Meet Miles and Ivan! Miles is the black kitten. He’s about three months old and is hyperactive, fearless, and tiny. Ivan’s the orange guy. He’s four months old and is more cautious than Miles, but is also susceptible to being lured into kitten shenanigans. They’re adorable and we love them even though they don’t come even close to replacing Pixel–we had decided quite some time ago that when she was gone that we would get two kittens. And we were going to wait, I swear, but the house was just so empty, you know? So, kittens.
…and I’m back for 2017.
I was hoping that the break would give me some time to recoup, but I’m having a hard time: our cat Pixel got sick the week before Christmas–probably cancer, we chose not to go for an expensive diagnosis. After a couple of good weeks, she started declining again and then on Wednesday she was in a very sad state when I got home from work, so we had little choice but to put her to sleep. Our vet thinks she had either a blood clot or a seizure that precipitated her rapid decline–we could see her getting weaker by the minute, until she could barely move. The last thing she did before the vet started the sedative was to lean her head into my hand. I’m so grateful that she waited for us to say goodbye. She was 16 and we loved her very much.
In significantly more cheerful news, I have an essay in Issue 14 of Uncanny: Why You Should Read Romance. I’m really proud of it. Added bonus: I talk shit about Heinlein and Rothfuss in it. And make a lot of romance recommendations.
Here we are, coming up on the longest night and then the turning of the year. I wish I could say that things were going to get better, but they probably won’t. In that spirit, the first few links are about resilience, resistance, and responsibility.
I’m taking the rest of the year off. I’m feeling a lot better, but I still feel fragile and I’d like to get my new routines firmly in place before wading back into the fray.
If you celebrate a holiday this time of year, I hope it’s a good one.
I am, slowly but surely, improving my levels of chill. The new medication is helping. I’ve also switched up my workout routine a bit and that’s also helping. Even though squats are fucking evil. I also reorganized and cleaned my studio space which has meant, of course, I’ve been so busy in the evenings I haven’t had time to make anything.
It appears to be the time of year that folks are making eligibility posts for various awards. I’m eligible in the Best Fan Writer Hugo category and The Bias is eligible in the Best Fanzine Hugo category. I’d be honored if you considered me for your ballot. <3