Work is starting to ramp up for the return of parliament (I do layouts for government reports, a lot of them are tabled in parliament). So I’m really busy. Especially with work, the preparations for the JenEric Advent Calendar, and Dragon going to school.
I’m also really tired from the last hurrah of this season’s seasonal allergies (apparently that means I have different allergies each season) and Pegasus having issues sleeping (more teeth and growing pains). All that to say that I haven’t had as much time to dedicate to writing or blogging. Sorry about that.
In other news, pie pumpkins are in stores here which means I’ll be going all out on pumpkin stuff. I’ve already roasted two of them and eaten the seeds. This weekend I’ll attempt Pumpkin & Spice Doughnuts if I have the time and energy.
On our first full day in Paris, we took a guided tour of the city. We’re so glad we did this – there was no way we could drive, with all the random one-ways and aggressive drivers, and taking the subway to all these locations would have been exhausting. Instead, we had a driver who took us to the major sights of the city and was allowed to park for short periods of time and take pictures of us in front of incredible landmarks like this one. We didn’t go into any of the places we saw, but it was incredible just to see the outsides.
I’m frightfully busy at the moment and so you get to revisit one of my favourite short stories. Also some of the only Fan Fiction I’ve written. I don’t like writing Fan Fiction because I worry that I don’t get the voice of the characters or the feel of the world.
In the last days before the battle of Hogwarts, Voldemort decided that he must survive. To this end he created a last Horcrux, one that no one could ever find. Unlike his others, he used and ordinary grain of sand.
This last Horcrux was tossed into the deepest ocean. On its way into the deepest parts of the ocean, a deep water fish mistook it for food and chased it down. It swallowed the grain of sand and proceeded to swim into a magical tear between worlds.
The tear led into a lake. Being a deep water fish, the poor fish was completely blinded by the light in this little lake. It was quickly caught by a fisherman, who gutted it and brought it home. The fish’s guts however were left on the beach to decompose.
There the grain stayed for a few years until a jewellers apprentice came looking for sand to temper jewellery. The sand on this beach was perfect. He collected a large sack of sand including the grain which was a Horcrux.
I’ve made headway on my to-do list. It’s now… *Goes to check on list and adds three more things* less than ten items. I got a lot of stuff done yesterday, but it felt like I was walking through molasses. Everything took three times longer than it should.
My publisher is moving full speed ahead with Parasomnia. They sent me a mock-up of the cover and it looks great. I can’t wait to see this book in print! I’m going to send them back the edits soon.
I’m still fighting with this cold. Mostly it’s at night where I go from feeling OK to unable to stop coughing. I hate coughing!
I think I should probably go quality test the coffee I roasted on Tuesday. It’s a hard job but someone has to do it.
Things at work have been crazy. I’m busier than I’ve ever been. It’s refreshing but doesn’t leave a lot of time to write. I’m a little behind for this week but I’ll try to catch-up tomorrow.
Work isn’t the only thing that’s crazy. Things at home are just as busy. I can’t really discuss it yet but big changes are coming for me and my wife.
Now if you haven’t had the chance to check out our contest. Now’s the time. Jen will be selling at Ottawa Geek Market and if you do our survey you’ll have a chance to win at $10 gift certificate for anything she makes or a commission.