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[General] General Life Update

Well, here's a random life update since I just realized I've not posted much other than a few occasional links and a whooooole bunch of horse-related stuff in the past few weeks. Allow me to remedy this. :)

On the writing front, I've been plugging away at finishing up TLP. I've submitted (and gotten rejections for) a couple more short stories, but hey, that's how it goes. Still hoping to hear good news from Tor. I do have ideas for a couple more novels (aiiie, they won't stop coming!) as well as a couple possible short stories. So, just keep plugging!

This month is also Vanguard's 25th anniversary, so it's going to be a major big Vanguard, though several of the regulars aren't going to make it because they're in Glasgow for WorldCon. (C'est la jealousy. Le sigh.) Still, gonna be a lot of folks there, so that should be cool. And it's about a block and a half from my house, so I'm not likely to get lost!

Jen (kieri) is back from Japan for a month and visiting, and so FJ (wonderwombat) has come down from Canada to visit. Huong, meanwhile, has moved out to move in with classmates, so once Brent finishes moving into Huong's old room, we'll be turning the little bedroom into a guest room. In the meantime, I spent some of my downtime today cleaning up and organizing my bedroom, my bathroom, and the kitchen. Also bought a bunch of food today, and cooked a passable stir fry for dinner. Going to probably do Brazilian-style baked salmon next week.

In the meantime, FJ is riding at the stables where I do while down here for a month. She went in on Tuesday and rode Chester for her assessment lesson, and she'll be riding when I do on Thursday (though I don't yet know if she'll be on Chester or a different horse). She seemed to enjoy herself, at least! Though she's definitely a better and much more experienced rider than I am.

My life overall seems to be pretty busy lately -- friends to visit, things to do, house to rearrange and clean, riding, writing, etc. -- but while it's a little overwhelming, in a lot of ways I'm also pretty pleased. It's a nice change from this time last year, where I was out of shape, overweight, and online constantly. Still, there are things I want to get done that I find harder to get done, and I still have some things to sort out for myself.

Eventually I'll get things in balance! In the meantime, there's plenty to get done.


I have this suspicion that, where one person has infinitely many writing ideas and not enough time for all of them, another has infinite time and not a single idea.

I'm on to you, Life. You think you're all cutting edge and witty, but no. Oh no.
You want a few of them? I probably could spare a few. :P
While a part of me says 'I wouldn't complain', another, more reasonable part says 'hey, wait, it doesn't work that way'.

I've been writing a lot of other people's ideas lately and finding it sort of lacking. Little vignettes, snapshots here and there, nothing I can (or find myself wanting to) stretch.

At some point it'll balance back.
Isn't Play Hooky Day this month, though? I have houseguests basically until September.
Brazilian-style baked salmon. Recipe? That just sounds interesting, particularly knowing how you do food.... :)
Brazilian rub baked salmon is basically salmon marinated in a sauce (orange zest, orange juice, salt and pepper), then coated (brown sugar, orange zest, chili powder, garlic and butter) before baking.

I'll happily send along the recipe if you'd like. It's nice, 'cause even with the marinating it only takes about half an hour to make.
Please do. This sounds lovely (though I may go light on the chili powder)....
I tend to use less chili powder than the recipe calls for, yeah. Okay, uhm, here we are...

4 salmon fillets
1/2 orange (zest and juice)
1/2 lemon (juice)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 garlic clove (minced)
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
salt and pepper (to personal taste)

Combine juices, salt and pepper in shallow dish. Add salmon, turning fillets to ensure they're well-coated with marinade. Let marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature.

While salmon marinates, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil, and grease with a little bit of melted butter. In a small dish, combine orange zest, brown sugar, garlic and chili powder.

When fillets are done marinating, rub with the brown sugar mixture and place in baking pan. Drizzle remaining butter atop. Bake for 8-12 minutes.