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Surprise Baby Shower

While Larissa and I were on the mainland last week visiting with family (on both her side and mine), Larissa’s family surprised us with a baby shower. The “surprise” portion of this was no small feat: Larissa is notoriously difficult to surprise.

The closest I’ve come to surprising Larissa was when I gave her an antique secretary desk as a Christmas present a year ago. She had no idea until Christmas Eve, when she followed me downstairs at my parents’ house and found me putting the finishing touches on it.

The way the family managed the surprise this time around was pretty ingenious. Larissa had contacted her cousin, Kristal, asking if she and her husband wanted to get together while we were on the mainland. Kristal invited us over for dinner.

A couple of days later, Kristal mentioned our dinner date to her mom. Aunt Anneliese suggested that they could jump on that opportunity and turn it into a baby shower. Pretty much all of the female sisters, cousins, and in-laws were able to make it work. So we went over on Thursday and had dinner with Shaun and Kristal, and about fifteen minutes after we’d eaten there was a knock on the door and the house flooded with women!

(Larissa cried! It was cute and sweet.)

I spent the evening with Shaun, watching sports highlights and talking about music, books, and movies. In the meantime, Larissa was being showered generously with gifts. Along with all kinds of newborn diapers, toys, and clothes, we also received a brand new car seat! So that’s one of the Baby Fund items crossed off the list. We’ve been taken care of so well that I think the Baby Fund is more or less fully funded at this point. I may have to direct future writing profits towards something else! :)

Thanks so much to our extended family for the baby shower and all of the wonderful gifts.

For more pictures and another write-up of the evening, check out Aunt Anneliese’s blog post. She also has a tutorial on how to build your own Diaper Cake, like the one featured in the picture above.

Your Generosity Leads To My Creativity

The more time I put towards expanding myself creatively, the more cool stuff seems to happen. Here’s an update on what’s been happening on the creative front recently, and a look ahead at a few things you can expect in the future.

The Diaper Fund Evolves

Your generosity has far outstripped my expectations, or even my hopes. I created the Diaper Fund hoping to raise $300 by the beginning of April 2012. Instead, you guys polished off that $300 target in three weeks. Thank you all so much for your Flare Fiction preorders and your donations!

Of course, I’m not going to stop selling my writing just because we reached that goal, so I’ve converted the Diaper Fund into the Baby Fund. New stories and anthologies will be coming out between now and April to help fundraise for a car seat, a baby monitor, and possibly a rocking chair, with anything extra that I sell going towards clothes, toys, and other small necessities.

Thank you again for being so generous and pushing me to keep writing!

Upcoming Projects

I have all kinds of ideas about what to do with myself creatively these days. Some of the ideas are only half-formed, so I don’t want to jump the gun by announcing or releasing anything prematurely. There are a couple of things, though, that will definitely be happening between now and, let’s say, February or March.

Short Stories

I have a variety of short stories that I’ll be releasing over the next couple of months, probably at a rate of one every couple of weeks or so. I’m still ironing out the exact details, but one way or another you’ll have the chance to do some interesting reading in the near future, I promise!

Print Anthology

The majority of my writing is only available digitally, but I know that a lot of people, myself included, like to read on paper, too. At some point in the new year, I’m going to be putting together a print anthology of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, combining the contents of my existing short fiction collections with other unreleased stories and some stuff that won’t be available anywhere else.

Special People

New chapters keep flowing over at Special People, so if you haven’t been reading so far, I suggest you go catch up! SP has been a ton of fun so far, but this is only the beginning. If all goes according to plan, I should have some new multimedia offerings from the Special People¬†universe over the coming months. Sorry, no more specific details than that yet!

Diaper Fund Update

Last week I set up the Diaper Fund as a way to track my progress towards buying a set of cloth diapers by April, through selling my writing.

Within two days of launching the Diaper Fund, you generous people brought me to within 5% of my goal. So far I have $288 of my $300 target.


Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed. There’s still a little ways to go, and once I pass the diaper threshold I can start putting money towards a car seat or a change table, too, so I’m still going to be coming out with new products after Flare Fiction 1 is released.

Plus, in case you haven’t heard yet, everything in the FiftyWordStories.com Store is 25% off for the month of December.

Again, thank you, and Merry Christmas!