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I completely missed posting in August. This past year, especially, I have gotten much too busy with various work. So busy in fact that I'm hoping to delegate and hand over certain things which I have started.

Well, I need a calendar so that I can write dates in my writing journal.
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The search goes on for various things. Have I mentioned that one of my history professors Steve Bogener came to visit me at work a couple months ago? I got the chance to ask him about finding sources for humanity within my angel story. And he suggested I speak with one guy who was a former president of the Texas Archeological Association. I ended up calling the history department at the college and received an email address, but he has not yet replied. Then, I got to thinking... I could just email the Archeological Association. I think this is what I will need to do. That or something similar.

In the meantime, I'm working on both that and a sci-fi story.

Still searching for a literary agent. I emailed three authors several questions about their particular agent. Two have replied, and that information is valuable. Sadly, I'm going to find a different agent. I think she is too interested in light YA stories, and the author whose genre is also fantasy recently switched away from her to another agent.

Luna and Casper are still cute. Lately, they have been sleeping on my bed together. Very adorable! Today, I noticed that Casper had rolled over onto his back, and Luna was cleaning him. The other night, Luna tried biting Casper, but he pushed her off the bed and rolled off the bed with her.
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Alright, social time. Then, if weather permitting, I will try to figure out how to product in the next step of my anthology after finally completing it. ^_^ Or maybe Luna and Casper just want me to go to bed. Actually, I think it is raining somewhat right now.

Sunday night brought an unexpected, frightening lightning and rain storm. I went to bed with just Luna. I couldn't find Casper, but I knew he was in the house. When I woke up, I heard the wind really loud outside. I figure it would be quieter in the living room, so I take my pillow to sleep on the couch.

As soon as I open my door, there is this massive rapid-fire lightning through all the windows. I never noticed anything like it when I was in like. It was like stepping through a portal. And it was definitely rapid-fire with rain hammering the house. Buddy, Fudge, and Obie ran into my bedroom. Luna laid calmly on my bed and watched all the other cats enter.

Poor Casper didn't know what to do. I think he is a little scatter-brained when he is frightened. Casper ran from the dining room into the kitchen, but more lightning and thunder. Casper ran from the kitchen into the living room toward the bay window - rapid-fire lightning coming at him from four different angles. Casper ran back into the dining room.

Meanwhile, Luna remains calm on my bed. Casper sits on a table chair furthest from the sliding glass door. I sit beside Casper. Then, mom and dad wake up. Mom wants to know if the cats are okay. When she calls for Buddy, Buddy comes out from under my bed. 20-40 minutes later, everything calms down outside, and I take Casper to bed.
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I'm not sure what to do at the moment. The cats don't want to go to bed, so I'll let my phone finish charging. I have an early shift tomorrow.

Has it been a month since I finished my anthology? And all the little tweaks have also been finished. I'm still trying to figure out the next book that I should write. I have good ideas. The trick is whether I can get going on a roll for this triology I have planned. The majority of the main plot points have been established; the trick is figuring out how to get things going and flowing.

In the meantime, there are things that I can write and probably should write since I have nothing else to do.
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For the past couple weeks, my parents and I have been attending a Methodist church in Canyon across from the bank. I've been enjoying it, and parents appear to be enjoying it as well.

I start to think... should we really consider ourselves Baptist anymore? I mean, we celebrate Passover, and Unleavened Bread, etc... what really makes us Baptist? I remember a documentary about John Wesley who founded the Methodist church. I loved that documentary, and there were many things that appealed to me such as his dedication to God. John Wesley took a personal oath of celibacy so that he could dedicate himself completely. And there were some other things in it too.

So, I began to tinker with the idea of attending a Methodist church. The Methodists are a more visible presence, anyway. Baptists seem to pretty much be in the closet. Then, close to Passover, I noticed a lady buying horseradish. I asked her about it. And she said she was a Methodist celebrating Passover. I asked her a few more questions, and it turns out that a man who dad knows is now a member of their church.

So, I thought that's perfect!

And I was already excited about checking out new churches, and I was already tinkering with the idea of Methodist. I decide we should attend that particular church on my next day off. And then... I'm suddenly scheduled to work several Sunday mornings in a row. As soon as I get excited about going to church, I cannot go. I finally change my availability to work only in the evenings on Sundays so that I can attend church.

The first time featured nine people who were either baptized or wanted to reaffirm their faith. There was no sermon that day, and I really wanted to hear the sermon. The congregation is a decent mix of ages, but it is mostly college students.

The second time was Mother's Day. During the sermon, the pastor mentioned two things "worldview shapes values" and then "relationships are also spiritual" in his analysis over Mathew 12:46-50. Those are the exact same statements I tend to make in my discussions with people! To hear this from a pastor is very awesome, and it makes me want to attend a third time. I think this might be the right one.
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I've finished all the major revisions for my anthology, so I'm going back to make any additional changes. I'm adding a scene in which one of the heroes learns about some evil things being done. All of a sudden, I have this flashback to YST:Message where Seiji discovers what happened to Suzunagi and the big tragedy surrounding her and her family. It's so very tragic. And I keep thinking about that and the ending song with the its imagery. It's been a while since that affected me so deeply.
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I finished reading The Mangy Parrot, which I bought many years back in one of my very first history classes. I switched it out for a book exploring the UFO phenomenon. Then, I realized that I have no fiction that I'm currently reading. I glanced at my to-read stack, and I have no fiction there, either! I need to order some more next payday. Very weird to not be reading any fiction.
And actually, I don't have much fiction on my Alibris wishlist, either. I need to go through my wishlist and reevaluate everything on my list. I had been really excited to get the book Enlightened Sexism by Susan Douglass, but I found myself incredibly disappointed. Any analysis was tainted by prejudice, bigotry, and bias. I definitely prefer Phyllis Chesler and Ariel Levy. Ariel Levy needs to write more books.

I had a much longer list than usual when I went grocery-shopping. I think a part of the reason for the list's length was that whenever dad wanted something to eat but couldn't find it, I put it on the list. Also, mom kept mentioning stuff. Plus, there are the coupons. I bought it this time because I had the coupon for it, but I'll give mom all the other coupons that include the in-shower lotion.
Because of the long list, I bumped up my shopping limit to $90 and decided to use the $25 visa gift card with it. I have had that gift card since Christmas, and I could not figure out what to do with it ever since I ordered my pseudegraphia cheaper online. The actual grocery total was $106, but I ended up spending $65.

Buddy caught a creepy-crawlie the other night. The kitten pranced in with his mouth open wide, and there was big black thing across his mouth. I had no idea what it was, but I certainly never thought it was a living creature. I grabbed his shoulders, and he dropped the creepy-crawlie which slithered everywhere. That was scary. There were two walmart bags on the table from the day's grocery shopping. I grabbed it with one bag and tossed that into another bag. Then, I threw the whole thing outside.

I started to play with Luna this morning, but she jumped off the couch and Timothy chased her out of the living room, so I played with Casper instead. I think that was the first time I played with just Casper, and he enjoyed it. When I carried Luna to bed last night, Casper was already there waiting on us.
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