Long overdue for an update

Hello, Livejournal Land. Sorry I’ve been so quiet over here. For those of you who don’t follow my other blog, I’m still looking for work. Paid work, I should specify; I never have any shortage of work to do around here–just not the kind that pays for my house. We’re not in dire straits yet, though. Between Husband’s student loans and my unemployment benefits, we’ve got a while yet before it’s time to hit the panic button.

In other news, I finished my copy editing course, and I’m making some good contacts and beginning to pad my resume in that area. Pretty soon I’ll have enough work samples to feel confident in sending my resume out to the local papers. But that’s still down the road a little way.

Meanwhile, I’ve been writing. I finished a short story last week, which I’ll be posting here shortly (friends-locked, natch) for your perusal and feedback. If you guys approve, then I’ll shop it around the paying markets. I’m also revising This Old Haunt, my 2007 NaNoWriMo novel. It needs a lot of clean-up, and some plot holes filled in here and there, but overall, I’m pretty happy with it, and I think it has a lot of commercial potential. So I’m feeling good about that.

Finally, I meant to thank y’all for your feedback on the chapbook idea. I definitely want to do that, as soon as I find the time. Of course, I’m probably overthinking it–I suppose I could just throw all of my flash fiction into a PDF and call it a day, but I want to put some thought into the design. I’m still getting the hang of GIMP, though, and that’s slowing me down. It’s not quite as intuitive as Photoshop.

Oh, and speaking of design and of selling things: Husband and I have opened up a Cafe Press shop to showcase the snarky curmudgeon slogans we come up with sometimes when we’re bored. The shop needs to be prettied up, and right now we have the free account, so we can only feature one slogan at a time. The current design says “INFP (Please Go Away)”. The plan is to switch it up with a new slogan every couple of weeks. So please take a look at Common Sense Curmudgeon Tee-shirts & More and see if anything strikes your fancy.

I am trying really, really, REALLY hard to create some semblance of structure and a regular schedule for myself. But in a house with two unemployed, online-class-taking, ADD adults and only one computer, that’s proving to be quite the challenge. I miss you guys, though, and am going to do my best to be around more.