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Hey, Joey! Great to see you. How are you doing these days?

Well, I've just finished my first cup of tea -- English Breakfast, sweet with a bit of milk -- and feel all nice and warm inside. I've been working on the content of my website that my brother is graciously putting together for me. Honey, the largest of my three dogs, is occupying the area beneath my desk so I'm typing side-saddle, so to speak.

I went to WFC and had a chance to meet my editor. Surprisingly, all went well considering how late on my deadlines I am.

So, world, what's happening with you?

Beth

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It's been a long while, but I'm checking in to see what's happening. I'll write more later.
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I haven't clicked in to Live Journal yet to be posting regularly because I keep getting thrown loops called life. Mom died in May and I'm still trying to comprehend that. Nice seeing you.

Folks who might still be hanging around ... Dr. Fitzmorris here is my closest high school buddy whom the focal character of my Gypsy Silk series (Luciana) is based on. Congrats, Lucia, you've been Tuckerized.

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Long lost friends! It's great to see/find you!
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Heat Management = Migraines = +~Pain Treatment = Sleep all day


Yes, I slept all day. ALLLLLL Day, through the significantly higher temps, waking occasionally for fluid intake. I am now awake without the heat migraine! Yay! Dinner is tuna fish salad (cold) on toast with fresh, cold tomatoes and a couple of chips and already made! Life could be better bu a few degrees cooler, but I'm not complaining at the moment.

Story for Lace and Blade 2 goes out tonight after reformatting for specs and then contiue working on "Wolfdaughter," one of my novels (first for prospective new series) due to DAW.
Current Mood:
chipper chipper
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I'm having an interesting day ... which is the best that can be said in this weather.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I hereby announce, proclaim and confess that where the heat is concerned, I'm a ninny. If the temp is over 74 degrees, I'm looking for a fan, 80s and I want an air conditioner. My beloved husband does not understand swamp coolers and dehumidifiers are NOT air conditioners and do not do the job. He, of course, works in a traditional office with lots of air conditioning. He's going to be real surprised one day when I come to work with him.

Our freezer, for various reasons that are beside the point, does not make ice, so cold drinks are turning into measurably HOT drinks. Y'know, I understand that some people like warmed Dr. Pepper. Let me be very clear, I AM NOT ONE OF THEM. Water must be bottled and, thankfully, for some extremely strange reason (one more weird thing about my body) drinking cold water (more than a sip or two) gives me the kind of headache you get when someone dunks you deep, repeatedly in the swimming pool. One thing in my favor. I get room temp (HOT) bottled water. Y'know, there's a happy medium, folks?

Oh! Did I mention, the neighbors have a swimming pool? I've never been invited over, but one afternoon, they may come home to find a floater in their pool. (I do swim, but when it's hot, I like to float.)

So, hopefully there was some humor there and not just pure whine.

On the good side of things (well, it's not good that a month a two days since Mom passed), my Dad is learning to actually reach out a little. We have daily phone calls that I usually initiate, but today HE called ME! Wow! Dad's never really "been there" because of his military and FAA careers taking him away, so this is a big jump. Now, after 20+ and 23+ years in both those jobs, he's now consulting.

Well, I'm waiting for feedback on my two final readers before I send a short story off to an editor. I like the heat better than waiting. ARRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I've also written on one of the three novel projects I've got on the burner.

I'm getting an air conditioner.

Lace
Current Mood:
cranky cranky
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I just finished reading A POSSE OF PRINCESSES (title and author name sold me!). What a great book! Loads of fun, character depth, funny and human! And they had to wait, too! Even the Mommy in me is happy.

I've also been reading and enjoying the LACE AND BLADE anthology (Norilana Press, completely accidentally, is getting all of my reading time!) and enjoying short works, too.

Beyond reading, I find that I'm writing more and I'm more than confident that there is a correlation between reading and writing. I'll continue to read and report on my experience.
Current Mood:
contemplative contemplative
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Well, since my last posting, my mother died rather suddenly and we've all been kind of reeling since then. I was honored to write her obituary. I was also honored to be with her when she passed. My father and brother left soon after but I found that I could not leave her side.
I felt her presence there and I talked about many things, including my writing. I promised her that I would really focus on my writing and not allow it to slip away as she feared. I made other promises as I bathed her and prepared her for the morticians. It was very hard to do, but I wouldn't have missed those 2-3 hours holding her hand until they came to retrieve her. I am still haunted by that time alone with her, it really was a blessing for me ... for us.
Since that time, I wrote a 33 page short story in three days. I have my two contracted novels with DAW and now a paranormal mystery collaboration with another well-published author (new) and three short story opportunities one of which I just completed. I'm finding myself more dedicated to the writing ... not for my mother but for me. I find my confidence returning though still a little insecurity, wanting confiramtion of what my gut says is good.

I'm not big on journaling, but I'll be working at it. Comments, observations, etc. would be nice.
Current Mood:
contemplative contemplative
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Mr. Jay Lake, You are a positive font -- kind of an upstart anti-TimesRoman -- of ideas and posts, you've made me laugh, think and pause for thought all before your time of something like 10 a.m.!

Yay! I finally got my Internet back and am surprised just how damned slow it had been! Maybe now I can finally get to posting regularly. I'm writing daily. My editor will be pleased to learn that I am writing daily and pleased with the quantity and quality.

Current Mood:
quixotic quixotic
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How's about 11 (eleven) pages for a single day?

Doug, my dh and first reader, says it's all top drawer so far, all my best quality first draft material.

I've been so afraid of writing these last few years, afraid my stroke had firmly stolen the words as it had when I tried to speak without bumbling. I am so relieved. The joy is coming back. Now, of course, I'm about to do a nose dive into my pillow!

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