Monday, November 28, 2016

My November Newsletter is Up!

I've shared a few haiku and other tidbits. Here is a link to where this instalment can be viewed:

Publication News and Something Cool - November 2016

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season filled with warmth, love, and joy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Status: Currently Homeless! An update

Well, we are all moved out of our home and temporarily settled in at the in-laws. Today, I can finally just relax and breathe. The move went well, but oh my word, we still had so much stuff. It took four hours to load the truck!

This is just a small sampling. For a while, it felt like the packing would never end.

And here is my poor dog. We had to coral her so she wouldn't be in the way. I also don't trust her to go down the stairs by herself. She keeps slipping and has taken a few tumbles over the last few weeks. It is just by some miracle she hasn't injured herself. 

Luckily, the stairs are carpeted at my in-laws, so she has had no issues since we're here. Of course, something will have to be done once we're in the new place. I'm looking into different options.

Anyhow, I was convinced there was no way in heck that all our stuff would fit in the garage at the new place -- this is where everything is being stored until our townhouse unit is ready. Even the movers were skeptical when they got there. 

Thankfully, one of the movers was really good at knowing how to stack boxes without wasting space and they were able to fit it all in. Basically, the garage is stuffed to the ceiling and up to the door. 

Here they were only about halfway done. 

Things are progressing well with our unit. Floors should be all in by the end of the week and cupboards are coming in on the 28th. The project manager said they might even be done a little ahead of schedule. Fingers crossed! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Finally! Finally! Finally!

This FINALLY happened last night!!!!

Oh my gosh! I thought it never would! The deal had been going on for a couple weeks now. We were in a domino chain situation with three properties involved. After major issues came up with the first property on the chain the sale almost fell through, but thankfully, the buyers and sellers finally settled on a deal at the last minute. Phew!

Our closing is on November 22nd, but our townhouse unit will only be ready on December 8th. Luckily, we have a place to stay in the meantime.

So now, the packing begins!

I think it should go pretty well though. We've gotten rid of a lot of stuff over the last few months, and there is more to go. It feels really good to declutter and pare down.

Anyhow, it's so exciting! Just one month to go and we'll be in our new place! Yay! :)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Ready for Fall! Bring it On!

A peek into my backyard
I'm not quite sure where the last month went, but I'm glad fall is settling in. I'm anxious to get back to regular routines and less running around. And, I still can't wrap my mind around it, but my son is starting college next week! Feeling like a very proud mama! :)

And, amen for cooler temperatures and less humidity!  So yes, bring on autumn! I am so ready.

There has been no movement on our house -- we've had two or three showings during the entire summer. One couple is really interested, but they just put their house on the market, so it will most likely be weeks before they sell theirs.

On the writing front it's been quiet. I did manage to revise a chapter book I had sitting in my files and am waiting for feedback from my writing coach. I was planning on self-publishing it, but was surprised to receive a message from a publisher that is interested in seeing it.

This happened as a result of me posting about it on the Writer's Cafe forum on the kboards.

Of course, it doesn't mean that anything will come of it, but it's still really cool that they reached out to me. I will be sending them the first three chapters, but if they pass on it, I'm not submitting it elsewhere. I'll be self-publishing it.

As far as haiku go, I have one that will be appearing in the fall issue of Modern Haiku, and yesterday I sent a submission to The Heron's Nest. It's the only submission I have out at the moment. Fall always seems to inspire haiku though, so hopefully I'll have more poetry to submit soon.

I also have a YA Fantasy short story that I will be sending out for critique. I think I'm going to try putting it in Kindle Unlimited once it's ready. I know shorts don't bring in a lot of money, but even just a dollar here and there will be exciting. And, I have to start somewhere, right?

I just want to get my stuff out there!

Oh, I finally sent out my application for The Haiku Foundation registry. My poet profile is already up, so that's fun! You can check it out here: G.R. LeBlanc Poet Profile.

Well, that's about it for now. Happy September everyone and I leave you with a haiku!

evening lull
a spider web pulses
with the breeze


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Paper Wasp, summer 2012

Originally published (in text form only) in Paper Wasp, summer 2012.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

The First Annual H. Gene Murtha Senryu Memorial Contest

The first Annual H. Gene Murtha Senryu Memorial Contest, 2016 - Honorable mention. Published in Failed Haiku: A Journal of English Senryu, and Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, and Haiga.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

New York City and Other Stuff - An Update

Wow, the weeks are zooming by! Can't believe it's mid-July already -- although it didn't feel like it at the beginning of the month. We had a very cool spell -- actually felt like fall -- but the weather has changed and it's been very hot and humid the last few days. I don't like humidity at all and hope it eases up soon.

We can't ever seem to win. Either it's cool, or hot and humid. Ah well, it's still better than winter. ;)

We've had a hectic couple of weeks -- our son graduated from school and then we were in New York for a few days. It was a great place to visit, but there was a little too much hustle and bustle for my taste. We saw Cirque du Soleil though which was fabulous and probably the highlight of the trip for me. I loved visiting the Lego and M&Ms store, too. So much fun!

Here's a simple collage from the M&Ms and Hershey store. 
Look at the size of that KitKat! lol

And, how cool is this? We found it at the Lego store. 
We are all Big Bang Theory fans at our house so had to get it.

And this one is at one of the 9/11 reflecting memorial pools, Old Orchard Beach, and then a selfie from the gang while we were waiting for Cirque du Soleil to start.

And, last one is of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Absolutely breathtaking!

While in New York, we also got an offer on our house, which we accepted. We had started moving forward with the townhouse we wanted to buy. Put a deposit and had to hurry to pick everything out as closing date was on the 28th of this month. Everything was going fine, only thing left was our house inspection, which went off without a hitch. They just came across a few tiny, minor issues -- nothing to worry about, so we thought we were home free.

Next morning, we find out that the woman got cold feet and they are backing out. Talk about feeling like we got punched in the gut. Especially after giving a non-refundable deposit on the townhouse.

Now, thank goodness, the builder/developer has been very understanding. As long as we put a conditional offer on the unit we want, he has offered to hold the unit for us (he won't even be showing it) until all the other ones are sold. So at least for now it gives us a bit of safety net.

If the unit sells though, we lose our deposit -- which really sucks -- but there's nothing we can do about it. If it doesn't pan out, I'm just going to take it as a sign from the Universe that the timing's off and we need to stay put for a while longer. Ah well, at least now I'll be able to enjoy our renovated patio for at least one more summer, and I'll have fresh blueberries throughout the month of August. So yay for that! :)

With everything going on, I've also decided to push back PULSE's (my YA Urban Fantasy) launch date to early 2017. I was hoping I'd be able to stay on track during the summer, but it's not happening.

Well, that's about it on my end; what adventures have you all been up to so far this summer? I'd love to hear all about it if you're up to sharing! :)