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Hello!

Yesterday was a little busy for me online! If you didn’t notice, I launched a Facebook page where you can follow news updates as I post them, and maybe events and things. I’m not sure yet. It just seemed like a good way to connect with folks who don’t follow me here. Regardless, you can mosey on over here if you like and give me a follow, or maybe share the page. That would be nice.

In the meantime, you may have noticed a few changes to this site in the last two days. It’s nothing huge in terms of design, but you’ll notice some tweaks to the tabs up at the top, including a new one with information about the book. AND if you click on it, you’ll find that there’s a link to a SNEAK PREVIEW. You can read chapter one as well as the summary of what it’s about. Yay!

I can’t post much more than that right now, but I’ll keep updating it with info as I have it, including dates and the cover reveal and all. Stay tuned!

Upcoming Event:

Next month my publisher will have a cover reveal party on Twitter, and that includes the cover for Threadwalkers! And of course I’ll post it here once it’s public, but I’m really excited to share it with you. For now all I’ll say is that it’s got my name on it, which to be honest is still a little surreal. In any case, I think you’ll like it. I do. ^_^

So there’s all the news I’ve got for now! Enjoy the sneak peak!

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I know it’s been quiet over here for a couple of weeks, but life has been moving at breakneck speed, leaving me very little time to blog anything for a bit. I’ve got another post coming on Thursday where I’ll talk a little about PCSing with my cats (which is always the most stressful part of moving but I’ve also gotten fairly practiced at it) but in the meantime how about a life update?

Because I have NEWS.

As of last week, I am officially signed with 50/50 Press to publish my debut novel, Threadwalkers. Yay!!

I don’t have any more details just yet as I still need to go through the editing process, not to mention formatting and cover design and all kinds of things I probably haven’t thought of yet, much less setting a publication date, but trust me that I will keep you posted.

I know.

A little about the book: Threadwalkers is a YA science-fiction time travel story, told from the point of view of a 16 year old girl whose life starts to unravel around her as small changes in her past have big implications in the present. And that’s all I’ll say for now! There will be more as I can share it, I promise.

I’m excited to share this story with all of you, and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

ALSO check out this AMAZING family portrait by my friend Em Somerville!
Volavka family portrait by Em SomervilleI love it so much! It’s now the featured photo on my “About” page. She even included my dinosaur necklace. ^_^ Thanks, Emma!!

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Oh hey, it’s March! Around the middle of this month, we enter the “9 month window” for transfer where we get to look at possible orders that J could get. Do I know what they are yet? Nope! But that’s okay. We’ve got another week or so. I’m anxious…but trying not to think about it too hard.

It’s been interesting the last couple of weeks, looking back at my older posts from our first PCS together, to Hawaii. I actually haven’t written much about “navy life” since then, as it became kind of routine for me, though those first couple of years in Hawaii were something else entirely. “Adjustment” is the understatement. We moved to a whole new culture, both in terms of Hawaii itself and in terms of suddenly living on base and being part of a sea-going command. J’s first command in Italy was mostly always in port, even though they were “at sea”– repair stations are different beasts– and then he was on shore duty and at school, so it was a pretty big shift for both of us.

Anyway, there were all kinds of lessons to learn, from how to deal with military housing, to finding my footing in the middle of a LOT of other military spouses, to just getting around places. Maybe it’s time to revisit some of those older experiences and respond to myself with the Things I Know Now.

I guess I don’t have much else to say except that I felt the need to check in and record where my mind is leading up to this next PCS. The slightly weird thing is that at this point we’ve been to enough places that there’s about a 50% chance we’ll be going “back to” someplace, which is both reassuring and…not. Friends aren’t necessarily in those places anymore so in a sense, it’ll be starting from scratch regardless. In another sense, I now know the housing markets, etc, in those places, which would make it a lot easier.

I’m going to wrap things up for now. If there’s anything you specifically want to know about this process, please feel free to ask! I’m not always sure what’s of interest and am just rambling for now. Heh.

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Is this thing on?

So… it’s been a while. And I hate HATE starting out a blog post by saying that but as my last post to this blog was in, oh, MAY of last year, I can honestly say “It’s been a while” with no trace of irony whatsoever and really who can even properly read irony on blogs anymore anyway? (I’m hoping you can. I’m a heavy user of irony and also satire and puns though maybe puns the most. Despite this, my most viewed and commented upon blog post continues to be the ridiculous one about North Dakota even though I keep replying to Every.Single.Comment. with a link to the definition of “satire” from Dictionary.com and still people don’t notice. It’s amazing.)

I am also a heavy parenthetical user. I offer no mea culpa. Parentheticals are useful.

So where are we? Well, we are 10 months from our next transfer with the US Navy and there have been enough folks expressing an interest in the process that I have agreed (agreed? decided? I’m not sure. I’ll go with ENCOURAGED) I have been encouraged to document the process as we go through it. I may (will most likely) have other thoughts about things as we progress and will try to offer as much explanation as I can, with a few caveats.

Caveat 1: I will not provide exact dates for things. If this continues and we get into any kind of military-related timetables, they will not be posted here. These’s this thing called Operational Security. It matters.

Caveat 2: I will probably repeat this one a lot, but for the purposes of clarity you should know that my spouse is in the Navy (other military branches have different processes) and Enlisted (Officers in the Navy also have different processes) and active duty (again, reservists have… you get the idea). That being said, this is only my perspective. Yours is probably different. I will regularly remind you that your mileage may vary.

