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crazy weekend.............

Where I spent my weekend

The original intent this weekend was to go out to Philadelphia for Hugh-Con, which was a supportive thingie for Hugh Casey. Hugh is a great guy, and a big person in east-coast fandom, and also the person who introduced me and Wrenn to each other in 2009. So we really wanted to go out for it. It would also give us a chance to see Wrenn's father and our friend Zan.

Two things killed that notion: I had deadlines coming out my ears, and Wrenn had emergency oral surgery on Friday. We might have been able to work around one of those, but not both. Wrenn was in no shape to travel, and I just had too much crap to do.

I'm pleased to say that I actually did the crap! I had to finish up the collaborative thriller, which I did, and also do some work on the project I can't talk about. The former I still need to read over, but I'm doing that today, while the latter is almost done, but the last two things I need to do for it I can't do until the licensor provides a piece of information I need, which we're still waiting on.

On top of that, I wound up having to do something else. The same guy I'm collaborating on the thriller with also drafted a short story that he needed me to work on.

Okay, some background -- my collaborator on the thriller and this short story is a plastic surgeon in southern California who has some excellent ideas, but isn't as comfortable with actual line-by-line prose. The thriller is based on a movie treatment that he's sold -- he wanted there to be a novel based on the story as well, and he hired me to write the novel based on the same treatment. It's been an interesting experience, and my collaborator is great fun to work with.

He also was invited to send a story to an apocalyptic anthology, and the draft he wrote was fascinating, but it needed a bit of work. The plan was for me to rewrite it between now and March, and then he called me yesterday afternoon saying that the story was due today. Oops.

So after finishing off my work on the secret project, I dove into the short story. Luckily, the framework was already in place, and 2600 words later, I had a short story. Go me!

Somewhere in there I also taught a kids fighting class -- we had seventeen kids Friday night! -- helped teach the Saturday afternoon kids color belt class, and took the adult class right after it, and also made notes for Volume 2 Episode 2 of Dead Kitchen Radio.

Meanwhile, Wrenn is recovering nicely. Thursday night was something of a nightmare, as she was in agony, and then Friday morning, our primary dentist (who will not be our primary dentist for much longer) didn't answer their phone until 11.30. No voicemail, no answering service, just ringing until someone showed up at the office. And then it turns out that on Fridays there's only a dentist there every other week, and this was the wrong week. Argh.

In another victory for the Affordable Care Act, we were able to find an oral surgeon on Wrenn's insurance who took her right away and pulled the tooth.

While she did that, I was having my knees X-rayed. My knees have, frankly, sucked for pretty much my entire adult life. In my mid-30s, it got to the point where they were in so much pain I was on prescription Celebrex for them, but then I started doing karate, and the pain subsided. Lately, though, they've been getting bad again, so this morning, I'm off to see an orthopedist who will discuss options with me after looking at the dirty pictures they took of my knees on Friday.

Meanwhile, I have to finish reading over the thriller today and get it off to my collaborator (as well as the movie producer, who's been getting chapters as I write them as well), and then write my next Shirley-and-Jack story for Baker Street Irregulars Volume 2 (Volume 1 has my first Shirley-and-Jack story, a modern-day reworking of Sherlock Holmes in New York City, which will be out in March). I also have to record the next Dead Kitchen Radio episode that I made notes for this weekend (it'll be about Without a License).

After that, I dive back into A Furnace Sealed, the urban fantasy about the nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who hunts monsters, and I don't come up until it's done.


Current Mood: busy busy
Current Music: "A Song for Jeffrey" by Jethro Tull

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gansje From: gansje Date: January 30th, 2017 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, sorry to hear about the deadlines and Wrenn's oral surgery. That does not sound lovely, but at least she'll be out of pain soon.

If you guys are ever down in Philadelphia and have time, let me know, maybe we can meet for coffee. It's been what, 28 years? I'd love to get together!
mac_arthur_park From: mac_arthur_park Date: January 30th, 2017 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Suddenly, chronically late med techs and flagrantly psychotic dementia patients don't seem so bad.

Yes, I hate doctors, dentists, and deadlines THAT MUCH.
romulantbonz From: romulantbonz Date: January 30th, 2017 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear of Wrenn's dental woes. Been there, done that; more than once. Hope you guys find a better dentist going forward.
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