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Before I get into it, let me say that photobucket can go screw itself. Yes I know my LJ background is one big 'give us money' from them, ditto for my mood theme. I'll look into fixing it when I get home. I know [personal profile] rahirah had posted a bunch of photo hosting sites. I'll need to figure out how to actually make them image.

So I had to get up at 6 to get to the airport so I tried to get to sleep early. I failed. Then my plane was coming from O'Hare and was delayed because of weather. Sigh. But then it was even longer and longer (and my coffee was working it's way thru) because of 'maintenance' issues. We finally take off right when we SHOULD have been landing in Baltimore. (the maintenance issue was a bad fuel pump which they had to 'deactivate.' Um WTF? Don't we need that?)

I didn't opt to use my medical preboarding because Baltimore and Providence were smaller airports and I had nearly a 2 hour lay over in Balt.

Only I didn't. I shoved into a middle seat at the front of the plane so I could get off early. That worked. I made it to my connector (having to change freaking concourses) just in time to board (thank god I had packed crackers because they had to be lunch).

My bag was the first off (i.e. last one so yeah BARELY made it). I decided to rent a car like I said via expedia against my better judgment. I have NEVER seen a lay out like providence's airport. I had to go up three escalators to the skywalk which extended all the way out past the airport parking lot, across a four lane highway, across the block, across the two lane road and FINALLY you're there (by then I'm dead)

Only to find Expedia SAID it was in the airport but it's not it's down the road 'a quarter of a mile.' He said I could just change it to the airport but their fees are 120$/day. I'm paying 55$ so yeah. I ask him now what. Can you prove the expedia price and oh btw we don't have wifi here. Since I have a tracphone with no data plan I can't get on with the phone or the tablet OR the damn computer. He makes it sound like it's just down the block and tells me I can either walk or go ALL the way back to the airport and try to get on the wifi there or I can get a cab and go to the other Hertz rental.

I go outside. It's pouring. I can't see Post road and even if I could there is NO damn sidewalk. How does this idiot think I'm going to walk there?

I go back in, I go to the counter and tell him look I'm disabled any chance there's a transport back to airside? Yes there is (not advertised anywhere mind you). I go back over and can't connect to the Wifi. I can't call an Uber because I live in a place where they don't exist so I don't have the app and can't get it because again no wifi so I go get a yellow cab who bitches and moans SO much because he can't make much money on a fare so short and I have to argue to get him to take me (enjoy that 20 cent tip dickwad). I was feeling sorry about the ubers ruining the NYC cab business (and destablizing banks in the process) but holy shit 8 bucks to go less than half a mile???

FInally I get the car and they will take me back to the airport when I drop off (they can't pick up because of the laws and taxes) it's a Nissan Sentra, not what I was hoping for but it's okay. I pull out into the rain. I wish I could have taken a picture from the bridge because the stormy seas and the angry sky were great. Oh did I mention it's like 57 degrees out here? The newscaster said it was like a winter Nor'easter today.

The hotel is on a major highway that has no red light and is a left hand turn. Wee. I stopped first at the casino across the street and got a player's card because it doesn't have it's own hotel (though it looks like it does) and it got me 20% off my hotel here. Yay. I trundled down to the visitor center just to see where it is (the hotel is hard to get out of). Went back to the casino for a so so dinner then went to play a 20.

It's the first time I've ever seen a casino THIS empty. It was spooky. Found a new game, lost half my 20, moved to the Stargate game and hit the bonus on the first spin and that lead to me winning the progressive jackpot, only third tier but it was 60$ so I left before I could be tempted to make it more.

Had a weird experience at the hotel. I was talking to mom to tell her I made it here alive and someone knocked at the door and said 'Ms Evans?' By the time I got there the hall was empty. I called the front desk to ask why they sent some one up. They didn't. Okay then.

I can't figure out the shower. It doesn't turn. It doesn't pull. I called down there but no one picked up. Too tired to fight it. Washed off in the sink and put that on things to do tomorrow.

I have no idea what the guy in the room next to me is doing? Climbing the walls like monkey? randomly banging on shit? Might just be the furniture sliding as they have wood laminate instead of gross carpet.

I'm going to watch the premiere of Midnight, Texas. Honestly the books are okay but slow. I'm interested to see what they do with this.
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They tell us to have an 'author platform.' Have a blog. Okay I have that. Is anyone paying attention? I doubt it. Hell I don't even hear from people I've known for years because they've moved on to microblogging. I do microblogging (I have twitter and facebook and pintrest). They say do newsletters but frankly I get so many I can't read them all In fact I barely read any and it's not helped by the fools who newsletter everyone several times a week. Wish I had an answer on how to reach readers but I don't. I feel like I'm faking it.

