December 2014 Update
December 10, 2014
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Some of you have probably noticed that I’ve been pretty scarce since Samhain. I have a really hard time concentrating on my writing each year in November and December. There are so many things that happen right after Halloween; my wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving, my birthday, Yule, Christmas, New Year’s…And things always heat up for me at work just before the winter break. (I work in academia, so I’m sure you can probably imagine what happens.) And then there’s December 19, the anniversary of Tony and Patrick’s ordinations in LV-426 (which is basically our excuse for celebrating a mid-winter festival). So whenever I do find time to sit down, all I really want to do is watch something really stupid on TV and drink something to pickle my giblets.
My wife and I have also adopted a new daughter. She’s a Tortoiseshell kitten, and she’s only 14 weeks old. We named her “Ripley” in honor of Ellen Ripley, the great Typhonian witch from Ridley Scott’s Alien. (I’m hoping to get a dog named MacReady and a turtle named Gamera to complete this new “Naming critters after famous monster-slayers in fiction” trend we’ve apparently started.) We’ve had little Ripley for almost a month now, and she’s truly made herself at home. It was rough at first because it felt like we were “betraying” Sneakers by getting a new cat somehow. But we honored the old girl during our Samhain celebration, and I think she would have liked Ripley just fine. I’ll say this much; adopting this new beasty has certainly brightened my wife’s spirits. (Ripley is so high maintenance though, which is another reason I’ve been so scarce as of late!)
I’ve been working on several new posts here and there, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll have any of them ready for public scrutiny until January. Things will have calmed down a great deal by then, and I’ll probably be able to focus much better. May Great Seth bless you all.