Little gap in blogging recently, due to foreseen and unforeseen life events, mostly having to do with the hubby matching to UMASS for his neurology residency (which is great!), finding a place to live in Worcester (done!), and dealing with the Little Man’s ear infection/fever episode for most of last week (eh, not so fun). With disrupted sleep cycles, lack of naps, cranky baby, and the panicked realization that we’re moving in a month, writing at all has been something of a Hail Mary pass whenever attempted. Sometime in the next week or so, I’m going to get back to keeping up with the daily check-in, which I find helpful for keeping objective about how complicated this particular time of life is (which therefore keeps me off my own back).

In the meantime, highlights and an excellent link!

+ Have a story on hold at a lovely little ‘zine, and am really, really, reeeeeeally hoping that happens, but we’ll see.
+ Have received some very sweet rejection notices, and sent some things back out again
+ Made a writing priorities list that quantifies all the projects I’ve got open right now in the hopes of consolidating them and/or wrapping some up so others can proceed
+ Started doing some research for a series of short stories I’m hoping to write at some point in the uncertain future
+ Weather’s getting a bit better (despite currently snowing–arg!), so I’ve been getting out on walks, and my brainstorming mind is brimming with ideas and possibilities
+ Andy matched, which means he will be a doctor, and we won’t be bankrupted by student loan debt!
+ Mo*Con is four weeks away (yikes!), so I’m trying to get all that stuff together
+ Finished the story for Andrew C. Porter’s most recent challenge, called “Kill Your Darlings,” which may appear on his website sometime in the near future–we’ll see when I get a chance to edit this blasted thing a bit
+ The Little Man is well on the way to recovery, though I’ll be thrilled to bits when we no longer have to force-feed antibiotics to him. He does. not. like. them. (And who can blame him? But they are obviously helping a lot, compared to what he was like last week…)

And with my current streak of rejections, I thought Peter M. Ball’s post about why rejections are actually awesome was fantastic–definitely check it out if you’re feeling a bit sore in the ego. He’s got a great take on how to approach rejections: