Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Break Begins

I finished my grading and turned them in Friday. Then I went to bed and slept for over ten hours Friday night. Saturday I took it pretty easy, although I did some reading on the anthology. Later I watched Terminator: Salvation. I thought it was decent, better than Terminator 3 but not as good as the first two movies.

Today, I dug in on the anthology, reading through the whole thing and making some minor changes here and there. Tomorrow is thinking time. I’ll make the final decision on the order of the stories. After that, a week of intense reading and revising should follow before it’s done. I will be doing a short preface and I believe I’m going to need a few very short intros for individual stories. I need to explain just a bit about the Thal Kyrin tales, and about the humorous pieces. I’m looking forward to really focusing on that work.

In other news, the New Orleans Saints are 13 and 0. They have led the NFL in scoring for the past two years. In fact, they have two of the three highest scoring seasons in NFL history. They have set numerous records this year, and not only team records but NFL records. I never thought I’d be able to say these things about the New Orleans Saints. Never! Ever! You know, I really like rooting for a winning team.

Finally, send some good thoughts our way in the next few days. Lana will be having surgery on her shoulder on Wednesday. I probably won’t be posting for a few days but will let everyone know as soon as I get a chance as to how she’s doing.
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37 comments:

ivan said...

Hi computer broken. but will try to get this through. Wishing Lana all the best.

Bernita said...

Oh, your poor Lana!
Sending cyber sympathy and cosseting. (Won't send hugs, they might hurt.)Hope recovery is quick and as pain-free as possible.

Rick said...

Count me in for the good thoughts to you and Lana, Charles! And I'm so looking forward to reading your anthology.

ninthmuse (roz m) said...

All our best to Lana! My mother asks about her often :)

Gaston Studio said...

Poor Lana, having to have surgery just before Christmas; sending prayers.

Also just saw Terminator: Salvation and agree with you; think that's the last Terminator movie for me.

Good luck on selecting!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Ivan, thanks.

Bernita, we're hoping she'll recover quickly as well.

Rick, thanks. I appreciate both of those sentiments!

ninthmuse, thanks. I hope your mom is well!

Gaston studios, I appreciate it. It's a good time for the surgery, though, since I can be off and home to help her out.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I remember when the Saints were 0-13. The Lions were bad then and bad now. Yesterday was the worst score yet. Poor Detroit.

David J. West said...

Were sending good vibes and prayers your way too.

Cloudia said...

Bless you, Lana!!!!!

Glad you've scheduled "thinking time" Charles. You deserve it.

Enjoy, we'll miss ya


Aloha, Friend!


Comfort Spiral

Steve Malley said...

Glad to hear the good news on the anthology and the rest break. Hope Lana makes a quick recovery!

laughingwolf said...

g'luck to you both, charles and lana

like rick, look forward to the antho...

Charles Gramlich said...

pattinase, I remember those "years' as well.

David J. West, thanks.

Cloudia, appreciate that.

Steve Malley, much appreciated, my friend.

laughingwolf, thankee, dude.

Paul R. McNamee said...

Looking forward to your collected short stories.

Hope the surgery goes smoothly.

sage said...

Enjoy your break and hope Lana's surgery goes smoothly.

BernardL said...

I pray the surgery goes without a hitch.

It would be nice to see New Orleans go all the way this year. They've never been in a Super Bowl yet.

Randy Johnson said...

The best to Lana.

Barbara Martin said...

I'm sending healing energy to Lana for a speedy recovery.

Scott said...

Charles,

Tell Lana I'm sending well wishes for her surgery, and a speedy recovery,too.

Charles Gramlich said...

Paul R. McNamee, thanks. Me too. But I'm sure it will.

Sage, so far so good. :)

BernardL, man that would be nice. What a crazy time that would be if the Saints did.

Randy Johnson, thanks. I appreciate that.

Barbara Martin, much appreciated.

Scott, thanks dude.

Harry Markov said...

Wishing Lana all the best and a fast recuperation afterwards.

As far as the anthology goes I am quite fascinated how this goes for an author to get one assembled. I am mesmerized.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Best wishes for Lana; I hope everything goes well.

On a different note, I certainly envy teachers that get school breaks.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Sending good vibes south for Lana ...

C, don't forget to take a break now and then from all of the work you are doing over your break.

I think that last sentence is the proverbial snake that ate its own tail ...

SzélsőFa said...

I'm sending my best wishes to Lana!
re: terminator IV: I have seen it once, slept into it (found it so much boring). my favourite is part II., part I., III. (in this order) and part IV. comes only a long way after the first three.

have a fine and peaceful Christmas!

jodi said...

Charles, glad you got some much needed rest. All goods thoughts for Lana. Take care of your girl!

Sidney said...

Terminator Salvation is a "long wait" in Netflix, so I'll be catching it sometime soon or later. I watched the latest Harry Potter and liked that, plus a few other movies. This weekend I'll fit in a few more including "City of Ember," which I saw dubbed a great overlooked movie from the Aughts.

Charles Gramlich said...

Harry Markov, I've got a few more posts about the assembly so there will be more info.

JR, I only wish you got a break as well.

Don, thanks much. I don't often overwork myself. Although Lana thinks I do.

SzélsőFa, I didn't really like Terminator 3. Something didn't work for me. I can barely remember it. Merry Christmas to you as well.

jodi, I will do so. Thanks.

Sidney, I got Salvation on payperview, which is the only way I tend to watch movies these days. I do want to see the latest Harry Potter for sure.

cs harris said...

Nice time of year, when the grades are turned in and freedom stretches ahead for weeks. Hope you get lots of writing time in.

And give Lana my best wishes for her surgery and a speedy recovery. It took me something like 6 months of grueling physical therapy, but I now have complete movement back in my right shoulder.

Jean said...

All the best for Lana's quick recovery.
And, may the work on the anthology go well for you.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. You're all very sweet. :)

Thank YOU in advance for taking good care of me yet again, Charles. I can't wait to read your anthologies! Love you much. *jynormous hug*

Greg Schwartz said...

hope the surgery goes well, and good luck with the editing!

Middle Ditch said...

A hard slog this anthology. Great it's more or less done. Speedy recovery to Lana. Who is going to do all the cooking with Lana's shoulder probably being pretty sore after that operation? XXX

Merisi said...

Good luck with your work and my very best wishes for a speedy recovery to Lana!

Barrie said...

Thinking of Lana. And I bet you were thrilled to be done with grading!

the walking man said...

Day late and a dollar short as they say. Hope it all went well Lana.

Harry Markov said...

Call me Harry, Charles. :)

And I just can't wait to read those posts.

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks everyone. I haven't been able to keep up with commenting but I'll get back on that soon. I will have more posts about the anthology stuff.

andrew said...

Hello everyone,
I want to wish you be lated happy new year and be lated merry christmas...



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