releases)
So, it's been weird.

My sister-in-law passed away on Monday. She was Argus' oldest brother's wife - not someone we really knew, but still, family. The wake is tonight - I got the night off from work to go with him down to the viewing.

I got my latest infusion yesterday - part of it includes a weigh-in. Ugh. 282 pounds - I've never been this heavy. YUCK!!! Talk about a kick in the pants - going to swim later today (I want to get Argus to go over with me before we go down to Worcester) and will be swimming/fighting/cycling every chance I get. I have 8 weeks before I go back and they'll weigh me again - I'd love to drop 10 lbs (they say 1-2 lbs a week is a good goal).

So it's back to the gym. And watching what I eat. And hoping to avoid the holiday pitfalls. :p But I'm not going overboard. The last thing I need is more stress. Which is why swimming is so good - no competing, no one yelling at me. Just me and my body. Same reason I love the stationary bikes and treadmills. Because I'm sorry - this Southern girl does NOT like going outside in the winter to exercise!!! :p

Okay, enough of that. Now time to do a wee bit of clean-up and start the first batch of chocolates hardening (my coworkers and family are getting all sorts of yummy treats for Christmas), then write. Argus and I should be heading out by 5 or so, so I have some time. And I think I'm taking the whole night off from work - just not into dealing with customers after a wake.
vg_ford: (Default)
( Nov. 6th, 2005 03:41 pm)
This is a quick post, and probably the last one for a week. The hard drive in the desktop sh*t the bed, and the other desktop isn't recognizing the ethernet card from the first one. *headdesk*

So, until payday (which is Friday), we are internet-less. So hopefully I'll get a bunch of writing done (because I have no internet to distract me) and the new hard drive will be in the computer and we will be back on Sunday. I hope. Who knows?

Thanks for all the good wishes - the diet has started well, and I'm really hoping this is the way to go. [ profile] beard5 and I had a blast in Michael's today - that store should worry if we ever win Powerball. :)

So I'll miss you all for the week, but hopefully, I'll get my butt in gear and start WRITING!!!!!!


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