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Why am I so bleepin' happy??
Oxford, England

Well, for one thing, I love this weather! Even though it's rainy; my yard and gardens really need the water. Plus, it's been getting down into the 50s & 60s now. As my new housemate said yesterday upon arising: "Ooh, it's sweater weather!"

Yay!! I love sweater weather!

I also finally have a Kindle edition out of my award-winning erotic novel, Freak Parade. (It will be available within the week.) And a Kindle version of my newest (non-erotic) novel, Twilight of the Immortal, will be coming very soon!

I had a really great holiday weekend around here. I got a lot of work done but I also got a lot of relaxing done. Including a lot of research done on my new book-in-progress, At the Edge of God. (I find that relaxing as well as exhilarating.) Plus, I spent some time watching some movies I'd DRV'd from public television -- 2 episodes of Inspector Lewis, which I just loved.

If you haven't seen that series before, it takes place in Oxford, England. Through the never-ending kindness and generosity of my good friend & publishing colleague, Mark Pritchard, I've actually been to Oxford, England (with Mark and his wife, Cris). All of the outdoor scenes of the TV series are filmed in Oxford and I recognize a lot of the places as places we went to together. And in addition to getting to see scenes of Oxford, I really love murder mysteries.

Watching these movies over the holiday reminded me that I will be in England again very soon. And even though I will be in London a couple times, I will mostly be not in London and seeing some places in England that I've always wanted to see. So I am getting super excited about that!

I also had a great dream last night that seemed to portend the eventual arrival of my next significant other. I don't know if this person will be a guy or a gal, but I get the distinct feeling it will be a guy. And here's something I love thinking about: Since I don't plan on dating a newborn infant, this person is already out there, having a life somewhere. And knowing that, is something I find really exciting. I love thinking about how this person is alive, knows all the simple things there are to know --- like what the seasons are, what autumn is like. This upcoming person has likes and dislikes already, and a whole lifetime of experiences for me to eventually learn about. I love thinking about stuff like that; this person is out there, right now. How cool!

In fact, all morning, ever since I got out of bed, I've had these "thrills" rushing through me. Do you know how that feels? It starts in your solar plexus and rushes up through your heart and then bursts out the top of your head??? That giddy feeling? It's been going on with me all morning.

In fact, I'll leave you with a favorite poem of mine by Elizabeth Barrett Browning -- it really captures how I feel.

Sonnet 20:

Beloved, my Beloved, when I think That thou wast in the world a year ago,

What time I sat alone here in the snow

And saw no footprint, heard the silence sink

No moment at thy voice ... but, link by link,

Went counting all my chains, as if that so

They never could fall off at any blow

Struck by thy possible hand ... why, thus I drink

Of life's great cup of wonder! Wonderful,

Never to feel thee thrill the day or night

With personal act or speech,—nor ever cull

Some prescience of thee with the blossoms white

Thou sawest growing! Atheists are as dull,

Who cannot guess God's presence out of sight.


Okay, have a great Tuesday wherever you are & whatever you're doing, gang!! Thanks for visiting. See ya!