Moving and Writing and Stuff

Hey, all! [wave] We’re up in Seattle, at the same hotel we were at in December for the house-hunting trip. It’s been interesting, in the ancient Chinese sense.

Southern California had record rainfall the week we were packing and moving, and our garage flooded again, twice, once really bad and the second time just enough to send us into a panic of wondering how high the water would come that time. We actually came out of it relatively well; there were streets that were flooded above the wheelwells on parked cars, and I saw a few minutes of TV coverage of people being evacuated from their houses, so just losing some stuff wasn’t too bad on that scale. Still, it’s something I could’ve done without.

So we’re back at the Alexis, and Jim had his first day of work at the new office yesterday. The bosses were gone and it took a while to find someone who knew what to do with him. His job title includes the word “officer” this time, for whatever reason; he gets a badge and will be getting fitted for body armor — in case the viruses start shooting back, I guess. [wry smile] I was actually thinking they might be taking him along on search warrants, which was something he did occasionally before the big reorganization when they set up Homeland Security (although he didn’t have body armor back then; they just kept him a couple of miles back from the site until it was secured) but apparently not. The guy who was getting him settled in yesterday has been there for however many years and said they all have body armor but they’ve never used it; his is stashed behind a door or something. Your tax dollars at work again. At least Jim’s enjoying the two-block commute. 😀

I’ve been very pleased that it hasn’t been as cold as it was in December! Seattle did a bit of record-setting itself that week, for which I’m grateful. Jim likes the cold, but I’m cursed with a very narrow comfort zone, temperature-wise, and am just as happy it doesn’t get below freezing in the daytime here all winter, or even every winter. [shiver]

Let’s see, what else? I heard from the person assigned as my editor for A Hidden Magic and at this point the book’s scheduled for release on 25 May, whee! I should get edits by early March, which is fine; hopefully we’ll be moved in and reasonably settled by then so I can focus on work. If not, I’ll manage.

January was pretty much a loss, writing-wise. :/ I signed up for McKoala’s 2010 Challenge (thanks to Writtenwyrdd for the link last month) and barely scraped out two points, one for that antho submission I did in early January, and one for managing to write a whole 5K words and change last month. Almost enough for a second wordcount point, but not quite. [hides under keyboard] I think the upheaval of moving is a semi-acceptable reason for falling off on the verbage, but only semi. I’m determined to do better this month.

Angie, hiding from the Koala 😀

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Angela Benedetti lives in Seattle with her husband and a few thousand books. She loves romance for the happy endings, for the affirmation that everyone who's willing to fight for love deserves to get it and be happy with someone. She's best known for her Sentinel series of novels, the most recent of which is Captive Magic.