New Toys and New Ponies
First, the fun things! I got a new iPad Mini. I’ve christened it da Vinci. I name all my computers and devices after starships, and this one is named for the Starfleet Corps of Engineers Saber-class ship from the Star Trek: SCE eBook series. What? I’m a nerd.*
I’m enjoying it. I actually had some fun formatting my various novels and short stories to work properly in the iBook format…it was frustrating fun, but still fun. But it’s primary purpose was to help entertain Caitlyn while on the flight from Orange County to Flint, Michigan…mostly by watching My Little Pony.
And Caitlyn now utterly adores My Little Pony (her favorite is Applejack, which she happily shouts every time she comes on screen). And I was totally sucked in as well. Laura followed about a week later. Yeah, we’re all addicted to the show. It’s freaking hysterical and more heartwarming than I expected.
Yeah, I’m a fan of My Little Pony now. And I’m okay with it.
Laura’s wanted to get me out to see her family farm in Michigan for as long as I’ve know her, but I know this wasn’t the way she wanted to get me out there. The flight went pretty well and Caitlyn enjoyed them both. She didn’t really cause any problems on the plane.
As for the memorial service for Laura’s grandmother on her father’s side…I think it went well. I say I think because I was out in the back of a Honda Odyssey watching My Little Pony in the iPad Mini with Caitlyn. Because there was no way Caitlyn would sit still and be quiet for a memorial service. Laura said it helped and I hope it did. Most of what I did on the trip was to watch Caitlyn and try to give Laura a chance to see family she hasn’t seen in years and years.
But the really cool thing? Caitlyn got to meet her grandfather on Laura’s side…and I did too. It’s a strained relationship and they haven’t seen each other in years. But I think Caitlyn’s cuteness somehow bridged a gap. She’s got some sort of magic power like that. Or maybe it’s just the way she goes utterly nuts with whacking balloons around. Who knows?
Finally, since this is supposed to be a writing blog and all that, I’m sad to report that with my sudden trip to Michigan, I had to admit defeat for the first time ever in a NaNoWriMo. I’ll admit my heart wasn’t really into this rewrite of Stormhaven from the get go. I’m not giving up, but I cannot finish it by the end of the month. Still, my month to date will be 15000 words, which isn’t terrible at all. So I’m going to take some solace in that. I’ve also realized that I need to do some serious worldbuilding in this universe. It’s a bit too close to plenty of other urban fantasy works. And it irks me. I want something a little more original. Anyway, I’ll keep working on it.
But next? The big next project? I’m getting Soul of the Scribe ready for publication. Probably epublishing I’m not sure if I should market it as one full novella, or a series of small short stories instead. Something to think about.
That’s about it from here. Sorry for the extended absence. I just can’t seem to get around to this if I don’t do it Sunday night. But I think I’m back on track for a while now.
good luck and have fun!
*If you’re curious…here’s the names.
Normandy: My 15″ MacBook Pro. Named after the SS Normandy from Mass Effect.
Phoenix: iPhone 5. Named for my Lego TSA/Starfleet Temporal Fighter I built when I was a kid (and a dozen other starships).
Odyssey: New 27″ iMac. Named for the ESS Odyssey from my Orion Project, the command ship of Admiral Robert Clayton.
Excalibur: Laura’s 21.5″ iMac. Named after the Excalibur from Babylon 5: Crusade and the USS Excalibur from the Star Trek: New Frontier book series by Peter David.
White Star: Mac Mini, now serving as my media hub on my TV. Named after the White Star from Babylon 5.
Enterprise: PowerBook G4, my first Mac. And if I have to tell you where that name is from, why are you even reading anything I write?
Cosmos: My former custom gaming PC tower. Named after a starship of my own design, the USS Cosmos (a Lego model of which still sits on my desk) and the first interstellar ship from the Orion Project.