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2013-01-01 01:43 pm
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2013 Reading List

So last year I read 64 books, 7 of them non-fiction. I can't seem to break that 10 non-fiction books barrier. Maybe this year. Of course, I did read a lot of white papers for work, and some of them were almost book-length. And I have been working my way through another non-fiction book for work, but I haven't finished it yet. Oh well.

2013 Reading List
  1. The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
  2. The Far West - Patricia C. Wrede
  3. The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson
  4. Social Media 101 - Chris Brogan *
  5. Kitty Steals the Show - Carrie Vaughn
  6. The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  7. On Writing - Stephen King *
  8. Keeping the Castle - Patrice Kindl
  9. Dark and Stormy Knights - ed by P.N. Elrod
  10. Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines
  11. A Million Suns - Beth Revis
  12. The Last Knight - Hilari Bell

stephaniecain: writers write. everyone else makes excuses. (no excuses)
2012-08-15 06:54 pm

Writing Plan - August through December

August 2012
- Finish The Loyalty Factor revision.
- Finish "Blue Watch" or "Long Way Home."
- Identify markets for short story.

September 2012
- Write a short story set in Teronn.
- Begin querying agents about The Loyalty Factor.
- Submit finished short story.

October 2012
- Continue querying agents about The Loyalty Factor.
- Examine writing goals and revise if necessary.
- Decide on and plot NaNoWriMo 2012 novel.

November 2012
- NaNoWriMo 2012
- Attend at least one write-in.
- Continue querying agents about The Loyalty Factor.

December 2012
- Recover from NaNoWriMo.
- Finish NaNoWriMo novel if necessary.
- Continue querying agents about The Loyalty Factor.
- Set writing goals for 2013.
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2009-06-17 09:51 pm
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Debt is so much fun

Spent some time getting some financial peace of mind tonight. Got on the phone with Sallie Mae and managed to avoid defaulting on my student loans. I've arranged deferment until October, though I'm going to make as many payments between now and then as I can. I also arranged a 12-month payment plan and lowered interest rate with Discover. That's where the bulk of my money's going to be going. God willing, I'll be able to chip away at the debt that's been rising steadily ever since losing my job back in 2006.

If all goes well, though, I'll have discover paid off about a year and a half from now, and my car and my lower-balance credit card will be paid off in less than a year. Then I'll just have student loans to concentrate on, and that'll be a breeze at that point.

I'm feeling productive in general tonight. I managed to:
  • do a 2-mile bike ride
  • do a load of laundry
  • clean off my desk
  • get caught up on financial stuff
  • help Dad with a quest on WoW
  • update my cell phone plan

I still would like to sew a couple of buttons back on a pair of pants and go to bed early... But that last one isn't looking very likely.