And so goes my exciting life. I has a TARDIS, and I've been keeping up with most of my friends' journals. This is an accomplishment!
I went (or am going through) another crisis of "why the hell do I even bother?" in regard to my writing, but I dutifully have hunkered down and critiqued the others in my writers' groups (or at least, I got many of them done, I have a few more to go) and will post more. At least beta readers are readers! One of them helpfully informed me that he worked with a friend on a self-published release, and even with all their friends spreading the word they still only managed to sell 500 copies. And I thought, "Well, that's 500 more people reading than I have currently." I really don't want (or expect, really) to make money as an author. I know I'd have to be John Grisham or Stephen King to do that. I just would like people to read my work and say, "I enjoyed that." (Without the added "you need to fix X, X, and Y." I like criticism, I do, but...) I think that's why I hung around RSI as long as I did, despite the lack of real money and the real lack of any respect (or gratitude) from my employers.
Dang, Bo Diddley passed away. :'( Now, I understand why he (and other great black artists of the 50's) get a little uptight about Elvis being mistakenly credited with the "invention" of rock-n-roll. But Elvis himself never said that, and I believe never would have; what Elvis DID was allow black music to be played in white households, which was absolutely unheard of in those days, and he broke the black/white barrier in music. It's a shame Elvis gets painted with a negative brush that wide when all he wanted to do was bring music he loved to everyone... There isn't anyone who wouldn't admit that Bo Diddley's beat was/is the backbone of rock music.
My arm is really hurting again (or still); I was doing a lot of reading about rotator cuff injuries and it doesn't seem like it's severe, despite my pain, because I have full range of motion and it doesn't hurt when I stretch it up (in fact, that feels really good). What DOES hurt is lifting, pushing, pulling, and twisting. So anyway, I downloaded some exercises, and I've gone back to low weights, etc.
A brief moment to meme, snicked from jennawaterford:
What were you doing five years ago?
Actually, pretty much what I'm doing today, although Ring of Fire was just getting started. I had a few scenes (oddly, none of which actually made it to the final book) and a main character. The rest trickled in over the next few months after a trip to Las Vegas and the death of Johnny Cash in September, 2003. I was still working the same job, but since then I've gotten out of credit card debt, gone into homeowners' debt (the good kind, with equity), and am I think around twenty pounds lighter now. But on the whole, not a lot of changes.
What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?
Go to work (done)
Clean out the research queues (I at least got through today's research done)
Clean cat box (morning done, evening later)
Make dinner (doing)
Work on critiques for Nanowhingemo (not started yet, bad me)
What are five snacks you enjoy?
Chocolate, just about any kind, but some of my favorites are chocolate-covered almonds
Chips of various kinds, depending on what I'm in the mood for
Dubliner cheese on rosemary crackers
Crackers, various kinds
What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
Suddenly? Oh, easy -
Pay for my mom's condo and then get her any car she wants - or any other thing she wants, including paying HER for our trips.
Get Barb and I a nicer house (or finish up all the stuff we want to do with this one; really, I love living here now).
New cars for both of us.
Probably buy a lot of stuff -- lasik, I think, for sure!
What are five of your bad habits?
I'm a terrible spendthrift (see above)
I procrastinate about nearly everything
I'm this close to being a hoarder - I can't just throw anything away
I can't stick to anything I start
I seem incapable of developing any GOOD habits
What are five places where you have lived?
Zuni, New Mexico
My parents' home in Tucson, Arizona
A great rental house with friends in Tucson
My current home in Phoenix
What are five jobs you've had?
Telemarketer (I was young!)
Typist/writer for a gaming company
Non-PC thought of the day: Obama is winning because, even these days, America is still more likely to vote for a guy than a gal, even a black guy.
Best thing about the TV season ending: I'm finally watching some of the DVDs I bought.