Happy Anniversary to Us!

It’s our anniversary. Fourteen years ago today, fosteronfilm and I were married in a private ceremony beside a waterfall in the Pocono Mountains. Matthew is my best friend, my sweetheart, my helpmeet, my confidant, my joy, and my sanctuary; he’s my everything.

Happy Anniversary to us!

And, amusingly apropos, a link ganked from teflaime: The Kama Sutra as performed by gummi bears.

   


Writing Stuff

7 out of 7 sections on the research/writing freelance gig completed. Counting on my toes, yes, that is indeed the whole thing. Whee! Donedonedonedone.

Before sending it off, I want to do a few passes for editing and style, and make sure I didn’t contradict myself somewhere or make any embarrassing gaffes. But for the most part, it’s ready to go.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: writing nonfiction is tons easier than writing fiction.

And for my next freelance job, I’ve tentatively tossed my hat into the ring for a gig to write up wedding veil descriptions. Ah, the glamorous life of a freelance writer. Snerk. Until I get concrete specs and confirmation, it’s back to work on le fiction. Except my gears seem in need of oil. I’m having a hard time disengaging from analytical scientist mode and activating creative fantasist mode. *shakes muse*

As a serendipitous segue, I’m writing up my answers for two interviews: my Apex Digest featured writer one (psst: Buy a Best of Apex Digest 2005 chapbook, yo!), and also one from a college student who found her way to my ferret and skunk website, and is writing a paper on animal rights and how the Internet has impacted the movement. So, yeah, I need to make sure I send the right interview to the right interviewer or crazy wackiness may ensue.

Received:
- The tentative ToC from dsnight for Heroes in Training. Tentative still, so I can’t post it, but I can engage in some preliminary squeeage. *squee!*
- 111-day personal “pass” from Fantasy Magazine. They “thought the story was well-written, but . . . ” Snartleblast.

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81 Responses to Happy Anniversary to Us!

  1. sartorias says:

    Have a great anniversary!

  2. jimhines says:

    Happy Anniversary you two!!!

  3. winters_edge says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    Did you get married at Bushkill Falls?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks, sweetie! And yepper, it was in Bushkill at Mount Airy Lodge. It was actually a bit chilly, as I recall, but I was so nervous I’m not sure if me not being able to feel my extremities was due to nerves or the cold.

  4. norilana says:

    Happy anniversary to you both!

    And echoing your squee on the TOC! ;-)

  5. Wow! I didn’t realise you guys had been married that long. Go you!

  6. wistling says:

    Happy anniversary!

  7. pabba says:

    Yay, happy happy joy joy! :)

  8. 14? Damn, you’re beating out most couples by a mile these days. Congrats and many happy years together.

  9. coronalrain says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  10. gillpolack says:

    happy anniversary – what an auspicious day to get married (I would think that, woouldn’t I). May you have many , many more happy anniversaries.

  11. jaylake says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  12. coolmajaka says:

    Congrats! Fourteen years is a good start ;)

  13. ellyssian says:

    The conga rats are dancing for both of you!

    And, coincidentally, I live next to a waterfall in the Poconos.

    Okay, it’s not an impressive scenic waterfall, like one might get married next to, but it does descend, and water runs there.

    Okay, okay, water only runs there when it rains. Lots. But, still…

    It is in the Poconos.

    Or on the edge of them, anyway.

    Ahem. Now back to your regularly scheduled congratulations… =)

  14. lizziebelle says:

    Happy anniversary!

    And hee! Gummy bears! ;)

  15. I think the readers of Apex would be interested in animal rights, especially skunk rights. Of course, the grad student may not be as interested in your other interview.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      I shall, ye verily, endeavour to satisfy any and all skunk-related curiosity in my Apex interview. Wouldn’t want to disappoint any readers. Undoubtedly my brilliant and astute interviewer will steer the questions skunkward toward the end .

  16. And many, many more happy anniversaries to you both. Beautiful people like Matt and you deserve each other!
    Writing up wedding veils? Hilarious; I worked for a bridal shop part-time while in high school and used to write whole wedding ensemble descriptions for the local newspaper announcements. Any one else know what a “dirndl” is? It’s a great word for stumping people at hangman!
    Mixed news looks mostly good to me. Great that you finished the non-fiction assignment. Even your “Invitation to submit elsewhere” included a back-handed compliment. All in all, not a bad day at all.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Aww, thanks, sweetie!

      I worked for a bridal shop part-time while in high school and used to write whole wedding ensemble descriptions for the local newspaper announcements

      Seriously? Coolness. If I end up landing this gig, I may plunder your wealth of experience for fresh adjectives .

  17. keesa_renee says:

    Happy Anniversary to you,
    Happy Anniversary to you,
    Happy Anniversary to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu (dogs begin howling)
    Happy Anniversary to you!!

    :huggles: Many congratulations, Eugie! And to Matthew as well! (However does he do it? My family has trouble putting up with an obsessed writer for as much as a day! ;-P )

    And a double helping of congratulations on finishing the nonfiction! Now whip that muse back into submission and start churning out more of your brilliant and delightful fictions! I refuse to lose my favorite living writer to the world of nonfiction. So there. :-P

    :huggles again:

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks, sweetie! *huggles back*

      However does he do it? My family has trouble putting up with an obsessed writer for as much as a day! ;-P

      Hee. He does put up with much, but he’s incredibly supportive. We’ve both put in our time in the trenches, doing the cubicle monkey thing, so now we’re both chasing our dreams, trying to make a go at doing what we love. We’re both so deep into our individual artistic obsessions it makes it easy for us to empathize with the other’s needs and idiosyncrasies.

      Now whip that muse back into submission and start churning out more of your brilliant and delightful fictions!

      Yes’m!

      I refuse to lose my favorite living writer to the world of nonfiction

      Aw, shucks. If that doesn’t jostle my recalcitrant muse out of her reverie, I don’t know what will.

  18. dean13 says:

    Happy Anniversary you crazy kids!

    Let’s see, so that means you got married in 1991. Hey, what year did you two come out visit me in southern California? I can’t remember if that was before or after 1991?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks, Dean!

      Hey, what year did you two come out visit me in southern California? I can’t remember if that was before or after 1991?

      Urm, um, I’m not sure. I wonder if Matthew remembers…?

  19. palmerwriter says:

    Happy Anniversary! That’s great. Congrats also on the freelance writing project. That sounds like a potentially lucrative niche, go for it. You’re right that nonfiction writing is way easier than fiction. I got into nonfiction because my fiction was going nowhere in a handbasket (I’ve since sold a short story, with a good possibility of selling another, go figure), and nonfiction can pay better than fiction, depending on the market. For me, 31 cents a word for Gwinnett Business Journal is better financially than 5 cents a word for F&SF. In terms of writerly prestige however…

    Seriously, good luck with everything.

  20. nmsunbear says:

    Happy anniversary, happy anniversary, happy anniversary, haaaa-py anniversary!

    (I just woke up and my eyes are still blurry, so I misread that you had a “pirate ceremony” by a waterfall. Which was, really, a delightful image.)

  21. safirasilv says:

    Just sheeping along to say “Congratulations!”

    (We’re coming up on the 4th wedding anniversary, year 12 together… ain’t it grand?)

  22. aliettedb says:

    Happy anniversary to both you and fosteronfilm, and here’s to many more happy years together!

    And congrats on finishing that freelancing job. That sure was efficient.

  23. amokk says:

    Congrats! Sorry we couldn’t make it to frolicon.

    And wow, gummy sex.

  24. kenakari says:

    Happy Anniversary. Hope you both have a great day.

