Monthly Archive: April 2014

Travel Plans

So, it’s Easter weekend. Not my holiday to work (July 4th, Christmas, and New Year’s are my holidays this year), so I get eight hours off over my weekend night shifts. Great! But I work twelve-hour shifts. So if I want a normal paycheck, I have to burn four hours of PTO. Boo! In my opinion, not worth the expense. Just let me work a normal weekend. Alas…

The weekend after I’ll be on a drive down to Florida. The opening weekend of a three-week vacation. Going to help a co-worker and long-time friend out with a surgery done in Florida, and visit some friends. To be honest, not entirely sure how this one will play out. On paper it’s a vacation. As to what will actually happen, that remains to be seen. Part of it will certainly be a vacation. Hopefully a major component of that will be time spent at a beach house. I so enjoy the ocean. May get myself beachfront property one day (assuming the writing hobby thing picks up steam). But those days will be the minority. And I’m willing to bet there will be some rain in all this. It’s a vacation, after all…

In other vacation news, I got approved for a Visa for my visit to Moscow in July. Have some final paperwork to do up, and send off a pic or two. And my passport. Kind of nervous about that last part. But I sent away my original birth certificate to get my passport last year, and that worked out. Just have to trust things again. And if this final hurdle is cleared, I’m well on my way to Russia this summer. Barring, of course, a bad escalation of things in Ukraine. Figures the one country in the world I’d like to visit gets involved in a little territory grab, and everything ends up on the world stage. (<sarc>I blame Obama.</sarc>) So I got something to work on. Never seems to end. But hopefully with this last bit, it will. Except for the actual trip, that is. Which will take place in July. Or not.

In any case, I get twelve hours off this weekend. Which I’d rather work, all things being equal.

Redecorating!

Hello! I know it’s been a few days since I posted. I promise, I am keeping busy. Still working on A Ghastly Gillion Stars. Finished chapter 2 the other day. It hit the 5K word mark- not sure I want it to be that long. Have to stay aware of the word count, given that I plan for this to be a novella. My last ‘novella’ for this series, A Child of Byne, hit a high enough word count that it could almost be a fourth novel in the series. We’ll see how it goes in chapter 3, which I plan to start tonight at work. This one is going to be an entirely new chapter from the first draft. I’ve already made significant changes to the story from the first draft. This chapter 3 will continue that trend.

Anyway, I wasn’t really satisfied with the look of the blog. One good thing about WordPress is you can tinker and tool around with the appearance of your blog. So I decided to give this look a try. Took me forever to figure out how to change the original picture. Just good chance the colors in my image kinda match the colors of the theme. This one might stick around for a while. Now, I just need to figure out how to get the latest post to show in its entirety…

EDIT: A-ha! Figured out how to show the posts. But in looking at things, not entirely sure I want that. Ih, I’ll let it hang for a bit. Maybe someone will comment on it. Assuming of course anyone even reads my blog.

In other news, I paid off the balance of my planned trip to Moscow later this year. So, except for the Visa, everything looks to be all set. Got the drive down to Florida looming at the end of this month. Not looking forward to expense of that, as I’m trying to save some funds for the Russia trip, too. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as I fear. Took an extra week off at the tail end, just so I don’t have to rush home. It’ll be nice to see some friends. Got a small cluster of them down there, oddly enough.

Hope to post more on chapter 3 soon!