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Monday, January 7, 2013

The New Year Begins

2013 promises to be an eventful year in the Doolan household, on many levels.

First of all, my oldest daughter graduates this summer.  We are planning a trip out to Las Vegas where she lives with her mom to see the ceremony.  Then, logistics willing, we will be immediately moving her out here to Wisconsin.  Her plan is to attend cosmotology school here in Madison, but she's not sure when she will want to start that.  I figure she's young, and she has plenty of time.  So, no pressure.  It will be nice to have her around for good.  We just sent her back to Vegas after the Winter break this past Saturday, and we are all feeling sad about that right now.

We are also looking at, hopefully, buying a house this year.  Probably by the Summer.  My wife has her sights set on a specific house, and it looks very promising.  If we can get it, I will finally get the reading/writing/geeking room that I always wanted.  We just need certain elements to fall into place.  The only thing I am dreading is shoveling snow, and fixing what breaks.  I'm inherently lazy, and I think that stuff will test me sorely.

Sydney turns 10 this month, so, thankfully, she won't be causing any major upheavals in the house (you know, besides being a pre-teen girl).  Connor, however, will be starting Kindergarten this fall.  That will be interesting.  It could be hit or miss, as he sometimes has a naughty streak a mile wide.  But for some reason, he is pretty well-behaved at day care, and at other peoples' houses.  So, we'll see how that goes.  First things first, though:  PUT THE POOPY IN THE POTTY!!!

Isaac will be starting actual classes in a few weeks.  So far he has been doing High School online, and it's not to his liking.  I can't really blame him.  I've been doing college online for years, and it still irritates me sometimes. He's starting to get comfortable in our home, and is working through some issues he's had.  It was great to see him and Faith interact over the holidays.  I can safely say I am glad we helped him out, and that he's around.  He helps us with the kids, and he helps me with Skyrim and now HALO 4 (though he has already beaten it).

On the writing front, a few good possibilities.  First off, Weird Tales is supposed to have an all Sword & Sorcery issue this year, and it should feature one or both of my stories.  Not sure how that will go, as I have not heard anything in months about it.  But, I'm still optimistic.  I also sent out some draft copies of Life of Rage last week, so I hope to have that complete and ready for public consumption within the next few months.  And finally, a short that I submitted a couple of months ago has made it to the final round of selection.  So, I am also hopeful that that goes through too.

In the meantime, I have a few short stories that I am making some progress on.  And I am also simmering the Agesilaus book on the back burner, and hope to make some good progress on that this year.

All in all, life is pretty good these days.

3 comments:

Paul R. McNamee said...

We are also looking at, hopefully, buying a house this year. ... If we can get it, I will finally get the reading/writing/geeking room that I always wanted. ... The only thing I am dreading is shoveling snow, and fixing what breaks. I'm inherently lazy, and I think that stuff will test me sorely.

You might find that pride of ownership will overcome your laziness. It does for me when I need to do things around the house of that nature.

Though, when it is an emergency fix (e.g.; toilet) it does indeed test me.

Keith said...

This is why I have a list of people to call if I can't fix it myself. I'm a skinflint, so if I can save a buck by not having to call a repairman, then great. OTOH, I also know there are some things, like electrical, that I'm going to defer to an expert on. Good luck with the house thing; homeownership is a whole new world.

And congratulations on you daughter's graduation.

Charles Gramlich said...

It does feel nice having a house and knowing the money is not just disappearing, like it does with rent. They can still be a money suck, though. Luck with all the life issues and writing of course.