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April 16, 2006

Some Major Changes For My Blog

Hello, everyone. I know I haven't posted here in a couple of weeks. I'd be surprised if anyone is still reading my blog.

I've been thinking about making some major changes to my blog over the past couple of months. I had decided in 2005 that I was going to severely scale down my blogging after the Koufax Awards were final. Well, those awards have passed, and I have made some changes.

I am not going to be writing on my blog as much as I used to. I've recently started a new job writing for a business magazine. I've also been invited onto the staff of two other magazines, one a men's magazine written by women (it's brand new), and the other an erotica magazine. I will continue to write for Scarlet Magazine. Scarlet likes my erotic short stories.

I have been so busy with my many writing projects that I've decided that I won't update my blog nearly as often as I used to. I'm moving away from the family law/child custody work I used to do. I started my blog primarily as a means of getting information out about family issues, divorce, custody, child support, and the fathers' rights movement. I still serve on several family law-related groups, and I will continue to do that. I've switched to a new field now, and I'm concentrating on it. I haven't even had time to keep up with the blogs I normally read lately. I still enjoy reading blogs. I usually lurk and don't comment, but I do try to comment when I have something to say.

So, I just wanted everyone to know that I am still here, but I won't be posting nearly as often as I used to. I'm going to be busy writing articles and short stories for paid publications. I'm enjoying my new line of work very much. I must admit that writing about sex is much less aggravating than writing about family law. I have even written an article for a motorcycle magazine. I talked about some famous motorcycle movies. I handed in that article on Friday. If it's accepted, and I'm sure it will be, I will pitch another article to that magazine about famous people who rode motorcycles. Lawrence of Arabia was one. He died while riding his motorcycle.

I'm happy that I've started my blog, and I'm very happy that I've been nominated for a few awards. I was even a finalist in the Koufax Awards for the past two years. I didn't make the finals this time around. I'll post on occasion, but for the most part I'll be busy with my new career. I'm very excited about it.

Cheers, everyone!!


Posted on April 16, 2006 at 10:47 AM | Permalink


Good for you. Good luck with your new jobs!

Posted by: will at Apr 16, 2006 12:29:38 PM

Thanks, will! I found another possible writing gig today. Wish me luck. National Lampoon is looking for an assistant editor/writer, and I applied for it. I hope that National Lampoon likes my humor writing. I sent two writing samples. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Never let it be said that I don't aim too high. I aim for the stars.

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 16, 2006 12:36:50 PM

I'm glad you've decided not to shut down altogether, Trish. I think it's a wonderful idea to c concentrate on the paid writing gigs and come here occasionally to supplement them. Good luck on the NatLamp tryout!

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at Apr 16, 2006 1:03:05 PM

Great to hear that you are doing so well in your writing career. Well done, just goes to show that persistence and enthusiasm pays off!

Cheers - will keep you on my RSS feeder in case there's an update. I hope to get to read some of your writing sometime.

Posted by: sabele26 at Apr 16, 2006 2:30:17 PM

Well, I'll keep reading anyway. So far I've found your sex posts enlightening rather than embarrassing, so they probably aren't going to make me leave.

Are there any news about your novel?

Posted by: Alon Levy at Apr 16, 2006 4:35:14 PM

Thanks, everyone. I hope that National Lampoon works out. That would be a real coup.

Alon, I was rejected by Harlequin. I expected that. I received the mail over the weekend. I'm preparing a packet for Tor now. I ran out of printer ink, so I'm going out in a few hours to get more of it.

I found another women's erotica magazine in the U. K. while searching yesterday. I sent them a letter, resume, and writing samples. I hope to hear from them soon.

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 17, 2006 10:06:14 AM

Hey, whenever you write something, Bloglines will alert me and I'll come running. Good luck with all your endeavors! I am happy to see thtat you are so busy doing what you like.

Posted by: coturnix at Apr 17, 2006 12:38:20 PM

Cool, Coturnix. I know that some people have me on RSS feed. I'm excited about all the new writing gigs I'm getting. I'm going to be very busy for a long time. Plus, I just bought "Tomb Raider - Legend", so when I'm not writing, I'm going to be Lara Croft exploring the world. ;)

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 17, 2006 3:04:26 PM

Trish, congrats on your expanding writing career. That is so great! I may be bugging you from time to time, if it's OK with you about some of this stuff that's going on here in the Tx family courts. I'll try to keep it to a minimum, tho'.... ! I promise.

Keep us posted on all your endeavors (when you feel like it!). You are amazing!

