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Bringing Back LJ

A couple of friends and I have resolved to do our parts to breathe some life back into livejournal. LJ is too awesome to give up on. Care to join us in our pledge to resume real, quality activity here? I'll add you to our pledge list if you like, and we can all help & support each other! (If you don't want new friends or just don't want on this list, let me know.)

ahavah - Yours Truly
jeweledpen - long-ago LJ-er with a brand new account
moonstone_fae - very long-time friend

So with that in mind, here is a fairly brief update on what's been going on in my little corner of the world:

  • Working two jobs has been absolutely killing me. I am tired, unhealthy, and have no time for anything that matters to me. The house has fallen apart, I rarely see the kids anymore, and I am absolutely incapable of writing anymore (which, honestly, ties back into that health thing). I had thought that my second job would become full-time and I could quit the factory, but this is not going to happen. In fact, they keep flaking on me, so I put in my notice last week. Writing will officially become my second job, and I am fully resolved to make it a priority and a real career.

  • To that end, I recently attended my very first writers' conference! It went so very well. The conference came with a free pitch session. Josh thought I should pitch The Dragon Alliance, but I have felt my WonderSaga (tentative new working title: The Akuparan Anomaly) yelling in my ear that it was time to pursue it. So that is the one I'm focusing on! We actually weren't supposed to pitch unfinished projects, but one of the agents urged us to do so while we had the chance. The agent I had really hoped to pitch was full, so I signed up for a pitch session with an editor at a small St. Louis press. And, to my extreme delight, he wants to see the full manuscript when it's finished! Not only that, but we had only 5 mins to pitch, and he was so interested that he told me to stay so he could ask a few more questions about it. It made my weekend!

    Only then my entire month was made when I had some awesome interactions with the agent I had originally hoped to pitch with. We sat at the same table at dinner, and I introduced myself. I wasn't thinking to weasel a pitch, but I merely expressed delight at getting to meet her and lamented how popular she was since I couldn't get a session with her. She goes, “Well, what's your novel about? That's what I'm here for!” I had just enough time to mention that it was a science fantasy, and she did mention that she doesn't do much with sci-fi or fantasy, but she has some other agents in her agency (of which she is the president) who might be interested. They chose that very moment to shush everyone for the keynote speech to begin! When she was called away a bit later, I knew my chance was lost. But wait! She was several people ahead of me in the lunch line the next day, noticed me, and either remembered my name or has great eyesight to read the name tag, because she called me up to join her and pitch my novel while we plated our food. And she wants to see the first 100 pages! I explained that I planned another good revision after everything I learned at the conference, but I will definitely be sending them along when I'm done.

  • Also along those lines, I am now very seriously revising my WonderSaga drafts. Very seriously. I will be posting a lot on my writing filter, and I have a lot of things that I would love to discuss and get quality input on, both from my professional writing buddies and just people who love to read. If you're not on my writing filter and would like to follow the progression of my goal to elevate myself from life-long fun writer to honest-to-goodness professional writer, or if you would like to help with my brainstorming and feedback as to how to make my scifi/fantasy mash-up as strong, compelling, and professional as it could possibly be – quickly – then please let me know, and I will happily add you. Look for the first post coming very soon!

  • On a more personal note, but my only other really big news to share, another “NOW IS THE TIME” moment hit me just the other day. This year is the 'clone' year for mom's accident. Wedding (anniversary, now) fell on Friday the 9th, we pulled the plug on the 10th, and my wonderful Momma died on Mother's Day, May 11th, 2008. It has been six years, and I have finally healed enough that I feel I can maybe handle it as a very healing weekend instead of a replay of soul-shattering grief. I still have not been able to do anything with her things or her ashes. So this Mother's Day weekend, I will be holding a memorial for her and finally scattering her ashes.

