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.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Haven't started yet

I haven't started writing The Honored yet, but I have started rereading what I've already written, making slight changes and edits here and there. I'll start there and then pick up from that point and see how the rest plays out.

Also, tomorrow approaches. The 31st of March is when the MIS and Overall voting begins at alt.startrek.creative. I hope, if you're a regular at ASC, that you've been participating all along. But I also hope, of course, that if you liked my story (Faith III, or my writing in general, you'll post some comments to that effect. No link here. If you're an ASCer, you'll know where to vote.

And now, what's been going on in life? No contact with Mom or Sisters 1 and 2. Sister 3 and I, however, share a birth-month. We met on Sunday for a wonderful Cookies 'N Cream shake at Steak 'N Shake (a whole 574 calories, and still I lost weight!) before she went to work. We talked and visited and it was a nice time. As for the whole thing with my mom, I was pretty upset about it on Monday, but talked with a former pastor of mine, and he really blessed me a lot. I felt peace, less stressed, and actually happy after talking with him.

My diet is working. I lost 10 pounds the first month and then kind of plateaued for three weeks. I'm losing weight more slowly now, but still, I'm losing. I'm down to 127.5 lb, while I started at 140. My goal is 110. I'm dieting by taking a Slim-Fast shake for breakfast and lunch and budgeting my calorie intake every other time. By budgeting as I am (which is what a 110 lb person would use in calories for a day of rest), I don't have to exercise to lose weight. Obviously, however, I'll burn more calories if I do.

So far, so good!

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Reading is done! Time to write again!

The DS9 categories end at midnight tonight, so I've done all the reading I'm going to do for the ASC Awards. I hope some of you who read this blog checked out the eligible stories and commented as well. My category doesn't start until March 31st. So I'm still in limbo as to how I'll do.

Okay, so this means I have a ton and a half of Lord of the Rings stories to read. But, hey, I managed to write while doing that, as long as I keep it limitted. I've also found more Enterprise stories and a few CSI's I'd like to try out for size. But I'm going to turn up the burner on The Honored. This story has been very patient for the last oh, seven years or so. It's time to be impatient. The Gidari do not suffer us Earthlings easily.

    Status of Stories
  • The Honored: First chapter written, second waiting for me to get back to it!
  • Purgatory: Still thinking about that one. It's been lost in it's namesake for far too long, I think.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

So much for my mother

Yep, still not back to writing. I've only got a few days, too, to read any other eligible DS9 fics.

As for my mom, well, she didn't read the book and ran back to her dysfunction, through an e-mail, no less. Well, I did my part. I forgave and offered her reconciliation. She turned it down.

Ah yes, and Roommate 1 is wonderful! she's interesting and nice and we actually have family chaos in common. I enjoy sitting and talking with her of an evening. And my cats like her, too.

I did get that other gallon of paint and Friend 1 and I painted the rest of the exposed walls in the basement. I put my card table down in the unfinished side and hung curtains at the edge of the finished sections. With the rug, bed, bedside table, and lamp, it's actually a nice little place down there and not too cold at all. I still want to do something with the electrical situation but hopefully that will be done soon.

Monday, March 15, 2004

No I haven't gotten back to writing yet

I still have some DS9 stories to read.

As for other things in life, after see The Passion of the Christ, I thought of how much Jesus was willing to forgive the world, and what I was unwilling to forgive. I wrote my mon a lettet that night, telling her that she hurt me and that I would forgive her. She wrote back. It's a start. For the next step, I gave her a copy of Boundaries, a very good book by Townsend & Cloud. If she reads it, she should get a better understanding of me, and herself,
Sister 1 & Sister 2. I also said I wouldn't talk to her without a mediator

I now return you to your regularly scheduled life.

Monday, March 08, 2004

Still a-reading

I still have a few DS9 stories to go. I've done all my ENT voting for the ASC Awards. Daria's Loss doesn't look to have as many votes as I'd like it to. I think it should win. Of course, I didn't read the other story that looks to be the front-runner.

As for The Honored, I'm toying with the idea of posting it as a WIP. If you're out there reading this, I'd like to hear your thoughts on the issue. I'm generally not a WIP poster. Thus you have to wait a year or so for a story from me. But I did try one as a WIP (The Journey) and while it didn't provide much beta, it did provide encouragement.

    Status of Stories
  • The Honored Still simmering.
  • Purgatory Stuck there, but I'm thinking of unsticking it.