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So there we are. I have no additional things to say except that this photo is the most recent one I have of us, taken on the way to brunch on Saturday, and though I didn’t notice it until later I’m very entertained by the street signs above our heads. Oh good, now you’ve seen them, too.

More soon. Probably. Assuming I can put jumbled thoughts into less jumbled paragraphs.

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No, not the new computer.

That happened a couple of years ago, but I had a handy dandy external hard drive with everything backed up on it. It’s about my third or fourth, and I migrate my data every couple of years to keep it safe. YAY! Everyone is happy!

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But then, due to a weird sequence of events…. well….

I bought a new computer about 6 months ago. My external has been working wonderfully with the new desktop and I’ve been happily chugging along.

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Then we moved 6 weeks earlier than anticipated. When we packed up the computer, I backed everything from it onto the hard drive. I did not mirror 15 years worth of data from the hard drive onto the desktop.

We flew to Raleigh for my sister’s wedding. It was lovely. When I got home, my computer seemed a-okay.

About two weeks after we got back, one day I tried to access a file I use regularly and…..nothing.

NOTHING.

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The hard drive was powered on but the computer wouldn’t recognize it.

NOTHING.

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My music, my photos, my writing…

NOTHING.

Cue the crisis.

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So I took it to a place where they check on such technological things, and once they physically pulled it all apart, they can mirror the data onto a new hard drive.

MAJOR RELIEF.

But in the meantime while I wait to get that back…. I don’t have my photos. So there won’t be any more 2015 Travelogue posts for a bit. I’ve got one sitting in pending waiting for pictures, but…. y’know, no photos.

FUN TIMES.

PS: When they called me to talk to me about the contents of the hard drive to make sure they were “finding everything,” the conversation went something like this….

IT dude: So, can you tell me what’s on this device?
Me: Uhhhmmmm nope. It’s got everything on it since college so I’m not totally sure what all’s there.
IT dude: Okay, I’ll read you some of what I’m seeing. So there are 9,452 photos…..
Me: Probably.
IT dude: 12,687 music files….. that’s a lot of music.
Me: Since. College. And I’m old. So this was before Napster was illegal.
IT dude: …….okay then. Wow. Moving on, I see…. Five powerpoint presentations?
Me: SINCE. COLLEGE. Don’t judge me.

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So there you go. Back up your stuff in three places, y’all. Seriously.

But they have all my data and I’ll have it back soon! YAY! Everyone is happy!

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Oh hey! WordPress just told me it’s my 7th anniversary with this blog. Huzzah for that!

Things have been pretty hectic here the last couple of months. We were supposed to move into a new place at the start of May but for various reasons which aren’t terribly interesting the timetable got accelerated… and we moved March 24 instead. I also have been picked up for a lot more hours at my job and have successfully interviewed and been taken on as a volunteer at a local place (details to come later, as I feel it needs its own post).

#earglehaslanded

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In the meantime, I have been to North Carolina twice in the last five weeks, first for my sister’s bachelorette weekend and then for her wedding (how did it go? it worked!) and now I’m at the other end of all of the things and have a few days to finish unpacking my household and putting stuff on the walls and figure out what the next six months hold.

We did hit up a national park while we were down south: Appomattox Court House, where the Civil War ended and General Lee surrendered his troops. They’ve got much of the original village either restored or replicated, and it was fascinating to visit it having just been to the Abraham Lincoln Home in Springfield, IL, about seven months previous. The two are, of course, closely tied together and the perspectives on everything happening at that time are fascinating and sobering.

National Parking at Appomattox Courthouse. #findyourpark #iggleverse

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One of the things I like about national parks in general is that they preserve slices of things important to our heritage, whether it’s vast forests that have unreachable depths, ancient homes, or sites where important things happened that directly impact us today. It’s a way to literally touch history. I also generally just like being outside and doing things, so that’s nice, too.

Other big things include launching a new YouTube channel for Geek Girl Pen Pals. We don’t have many videos up yet, but the plan is to have regular content focused on our monthly site themes, and to encourage response videos from members of the community.

There have been many other things happening in the last couple of months and I may not get to all of them on here. If you need my new mailing address, please contact me in the usual way. ~_^

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Well, this is embarrassing.

It’s been roughly six months since I posted my last entry to this blog. A lot has happened since then that I could have blogged about and just… didn’t. I’ve been busy. This is not an excuse.

I’m not really one for public declarations and sweeping “improvements” for a new year (which, after all, is a pretty arbitrary point in the year that we’ve all just collectively agreed to use as the reset point in our calendar), so I won’t promise to do better this year. In fact, it’s likely I won’t post often in here at all.

There. Is that a reasonable expectation? I hope so. Then again, I’ve come a long way in the last year and I’ve made a peace treaty with Living in Chicago (which isn’t my favorite thing ever but I’m finding things to enjoy anyway). So there may be more I feel like saying this year.

That being said, I intend to post more about my travel (which is, happily, frequent) and about things I’m enjoying at the moment and other things that are on my mind. We’ll see how it goes. I have other personal goals, too, of course, but they are, y’know, personal. I may post about them as they happen. I may not. I will tell you that one of them is to be kinder to myself and part of that is not feeling bad if I don’t hold to a schedule for things like this. It’s okay. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself some grace, too, if you’re reading this.

So welcome to the new year. It already feels better than last year. Do you have any resolutions? Have you picked up an old project again, or are you starting something new?

Jo and Jared at the basketball game

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