The one thing I do know is that I can and will use the vacation for story fodder. Has to be a wealthy character. when on tripadvisor restaurants rated only $$ are 30-40$ meals I'm scared to know what actual upscale ones cost.

I did forget something. I will have a CAR. I am so used to my work convention being my vacation and not wasting money on a car as I'm in a conference room for 4 of the 6 days I go. I don't need to go on a tour of the mansions. For 2 mansion via the tour group it's 55$ and they DONT take you inside. For that I can buy a 5 house tour. Guess what I'm doing?

Gave up on the big lighhouse tour (too hard to schedule, too many toll roads) but found one close by that drops me on Rose Island and I can go IN that light house. Now that's cooler than me puking my way on a 2 hour boat tour.

Have some links

marketing fatigue

getting the best out of your cover designer

cases where you don’t need a character arc

the story equation
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Today I was doing the final planning for my trip on monday, trying to plot out what I'm doing in the morning vs afternoon and literally EVERYTHING is only 10-4. FOUR! Now I'm sorry I have a hotel with no pool. Okay two the ghost tour has two of them and that will keep me busy but man.

Now I'm glad there's a casino right next door. But it will be much harder to see everything I'd like to see because it all closes so early.

And I'm not sure I'm going to any of the beaches now or at least Easton beach other than for strolling along because the richie-rich locals don't want tourists stinking up the change rooms!

I can't even figure out if I can go on a lighthouse cruise because it looks ilke it only goes once a month.

Dad insists on helping me google earth it all and I'm okay with that because it keeps him busy but he couldn't seem to understand I already HAVE all the files on my computer and he could just copy and paste. FInally it dawns on him and he asks 'why didn't you say so?' Um I did. I know he doesn't hear clearly (as if he'd admit it)

And now all the roads are toll. Glad I noticed that in time to grab up some ones and/or quarters.

As predicted, DSP rejected my holiday story but thankfully they did so in time to send it to Nine Star Press. They might do the same because admittedly Christmas Steampunk IS weird. If so, I guess I'll look into self pubbing it and giving half to St Jude's or something.

HBO is free this weekend. I see literally NO reason to pay for this, ancient movies with an occasional new one mixed in. Even their TV shows have fallen off. If I wanted Game of Thrones I could always netflix it I suppose. I recorded Superman vs Batman. God this is horrible.

The feeling of frustrating and anxiety I've been getting before traveling is back. I hate this.
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I took Naru the car into having his brakes fixed but they were still at 90% so no big bill there. Huzzah.

I had fun at the casino but I lost. Pouts.

I wrote some meta on women writing spec fic that you might be interested in. You can find it here

this could be a fun writing how to villains.

And Happy Birthday to [personal profile] kerkevik_2014. Hope it was a great day.

I'm not going to win camp nano this time. Ah well. I have to get my class finished and the last two days have made big strides in that.

I've also picked out a half dozen restaurants to try in Newport RI plus all the tours I want to go on. Yeah I do plan vacations pretty well. I just feel more comfortable doing that when traveling alone.

And now for the bad new, one of the professors (ecology, thankfully and not the anatomy/cell one I'll be working with more closely) declined our job offer so we have to interview again! I told them I'm not canceling my vacation. Pick whoever and I'll sign off on it. What I actually said was can't we get an adjunct for the non major class and just interview again in the spring. Head desk.
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That was the theme of the day. Mom wanted to find her grandparents in one cemetery, her mother's sister and brother in another and to show me my paternal great grandparents in a third. This last one was easy enough as they knew where they were but for some reason we've never gone to them which is bizarre because it's the same cemetery as my paternal AND maternal grandparents. Dad’s family is odd, not particularly close in some ways and very in others but why in the world we’ve never been to his grandparents’ grave and had to be told about them by his cousin earlier this year is anyone’s guess.