Posted by: Txfeminist at Apr 18, 2006 5:08:32 PM

Good for you, TW. Enjoy a moment of Euphoria

Posted by: The Heretik at Apr 19, 2006 1:06:55 AM

Thanks, Heretik! I'm always happy to hear from another Delerium fan. :D

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 19, 2006 11:27:35 AM

No problem contacting me Txfeminist. I still work on a couple of specially chosen family law activist issues. I've severely scaled back. I also heard from several more magazines that want me to write for them. I'm very excited about all of this. I have several articles to write now that are due in the next week or two. I will be very busy.

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 19, 2006 11:28:51 AM

Hello Trish/ The Countess,

I am somewhat saddened to read what you write here. I do understand about needing to move on with one's life, and to change what one does. And, I really do wish you the very, very best! But, I am also going to miss you very much.

You were the only one on-line (at least whom I knew of) who covered the family law issues with a clear perspective of what is really happening out there to women and children, and was able to adress such with a feminist, child-focused persepctive. Your voice was dearly needed and will be sorely missed. Do you know of any other web sites to send women to who are looking for this type of coverage and information?

I wish you the very best with your new writing career. You deserve success. I can certainly understand it being a lot more fun! You took a lot of grief for standing your ground in defense of women and children, and I honor you for it.

I honor you for all the work you have done for mothers, for children being able to be with and bond with their mothers, and for your deep sense of campassion for those who are hurting due to the patriarchy. For all of this I do honor you.

May you never thirst,

Posted by: Lee at Apr 19, 2006 12:56:40 PM

As I said before, Trish, I'm going to miss your regular blogging but I'm thrilled for your freelance career.

Lee, I think Txfeminist is doing a good job with the family law issues on her blog -- that's her just a few comments up in this thread.

Posted by: Violet Socks at Apr 19, 2006 3:20:31 PM

Hey, Trish, congratulations. I feel sentimental-- I first encountered you, unless I'm really wrong, but I don't believe I am, in 1995 in that Anti-Father's-Rights thread on AOL that EarthMom19 moderated. You kicked ass then on custody and the rights of divorced and divorcing women and you've kicked ass continually since.

It's so true that things change, we move on. I wish you all the best and will watch for your byline on paper this time. The work you have done for some of the most marginalized women, single mothers, divorcing women, has been so needed and valuable and I thank you for it.


Posted by: Heart at Apr 20, 2006 7:45:18 PM

Hey, Trish, congratulations. I feel sentimental-- I first encountered you, unless I'm really wrong, but I don't believe I am, in 1995 in that Anti-Father's-Rights thread on AOL that EarthMom19 moderated. You kicked ass then on custody and the rights of divorced and divorcing women and you've kicked ass continually since.

It's so true that things change, we move on. I wish you all the best and will watch for your byline on paper this time. The work you have done for some of the most marginalized women, single mothers, divorcing women, has been so needed and valuable and I thank you for it.


Posted by: Heart at Apr 20, 2006 7:45:45 PM

Yo Beeyatch, did you get my email?

I could see you writing for Lampoon. Hey - you could do some real good satire on them FRsters..... let us know how it goes.

Posted by: Moi ;) at Apr 21, 2006 3:46:43 PM

Glad for you and sad for us. Stay in touch

Posted by: Echidne of the snakes at Apr 24, 2006 2:18:38 AM

Shorah! I stumbled upon your blog (which is admittedly awesome) and noticed you're a fan of Uru/Myst. I don't know if we've met in the cavern during the days of Uru Live or even if you posted on the Uru Obsession forums, but I just had to inquire. I was a regular but have since lost a lot of my free time to undergrad studies.

I miss the Uru community terribly, though, but I will be making it to Mysterium this year! (FINALLY! I have no excuse since I live in the Seattle area, anyways.) Will you be attending?

Congrats on your job!

Posted by: Saxy at Apr 25, 2006 12:50:07 AM

Shorah, Saxy! I remember you. Yes, I was in Ae'Gura during Uru and Until Uru. I was Raewyn. I was usually dressed in white and I had long white/blonde hair.

I went to Mysterium two years ago in Toronto, and I had a blast. You'll love it. Is it in Seattle this year? I wish I could go but I have other commitments.

It was great hearing from you again. I miss Uru and Until Uru very much. I don't know if Until Uru is still online. I haven't been in there in about a year. The game kept crashing on me, so I had to stop. I enjoyed myself in there very much, and I made some good friends.

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 25, 2006 7:11:40 AM

Trish, congratulations! I'm so happy for you! I've missed your posts but I'm glad you've got paid gigs.

Posted by: Sheelzebub at Apr 25, 2006 9:43:15 AM

Thanks, Sheelz and Echidne. I've been very busy writing lately. I also just sent a query for my first novel to a publisher. I should hear back soon. I sent some chapters of my second novel to Tor, and I hope to hear from them soon. If I'm rejected, I'll just send some chapters to the other publisher. I told that publisher about the second novel, but that it's not available for reading yet because I sent it to Tor.

