Gods, it’s amazing how…

Gods, it's amazing how happy sunlight makes me. I've gotten a bit of a slow start this morning -- slept an hour later than I meant to. I'm sitting at David's dining table now, with sunlight falling on me and my computer (and yes, it makes the screen a little harder to read, but I don't care), drinking tea and chatting with y'all. I feel moderately blissful, in a small and quiet way.

I'm not sure what I'll be working on today -- I figure I'll stop by Other Change and pick up some Tananarive Due, get started on that whole bio-bibliography thing. Although now that I think about it, I still haven't received a contract from the publisher. Still, I'm sure I will, and for all I know, it may be sitting in Utah at the moment. I also have revisions to do -- I'm not quite ready to work on "Bodies in Motion" and "Lakshmi's Diary", but I *am* ready to start revising the next two stories I'll be submitting to workshop. Which I think will be "Pieces of the Heart" and "The Student", both of which need serious work -- I haven't even finished drafting "The Student". Those stories are my main project for February. Not too painful, eh? Also catching up on reading -- I'm going to borrow David's copy of Lorrie Moore's Birds of America (I think that's the title) and take it up to Berkeley with me. There's a lot of current American fiction that I'm really not as up on as I should be. But boy, I'm feeling quite current with F/SF these days. :-)

Oh, and dangit, I need to work on the Melcher thing. Told Duncan I'd try to have a revised draft to him by the middle of this week. Forgot entirely until just now. I'm a big goof, y'know that? Okay, so everything else will have to wait until after that. Still..shouldn't take more than an hour or two to do the revision. Should still be able to get some stuff done.

Also planning on wandering around a bit while I'm in Berkeley, of course. I need to go to the Indian grocery store and get some chilies and chili powder. That's a longish walk (and it's no longer possible to stop at Karen's on the way, which is really rather sad. :-( Hmmm...it might make more sense to do that first, getting off at the North Berkeley BART stop. Not my usual approach, but now that I think about it, I suspect that's what I ought to do. Also want to stop at the art store, and possibly pick up a mat and a frame -- David has this rather astonishingly lovely photo of his grandparents when they were young; his grandmother looks like a movie star, I swear. Since I'm going by the art store, I figure I'll try to frame it. If he doesn't like the effect, he can always return the frame.

Mostly, I just want to be in Berkeley. :-) It makes me happy.

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