Betsy Whitt

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This Week

I began the week with several lovely ideas to entertain and amuse everyone (including myself, of course) in blog posts this week, but obviously that didn’t happen. I’m blaming the cold I’ve been fighting off, and the fact that I hurt my back and it’s still unreliable, which means I’ve been doing rather a lot of lying on the couch with a heating pad and not much of anything else, including paying bills and blogging.

It’s going to be tight, but I’m sticking with my goal of finishing my latest revisions so that I can submit the manuscript starting in the beginning of February. Just have to keep moving. Speaking of which, I should get to work.

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Yay Weddings!

My cousin’s wedding today was beautiful. Really lovely. We had a great time. The family also helped a lot with the party afterward, which means we’re all pretty darn tired, too, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

I’m working on packing my bag again, except that this time I don’t have the wedding gift in it, so I think I might have to get creative about fluffing things up. Not that that’s bad, really, just a little inconvenient.

And I’m really tired.

But I was fiddling around online this evening and, to make a very long story short, I have reclaimed eawhitt.com! It now leads here! Woohoo! I have won the battle!

So I’m excited about that. I’m going to pack my bag up and go to bed, despite the fact that it’s way early. I’m really tired. Really really.

And my nephew is CUTE.

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I’ve Run Out of Witty or Informative Titles for Blog Posts

This week has been a strange and frustrating mix of getting nothing done and kicking my to-do list’s tail. Maybe it’s all been kicking my to-do list’s tail and it only felt like getting nothing done. It’s hard to say.

At any rate, several more pressing issues have been dealt with and are out of the way, which is a great relief. You should not be surprised to learn that the laundry isn’t done yet, but we do have both the butter dish and the vacuum cleaner in the new apartment.

That’s got to count for something.

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Yep/Nope

Yep, I’m alive.

Nope, not motivated to do anything.

Yep, it’s snowing outside.

Nope, I don’t want to go to work in that.

Yep, I have things to do to get ready for graduation.

Nope, don’t want to do any of them, really.

Yep, it’d be a great day to spend curled up on the couch with a book and a blanket.

Nope, that’s not going to happen.

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WorldCon/Denvention3 So Far

It’s been a full couple of days, really. Some of the panels have been really interesting, some not so much – the latter, I think, mostly because I had hoped to glean something new on a topic I’m already familiar with, but the panel conversation didn’t happen to wander into new territory for me.

I found fellow Seton Hill-er CPC at the Planet Stories table and we had a nice conversation about life and writing and things that get in the way. And then, since I hadn’t eaten nearly enough, I almost fainted. CPC rescued me from a paramedic encounter by fetching me some M&Ms and a soda (thanks again, Chris) and after I recovered, I went about my day. Got some books signed, went to another panel, lost my wallet, and came home.

Didn’t realize I’d lost my wallet until I got home. Oddly enough, I didn’t panic. Yesterday morning I walked all over the Denver Convention Center (which is HUGE, btw) trying to check all the lost and found places, none of which had my wallet. We cancelled the one credit card I’d lost along with it and, of course, about two hours later someone turned it in to the convention’s information desk and I got it back. Whee wallet back! Boo cancelled credit card. *shrug* But so it goes.

Got more books signed, ran into Traci Castleberry (yet another SHU-er), more panels, and somehow managed not to run into Carol Berg all day, even though I know she was around.

Matt was downtown last night, so he picked me up downtown and we had a nice dinner and then came home. So that’s the gig so far. I’m having fun, tho I’m getting the feeling that a three-day con might be my ideal length. This one seems like it’s just going to keep on going forever.

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Happy Saturday

It’s snowing pretty hard outside, and I don’t want to work on my synopsis. I do have reading that needs to get done, but I’d really like to curl up on this very comfy coffee house couch by the fire and fall asleep.

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Walk the Line

I’ve been crossing that fine line between genius and idiocy quite a lot lately. Unfortunately, I feel like I’ve been spending more time on the “idiot” side than the “genius” side.

And it’s seems like God has been hounding me lately with James 4, particularly verses 7 and 8. Perhaps it’s time I listened.

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Chilly Outside – Chili Inside

In light of the recent bout of frigid we’ve had here, I thought it was past time to make some chili, so I headed to the store this morning to pick up the ingredients we don’t usually stock in the kitchen and set to work.   

Here’s the first picture that’s at all interesting (i.e. not just chopped peppers):

That’s onion, red bell pepper, garlic, a whole host of spices, and two pounds of meat. This time around it’s 1/2 beef and 1/2 ground turkey. We’ll see if it’s as good as usual, but we had the turkey hanging about and it’s healthier and all that, so if it works that’s great.

After browning the meat, I added a bit of salt, dark red kidney beans, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes with the juice, and after a bit of cooking we get this:

It’s almost done cooking, but I’m going to let it cool and sit overnight to let the flavors marinate. We’ll have it for dinner tomorrow night, and eat the leftovers for quite a while. Yay chili!

And now my writing day starts. I know I’m not the only one who’s observed this, but it’s sort of nice to have a writers’ strike for tv, because there’s nothing to watch that’s good enough to make that a better option than writing.

Ta ta!

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Of Books and Cards

For those of you who are Carrie Vaughn fans, you should know that when I went to my local Borders this evening I found about 12 copies of KITTY AND THE SILVER BULLET on the shelf.  Needless to say, I bought one of them.  So keep an eye out – they may have arrived near you, too.    

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an advance-shelved copy of Carol Berg’s BREATH AND BONE, which I’ve been waiting for since May, even though the store inventory said they had one on hand this morning. I hope somebody bought it, because if they lost it I’m going to be quite sad. Also saw the mass market binding of FLESH AND SPIRIT, which looks very slick. I’ll try again in a week or so for BREATH AND BONE.

We got one of our Christmas cards returned with a wrong address. :( I’ll have to double-check that and try to send it again. Oops.

I got Aubrey’s Christmas card in the mail today – very funny. Matt and I both laughed. Good times.

It’s reading time!

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