This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - Dave Barry

September 6th, 2013

I'm still alive, and I miss you all so terribly much @ 08:56 am

Current Mood: busy

Over and over and over again I make pledges to get back to posting and reading LiveJournal and InsaneJournal, and yet I always fail. I don't even know why. This is my home, and I'm trying so hard to get back to it, and I worry about how much has changed since I left.

Part of the problem has been FaceBook. I have been hanging out there because I have a bunch of friends from Misti-Con there, and also because I want to read posts from my girls and their friends. I've cut down my reading list tremendously there though. I used to read a lot of political stuff, and now I just can't be bothered. I campaigned hard for Obama and had so much hope, and I do think he has done some great things. But now it looks like he's going to go to war with Syria; did he learn nothing at all from Iraq and Afghanistan?

Okay, that's all I'm going to say on politics.

And then about six months ago the work on LoneStarCon 3, the Worldcon that was just held in San Antonio, began to take over my life. I ran the Office there, and ended up doing a lot of work that other folks said they would do and then put off until almost too late. Also, Tom Veal was this year's recipient of the Big Heart Award for lifetime contributions to fandom. It's really kinda a big deal. Only one is given out per year, and the recipients are chosen by people who have been active in fandom for several decades. Anyway, it's a big secret until it's announced before the Hugo Ceremony, especially from the winner. I was asked to write the little spiel on what Tom has done to deserve the award, and that was a lot harder than it sounds, particularly because I wasn't allowed to consult with hardly anyone.

But that's finally in the past. I'm not working on next year's Worldcon, which is in London, so I get a break. But I'm running the entire Services Division for Spokane in 2015.

Another big thing that has happened is that, last May 13, a huge tree fell on Elizabeth's house and destroyed about half of it. The insurance company has thankfully been providing them with a place to live, but nowhere that would work for Justice and Alex. So for the past few months I have had two teenagers living with me. I'm thrilled to have them and wish they would never have to leave, but it is a big job being the primary parent of 16 and 17 year old girls. It has been a big adjustment for me.

In spite of all of this, Harry Potter is still my one and only true fandom and a huge part of my life. And I still would rather read a good Snupin or Snarry story rather than any book. Unfortunately, I've almost stopped reading anything at all. That's somethihng I have to remedy.

I've missed a dozen birthdays. I want you all to know that I was thinking of you and that I wish you the very best. And there have been many things that have happened in your lives which I want to know about, I'm sure. I hope there is more good news than bad.

Okay, at last I have made a post. Now to do some reading and commenting!
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This is the Way I Live (on IJ)

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." - Dave Barry