michaeldthomas: (Default)
Well, that weekend sucked. I've had much worse, but that wasn't exactly the relaxing days off that we had hoped for. A week of Pertussis watch left me pretty stressed out. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne was also fried from a week of meetings, events, Chicks Dig Time Lords's editorial work, and teaching.

With minimal plans on the books, it seemed like this would be a good weekend to relax. Then we had a plumbing event. :P

It turned out to only be a dead wax ring on the toilet, but it still wasn't cheap. Granted, it was much better than some of the worse-case scenerios that ran through my head. I could have fixed it myself, but Lynne insisted that we just have the plumber do it since he was already there.

In other news, my Bears were just awful against the Packers. Cutler had the yips, his receivers aren't talented enough to start for NIU, and Urlacher had a season-ending injury.

So much for hope.

Anyway, it's a new week. Caitlin is back at school, and I have a short story to finish. :-)

Friday

Sep. 11th, 2009 01:02 pm
michaeldthomas: (Default)
1- Caitlin is still fine. I talked to the school this morning and nobody else there contracted Pertussis. It looks like Caitlin will be going back to school on Monday. :-)

2- I realize that Amazon sales ranks have about the same predictive powers for sales as reading tea leaves or entrails, but I'm still pretty damn excited about the pre-order ranks for Chicks Dig Time Lords. Yesterday, it peaked at #7,824 in books (it currently sits at #13,656). The rankings are also up in different sub-categories. CDTL is currently #29 in Space Opera, #42 in Adventure, and #1 in Doctor Who books. That's pretty awesome for a book that's not out until March and so far has only been promoted on LiveJournal, Facebook, and Twitter. I'm very happy for [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and [livejournal.com profile] taraoshea.

3- I'm having trouble reading fiction without my writer brain going off. It's getting annoying.

4- I'm watching the Cubs game. How did so many things go wrong? More importantly, why did I think things would be different this year?

5- The Bears season begins on Sunday night. SUPER BEARS, SUPER BOWL!!! ;-)

What?!?!

Apr. 2nd, 2009 07:30 pm
michaeldthomas: (Bears)
Holy crap! The Bears landed Jay Cutler! We have a real quarterback!

Bears Win!

Dec. 11th, 2008 10:40 pm
michaeldthomas: (Bears)
Hooray! We still have a slim chance of getting our asses kicked in the first round of the playoffs!
michaeldthomas: (Bears)
Why am I a Chicago sports fan again?

Sunday!!!

Sep. 28th, 2008 10:46 pm
michaeldthomas: (Doctor Venture)
Today had a rough start. Caitlin woke up with a small seizure. The good news was it ended by itself. I’m always happy when I don’t need to give me daughter rectal valium.

After that, it was a quiet day of virtue. I took some walks and brainstormed some ideas for the next novel. I also managed to get some writing done for Mad Norwegian Press.

The virtuous almost outweighed the slothful watching of so much baseball and football. I'm very happy with the Cubs/Dodgers match-up. And finally, the Bears held a team in the 4th Quarter.

The coming week will be extremely busy. Here ‘s the quick preview:

1- A meeting at Caitlin’s school.

2- Dinner with [livejournal.com profile] eeknight and [livejournal.com profile] chats_noir.

3- Dinner with visiting friends.

4- Two doctor’s appointments at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

5- Sending in a chapter of the novel to the WindyCon workshop.

6- Writing, writing, writing.

Just finished reading: Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
Currently reading: Rules of Conflict by Kristine Smith

Jinkies!

Sep. 21st, 2008 09:59 am
michaeldthomas: (Doctor Venture)
What a strange week it was. The Cubs almost completely distracted me from the near complete collapse of the economy. There's nothing quite like a major American historical moment that's greeted by the general population with total confusion. The decisions made this week will have repercussions for decades, many of which even the smartest economists can't even begin to predict. To be on the safe side, Lynne and I emptied our retirement accounts and reinvested in canned foods and guns.

Our gaming group finally reconvened yesterday. We're playing the new shiny, Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition. So far, I like it. I don't think it's an improvement on 3rd edition, but it certainly has its charms. The biggest change is how each class is now extremely balanced. None of the classes are noticeably superior to the other ones. They made it fairer for players, but a lot of the flavor of each class got lost in the reimagining. There's something wrong with wizards being no more effective than a rogue or ranger.

Another big change for our group was the addition of the Snow's puppy, Eli. Things went well, and Caitlin received a lifetime's worth of puppy kisses.

Since we finished all of our chores yesterday, today is a day of sloth. Other than watching football and keeping Cait alive, all I have to do is critique some manuscripts for a couple of friends.
michaeldthomas: (Bears)
The Bears looked great. This is the team we were supposed to have last year. I can't believe what an upgrade Orton and Forte are over Grossman and Benson.

As for the Cubs, I have nothing to say after that stomach-punch loss other than thank you to the Brewers for deciding to suck at the same time.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
It’s been a while since I blogged, but not for bad reasons. I have actually been taking a break. I can’t remember the last time that Lynne, Caitlin, and I did this. We’ve just been luxuriating at home, watching TV, listening to music, and reading. I’m beginning to feel recharged.

Christmas was nice. The family got together in low-key fashion. Prezzies were exchanged, and all was well in the world.

Boxing day was spent with our friends [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] and [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] enjoying Bond films and the RiffTrax version of Glitter. Much fun was had.

Fluid Links work was busy with many discussions between the writers and editor. I’ve also been doing a serious rethink of the last third of the novel. I think that I have fixed some problems, and I now have a solid outline for the last four chapters.

The Bears played well today, not that it matters.

The Cubs first spring training game is February 29.

Go Cubs!!!

Fukudome Fever, Catch It!!!

Just Finished Reading: Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
Currently Reading: Dragon Champion by E. E. Knight

The Bears

Dec. 23rd, 2007 03:07 pm
michaeldthomas: (Singletary)
Where was THAT Bears team all frickin' season? Excellent defense, great special teams, and decent offense. I enjoyed the game, but it was too little too late.

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