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Within 28 Miles

Last week, my grandmother, Bettina S. Cottrell, died, not unexpectedly. She was 95 and lived in the house her parents lived in, which her grandmother had built back in the 19th century. In fact, when I look at a map of the Boston area and a map of place names from my family tree, it’s pretty clear that most of “the family” (both sides) did not travel more than a few miles from their birthplaces.

Some Changes

Lots of change and upheaval lately:

Personal Changes

My sister and her kids came to visit last week. It was tons of fun, spent a lot of time at the pool and beach, and went to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory with them. They’re great kids, and I’m soooooo glad they were able to come see us!

Unfortunately, our grandmother died on Wednesday while sis was here, so John and I left our campsite yesterday and drove to a campground outside Boston. Services are this week, and we plan to stay for an extra week, to visit friends and also so we’re not just pinballing all over the Northeast again. We’re also re-designing our travel plans for the rest of this year.

Alladin is doing well, still in recovery. We had to change his vet appointment to Friday because of the funeral, but his bloodwork looks good and he’s continuing to get better.

Blogging Changes

Meanwhile, I’ve started a new blog. You probably noticed some cross-posted travel-related posts (and for LJers, some cross-cross-posted; sorry, I really can’t make those any less ugly without completely removing them… which I could do, but I thought you all would enjoy reading those). I’ve joined the blog network with, a new blog I’m writing about our travels and life on the road. I try to post daily, but the cross-posting hasn’t been automatic the way I want it to be, so it ends up cross-posting in batches whenever I remember to do it manually.

I’m also writing articles for Suite101, and if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (I’m mortaine at both places– add me!), or if you visit my blog directly, you’ll have seen an update in the sidebar when I write a new article. I mainly write about technical writing, so if you’re a tech writer, or want to be one, you should definitely read the articles (RSS).

Writing Business Changes

More changes: I’m starting a corporation, Mortaine Publications, Inc. It’s an umbrella corp to handle my writing businesses. I’ve now fractured into enough directions– web/blog writing, technical writing, training development, comic book development, etc., that it made sense to create a corporation for the taxes and billing, the professional image, and streamlining business-to-business arrangements.

Why am I suddenly fracturing my writing? Well, I still don’t want to put a bunch of annoying ads in my blog. BUT, I’m getting to the point where I want to get paid for blogging. pays $1 per post plus ad impressions for the first month, which is pretty sweet. Suite101 pays for pageviews, but gets a lot of traffic, which is also pretty cool.

Look forward to more changes to the blog and website layout coming up as the corporation gets going and as I streamline my content propagation and feeds and whatnot. Remember you can always subscribe to a specific category feed. Just visit the home page, select the category, and put “/feed” at the end of the category URL to subscribe to it. The posts get posted into the RV category– a little help and extra content for those who’ve subscribed to that feed already.

New Projects

The novels are on hiatus for a bit. I’m pursuing some new creative projects. You may have seen “comic book development” in my list of reasons i started the corporation. I can’t really discuss it, but I’m working with an artist to put out a comic book early next year. It’s very exciting, and I think people who read this blog will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the comic.

I’m not really starting any new knitting projects lately (this week, anyway). Still have to take photos of the blue sweater and post them, and I’m just working on TKGA, the stormy shawl, and a knitted kitten for a swap that I’m really far behind on finishing. I have 2 pairs of socks on promise that I haven’t even designed yet, but at least I have the measurements waiting to go for them.

My to-do list is currently 60 items long.

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