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Yesterday was Charlie's Commencement ceremony. He is now a high school graduate.

Because these things are, in the end, frightfully boring, I didn't cry. Much. I got a bit teary eyed at the end when they all threw their hats in the air and cheered.

During the principal's speech all I could think was 'Ascend already' but no one I was sitting with would have gotten the Buffy reference, so I posted it on Facebook.

It wasn't a terrible ceremony, though, all things considered, and it was well over by 9pm so that was good.

And now he's done. Grown. Officially a college student. He's enrolled at the local community college, and he's going to be an Accounting Major.

When he graduated from 5th grade, he got a 'Presidental Award for Academic Achievement.' When he graduated from 8th grade, he got another one. And he got another one yesterday. I'm really proud of him.


Book Release Date!

In case anyone sees this, I just wanted to let you know, that my book, Strange Business, is going to be released 'worldwide' on 17 July!

Best place to go would be http://wildrosepress.com/

It's not up there yet - I don't think there's any pre-order dealy.

It's mostly e-book, but you can order a print copy if you want.

I'm very excited about this, as you can well imagine. Maybe it isn't Bloomsbury Publishing or anything, but it's a legit publishing house, albeit a small one, and I really feel like I actually accomplished something in my life that I drempt of in my youth.

Grown-Up Charlie

Charlie registered for his college classes yesterday at Montgomery County Community College. Got his photo taken for his student ID, and took a tour of the campus.

It's a really nice campus. It has a good, college feel; doesn't come off like 'thirteenth grade' at all. They have sport, and clubs and some lovely buildings. I think Charlie will be happy there. It's a good way for him to ease into the whole thing. His plan is to do MonCo for two years, then transfer to a 4-year college. It's a good plan. An inexpensive plan.

I feel like I should be more sentimental about this, but it's only when it sneaks up on me does it really hit me that my little boy isn't.

Like for example, when he got his driving license, I was really proud and happy for him, but I didn't feel sappy or sad at all.

Then, the following weekend he was going to his dad's for the weekend, and driving himself. I stood at the doorway, watching him drive off, did it really hit me. My husband, bless him, totally sensed what was going on because he just gave me the biggest hug and didn't laugh at my sentimental tears.

So I'm sure I won't get (too) weepy the day he graduates, but I know at some people over the summer, something's going to come up, and I'm going to be hit with the knowledge my little boy is a man, starting on a path to his own life, independent of mine, and I will cry.

Happy tears, of course, but I'll still cry.


In other news...

Yesterday Charlie got his driving license.

9 years ago I had a post about Charlie learning to ride a 2-wheeler.

He's graduating high school in June!

This is being a very emotional Spring for me!

Apr. 14th, 2015

Hello, Livejournal!

I just thought I would share the photo of my soon to be published book! No release date yet, as we are in the 'galley proof' stage at the moment, but we're getting there.

I'm really pleased with the cover - the artist totally got the mood I was going for. Also it is super cool to see my name on a book cover!


Terry Pratchett

I opened my email to see a message from 'Penguin Books' with a subject that said 'Announcement: Terry Pratchett'. When I opened it, I let out such an anguished wail, my husband, who is currently working from home, ran upstairs to see what was wrong.

We knew, I guess, it was coming. He made no bones about dying on his own terms, and his last few Discworld books seemed to me to be saying good-bye, but I still felt like I was punched in the gut. I'm crying like I lost a treasured friend, and in many ways, he was.

I don't knwo why his books meant so much to me; there might be some psychological reason, or maybe it was just part and parcel of my anglophelia, but every time I got a new book of his, I was happy, even in the midst of my sadder life moments.

I'm glad to hear it seems like he did go out the way he wanted to, peacefully, amongst family and friends.

Terry Pratchett was a brilliant, funny and interesting man, and the world is richer for having known him, and sadder for having lost him.

In Charlie News

Charlie's wanted to go to Montgomery County Community College since he found out he can learn how to develop video games there. It also makes sense from a financial/social standpoint - because of his Autism, he's slightly behind in his social skills, and he's young anyway - he'll not even be 18 until September, and he said he didn't want to go away to school. This way he can get some courses under his belt and in 2 years transfer to a 4 year college.

Today Charlie received his official 'acceptance' letter from MonCo. He was really excited.

I cried a little.
Charlie end of race 2
I just signed a contract for The Wild Rose Press for my book, Strange Business (originally titled Working Over Time).

I'm very excited. It's a small press, but it's legit, and they have a good reputation. I have an editor and everything.

I'd sent in sample chapters and the editor turned it down, with suggestions for edits. She said I could make the changes and send it back, so I did - her edits really made it better too. I hadn't realised how 'passive voice' it was.

I came up with the idea for the book on this very journal, years ago. I'm really happy that I stuck with it.

I unlocked another life achievement!


Writing stuff

So I've been working on a book. For ages now, actually. A friend of mine has been published at this small, mostly online, publishing company, so I decided to send it to them. It got as far as an editor, but then she rejected it because I used too much 'passive voice'. She did say I could revise and send it back to her, so I did. I finished re-editing my manuscript, and sent the 3 sample chapters to her today. She emailed me back and said she's looking forward to reading it.

So...either I totally can't write NOT in passive voice, and she still won't want it,  or I'll have done what she said, but she won't like the story.OR just possibly, she'll accept it.

Not sure what I'll do if it gets rejected. It's a good story, I think. I'm quite proud of it, and honestly help she gave me really made me go back and make the story stronger. I think it's even better than before. So...if it gets rejected, maybe I'll try elsewhere. Or maybe I'll just publish it myself and hope people buy it. :)

So wish me luck!

Sorry, Sorry, Sorry!

I haven't posted in ages. And I noticed people posted on my June entry (sheesh) but I don't think I ever got a notice on it, so I thought, probably, that no one was interested in what I had to say.

Facebook. Eating everything up.

Well...my life, an update. It's still good. Husband2.0 is great. Really great. Like end of a happy movie great. Not sure how I got so lucky, but there you go.

Charllie is 17, and has his driving permit. Guys...17! I started this journal when he was 6. He's an amazing young man. He wants to study computer programing/game design. He's almost 6 feet tall now.

I sent a book I wrote to a small publisher called Wild Rose Press. They mostly liked it, but the editor rejected it because of reasons, but she told me I could do some revising and send it back so I'm working on that. Fingers crossed, okay?

Went to the 2nd annual Doctor Who convention this past weekend. It was ever so much fun. The highlight for me was telling Colin Baker my idea for a tv series that I think he, Sylvester Mccoy, and Peter Davidson should do. I said the world needs a show where the three of them play guys travelling around the country in a caravan solving mysteries. He really liked the idea. He really did. I just hope he says something to Peter Davidson and they share a laugh at le.ast

So how are you, LJ?


charlie's mum
She that is giddy

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