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Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
Wednesday Heroes

Today these guys and gals are my heroes:

I’m proud and inspired by how hard firefighters, and all the first responders, battle beyond exhaustion. They ignore politics and the dark side of humanity to do the work to save lives, and homes, but lives come first.

Who is your hero today?

Monday, September 14th, 2020
Weekend Roundup

Saturday was filled with Turbo kisses! He’s so affectionate with us now. And I love that when he gets here, he runs up the sidewalk, comes right in, says hi and just starts playing. He knows where his toys are, and what he’s allowed to play with. But boy, he was so tired after playing, going up and down the stairs, having fun with Maggie, swimming, eating chocolate and more playing. They left at 7 and he slept through until 8 the next morning.

Saturday was a bright spot in a hard week with the fires, and two police officers ambushed and shot while sitting in their car.

Sunday Wizard went racing, I struggled all freaking day with the last plot point driving me crazy. I need to nail this down today. If I can’t, I’ll be asking anyone I can find for help! A good night’s sleep might help me crack this code though.

That was my weekend, how was yours?

Friday, September 11th, 2020
Friday Five

TGIF! Let’s go right to sharing five random things about out week:

  1. Today is 9/11, the anniversary of the horrible terrorist attack that killed so many innocent people in the U.S. I will always be grateful to the first responders and civilian heroes who worked so hard to help those who survived, and take respectful care of those we lost. I went to the ground zero in New York a year after the attacks and will never forget how errie and surreal it was. And I’ll just mention while I had the opportunity to pay my respects in New York, I don’t forget the people that lost their lives in at the Pentagon or the field in Pennsylvania.
  2. In a more cheerful note: I have baby bell peppers and tomatoes growing!  I didn’t take pictures because it’s awful outside.
  3. By awful, I mean the smoke from all the fires in CA hang like a gloom that blocks the sun. We are not close to the fires here, that’s how bad it is. It’s not just CA, the whole West Coast is battling raging fires. Here’s a picture from walking Maggie the other morning about 6:45 am. Normally, it would be bright and clear, and I’d need sunglasses to walk toward the sun like this. It’s gotten worse in the last couple days. Everyone is feeling the effect of so much smoke, and I have a scratchy throat and burning eyes, which is not fun with contracts. Much worse, firefighters have been injured, there’ve been some deaths too. And it’s all so sad.
  4. I’m 3/4s of the way into the book revision and have cut well over 50 pages from the first half. I have one more plot problem to figure out how to fix, and the rest is clean up. Another week to get that done I think. Then I’ll have to go through and edit because I’ve made so many changes and moved stuff around. After that, I’ll arrange copyediting.  I’m doing this, and so happy.
  5. The plan is to see Turbo tomorrow! With the fires, plans are subject to change, but that’s the plan while writing this.

Now I’d love to hear five random things about your week! I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
Wednesday Cowboy

Sometimes Wednesday needs a cowboy:

Yea or Nay?

Monday, September 7th, 2020
Weekend Round Up

Happy Labor Day to everyone in the U.S.

Our weekend was HOT. It’s a blazing 115 degrees as I’m writing this on Sunday. No fires near us, but there are major fires throughout the state. One of my kids had to cut a weekend trip short due to a fire, but they are safe (and very wise).

I got through a big scene that’s the midpoint in the book revision, and feeling good. Lots more hard work to do but I’m on track now, and determined not to get derailed again. Discipline is as important as creativity in the writing process.

And I made my first ever key lime pie: Here it is cooling before I put it in the fridge to set:

So that was my weekend, how was yours?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
Witchy Wednesday

Yesterday, I went back to working on revisions, and I finally got it through my head to stop trying to reinvent the book. Logically, I knew this all along, but I couldn’t get my inner perfectionist witch to stop obsessing.

So I dropped a house on the witch and killed her :-)

Okay, not really. I drowned her in wine.

Well I would have if I didn’t have the pesky habit of stopping after one glass, or in rare cases, two glasses.

Instead we compromised, I promised her she could work on the problem at the end of the book because that’s a pure plot issue and she’s good at those. But this pacing problem in the first half is pretty much grunt work, and a little bit of shifting internal motivation, and I got that. We struck a deal, and the witch is leaving me alone and slice, dice and revise. I’m stoked and refuse to let that perfectionist witch get in my way again until I need her to solve plot problems.

I’m easily a third into the revision now and doing this!

And shifting focus slightly, yesterday I saw a meme on FB and shamelessly stole it.

I’m choosing to be Witch #2. How about you?

Monday, August 31st, 2020
Weekend Roundup

I lost Saturday to an unscheduled visit by evil stomach trolls. Let’s move onto happier subjects. Sunday I did a few things to get ready for Youngest and Daugher-in-law coming over for dinner to celebrate her birthday tonight. Overall, dinner should be simple enough to make. But, of course, I’m making her a cake. The problem is Youngest Son can’t eat the cake. So as I was getting ready to run to the store, I had this conversation with Wizard:

Wizard: “You’re not making two desserts. Youngest is a grown man, he will be fine if he can’t eat the cake.”

Witch: “What? I’m sorry I didn’t catch that.”

Wizard: Repeats himself.

Witch shaking my head: “Maybe speak slower? I’m not following your point.”

Wizard TELLS ME AGAIN SLOWLY AND IN MORE DETAIL.

Witch: “Huh, I think we have a communication problem, can you try another language?”

Wizard switched to sign language, but um, I can’t repeat what he said :-) Then I did what I was going to do anyway, I made Youngest his special cookies. And today I’ll make a cake that I hope daughter-in-law likes. Then they can take cookies and cake home with them.

That was my weekend, how was yours?

UPDATE: As I was writing this blog Sunday afternoon, Wizard was in the kitchen eating some of the cookies he didn’t want me to make :-)

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