Thursday, August 30, 2012

Remembering Laura "GunslingerPadme" Jan 10, 1986 - May 3, 2012

I meant to make my weekly post on Monday but ran out of time. The same thing happened Tuesday and then yesterday morning I received some tragic news that immediately took over what I was going to post. That said, it's take me a bit of time to process my thoughts and feelings. Well, I imagine I'll be processing them for a while. I found out that my friend Laura (known as "GunslingerPadme" online in most places) took her own life in May. MAY? What kind of friend am I that I didn't notice I hadn't heard from my friend in 3 months? Well, I actually had noticed but I assumed that she had taken a social media hiatus - we all do that, and of course, I would never have thought that this would or could happen! I knew that Laura was unhappy. I knew she was bi-polar. I knew she had many health problems, but I also knew that she was seeing a doctor regularly. I knew that she was taking her meds. I knew she was doing everything in her power to cope, that she was fighting hard to get better, and I thought she was getting better. Or maybe I just hoped she was. Or maybe I just can't understand what it's like to be bi-polar or have the mental & health issues Laura clearly was suffering through. I know she tried to help me (and everyone else) understand - she created a public blog where she wrote everything she was feeling, going through R [...]

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Back from AFG, Thrifty Fashion, and whatnot

So, I'm back from Afghanistan again - as always a busy, exhausting, yet very productive trip. I love my job! And of course I made sure to bring proper reading material with me: It may interest you to know that I finished the 2nd draft of a novella (my Pride & Prejudice in Space story) which is currently with my Alpha reader. I also got a very good start outlining & writing the first 1/3 of the next Songs of the Seasons story on my flights. :D When I got back we had some lovely family time together with the Youngling & the FES while we played tourist in DC (I love this city).
Oh hey, want to win a copy of The Half-blood?