Once I get the sex writing down, I could write a third book. That one would be a self-help type book. Books about sex sell well, so I should be very successful.

I'm having a blast, and I can't keep up with the blogs anymore. I try to read to stay up to date, but I've been writing so much that it's difficult.

Posted by: The Countess at Apr 25, 2006 3:37:51 PM

Oh, I remember you now! It's so great to stumble across your piece of webspace. :D I checked out the photos from the Cavern and it made me a bit misty-eyed. :) Good times!

I'm happy to be the bringer of good news. Cyan is looking for a financial backer to revive Uru Live! They've taken some steps with Until Uru to generate more interest and, hopefully, make the project more attractive to investors. Here is a few letters addressing the Uru community written by Rand a few months ago:

Well, hello again,

Today is a meaningful day in Cyan history. It's been about two years since the sad cancellation of Uru Live, and today we'd like to share with you that we have a new glimmer of hope for moving Uru forward.

Since Uru Live's cancellation you've kept Uru on life support with the Until Uru project - setting up your own servers to bring a bit of life to the cavern. Today we are taking a small but significant step forward by offering an official Until Uru server - the D'mala shard - available to any of you who already have Until Uru access and other Uru owners you want to invite. We've received limited funding from a third party that allows us to breathe some refreshing new life and optimism into all things Uru.

A couple points of clarification. Please don't confuse this official Until Uru server as a full renewal of Uru Live. Although we would love to announce that Uru Live was truly alive again, we're not there yet. And as such, even though our official Until Uru server will be a hub of activity and a central place for information and socialization, there will be no new content yet. And although we hope that this is the beginning of grand new things, there is of course the chance that this is just a brief reprieve. We should all remain cautiously optimistic.

This new Until Uru gives us and other parties a place to meet with the community and see what works and what doesn't - to pick your brain and get your opinions. Feel free to enjoy yourself and speak your mind to "surveyors" who ask you what you think. And feel free to invite friends and family who you think would enjoy getting back into the Uru community.

Of course, I've got to close by thanking you all so much for your support of Uru. We hope that you'll continue to stick with us and help shape the future of Uru.




Hi everyone,

Quick update on the state of the Uru, and a request for your help.

The new D'mala shard is up and running - feels like the cavern has a smidgen of life again. At last count there were well over a thousand invitees and growing. It's been a pleasure to meet and chat with many of you in the cavern. Thanks so much for supporting Uru as we move forward.

We're still moving forward with (all together now) "cautious optimism". The third party that is providing the limited funding for Until Uru is still evaluating the possibility of renewing full blown Until Uru, and the process involves seeing how many people respond to the D'mala shard invitation.

With that in mind I'd like to ask for your help. Until Uru is an unpublicized, grass-roots effort, and as such, the only way that many of the thousands of people who purchased Uru will even know about Until Uru is through word-of-mouth. Now is the time to spread the word. If you know people who have Uru but haven't tried the online aspect of it, please send them an invitation and encourage them to get a taste of it through Until Uru. And if you know Myst fans who haven't tried Uru at all, encourage them to pick up a copy of Complete Chronicles (at Amazon for as little as $4USD) and join the gathering. We do want new people to realize that they're not playing Uru Live, but this would be a great time for them to get a glimpse of what Uru Live will look like.

Anybody who is currently in Until Uru can send invitations. Please take advantage of this free invitation system to get as many people as you can to join the gathering in the cavern. You're the ones who can bring life back to Uru, and the more people you bring back to Uru, the greater chance we can bring Uru back to life. Thanks for your help.

See you in D'ni,

There has even been a request from the DRC to elect representatives to meet with them. As you can see, the elections have already come and gone! I love how motivated the Uru community is. :) There's even been a lot of activity on the old DRC site!

Exciting, huh?! I haven't been to Until Uru lately, either; it crashed on me as well. :( I'm kinda in the same boat as you, too... things have been too hectic to keep up with this. I hope this summer I can get back into the Uru community, though. Too much action to pass up on, but I gotta put work first before I can jump in. Blah...

Maybe when you get some free time (maybe in 40 years? *lol*) you can return, too. :D

Posted by: Saxy at Apr 26, 2006 8:19:23 PM

Saxy, thanks so much for the good news about Uru Live. I hope that Cyan finds backers for it. The Adventure Company would be a good company for Cyan to look to for Uru and future Myst games. The Adventure Company is French, and it specializes in adventure games.

I should try to get back to Until Uru, but the computer I'd use might not be able to handle it. It keeps crashing. I really liked Uru, and I made some great friends. I'm glad that Rand is doing what he can to keep the game going. It was such a pleasant community.

I hope you can make Mysterium this year. It's a lot of fun. I went two years ago. It was great to meet in person people I knew from Ae'Gura. You'll love it.


Posted by: The Countess at Apr 27, 2006 7:51:47 AM