We then went to Fairview Cemetery in Burgettstown to look for the Ms (my great grandparents on Mom’s father’s side) with only knowing ‘they’re by the trees.’ Um tehre are many trees here and all five brothers spelled their surname differently, don’t ask because I have no idea why. We didn’t find them but I suggested find-a-grave to see if we could locate it that way. I will say I want to spend more time in the cemetery (which is directly across from the h.s. football field I spent 4 years marching in but I never went to the cemetery). It’s a strange cemetery. The graves are higgly piggly not lined up in any way. They’re perpendicular to each other, parallel, practically on top of one another. Then there’s a section of tiny headstones with numbers so pauper graveyard but there’s SO many of them, too many for a small town. Prison? Asylum? I truly need to know so I’ll have to investigate it.

Then we went to St Patrick’s cemetery in Oakdale. My great grandfather, Giovanni and his son, Libertino share a headstone there but in the last decade or so no one has gone out there sadly. Worse, Grandmother’s siblings Mary and Joseph who died of flu in the same week are there but no one knows where. “over the hill near the road” was as close as Grandma would ever say. Why she never found them or put up a marker is anyone’s guess.

Mom misplaced the grave in her mind but I hadn’t. I found John and Albert (their Americanized names) and the grave was in shockingly good shape except another headstone from up the hill had fallen and landed against their stone.

Find a grave had zero info on Mary and Joseph nor the Ms nor my dad’s relatives in Fairview I didn’t even know about until we got back. I’m very annoyed that almost all census data is no longer free.

But there was a bit of story fodder in all of this. Returning to the car, I found a grave that said Elizabeth & Theresa (mother and daughter) and elizabeth’s date of death was listed as ‘unknown.’ Oh the questions that spawns. And in the other graveyard was a tombstone entirely in Greek. Neat.

The worst part of it was it was 92 today but with the humidity it felt like 100. Whee.
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By the whole Doctor Who thing. I'm not exactly disappointed that it's a woman. I expected it (though I would much rather they had gone with an Asian or African man but whatever). I actively dislike the actress. She bores me to tears in Broadchurch and the fact the man putting out Broadchurch is the new showrunner for Who makes me nervous. Did she really 'beat out' the competition (because her lifeless portrayals on Broadchurch lead me to disbelieve that) or is she his buddy?

But that's NOT the disappointing thing. No it's the fights and name calling. I've been called a woman hating person who doesn't get the meaning of SF and should just 'shut up and stop whining.' THanks for the bullying.

The good news today is my BFF is heading out here this weekend. That makes me happy.

And since I had so many more writing links, let me share those.

5 reader types


promoting your book

write what you feel

more on platform and this one bugged me a bit. Really now we need a podcast or youtube channel

the unglamorous life of a writer

say yes to obsession

writing super bad villains

more dualities that can replace good and evil

meaningful subplots

And the last two are from Chuck Wendig so expect the foul language.

having a bad writing day

staying motivated in a tough world

Splinters of Silver - editing nothing

Blood Red - Edited up to ch 24

Steampunk Holiday - sent off for consideration

Behind Blue Eyes - back burnered

Horror anthology - gave up

Haunted Hocking

8726 / 60000 words. 15% done!

Yearly Word Count

19979 / 100000 words. 20% done!
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In lieu of saying anything meaningful about writing, how about I share this. (Also if anyone is willing to read and review on Amazon/GR PM me please and I can arrange it)

Blurb Detective Roy Connolly never expected to find real elves and murder at his local anime convention.

Seeking a bonding experience with his formerly estranged son, Sion, a crown prince of the elves, takes him to something they both enjoy: a human anime convention. They both like humans and all their geeky creations so Sion anticipates an enjoyable weekend. He never expected an enemy assassin, armed with only a description of Sion's cosplay, to start murdering his way through the convention.

Detective Roy Connolly, a closet geek, heads to the same anime con without his friend, Amelia. He's surprised to find one of the most handsome men he's ever seen cosplaying in the same anime style as his own, and even more delighted that Sion can't keep his hands off him. Throwing caution to the wind, Roy jumps into a whirlwind relationship only to find himself in the cross hairs of an assassin.

Buy link You can find Conned here

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And now on to the links

Story Arcs

formatting ebooks

self pub success story

best time to publish your book (though I wonder if this applies to LGBT stuff as it's a smaller market in the first place.

And from Betty: earn the back story

successful serial platforms

writing in an unfamiliar setting

ways to bring characters together

TOO tired from the graduation party to do more.

Lily fest

Jul. 15th, 2017 01:15 am
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It felt like a FLorida festival because it was 90 out with 90% humidity It was supposed to be storming but luckily it didn't. My GPS took me a new way to the Bishop Educational Garden, so very remote but I did find where two of the hiking sites I wanted to go explore are. I will say Little Cola Rd sucks. It's supposed to be two way traffic but is barely enough for one car with a huge ditch on one side and a cliff on the other..

