July 23rd, 2013

catie_satisfied

Happy Anniversary!

It is, as near as I can tell, 20 years today that I met my friend, RP partner, and cowriter Sarah EkstromPalmero (one of the good things about old friends is you get to keep using their maiden names decades after they’ve changed :))

I can actually pin this down to a day because I started playing TwoMoonsMUSH, the online text-based role play game based on ElfQuest, *immediately* after I got back from my first visit to Ireland. Sarah was one of the very first people I met. She was playing the book character Treestump, and I was irrationally terrified of interacting with the character. She played him very well and although I retained my general terror of interacting with book characters for some months before getting over it, it wasn’t because she was scary as a person.

Over the years we’ve written millions (literally millions) of words of role play (or fan fiction, if you wanna call it that) together. We’ve written books together. We’ve had fights and made up. We’ve worried people at Disneyland by discussing murder techniques (for books!). We’ve brought out the best (and no doubt the worst) in each other. We’ve seen each other through boyfriends and breakups, marriages and mischief. I doubt, twenty years ago, we *really* imagined we’d still be friends this far down the road, but I’m awfully glad we are.

Here’s to another twenty years, mon ami! <3

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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first place!

I believe The Last Days of Ancient Sunlight may have just shot into first place in the arts category on the Guinness site, with just under 500 votes now. o.o

In the meantime, the Swan River Press project thinks it’s going to catch up to me, but I will generously allow him a second place, er, placement. :)

I have gotten my inbox down to under 80 emails, nearly every one of which is work-related. I’m not kidding myself: the new Gmail tabs have helped with this, as there are another 40 messages or so in the other tabs, but still, this time last week I had 1500 emails and now I have 120.

The oldest one I answered was from January. 2012. Wince.

On the repeated advice of a friend, I got a copy of this organizational book, GETTING THINGS DONE, which I’ve started reading. I’ve got a terrible urge to liveblog-commentary it as I read, which is probably born from the opening bits being (sensibly) about how to make good lists, a thing which I already do. (There’s a reason my to-do lists say “do laundry. fold laundry. put laundry away.”) But the real reason it was recommended for was its approach to letting go, mentally, of the things you’re *not* doing, and I could use some help in that department.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)