it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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It's raining in Las Vegas, for the second day in a row. There's a good old-fashioned solid grey overcast and a steady rain, not driving, but something that would qualify as a good soaking rain even in civilization. Rain is good. I've always liked rainy days--even as a kid. My inner Deep One is all about the feel of moisture on my skin.

quinnclub arrived safely, and if he has any sense is sleeping it off. That Denver-Las Vegas push is a hell of a day's drive, in either direction.

I'm at work, alas--where I also have to be on Friday. And I am bored like the most bored thing you can imagine. My day job is profoundly depressing sometimes.

Like today. I'm particularly looking forward to the invasion of Iran, I think. And I can tell how stressed out I'm becoming because I'm getting more and more unreasonable in my desire not to be in Nevada anymore, but home in the hill country. There is this about the desert; even in the middle of a city of over a million souls, it never lets you forget that you're hear on sufferance, and only survive through careful preparation and buttloads of infrastructure. And it's always very obvious to me, living here, how thin the safety nets are. It's exhausting.

Sorry. Must be a low blood sugar kind of morning here.

I like the holiday wishlist meme that's going around. I'm notoriously hard to buy stuff for; I generally think I have too much stuff already, and when I want something, it's usually something very specific, so I buy it for myself. And while I'm sharing a very small and badly designed house with kit_kindred, there's basically no room for me to use what little stuff I *do* have--and anything I get, right now, I'll just have to ship home eventually anyway.

But it's a sweet sort of a meme.


Step One

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.


1) I want to go home. An obvious one, but there it is. My major goals for 2005 are to sell another novel, preferably more than one (which is not something I can control), to have HAMMERED and SCARDOWN not embarrass me, sales-wise (Also not something I can control, see above), and to get back to southern New England, where I belong. (along with associated financial goals such as debt reduction, etc). Dear Forces of Teh Universe: a nice fat Lottery win would not hurt my chances of accomplishing these things. Neither would a decent job offer from someplace, say, in the Connecticut/NY/Massachusetts/Rhode Island area.

2) Cabana boys. Or girls. I'm not picky.

3) ...that's pretty much it. *g* I mean, I need to do the getting-back-into-shape thing, but that's my own lookout, and the sort of thing that follows naturally when one is in an environment where one feels like leaving the house occasionally.

Hmm. Gotta see what I can do about fulfilling somebody else's wishes. *g* Mine are pretty much a wash.

You know, the whinging does make me feel better....
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