May. 3rd, 2011

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Things have not been easy recently, but I'm holding up okay. My first physical therapy appointment is Friday, and I'm really looking forward to it.

We finished Chapter Ten on THH last night! It was a crucial chapter, and quite difficult to write. The next one is going to be difficult too... but lots of fun! I'm enjoying the feeling of having co-finished half of a novel. An entire novel. Barely a year ago, I couldn't imagine the possibility. 

Speaking of anniversaries, in an inevitably self-centered reaction, the death of bin Laden brings to mind how much my life has changed in the last ten years. September 2011 marked a huge turning point for me. I remember being terribly worried for my good friend in New York, confirming he was okay, and then being worried all over again because he's Arab-American and had to face the backlash. It was the month I left academia, the month I started the full-time job that I've been doing in some form or another for the last ten years (and after giving my notice, I won't be here much longer).  It was also the month I met my future husband. We started living together very soon afterward, although we didn't get married for many years.  Ten years ago, I arrogantly thought that I was the essentially the same person I was when I was a precociously independent sixteen, and that my personality wouldn't change that much, whatever the future held. The world shook me up a lot since then and when the pieces settled I wasn't the same person at all.

I feel hopeful, not just for myself, at this historical turning point, but sad that it had to involve so much killing, and there's likely to be a lot more to come.

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