You know, it's been an eventful month, but a really difficult one. The thought of posting here doesn't even register in my consciousness most days, because I am just so overwhelmingly busy.
Well, right now, actually, there is a tiny bit of breathing room. And so here I am.
My boy-cat, Buster, continues to decline daily. He is a trooper and still very engaged with "being here" but I don't think he will last long. He is basically a furry skeleton now, with an enormous tumor in his abdomen. He has an enormous appetite, so that's good, but he does pretty much wake me around the clock to be fed now. So, on top of everything else that's exhausting me, the lack of sleep is exhausting me, too. But every day that he's still here is a day that he's still here, so I try to make the most of that. I will have the rest of my life without him to sleep.
As far as the rescued cats & kittens... a total of 2 have been officially adopted, and a total of 3 others were officially un-adopted, so I still have 8 cats living downstairs in my family room, sun room, and basement. But there is a possible adoption looming on the near horizon for the last of the male kittens. We'll see. They are all adorable, happy, healthy -- and apparently quite content to stay put right here! I have one lone cat rescue agency that is still working with me to try to find them suitable living spaces -- all the other rescue places have given up. But we shall see. If God, the Universe, and Everything has decided they are going to stay here and be semi-feral, then I guess I just have to adapt and get on with life.
Some of the good news... I made the Dean's List for the 2012-2013 academic year. That was a great feeling. I have worked really, really hard but I love what I'm studying, which makes all the hard work a bit easier. However, right now I am studying the New Testament. Yes, that's right: the entire New Testament in 5 weeks. The amount of reading is off the charts. Then there are endless PowerPoint presentations to create. If I didn't have a trillion other things to do at the same time, I would love to just hang out and create PowrPoint presentations. But, as it stands, well... Let's just say that yesterday, I spent 8 hours creating a PowerPoint presentation on 6 of Paul's epistles. I really, really love Paul's epistles. But you know, it was Sunday. I wanted to chill and do nothing. Oh well. A few years from now, I will look back wistfully on my wee bonny schooldays and recall with fondness that summer Sunday afternoon where all I had to do was spend 8 hours creating a PowerPoint presentation on 6 of the epistles of Paul...
Isn't it funny how even the really endless and stressful days can seem blithe and wistful in hindsight?
Well, maybe it's just me.
On the writing front... My screenplay, Tell My Bones: The Helen LaFrance Story did reasonably well in the Nicholl Fellowship competition. (The one sponsored by the Academy Awards.) Over 7000 screenplays were entered this year, and mine placed better than 5000 of them, but it didn't score high enough with judges to make it into the semi-finals.
My original TV pilot, Cleveland's Burning, made it to the semi-finals of the Industry Insider Television Competition, but did not score high enough to make the finals. Still, I managed to write a killer pilot in 4 weeks, which was an incredible feeling.
I am still hard at work with Kevin, my co-writer in Brooklyn. We are adapting a screenplay for the tween market and it is going great. But we still won't be finished with the first draft until October. We only get to Skype about once a week, so it's taking forever.
Well, between endlessly cleaning, and feeding cats, and editing for others, and trying to fit in yoga, and once in a blue moon (which we will have one of tomorrow night, gang!) getting out to a movie with friends or relatives, I have no time for dating. So I guess it's good that I can't find anybody I want to date. Besides, starting any day now, I will begin actually looking at houses that I might want to buy & move into this winter. So, really, how on earth could I possibly fit a date in anyway? But I do wistfully and blithely remember those long ago days when I had a life...
Okay, I hope everybody has been having a good summer. Assuming I get another chance to breathe anytime soon, I will be back!! Meanwhile, I leave you with a recent photo. As usual, I take a lousy photo, but also -- just try to imagine that there were actually 7 other cats in this house at the time that weren't in this photo... The little guy front & center got adopted last week!
All right, thanks for visiting, gang!! Meow, meow!
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