  25. mouseferatu says:

    Wow. I had no idea you’d been married that long. You don’t look old enough. :-)

    A hearty congrats to you both.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks both for the congrats and the age-related snaps! and I met when I was a sophomore in college . . . and I started college when I was sixteen.

      • mouseferatu says:

        “and I started college when I was sixteen.”

        *blink*

        Sixteen?!

        Well, that explains why you have health issues. Clearly, you spent all your starting points on Intelligence and Appearance, and had none left over for Stamina. ;-)

        (Wow. I’m not entirely sure I could possibly have said anything dorkier.)

        • Eugie Foster says:

          Geek! *points* Geek! Although actually, shouldn’t that be Constitution that I’m lacking in (if I remember my D20 D&D rules right)?

          • mouseferatu says:

            Well, sure. But D&D doesn’t have an Appearance score, so I was going with (old version) World of Darkness rules. And those use Stamina, not Constitution. :-D

            Dear God. Every time I think I can’t possibly get any geekier…

          • Eugie Foster says:

            Well, sure. But D&D doesn’t have an Appearance score, so I was going with (old version) World of Darkness rules. And those use Stamina, not Constitution.

            Good point. But it did use Charisma, which admittedly isn’t the same. Although didn’t it incorporate a Comeliness stat later on?

            Mmmf. Yup, shameless geeking here.

            I miss gaming.

          • dream_wind says:

            GAMING RAWKS!! I miss it too… little things like full time job, going back to uni, and having a mortgage got in the way…

          • Eugie Foster says:

            *nods* ran a weekly gaming session for years back when we lived in the Midwest. But after we moved here we never managed to assemble a new gaming group, and now I don’t see that we’d have the time. Sigh. I do miss it.

          • basletum says:

            I miss gaming, too. Half my group is in the National Guard, and as soon as Jerry got back from Iraq, Dan got sent. And the his kids aren’t allowed to play without Dan around to supervise, so it’s just me and Jerry until he gets back. Just 6 months left…

  26. gardenwaltz says:

    congrats on the anniversary. husband and i are approaching #12 and have definitely reached cruising altitude. it is nice up here.

    on the gummy bears: i am not sure if this is more or less titillating because i can’t tell one end of the bear from another ;).

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thank you!

      on the gummy bears: i am not sure if this is more or less titillating because i can’t tell one end of the bear from another

      Hee! You too, huh? In several of the pictures, I found myself squinting, trying to figure out which way was up and debating whether that made the positioning more or less piquant.

  27. mtfay says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  28. raecarson says:

    Eee, Happy Anniversary, Eugie. It’s so nice to hear about a *happy* ending once in a while.

  29. basletum says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    Nonfiction easier than fiction? It always felt the other way around to me. Or maybe I just hate writing essays. I’m sure I’ll get used to it, eventually.

    And now everytime the words “eating gummi bears” pops up, I’ll have a completely different image in my head. Mmmm, gummi bears…yum…

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks!

      Nonfiction easier than fiction? It always felt the other way around to me.

      You’re not the only writer who’s expressed the opposite sentiment as mine on the matter of fiction v. nonfiction. But with nonfiction, it’s all about conveying information in an accurate-but-accessible manner. I don’t have to fret over story arc, character development, or pacing, so I don’t engage my muse at all. And with her out of the picture, I can just hammer out words as needed.

      And now everytime the words “eating gummi bears” pops up, I’ll have a completely different image in my head.

      *snerk* Oh, the wrongness!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! –Jodi

  31. dream_wind says:

    Here is a Maneki Neko for luck, wealth, health and happiness!

    Go you!

  32. Aw, happy anniversary, Eugie!! :D

  33. terracinque says:

    Fourteen years is such a very long time these days! I’m so happy for you both!

  34. dionycheaus says:

    silly me, a day late and a dollar short, but I thought I still should give a congratulations, since you two are after all one of my favorite couples. Howver one grades these things. Wishes for many more happy years! :throws confetti::

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