Open Thread: What’s new?

(posted by chris the cynic)

What’s been happening in your life recently?

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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10 thoughts on “Open Thread: What’s new?

  1. Lonespark August 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    My kids started school for the year today. My daughter started kindergarten, and thus, her elementary school career.

    September starts Monday, and when it’s over, I’m officially divorced.

    So that’s some stuff, I guess.

  2. Lonespark August 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Also I did some proofreading for a story that makes me want to never close my eyes or get near a reflective surface.

  3. Silver Adept August 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Back from having a week to myself and the animals, now officially going to be published again in a professional publication, and still churning on big ideas, and also writing Pern stuff.

    And wishing I could do something constructive and definitive with regard to the latest from Ramblings.

  4. christhecynic August 27, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Also I did some proofreading for a story that makes me want to never close my eyes or get near a reflective surface.

    If I ever get around to writing the magician school idea I promise that I’ll make reflections be awesome.

  5. Lonespark August 27, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Ditto on that last point, Silver Adept. I think you are doing something constructive by, er, deconstructing. You’re giving people more of the kind of discussion we/they love in a relatively safe space. I think others can step up that way too. I’m going to try.

    And yay you being published! What area or field is it?

  6. DawnM August 27, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I have new drywall mud and tape covering the cracks in my bathroom. Sometime soon there will be new paint to go with it.

    The cracks are not new. I live close enough to the train tracks that my house shakes a bit. I don’t hear the train but I can hear the dishes rattling in the cupbourd once in a while. So I think that’s the source of my cracks.

    The house is about 60 years old. The bathroom is tiled from floor to waist with peach tiles and a green tile border, which I assume was stylish at some period between now and 60 years ago. Some previous owner painted all remaining surfaces, including the ceiling, black. They also painted fancy gold filigree all around the mirrors and trim. Although they put a lot of work into the decorative painting, the whole half-peach-half-black package is not to my taste. I need my bathroom to be less, I don’t know, conflicted.

  7. froborr August 27, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I’m also struggling with what to do about what’s happening at Ramblings. I’m mostly very, very angry at the SVKA people, and I don’t feel like that would be a helpful thing to comment with. Also feeling very defeated/defeatist as regards, well, everything, which also doesn’t feel like something that would be helpful.

    As for me, I am utterly and consistently failing to work on either of my books in the editing process (though to be fair, one of them I can’t do anything on because my editor hasn’t sent it back yet), and I’m about midway through the (surprisingly complex) process to start group therapy. Oh, and I’ve been doing a lot of guest stuff–I’m a guest on the next couple of months of Uncle Yo’s podcast, and I have a guest post up today on TARDIS Eruditorum.

  8. alexseanchai August 27, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Finding out what the $237 line item was that the insurance denied from my ER visit last month involves making a phone call. Putting the $592 hospital bill (including that line item) from said visit on a payment plan (because I have $600 but that pretty much tanks my emergency fund and that is nervous-making) involves making a phone call. Guess what I’m apparently not doing today, and haven’t been doing for a couple weeks.

    If you guessed ‘picking up the phone’, congratulations! You win a handful of digital confetti.

  9. Silver Adept August 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    @ Lonespark –

    A magazine related to the library field accepted an article. Not much for pay, but it’s still neat.

    @ froborr –

    Guest things are good! Also, there has been much vitriol expressed both for and against the work done at Ramblings, so anger may not be out of place there at the moment.

    @ alexseanchai –

    A friend of mine elsenet wished for a service that could dial telephone numbers when you could not, then step out when the other end picked up… and that could, for example, research mental health facilities and practitioners, given an insurance carrier and some symptoms, and either set up the initial consultation, or, again, dial the telephone number and step away gracefully once the connection was established, just for such issues.

    We all agreed that if such service existed, it would make money hand over fist. Solidarity and strength to you.

  10. Lonespark August 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I could use some kind of service right now, since I am too ashamed about letting a deadline pass to even look up the info for contact people to ask what to do about making an appointment…

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