michaeldthomas: (Cait)
How the hell is it 2011 already?!?! Seriously, it feels like we just did that whole Millennium thing. I am not a fan of this whole time-moving-quicker-as-I-get-older thing.

We had a quiet evening last night. Caitlin spent most of the morning crying every 20 minutes due to cramping and soreness. Thankfully, she felt better by the afternoon. Lynne and I "celebrated" New Year's Eve with Chinese food and awful television. At least we were together and not in a hospital. We should have friends stopping by today and tomorrow. That will be nice.

2010 was a phenomenal year for us. Like any year, it had highs and lows.

The bad:

1- My grandfather passed away.
2- Caitlin's hip surgery.
3- My big nonfiction commission was put on indefinite hiatus.
4- I didn't write anything good enough for publication.

The wonderful:

1- Caitlin stayed healthy and had a successful surgery.
2- We continued to have amazing friendships and met some new wonderful people.
3- Chicks Dig Time Lords was a major success for Lynne and Tara, leading to book signings, our first Gallifrey One convention, fanart, fanvids, interviews, convention guest invitations, and fantastic reviews. We even impressed a few famous people who worked on the show. It's been an phenomenal ride.
4- I met all of my writing goals and completed another novel.
5- Lynne and Deb finished Whedonistas.
6- The NIU SF collection grew and Lynne was even interviewed for Locus.
7- Caitlin rocked her communication device and had a smooth transition to a new school.
8- We went on an amazing Make-A-Wish trip.
9- Lynne started two SEEKRIT PROJECTS that will be big deals in the next couple of months.

2010 was a magical year for us. Let's hope 2011 continues this trend.

We couldn't have done it without all of you. Thank you for your love and support last year. You made us feel like the richest people in Bedford Falls. :-)
michaeldthomas: (content)
1- The Whedonistas manuscript is in the hands of the Mad Norwegian. The "final" edits consumed our last week. I'm proud of all of the hard work [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and Deb Stanish put into this book. There are some magnificent essays in it. If you like Chicks Dig Time Lords and the works of Joss Whedon, you'll love this book.

Now we wait for the Mad Norwegian's notes...

2- We celebrated Lynne's birthday with the now-annual Squee Weekend (or Squeekend if you prefer). [livejournal.com profile] dark_aegis and [livejournal.com profile] nnwest drove in from their neighboring state while [livejournal.com profile] mrsdrdavison wandered over from her digs. We ate pizza, Portillo's, and cupcakes while watching a metric ton of Doctor Who. Lynne showed off her completed Tom Baker Season 18 scarf, and many racy things were said. Good times.

We've also decided that [livejournal.com profile] taraoshea should feed different Doctor Who celebrities in the Chicago TARDIS Green Room dishes based on the recipes they gave to The Doctor Who Cookbook back in the 1980s. We really want to see Frazer Hines eat his Mushrooms McCrimmon. ;-)

3- I'm reading Matthew Waterhouse's memoir Blue Box Boy. I can guarantee that Doctor Who fans will be talking about this books for years to come. :-)
michaeldthomas: (Default)
Lots of little things happening around here.

1- Caitlin had a great first couple of weeks of Second Grade. She's making friends and staying out of trouble.

Cait is very excited about her Make-A-Wish trip. We watched the Disney World vacation planning DVD on Monday night and she was unable to fall asleep until midnight. We'll be gone in 8 days!

2- Lynne rulz the Internets. This week saw the announcement of Whedonistas, the Seekrit Project that [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and Deborah Stanish have been editing for some time. I'm glad we can finally talk about it. :-)

In other cool book news, the giant SF/F website io9 ran an excerpt from Chicks Dig Time Lords-- specifically, Carole Barrowman's essay. To say we are giddy about this is an understatement.

3- I'm at the 3/5 mark (more or less) on The Scarlet Queen. I'm feeling more and more confident about finishing it this year.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
Andy Hallet passed away last night from heart failure. He played Lorne on Angel. He was only 33.

We met him at a signing many years ago at Wizard World Chicago. He seemed like a very sweet man. This is an awful tragedy.
michaeldthomas: (Default)
Thanks to everybody for all of those anniversary congratulations. :)

It's been a quiet few days. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and I had a leisurely anniversary. We ate mediocre tapas, popped into small stores, and enjoyed having an afternoon to ourselves.

The rest of the weekend has involved errands and keeping our little girl from being too barfy. She has a nasty cold that caused some problems Friday night. Since then, everything has stayed down.

Like much of the geekiverse, we watched Dollhouse on Friday night.
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