Thursday, December 30, 2004

Change of Plans

Be flexible. It's one of my goals. See, I have... shall we say... CONTROL ISSUES. (And yes, those were in caps for a good reason). I try really hard to be flexible, but it's SO not my best thing. But you can't control everything and it is stupid to try. Change can be good. (It can also be a pain in the ass, but that's another story for another blog).

So anyway, the beginning of this blog is about change for the new year. I've gotten some bad habits that I need to break, and some good ones I need to reinforce. One of the things I want to do is finish up some of the unfinished stuff that has backlogged on my desk. Since Cathy has asked me pretty please not to work on a Sazi book until the agent and the publisher ok the direction we're talking about going I'm dropping back to a mystery I started a while back. I like mysteries. Besides, working in an "ordinary" world means that I don't have to try to wrestle out the magical theory and laws of what can and can't occur. So I won't need as much heavy duty discussion time. We also had it pretty much plotted out, so that's OK too. (Assuming I can find my notes). And it would be a good way to make use of the short story anthology of mysteries Cathy and I will be in in April. So, that's the plan today. Tomorrow, who knows, it may change.

***OH, GOOD NEWS!! THE CHECK ARRIVED!**** And yeah, it went by way of Colorado. I'm going to be sending some reminder e-mails to get all address changes to all departments. But hey, I can take care of a lot of things with this, including starting a savings account for when James heads back up to Denver.

I haven't written in this blog about world events much. I don't really feel I know enough about things (limited world view, etc.) to really post my opinions. (If you don't have an informed opinion, keep it to yourself until you GET the information). But I wanted to say how sad I am for all the victims of the tsunami. A 9.0 Richter earthquake is just... awesome. I keep thinking, wow, would it have been WORSE in the atmosphere? I don't know my science very well, but someone told me that enough sediment was sent up from the ocean's bottom to equal a mountain the size of (she couldn't remember) Fuji or Kilamanjaro (sp.). That kind of dust would change the climate worldwide had it gotten into the air. I was told the earth actually shuddered on its axis. The scope of this is just beyond my ken. Water three stories high traveling at approximately (someone told me, so again second hand information, but it sounds about right if you have a 9.0) *500* miles an hour!

So many people lost, such terrible destruction. I'm so sorry. And all I can do is donate to worthy relief causes and pray. Not enough. Not nearly enough.


Anonymous said...

Cie, Cathy and Yolanda!
Just wanted to say "good-bye" as I will be off-line until about January 12th or 13th. I will be thinking about you while I am reading your book on the beach, by the pool and on the balcony when I am in Mexico drinking margaritas, mai-tais, sangrias and rum punches. Happy New Year! Talk to you in two weeks, I'll be thinking of you. Please say "Happy New Year" to James for me too.

C. T. Adams said...

I'll keep you in my thoughts! Hope you enjoy the book. (Keeping fingers crossed!) Have a great time and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Yolanda Sfetsos said...

See Ya Jim! I hope you have a wonderful time in Mexico and I know you'll LOVE the book... looking forward to chatting then - SEE YA - :)

Yolanda Sfetsos said...


You're writing a mystery? Cool! I hope you get a chance to finish all the things you've started but haven't finished, in the new year. It's always great to set some goals, as long as they're realistic, huh?

I'll be figuring a few of my own later today, since yesterday I made a note of all the things I did get done this year! YAY!

The tsunami incident makes me very sad. I feel so bad for all those people that lost their lives. The death toll is an outrageous amount, and there's nothing the rest of us can do to ease anyone's pain over there. I was watching the news last night and they said that the survivors are going to be facing disease because of the thousands of dead bodies lying under the sun... my stomach tensed up then and I haven't been feeling that great this morning. I think I ate something that didn't agree and then watching and hearing about all that heartache had a toll on my stomach. I don't think I can watch the news for a little while (I've always had trouble with it anyway, there's never anything positive on it!) because I get so sad and twisted up in my stomach that I feel like my body's shutting down on me.

I wish things like these didn't happen. I'm sorry for every single life that was lost and for the people that lost loved ones in this catastrophe. But like you said, we can never do enough to make up for this...

On a brighter note, although I don't know how the rest of the world is supposed to celebrate while we know what's going on, HAPPY NEW YEAR.

The next time we speak will probably be 2005!