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My wife and I will be taking some much needed time off to spend some 'quality time' with each other. She suggested this based on (ahem) 'female issues' that needed addressing recently, probably because of my bout with cancer a while back. Regardless, I will probably not be actively working on any new material for the next month (or so). In the meantime, if anyone has any additional suggestions of any potential topics for writing the ongoing series of short stories, I would gladly welcome them, and of course, give credit where credit is due.
The next 2 stories will be written and may not be in the order that they were identified: (1) finish the subplot about the exponential creation of 'lost souls' that the society has to recover; and, (2) a fun 'one-off' about an incident involving a soda (er, cola, pop, non-alcoholic caffeinated beverage) that has an adverse effect on the society women.
As said earlier, I want to enjoy myself with some fun in the sun in the Caribbean with my wife, along with some mai tais, fuzzy navels, some scuba diving and snorkeling, and of course, getting that golden tan that I've needed for so long. Also, it would help that I do this before the start of hurricane season, so the hotel/resort rates are really cheap right now.
Until then, I wish you all peace, joy and happiness. Blessings be.
A littl' bit more about me...
Hi! My name is Kirsten Jørgensen, but my wife calls me 'Jorge' just to be a tease. My parents and I came from Norway when I was 3 years old. I have dual citizenship for both Norway and the United States; we periodically take trips to see our family back home. My father is an electrical engineer, and my mother is an attorney. The reason for my reluctance for showing my face came from when I was a late teenage girl; I was stalked by someone on Facebook. He tried meeting me, identified my every movement at the very high school that I went to, as well as times that I was walking about with my girlfriends. Of course, he's now spending time in a state prison. Still...that made me super paranoid about showing my real face, not to mention, my real name. I've used several aliases over the years (my 'cancer buddy', Bob, has even let me use his, but I've felt guilty about using it despite his permission), as well as using different fake photos wherever I went online. It is because of
The real me...
After several years of trying to remain photographically anonymous, and at the behest of my wife, I am (finally) showing my face. A portrait shown several years ago was a fake. The most recent photo was taken about 3-4 months ago for work; it was professionally done.
Sorry it took so long...
Work has been ultra-super hectic for the past month. And as 'bad guys' never take vacations, neither do we. As someone who provides guidance on possible cybersecurity solutions to executives and politicians, our Nation takes precedence first. The other reason for the delay was coming up with a suitable ending.
Am back...sort of
It has been a very long time since I've been online - outside of a few times here and there - between the repetitive scans, chemotherapy, blood work, etc. As someone who is a cancer survivor (still working on surviving the 2nd bout), I can say that it has been a harrowing experience. As woman who is kind of, sort of a woman, it's hard to put into words what I have had to endure. Ask any woman who has had cancer of the female anatomy. It's both strange and difficult (sometimes downright embarrassing) to talk about it. You feel embarrassed to say that you survived cancer, esp. at the age of 31. I consider myself lucky in that I get to see another sunrise and sunset every day. I consider myself lucky to have my wife there as support for me. And most importantly, I consider myself lucky to be alive, however broken, to experience what being alive means. And for that, I am extremely thankful. Now...it's time to get back to the stories. There will be more coming out - I just wasn't