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All right, yes, Twitter is probably killing LJ. And I am as culpable in that as anyone, because I just don't post here much anymore and I've been spending a lot of my online time on Twitter. But in fairness, I had more or less stopped posting here regularly long before I signed up for Twitter. And while I still hate Twitter in a lot of ways, and suspect that in the long run it's going to be responsible for the death of a lot of intelligent discourse on the internet (for example, Jane Espenson has pretty much abandoned her wonderful blog in favor of her Twitter account, which is extremely light on content), the reality is that 140 characters is just more in line with the kind of effort I'm willing to give to the internets lately. Also, I really enjoy the rather bizarre glimpses it affords into the private and professional lives of some of my favorite actors/writers/musicians/celebrities.

So, if there's anyone who hasn't yet found me on Twitter, I'm @susannah008. But I haven't given up on LJ entirely. Even if I don't post or comment much, I still use LJ as my main blog reader and keep up with it pretty well, even if I'm often a few days behind.

In the meantime, here's what I've been up to:

- Mr. Sus is working again. At first he was contract but they brought him on perm in December so we have benefits again! Hooray! And he's working downtown which is only about 10 minutes from our house.

- For the first time in my life I have been working out regularly. I started doing some weightlifting with Mr. Sus last summer, and except for a month-long break over Christmas have been sticking with it. It has done wonders for my back problems, which have pretty much evaporated. I'm also not having as many knee and hip aches as I was before. I don't love working out, but I definitely love feeling stronger and healthier and just generally more comfortable in my own body. Mr. Sus and I also dieted together over the summer/fall and I managed to lose 12 pounds. I gave up the diet in November and I've gained some of that weight back, so I really need to buckle down and get back to it. Ideally I'd like to lose another 12-15 pounds before the summer, and then I'll be back at my pre-munchkin weight.

- I've been writing, albeit somewhat sporadically. I briefly experimented with the idea of revisiting my old NaNoWriMo novel, but quickly realized that wasn't working out and moved on to a brand new project. It's kind of an urban fantasy/ghost story/murder mystery--think Charlaine Harris crossed with Alice Hoffman. Originally one of the supporting characters was going to be a vampire, in the way that one of the characters in Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is obviously a vampire even though it's never explicitly stated. But then the vampire thing got way overexposed last year so I reworked it so that he's a werewolf instead. Of course, now werewolves are getting totally overexposed, but I think werewolves are just inherently cooler than vampires anyway, so I'm sticking with it. And besides, by the time I actually finish this thing the fad will probably be about ready to come back around anyway. I've been doing an okay job of sticking with it, although this past week the writing has been like repeatedly banging my head against a brick wall in the hopes of breaking through, so my word count is extremely low.

- Next weekend I am off to LA to see my girls there and also to catch a couple of the Paley panels. We're going to see Modern Family and Lost, which will be fun, because we all saw the Lost premiere together years ago and then we all went to the first Lost Paley panel and now it's the last year of the show so it's like it's all come full circle. Of course, I think I'm the only one of us who still watches and loves the show, so they're mostly just being nice and humoring me by going. Fortunately, Damon and Cuse are so charming and funny that they're entertaining to watch even if you don't like their show so I dont' feel too bad.

And that's pretty much it, ya'll. Well, except for the fact that I miss the Tenth Doctor terribly and remain extremely skeptical of this new kid. I am not at all impressed by what I've seen in the trailers. In fact, the more I see of him, the less I like him. I am, however, impressed by many of the writers they've lined up, so I'm going to hang in there as long as I can.
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