Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Directions

And no, sadly,  I don't mean these guys:

I haven't blogged much lately.  If you're a past reader of In Search of Giants, you know I don't like long posts, so let's break this down:

Top Ten Reasons 
Aerin Hasn't Blogged Since August

10. Clarity of Night July '09 contest
Writing for it and reading its entries scorched my brain.

9. Reading
Kisses to Trish and Ello for lending me me ARCs of FIRE and of CATCHING FIRE.  Yes, Ell, I still have yours.   See what else I've read at

8. Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize
I am forced to use armored cars and bulletproof vests when out in public, since I think this is a splendid idea and people around here....don't.

7. Travels - Nashville and New York City
Both with children, neither with a spa.  Enjoyable but requiring quite a bit of recuperation time.

6. Spouse
Forgets other people are part of the house, focuses on a zillion music projects plus a huge project at work.    I turn into Housewife Zombie.

5. Daydreaming about meeting Stuart Neville
Was even better than I'd expected - the accent, the sense of humor, the milk in his tea, plus he gives great hugs - I'm sorry, but the man is yummy:

Betsy's pretty hot, too.

4. Season Premieres
Fringe, Glee, Bones, Criminal Minds, House, How I Met Your Mother.  This is important sh*t, yo.

3. Stephen Parrish emailed me
He & unknown co-conspirator encouraged my writing, which is not my first love (reading is) but is definitely my first calling (before reading).  No one's ever done that before; I'm taking it as a sign.

2. Family Stuff
My sibs and I are pretty tight-knit; my lil sis and I are practically the same person.  So when life's tough for her, it's tough for me.  And it's been really, really tough for her lately.

1. My son, who is autistic, started kindergarten.
I go with him to class, because as friendly as the teachers & staff are, they're clueless when it comes to the needs of a child with autism.  Our IEP involved a lot of "settling for" on our part - not an ideal situation for my precious child.  I've spent more time and energy in the past three months than I ever did when he was at his special Autism school.  Of course, his special Autism school drained our life savings and my in-laws' bank account, too.  Add to this managing my daughter's feelings, making sure she's not feeling shortchanged, and I don't even have time for martinis in the evenings.  Agh!

I'm not going to turn my blog into a platform for autism, but you're going to encounter it.  The new stats are 1 in 98 children.  Learn more at Autism Speaks.

As if all that weren't enough, NaNo starts in just three days (see #3, above). 

In other words, I will continue to be a sporadic, MIA even, blogger.  But do stay tuned - exciting announcements from the Co-Dictators of the Universe, my first CD review, and more - sometime in the near future (ie, prior to 2011.)


  1. So that's why you haven't really been around! After I came back from my blogging break I was wondering what happened to you.You have so much on your plate right now. I hope everything goes well.

    Thanks for Crossed Wires. I can't wait to read it.

  2. Aerin's back! I was asking B. literally yesterday if he knew where you'd got to.

  3. You are missed but we can deal because, frankly, all your reasons come first! :)

    Hugs to you for being a super woman. Don't forget to smile.

  4. I suppose it's okay coming in at number three, since only family are ahead of me. At least I beat that mischievous womanizer Neville.

  5. I've missed you!

    My friend has a spectrum child and they are very lucky to have a state sponsored special school to send her to.

  6. That's a terrific photo.

    NaNo = mostly dark blog, got it.

    Autistic child = lots of work, got it.

    Keep advocating for your child. But also make sure you take time for yourself, whatever form that takes. If you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything.

  7. Thanks for the update. I've missed you around these parts.

    I've received an encouraging email from Mr. Parrish as well, and they aren't to be taken lightly.

  8. See you there at NaNoWriMo! As soon as I enrolled I imagined myself writing Watermelon 50,000 times for not being able to complete the task but hey, we still have 29 days. And I buy all your reasons so you do what you have to do to get by.

  9. Go Aerin!

    Two people in God's Country are pulling for you. You're one of our favorites.

  10. Yup - that plate of yours is very fullup!!! Feel free to email me any time you want to unload. I'll just bin it and you'll feel better. (;o) ) Alternatively I'm still working on the lottery win plan so we can just go on vacation together, drink cocktails and get totally bladdered. I've been in a neurotic tail-spin myself recently. On the verge of bonkers I'd say. But I epiphed a momentous epiphany and blow me down if I'm not a happy bunny again.

    I love epiphanies. I'm going to January 6th my favourite feast day.

  11. WOW I made a top ten list (even tangentially) Too cool.

  12. Damn girl, and I thought I was busy. Hope all is well!

    I'm jealous you got to meet Stuart. He was in Chicago recently and tweeted he was 'disappointed' and I'm SURE it's because he didn't get to meet me. ; )

  13. Hey, Aerin! Just checking up on you. Hope everything's going well.



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