Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

Help, I’m Alive!

You ever finish a huge project or survive a deadline, then have your body remind you that you’re actually human? Once your task has been accomplished, your body asks you, “Hey, remember when you said you didn’t have time to be sick? Well, guess what! Your schedule just opened up for the next week. Looks like we can take the pin out of this illness you were putting off and get back to where we left off…”

Yeah, so that’s where I’ve been, recovering from being done with grad school. I have the degree and the diploma. No more classes. It’s all official now.

And my body told me I needed a vacation.

Heavens forfend, it was terrible!! I’m soooo happy :D to be back on the side of the living, although there were some moments when I wondered if being dead was easier. I’ll blame those thoughts on the fever dreams. ;) (I finally had a chance read a few books that weren’t about innovation or finding operational efficiencies. That was kinda nice.)

So what’s on the agenda for me this week? Well, I’m so glad you asked. :P

1. Finish up the last section of The Foundry Moth short story project. Since it looks like we’ll be doing a monster mashup of options A and B, I’ll get super creative with this. I haven’t killed anyone yet, but I’ll be taking the gloves off for the grande finale. Woo hoo!!

2. Continue editing The Dreamless City, my steampunk urban fantasy novel. I had considered finishing the super rough draft of Book Two, which I started during Camp NaNoWriMo in April, but I think I’m ready to get back into the first book. Rawr!! Let’s see what havoc we can cause by the end of the month. I do want to get this sucker to beta readers sometime soonish.

3. Remind friends and family what I look like. Maybe see a movie too. ;) I thought about catching up on the laundry, but that’s just silliness.

Anyway, I’m glad to be back. I missed you guys, and I can’t wait to get the good times started again!!

7 comments on “Help, I’m Alive!

  1. John W. Howell
    May 13, 2013

    I remember finishing grad school and was amazed at the vacuum created by the lack of pressure. Congratulations.

    • tracycembor
      May 13, 2013

      Funny how my toddler, my fulltime job, and my writing projects are filling that void nicely. xD Thanks!!

  2. Przemek Kucia
    May 13, 2013

    Kill ’em all!!!!11 xD That would be a finale, with only the moth surviving ;) Or maybe, the moth is the serial killer?

    And to be serious – it’s good to have you back here :D

    • tracycembor
      May 14, 2013

      I worked so hard to keep Tesla’s father alive. It would be a shame to kill off everyone now. Although I do feel like the supper tin is becoming a bit like the Pulp Fiction suitcase; who knows what is going to pop out when they finally get it. ;)

  3. ericjbaker
    May 13, 2013

    Congratulations on your awesome accomplishment!

    • tracycembor
      May 14, 2013

      Which accomplishment? Finishing grad school or being alive? I think both of these achievements are worthy of a parade, or at least a small medal or trophy I can put on the mantle and dust occassionally. (Who are we kidding? We know I’m not dusting anything if I can help it. :P )

      • ericjbaker
        May 14, 2013

        Definitely referring to grad school, which is an accomplishment without the other distractions you have in your life (not that a child is a distraction, but you know what I mean… the juggling). I suppose being alive is an accomplishment, depending on one’s back story. You’re not Rasputin by any chance, are you?

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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