My birthday was this past week on the 13th--thanks to all of you who sent birthday wishes, and thanks to all my watchers and visitors for 36,000 page views!
Special shout out to AngelGhidorah
, and Rainewhisper
for the birthday wishes, and from Rainewhisper, an awesome piece of birthday art!
That makes me grin every time I see it, and I keep leaving it open as a tab on my computer or otherwise keeping it where I can find it easily.
For my birthday, my mom made lemon chicken for dinner, and a delicious lemon cake with lemon glaze for dessert. I got to zest and juice the lemons, which made the whole house smell wonderfully citrusy for hours and it was glorious. Even better, I got to suck on the lemon rinds to enjoy the last bits of juice that I couldn't squeeze out on the juicer. No scurvy for me! (I am a tiiiiiiny bit of a lemon lover, as you may have noticed ^~^ )Miluiel-the-Friendly
also stopped by the Sunday after my birthday, to wish me well and share a small stack of delightful cards with me, so that was super awesome. It wasn't a huge and exciting birthday this year, but thanks to a few good friends, it was a good birthday just the same, and that means a lot to me.
Now, my family is still struggling a bit financially and with our health, but things are starting to look better--Mom and I now have jobs which we'll start this week. I was delighted to get an interview at the local Lego store--and then, even better, I got the job there!
So, now I just have to figure out all the bus routes and stuff, which will be a bit of a hassle but well worth it for the chance to work at a Lego store.
My dad is recovered from the appendicitis, but has gotten a few problems with his gallbladder. It might have to come out, depending on ho things go. He currently can't eat anything high in fat, grease, or acid, or it will come right back up. So, he's been trying to eat healthier, and in small portions throughout the day rather than big meals--he just can't process that much food at a time right now. Your continued prayers for his health and finding employment are appreciated.
So, things are looking much better than they were a few weeks ago, but my family isn't out of the woods yet, and at this point we are counting on God to continue leading the way and providing for us. It's an interesting place to be. I'm glad for the support of all of you; your friendship, good wishes, and prayers mean the world to me.
In other news, I have recently worked through another pass at the biggest story that came out of my frantic National Novel Writing Month this past November; at more than 230,000 words, this is the longest contiguous story I have ever written, and in fact is longer than any single series
of my stories--and I wrote it all in 30 days, plus other stories on the side O_o. Editing it is a monumental task, but I really want to get it done, because this is a story that I want to see finished and published at some point--heck, I think that it's a story with serious Hollywood action movie potential. So, if you have time, energy, and feel like reading and giving critique on this massive piece, I would certainly appreciate it! Even if all you can do is look at the outline (a tenth the size of the full story) and help me get the scenes in the right order, that would be a huge help.
Finally, I've been thinking about posting lists of my writing tips, descriptions of some of my story worlds, and things like that in case you folks want to learn from my writing experience, write fanfictions of my worlds (I would be flattered), and otherwise get more a picture of what's going on in this wild and busy head of mine. If that sounds like something that would be of interest to you, or someone you know, let me know so that I can start putting out guides and info in that regard!
Blessings to all of you, and here's to a lot more birthdays and a lot more pageviews!