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Tonight was gaming night. (They stopped right before facing Strahd! They wanted to prepare spells and be well rested. What’s a DM to do? *ponders adding traps to encounter* [probably not]) So, as I’m the current DM, I spent a good chunk of the day prepping maps — and of course, the players went different directions than expected, so I had to draw a couple on the fly.

Fabulous time with our friends (and wonderful food, too!), which in turn means only 47 words for the day. With which I’m happy, so all is well with the world.

Originally published at Erin M. Hartshorn. You can comment here or there.

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Pleasant break from routine this week — my friend Bonnie’s in town for a few days. I haven’t seen her since Boskone last year, although we do chat online more days than not. (Apologies for the blurry photo.)


One of the things we did was to finish up a jigsaw puzzle. (Yes, it’s the same image as the journal I posted about. When my daughter and I saw it at the store, she said I had to get it.)

completed jigsaw puzzle

Still did practical things, though — finished copyediting a civil engineering article, did some work on the (soon to be unveiled) Nebula websites, mailed off all the tax returns (including business tax returns that aren’t due until beginning of May), and took my daughter to her Girl Scouts meeting.

Lots to be grateful for here, from Bonnie’s visit to taxes done. What are you grateful for this week?

Originally published at Erin M. Hartshorn. You can comment here or there.

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Since last summer, we’ve been having a mostly weekly D&D game with friends. I mentioned back in April that I ran a one-shot Numenera adventure for the group. This summer’s been more off than on, between our vacation, summer school, and their vacation (Pennsic*, which they just got back from), so we haven’t been progressing much on the adventure.

On the other hand, that means the last couple of times we’ve gotten together, we’ve played other games that we have, like Zombie Dice (theirs — I still need to buy some), We Didn’t Playtest This at All (and We Didn’t Playtest This Either), RoboRally, Boss Monster, and Exploding Kittens. (No, really, it’s fun, even if you like cats.) This, in fact, is what we did yesterday evening.

So I’m grateful for fun games, good friends, and especially friends who want to get together and spend time playing even after they’ve just gotten back into town.

What are you grateful for this week?

Originally published at Erin M. Hartshorn. You can comment here or there.


Jul. 9th, 2012 04:11 pm
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Sent off the latest index just before 1 this afternoon. Now I have a break before the next proofreading job comes in next week. I’m grateful for the break and grateful for the work. Later this week, I’ll send off some more marketing e-mails to try to line up work heading into the fall.

I’m also grateful that I’m figuring out a schedule that seems to be working to get writing, editing, and paying work done. Is the writing as fast as I would like? Well, no, but I still remember starting out and thinking silly things like, “If I type 50 words a minute, an hour of writing should net me 3,000 words, so on days when I don’t have work to do, I should be able to get 15 to 20,000 words written.” . . . I said it was silly, but that’s pretty much my benchmark for “as fast as I would like,” so I’ve come to terms with the knowledge it’s never really going to get there. Which means I’m grateful for the progress without actually having high expectations.

And I’m grateful for friends and maybe actually starting to create a real friendship after more than 7 years of living here. And for chocolate-covered coffee beans (which helped me finish that index!).

I’m also going to be really grateful for sleep tonight.

Lots to be grateful for. What about you? What are you grateful for this week?

Originally published at Erin M. Hartshorn. You can comment here or there.

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Okay, not a basket, per se, at least today; I’m spending the day with my son’s class for their end-of-year picnic — swimming, games, food, and good times with familiar faces. Read the rest of this entry  )

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Mar. 19th, 2012 05:45 pm
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I cheerfully tell people I’m an introvert. I love working at home, without having to deal with people face to face or be pleasant to dozens of people on a regular basis. (This is also part of why the thought of doing panels fills me with trepidation, but we covered that topic already.)

However . . . Read the rest of this entry  )

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I had an epiphany this morning at 5:00, but I can’t use “epiphany” because E was yesterday. I suppose I could have used “F is for five o’clock,” but the time isn’t as important as the content. I was awakened by the girl fussing (she got herself back to sleep), and I started to complain to myself that I was just barely going to fall back asleep before it would be time to get up and get the kids ready, then start on my day — same old, same old. That’s when it hit me — I chose this life.

Okay, that may be obvious to others. Epiphanies do tend to be personal, after all. Still, I’m going to explore what I mean.

I chose marriage and children. I chose work that I could do anywhere we lived because I didn’t have to look for a new employer. I chose to start telling the stories in my soul. And, if it comes right down to it, I choose to do our taxes because I’m a bit of a control freak.

Every part of the day before me is a direct consequence of something I chose, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m married to a wonderful man whom I love, we have incredible kids, and my work allows me to be who I am.

There are downsides — the only family here is the one my husband and I have made; our closest relatives are several states away. I don’t have any close friends where we live, though certainly part of that is that I’m not good at reaching out. With the Internet, though, I’m in touch with friends and family that I haven’t seen in decades, and I’ve made several excellent new friends through on-line communities (especially Forward Motion).

This is my life, and I’m grateful for it.

Originally published at Erin M. Hartshorn. You can comment here or there.

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[livejournal.com profile] bonniers managed to use the Internet connection on the ship today. Her comments:

* We've been to Turkey, Cyprus, and Rhodes
* hiked in Cyprus, shopped in Rhodes
* tomorrow the pyramids and the sphinx. Today vegging at sea

She also said to tell everyone hello!
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Seen in various places around LJ, including [livejournal.com profile] sartorias, [livejournal.com profile] sksperry, and [livejournal.com profile] david_bridger.

If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and whom you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.
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I stole this from [livejournal.com profile] mizkit, who got it from [livejournal.com profile] sammywol.

Today I propose an LJ-wide group hug. If you've got friends who are having a really shitty week, post this and a great big huge hug to everyone who needs or wants one. If everyone does this, we can maybe cancel out the bad karma with the overwhelming good karma of everyone who wants to help out a friend.

So, here's mine for all of you:


And for those who may feel self-conscious, check out How to give a man-to-man hug.
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In the midst of this madness, I do want to stop and wish a very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] slobbit. Her stories brighten my life, and I'm happy to call her my friend.

She was the first one to warn me about the zombie uprising, but I didn't take it very seriously. I wish I had.

My birthday wishes for her: a very pleasant trip to Cupertino, joy in her new job, and fiction sales in the coming year! Happy birthday!
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Dr. Seuss! In honor of which, today is Read-Across-America day (seems awfully restrictive to me). Go read a book! (Like I need to tell this crowd that.)

I also have it on good authority that today's [livejournal.com profile] bonniers' birthday. Stop by and wish her well!

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