Hi!

I’m hesitant to say that I’m finally well. Basically, every time I think I’m better, something comes out of left field and knocks me to my knees again. Monday, I finally stopped wheezing. I felt as though I could start moving again, start to get back my strength.

Got hit Tuesday morning with some kind of stomach thing — probably just food poisoning. Couldn’t keep anything down for 24 hours, and my stomach is still slightly iffy today.

But really, it’s just physical things. The rest of my life is great.

–I paid off my mortgage. The paperwork won’t be finished for another 90 days. I am DEBT FREE and the condo is MINE.

–I went to a wonderful writing workshop this weekend (yes, still wheezing and occasionally without voice.)

–I have fabulous first readers and I have so many ideas about what to do with the novels.

–I’m really excited about what I’m doing with my writing and where I’m going. I had a great meeting with my financial adviser this week and it’s going to be challenging, but damn it, I’m ready.

–I’m trying a new “diet” as it were — basically eating less and exercising more. Or at least I keep making plans for it. We’ll see how the week goes. Next week I’ll be in SF, and it’s going to be a lot more challenging.

I hope that everything is going well with ya’ll. I haven’t had a chance to read LJ for a long while. If there’s something you really want me to see, feel free to link away.

Comments (15)

    • I haven’t retired (yet). I have to get my finances together better first, and write (and sell!) some more novels first. In an idea world, I’ll retire in 7 years, when I’m 55. We’ll see if I make it. Kind of challenging myself. It’s my next big focus.

      Hope things are going well with you!

      • I’m OK. Wishing I could retire, even though I am probably nowhere near ready, money-wise. Still have a mortgage. Am not always as smart with finances as I should be. 55 is only three years away. I want to see how the writing goes. I would definitely consider a part-time day job in addition to writing and retirement income. I figure I will be working for the rest of my life. I want to find something I enjoy, but I’m not sure what that is.

        • I want to retire so badly. I dream about it, constantly. Though “retire” really is a misnomer — I want to support myself writing fiction. I don’t plan on spending my days goofing off. (^_^)

          But in order to do that, I need to focus my writing, improve my craft. It’s taking priority over everything the next few years. That, plus saving.

  1. I’ve been wondering what you’ve been up to. Glad to hear you’re feeling better!

    There’s a Japanese Woodblock show at SAAM at Volunteer Park. Does that interest you at all? We could see it after you get back from SF.

    • Yes! That sounds wonderful. I had really wanted to see that exhibit. Sometime after I next week let’s go!

      • Okay! I’ll drop you a line when I see you’re back in town. Wait, it’s only there until July 4 (I thought it was longer; or rather, I saw the range and though “oh, three months”). Well, we’ll make it if we can.

    • Thank you! I’m really, really pleased. It still hasn’t completely sunk in yet, but I’m certain it will. And thank you again for your excellent comments! I really appreciate it.

  2. sorry to hear about the sickness, and i hope you get well soon. congrats on paying off the condo! that sounds huge and wonderful.

    • I think I’m better. I’m still hesitant to say it out loud, for fear of jinxing it.

      Paying off the condo is huge and wonderful. It was also a little scary — big adult step. Can’t wait for the paperwork to all be finished.

    • I’m working on it. It’s just been bad this year. But the rest of the year is going to be fabulous, right? (^_^)

  3. Congratulations on paying off the mortgage! H and I have another year to go on ours, and I’m looking forward to being completely out of debt!

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