    As she always said, “Just plant me under a tree!”, that is what I'll be doing. Not sure what kind yet, but I thought I'd take the girls to help pick one out. I've invited any family that is willing to come out to my place to join us. My sister wants me to plant a flower with some ashes for her, and hopefully one day she'll come out to get it. Doubtful, but it will be there if she does. I will plant another for my other sister, even though I once again cannot get ahold of her. But I have long wanted to build a memorial meditation garden for mom. I don't have time to plan it all out in the next few weeks, but we'll plant a tree and two potentially-transplantable flowers in a nice circle big enough for a bench or two to sit and meditate. And when I'm better able to research and plan it out properly, I'm going to build a labyrinth around it, so her memorial spot sits at the center. That's been something I've really wanted to do since we bought this farm and named it The Grateful Stead in her honor. (Yes, it's a deadhead play on words, but it's mostly because of mom.)

    I am actually excited about this. I still anticipate a very hard time with that weekend, but I'm also very excited about this.


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Apr. 20th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
We're going to be getting a tree for Bella as well. I did not want to do so until we move. The property we're getting has been in Jeremy's family for awhile - we are the 3rd generation to own it. I think we will go with a flowering pear or a cherry tree. Both are pretty and grow quickly.

I look forward to reading more of your writings. Please make sure that I am on your writing filter.

Apr. 20th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds lovely! Josh suggested a cherry tree, though he's worried since all the fruit trees we've tried to plant have died. :/

You are indeed on my writing filter! Not the poetry one, though, so let me know if I should add you to that as well.

Thanks so much!
Apr. 24th, 2014 12:40 am (UTC)
Please do. I like seeing all of the parts a person is willing to share. :)
Apr. 24th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
Done! And in that case, I added you to my emergency contacts (so you an get my addy & phone that's linked in my top post - I thought you were already on there) and shamanism filters too, since I noticed that you weren't on.
Apr. 21st, 2014 03:34 am (UTC)
I read here everyday and still have a couple of pretty active communities .. But I really miss the LJ of old. FB had made us all lazy.
Apr. 21st, 2014 09:20 am (UTC)
Glad to know others are still here! But I agree with you completely. FB has made everyone lazy. I even avoided it for years, too, before assimilating. I do like FB, but I miss the deeper connections I used to find here on LJ.
Apr. 21st, 2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I will post much more than I have been, life is just too busy, but I do hope to try to get a few posts in a month. I read LJ about once a week to see who is posting.

If I'm not on your writing filter you can add me. I love reading though I can't promise how active I'll be, especially in the next month.

At the end of the street I grew up on, the couple who own the last house on the street built a meditation park for the public to use on half of their property. When my mom died they planted a red maple in her memory. While I haven't been back there in years I like knowing it I there. I hope your memorial for your mom brings you peace and remembrance of good things.
Apr. 22nd, 2014 11:00 am (UTC)
I've been really bad about both reading and commenting, so I'm going to try to do better. I skim when I can, but I don't interact nearly as much as I used to.

You are indeed on my writing filter, though not on writing-related poetry or nanowrimo filters, so let me know if you want on those.

That park sounds lovely! As does your mother's memorial tree. Thank you for the kind wishes wrt my mom's! I will add red maple to my list to consider.
Apr. 21st, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
I see a little more action on LJ lately -- good plan!
Apr. 22nd, 2014 11:00 am (UTC)
Really? Awesome! Well, I will start doing my part.
Apr. 22nd, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
aim to read your story. maggie the reformed bella? hm. :) not sure when, though. school has me wiped out. i'm here (lj) but slowly. new name, new anonymous presence will hopefully equal more frequent and sometimes deeper posts. we'll see, though. if my brain doesn't explode from too much psych reading.

maybe read up on some tree energies and see which one fits your mum the best?
Apr. 22nd, 2014 11:03 am (UTC)
Oh, nice name! See? I have been out of the loop.

I hope you like my story whenever you get to it! Please let me know what you think.

I will definitely do some reading, but I also need to check around and see what's even available around here. :/
Apr. 23rd, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
I don't know that I'll start posting again, but I do check my feed now and then and it's great to see an update from you. So excited that the writers' conference went so well!!
Apr. 23rd, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I was happily surprised that it went so well, tbh.

I hope I can entice you to start posting again! But if not, I'm glad you're still reading. :)
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