Gabrielle's Life and Writings

Gabrielle Lawson, writer of Fanfiction. I will use this space to keep a journal about my writing, the progress I'm making, stories I'm working on, writer's blocks I'm having, our adoption process and progress and just life in general.

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Location: Missouri, United States

I'm multifaceted and highly educated. I have a BA in History and an MA in Museum Studies. But I couldn't make a living in a museum, so my hobby--computers--became my living. I'm now a charter member Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician. I aspire to be a professional writer and/or poet. I am a Christian and have been living by His grace for the last four years or so, despite the MegaStress and now the GigaStress. He keeps me going, and displays His glory still, in my life.

Saturday, November 29, 2003

Thanksgiving came and went

And I thought it went well. There were no arguments, not even between me and my sister (who lives with me). But today there was. And I have made my decision and given her notice to leave in thirty days. I won't go into all the reasons here.

So it begins. Another sister has already started to lay into me, even though she told me the night before Thanksgiving that no one would blame me for telling her it was time to go, so long as I gave her 30 days notice. How quickly they turn....

I have a big family. This has the potential to get very ugly. I try to block most of it out. I made my decision. I think I made the right decision. What's done is done.

Needless to say, no writing has been done. On the bright side, I did get the house mostly finished in time for Thanksgiving. My sister even helped. And I got it cleaned up rather quickly. And tonight I put up my Christmas tree. Now I just have to hope the kittens don't tear it up when I'm not around to watch them.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Whoa. It's been awhile

And I can't say it's been a good while. While I was writing when I wrote my last post, I haven't written since. Just too busy and too stressed. The thing with my sister is becoming critical and it's hurting my sanity.

Well, not my sanity, but my brain at any rate. I look at words, familiar words, and they don't register. For example, last night the word was "continual". I had to sound it out. Or the last time I did write I wrote the name "Bashir" and wondered if it was spelled right because it didn't register properly. I've been writing Bashir since at 1994!

This is troubling. Thanksgiving is nearly here. My house though has come together fairly nicely. It's not 100%. I have a few boxes and decorations here and there, and I still want to get the Christmas decorations up, but it's good enough for the family gathering. Still, that has kept me busy. Plus the fact that I had a birthday party for my nephew last night and will have choir practice tonight. Ack. Just busy, busy, busy.

Still hoping to finish by the end of the year. It's still technically possible. We'll just have to wait and see.

Monday, November 17, 2003

Life is annoying somtimes, and yes, I have written

Let's get the part about writing out of the way. I've been writing and I've gotten to an exciting, tricky part. Now, if life will stop being annoying long enough, I can get into writing it. I don't want to spoil, but it will probably be something unheard of in Star Trek fanfiction (or fiction for that matter) to my knowledge.

The annoying. Money, or the lack thereof. In this case, I'm not the cause of my lack of money. No, my sister/roommate is. She is working, but not making enough money and thus cannot pay her whole half share of bills or her rent. Thus, I am paying the bills in full and then getting little bits of money from her sporadically. I can only see this probably getting worse and her owing me more and more and more and . . . . It's getting scary.

Thus, as she should be--and perhaps is--, I am looking for ways in which I can make extra money. I do freelance techsupport and have one gig lined up for that. I also thought about the fact that, well, I sew. If you go look at Ainaechoiriel's dresses, you'll see what I/she am/is capable of. I'd be willing to make dresses for someone else. I made that second one in about a week. I could have a dress done for someone else in time for the Return of the King premier. I'll make sure Ainaechoiriel puts a note about this in her blog.

So, if you would like a dress/costume for the premier if The Return of the King (or just 'cause you want one), give me a ring: via e-mail.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Writing Again!

It's not much, mind you, but I have been writing the last two nights. I still have to work on my house, but I've been doing that until fairly late in the evening, then getting on the 'net. Then I stop about midnight, get ready for bed, and curl up with a few kittens and my Clie.

I had written a bit when I was in Europe, but I'm rethinking it. It just seems too easy, too flat. So I'm going to run Bashir and Riker through it the hard way and see what happens.

Either way, the story (Faith III) is moving forward again!

And since I haven't done this for awhile:

Status of Stories Update

    Status of Stories
  • Faith, Part III Working on Chapter 15 (5th chapter).
  • The Honored This one hasn't gone anywhere in awhile, but it will when I finish Faith. 1 1/2 chapters written, a big scene near the end.
  • The Hardest Thing still awaiting an appropriate ending.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Another week, still nothing new

I really do think I have a good excuse though. Moving is a stressful thing. And it takes a long time to get a house sorted out, especially when you mostly do it alone.

I did get some help this weekend. My sister helped get some stuff put in storage, and we brought up the Christmas decorations. It's almost that time, after all. My mom came by yesterday and helped decorate about half the place: dining room, living room, kitchen. She also helped pick out some borders for the kitchen (to replace the *ahem* teddy bears up there now) and my bedroom. My friend, Marty, helped hang speaker wire for my home theater system. Sounds good!

It's starting to feel like home. And once it does, I promise I'll get bback to writing Faith.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Still not writing

And we can pretty much blame the house. I have about 23 days to get it in order. I'm supposed to host the family Thanksgiving getogether.

Beyond that, probably stress is to blame. Right now, I'm getting scared about my money situation. My sister, who lives with me, has been working two waitress jobs, but still can't bring home any money. Thus, she's paid little at all of her share of the bills. I'm not mad at her. I know she's frustrated with this situation, too, but I'm about to run out of money myself because I'm paying everything at the moment, instead of just half.

I still hope to finish Faith III by the end of the year.