It’s my birthday today! Happy birthday to me. As I was telling terracinque, I still love having birthdays, but I’ve reached the point where I find the numerical increment in age indicator something of a downer. Yeah, I’m conflicted by my birthday. But at least there’s cake.

fosteronfilm and I got back to Atlanta yesterday after a grueling 14+ hour drive, retrieved Hobkin, who has been a fuzzy lump attached to my hip (or haunting my ankles–which has made walking something of a chancy affair), from his godmother, and have made a dent in unpacking. We discovered several packages on our doorstep, and the mail person brought another one when she made her rounds. After resting and having our traditional Christmas feast (we always have our own, private Christmas after we get back from Illinois)–faux roast beast, mashed potatoes and onion gravy, and cranberry sauce–we opened the prezzies from our friends and the remainder of the ones to each other, and took a long soak in the hot tub. The perfect way to cap off the holiday.

This morning, I’m sipping some delicious Adagio apricot green tea which I brewed from the IngenuiTea infuser/pot, all part of the gift set that n_decisive gave me, while I peruse L’amber by Tanith Lee from teflaime as Loreena McKennitt’s new CD, An Ancient Muse, courtesy dean13, plays in the background. I’ve got on the new Victoria’s Secret sleep shirt the hubby gave me and am using the cordless, optical mouse that my mom-in-law got me to post this LJ entry, while Hobkin snoozes beside me.

It was a good Christmas, with periodic flashes of sadness as something remembered or said triggered memories of my dad-in-law. But I managed to keep from having a total meltdown and only got teary eyed a couple times. He is sorely missed, and his absence was a compelling but quiet presence–much like he was.


Writing Stuff

New Words/Editing:
– Cranked out another 600 words for my January Writing for Young Readers column, did several editing passes, and sent it off to my editor. And I got a confirm from her that it made it to her without problem this time. Whew.

– 92-day personal and complimentary pass from Paradox with invite to submit again. Also, by way of apology for the delay in response (I didn’t think it was that long, actually), an explanation that a bunch of submissions seem to have gotten delayed en route by the USPS. My manuscript, although mailed (First Class) in late September, didn’t arrive until mid-December. It seems other manuscripts were likewise delayed. Eep.
– Payment for my January column. Huzzah!

– The audio podcast of “Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me” is now up at Pseudopod, read by Paul S. Jenkins who, ye verily, has a sexy voice. Go listen, yo!
– “Addy in My Mind” is now up at Helix. This story is a stand-alone sequel to my Phobos-award-winning “All in My Mind.” Enjoy!

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28 Responses to

  1. lizziebelle says:

    Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day, and a wonderful New Year!

  2. miintikwa says:

    Happiest of birthdays to you! 😀

  3. m0nkeygrl says:

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  4. lisamantchev says:

    Happy Birthday! We’re twiiiiins! 🙂

  5. yukinooruoni says:

    Happy Birthday to you!! 🙂

    I shall have to bring your present by some time soon!!

    May you have many many more 🙂

  6. carriejones says:

    Happy Birthday. Good wishes for a fantastic New Year full of long hot tub soaks and faux beasts.



    I hope it’s WONDERFUL!

  8. lanyn says:

    Happy birthday!

    “Addy in my Mind” was a great read to start a Saturday out with! Thank you for writing!

  9. neo_prodigy says:

    hope you’re having an enjoyable birthday as well as a blessed holiday season.

  10. jimhines says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

  11. Happy Birthday! Glad you made it back okay and had a wonderful holiday. Watch out for skunk slippers. They do tend to slide about.

  12. coolmajaka says:

    Happy Birtday! I’ll eat a Twinkie with wax melted on it in your honor.

  13. dude_the says:

    Happy birthday!

    Happy birthday!

    Um, did my prezzie make it to you yet?


    • Eugie Foster says:

      Re: Happy birthday!

      Thanks! And, alas, no love from the post office from you yet. But I have hopes that tomorrow the mail fairy will come through. I’m also having a dreadful time getting emails through to you on your email account. All of the ones I’ve sent you while you’re in Boston have bounced back, dammit.

  14. theroach says:

    [starts music track]

    Hippo, birdie, two ewes
    Hippo, birdie, two ewes
    Hippo, birdie, deer ewe sidhe
    Hippo, birdie, two ewes

    [music ends]

    (with excuses for the bad enunciation…)

  15. Looks like I’m late in the birthday wishes. Someone has already sung the song, and you have oh-so-many well wishes. What to say, what to say…

    Enjoy the cake, enjoy the time away from work, and give Hobkin an extra snuggle. I hope you have many more happy days, not just the birthday day, in the coming year and that you’re as healthy as you can possibly be!

    How’s that for a festive message.

    mm… cake… mmmm

  16. melissajm says:

    Happy birthday-enjoy the cake!

  17. matt_wallace says:

    Happy birthday, Ms. Foster. And by way of a gift let me just say that your new Pseudopod joint is the best I’ve heard since mine. And considering the size of my ego, that’s quite a compliment.

  18. klingonguy says:

    Here’s to you and your fabulous birthday!

    Or, as the Klingons say, qoSlIj yItIv

  19. Congrats on another trip around the sun. See you soon.

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