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1 week, 4 days ago, mid-afternoon

Today might’ve been more productive if I hadn’t freaked out and summoned Greyson’s vet – so hey, even if I didn’t get much work done, at least I had a panic attack and spent some money.

[:: sigh ::]

Long story short, yesterday morning Greyson picked up a little cough. I wasn’t too worked up about it, but it worsened overnight; and by lunchtime today he was copiously barfing – then having coughing fits that lasted half a minute, and left him gasping for breath. So, yeah. I called his vet.

(Meanwhile, he acted like he felt just fine. We took our usual morning walk, chased each other around the yard, and played a round of rope-tug. When he wasn’t coughing, he was totally normal.)

Because Greyson is a contrary soul, he declined to produce even one half-hearted hack while the doc was present. His lungs and heart sounded good, and his bloodwork from a few days ago* showed that everything was 100% normal … so we’re not sure if it’s a mild case of bronchitis, allergies, some weird object stuck in his throat, or what. But he got some steroids and anti-nausea meds, which have already helped.

Naturally, five minutes after the vet left, he flopped down on the floor of my office and started coughing, so I whipped out my phone and shot some video – which I promptly sent to the doc. I hated to see him uncomfortable, but I was glad to have proof that I am not, in fact, some Münchausen-by-proxy pet parent.

Obviously, we will keep an eye on him.
And he will keep an eye on my turkey sandwich.

In other news…there’s not much other news. I’m still maintaining that holding pattern over here, while I quietly wig out about the very nearness of DragonCon.

So to wrap this up, here’s a little Throwback Thursday entry: yours truly and my mom (who is making a weird face, I don’t know why). I think this is circa 1978…? It’s my aunt’s wedding, I know that much. Mom’s wearing a bridesmaid dress; I was a flower girl.

* Yes, the poor vet was JUST out here for his annual checkup/boosters. [:: facepalm ::]

It was the creation of some of those same old things

1 week, 5 days ago, mid-afternoon

It’s been a couple of “holding pattern” days, where I’m waiting for news and information from several different sources – without which, I can’t really proceed on anything. These days are weirdly stressful. And they feel unproductive. In fact, they’ve been more or less unproductive, except for some laundry, grocery shopping, and an interview with the awesome Seattle Geekly folks (it’ll go live next week).

I’ve also been making arrangements for DragonCon – because oh God, that happens next week. There are officially six different meetings/suppers/lunches which aren’t on my Official Schedule, with maybe two more pending … but here’s the general programming scoop on where and when you can definitely find me:


      11:30 a.m.The Wide, Wide World of Alt History: An introduction into the many worlds of alternate history and what to expect this year on the track. Westin Augusta 1-2
      1:00 p.m.Deadlier Than the Male: The role of the feminine in horror literature. Westin Peachtree 1-2
      4:00 p.m.The Many Faces of Pulp: A discussion of pulp fiction’s many faces, from gritty crime fiction to the deepest depths of space or the far-flung future. Westin Augusta 3
      5:30 p.m.Building Alternate Worlds and Times: Creators of alternate worlds discuss secrets for building brave new worlds, from research to deviations in history and much more. Westin Augusta 1-2
      7:00 p.m.Cthulhu Mythos – The Innsmouth Cycle: A discussion about the Innsmouth cycle created by H.P. Lovecraft and continued by his followers. Westin Peachtree 1-2


      2:00 p.m.Signing at the Missing Volume’s booth. Dealer’s hall, second floor. Booth 328/329/330.
      4:00 p.m.Signing at the HWA table. Hyatt, across the hall from the comic artists alley.
      7:00 p.m.Penny Dreadful Fan Panel: A discussion of Showtime’s tribute to Victorian-era horror. Westin Peachtree 1-2


      2:30 – Signing at Larry Smith’s booth, 103/104/105.


      10:00 a.m.Urban Fantasy or Horror? What’s the Difference? Authors writing in both genres discuss the distinction between the two, as well as the similarities. Westin Chastain ED
      1:00 p.m.Werewolves, Vampires, Demons, & Dragons: Learn to develop classic fantastic characters that stand out. What are the “rules,” and how can they be broken? Hyatt Embassy D-F

Same rules as always apply, which is to say, I’ll sign whatever you like, and as much of it as you want. Sometimes I can hang around after/before panels and sign things/chat/hang out, but please don’t take it personally if I can’t; like I said above, I have a number of important meetings and things that aren’t noted here. As long as I’m not (a). eating, or (b). in the bathroom, feel free to stop me if you catch me out and about – and if I have time, I’ll cheerfully pause to sign your stuff. But again, please don’t take it the wrong way if I’m in a mad dash for a panel or a meeting. It’s not you, it’s me. I swear.

In other news – well, I’m still waiting for other news. Rather than dwell on that, and/or obsessively check my email/phone…how about a puppy picture? Here’s Greyson using my thigh as a pillow, as we both watch TV in the den. He’s a world champion snuggler, he is.

If you’ve got the inclination, I have got the crime

2 weeks ago, mid-afternoon

It’s a Monday! And I hardly know where to begin, but that’s becoming typical, I swear. I’ve been a crappy blogger, yes – but in my defense, things have been pretty busy around here. There’s been a lot of end-of-summer yardwork, some business-type hurry-up-and-wait, and also a great deal of this-is-almost-due that’s been catching up with me over the last few days.

But I’m finally starting to dig myself out, so here goes nothing.

First up: The Hugo Awards! I wasn’t there, and I wasn’t nominated for anything – but that doesn’t mean I can’t be super-happy for the awesome people who were there, and who did win things. Lots of love and rockets to everyone!

Next up: Maplecroft news! You guys, check it out – my author copies finally arrived! And they are beautiful! They have sexy embossing on the cover! They have that new-book smell!

It’s all I can do not to make a big pile of them and go swimming around like Scrooge McDuck in his money bin. So it’s just as well I don’t have enough do that.


And now, some Maplecroft-relevant links – because it’s easy, and it’s late, and I’m low on brain-power right now (but go book, go!):

    More love from i09 – Where Maplecroft is named one of “the 30 books you absolutely cannot afford to miss this fall.”

    The Book Shop Santa Cruz – Where Maplecroft is a staff pick, and scores a great staff review. Some awesome soul named “Jax” declares it “An excellent read for those long fall nights, so long as you don’t need to sleep any time soon.”

    My Bookish Ways – Where Maplecroft makes the list as a September must-read.

    The Red-Headed Femme – Who declares that “H.P. Lovecraft is smiling in his grave”…and furthermore, “This book is unique, and wonderful, and terrifying. Don’t miss it.”

Unrelated to books at all – and in conclusion – I am told that yesterday was some kind of semi-official Black Cat Appreciation Day. Spain the Cat approves of all appreciation, official, semi-official, and otherwise.

Even on a Monday.