It’s been a while…

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I haven’t blogged in a long while, and that’s because I’ve been being busy living life. There’s been a bunch going on.

To start with, I wrote a novel at the end of last year, and I’ve been busily editing it and making it generally fit for other people to read. I’m entering it in a contest in a few weeks, with the hope of winning a publishing contract. That has taken up a surprising amount of time and energy.

I decided to try my hand at writing short stories as well. I’ve submitted my first short story to a magazine, and I’m waiting to hear back and see if it’s been accepted. If it doesn’t get accepted, maybe I’ll post it here.

I am also taking a creative writing class at the University. It’s been a bit challenging trying to keep up with the reading homework, but as there isn’t much in the way of writing yet, I’m keeping up. My first short story for the class is due next week, and I have a suspicion that the first draft will be way too long. I am not thrilled with the selection of readings that the teacher is using, but I suspect that’s because I tend to prefer fantasy/sci-fi to the realism pieces that she provides.

In other news, two of my gaming groups are going strong. In one, we’re testing out the newest version of D&D, in the other we’re sort of vaguely using the 3.5 rules in a homebrew world where just about anything can happen. The third gaming group has taken a hiatus, half the members are out of the country at the moment, which works out well with the class I’m taking.

It has been really cold here in Colorado for the past few weeks, so as much as possible I’m avoiding the outdoors. Even my dog doesn’t want to go outside. Yesterday the high for the day was 3 degrees, today it’s 10, but we had a freezing mist when I came in this morning.

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I’m afraid I’m craving warmer weather, and the thought of lying on a beach in Mexico has been haunting me for the past few weeks. Maybe it’s time for a vacation!

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