It was a muddy mess and so humid my entire body was wet. I wanted a) lilies b) to hear Lone Raven c) Christmas shop.

I actually felt bad for Lone Raven. I think the weather report coupled with the fact it's Friday kept people away. They were there for three sets (I got to hear the middle one) and I could count the audience on one hand. I did get eaten alive by mosquitoes. I enjoyed the set but for that little audience and that much humidity I did feel bad. I did get to talk to them which was nice but it was too miserable to pull out my cd and get it signed. Everyone looked melted.

It took me forever to get a lily because choices. I picked the Catherine Woodbury which is very fragrant and a rebloomer that I can barely shove somewhere. The other was tiny and won't probably bloom for a year or two named Judith which is my mother's name and I'm giving it to her.

I also found a beautiful dichroic glass bracelet for her for Christmas/birthday and a silver wire tree on a quartz geode for her. I also got some awesome, expensive truffles that I need to take a picture of and a neat thing to hang from my stuff here on the porch that I didn't need to buy but I did. I also got an air plant.

In spite of the heat and nausea from the heat it was a good day until I came home and depressed myself by typing in the wrong number in the max price filter and found the absolutely perfect house for me, right where I want to live this house in fact. BUT it's out of my price range. You know I don't mind when they're out of my price range by a lot but this isn't that far out of my range, just enough to be heart breaking.

It's over

Jul. 13th, 2017 10:47 pm
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We've made our picks. It wasn't as contentious as I feared and that's all I really want to say about it.

I'm pretty exhausted by this and we closed the bar down tonight (which closes shockingly early).

Tomorrow it's supposed to rain all day which kills me because I wanted to go to the lilyfest but probably won't.

I thought I had more to say but I guess I don't. Well I do but I'm too tired to form words.

THough this made me smile. An article I'm reading the author is Pious Thomas. The thoughts of how do you end up with that first name....
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I wasn't well today. Mom called and woke me at 10 this morning and I was barely able to keep awake. I went to the bank to deposit the check for my conference (huzzah they gave me 1400 so only 500 was on me!) and then up to Chillicothe to look for a) sleeper sofa for the back room b) recliner for the living room.

Halfway there I'm in the worst traffic jam I've ever seen in this area because they're blasting a hill. I have no idea why (it was even worse on the way back). It was SO HOT I immediately got sick especially after lunch. However it occurred to me I only ever go to Bridge street where the stores are. I've never been to the historic side which is silly. Chillicothe was Ohio's first capitol. there is history here (in spite of the fact it smells bad(paper mill) and is pretty run down now.)

I ended up at the green tree restaurant I liked the history of it (points to website). I got two appetizers as I wasn't in the mood for a 10$ sandwich. The three cheese rosemary quiche was yummy but the spinach pancakes were undercooked raw flour.

I wasn't too happy with the furniture I saw and they wouldn't deliver the thing INTO the house until I paid two fees (the first payment only sends it to 'curbside.')

By the time I got some groceries and got home, I was so sick from the heat it took three hours in the a/c and a fan before I felt not bad.

WHich means all the cleaning (and writing) I wanted to do didn't happen. I've explained to Mom that when she gets here the living room will still be trashed and naturally she doesn't grasp this (and telling me I have too much stuff isn't helping, of course I do. Like I somehow don't know this) I tried and failed to find my landlord so I don't know what's going on there.
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Still having trouble sleeping. I did get my task chair (the box is huge), my new fan works but that's not the weird part.

That came much later. We had the second interview...she knew the person who's job she's interviewing for (because that's not awkward). She didn't do nearly as well but I've learned I dislike every part of this. The second choice declined an interview then emailed us today begging to change his mind (sorry). All I can see is the poor job market and wondering what happens to the ones we don't choose etc.

When we took her to dinner the server was my student who lives here who told me my apartment complex has been sold. I didn't know so I need to talk to the land lord. I'm not tremendously worried about the rent going up to where I can't afford it but I AM worried about them coming in and saying I need to get teh hoard out of here. I hate uncertainity. I spent the rest of the evening house hunting and finding nothing I'd want in my price range (the adorable house dad found sold already). I'm supposed to go get a sleeper sofa/futon tomorrow and now I don't really even want to buy anything that I'll have to move.

Back home Zeus beat the shit out of my hometown. Lightning hit a transformer and everyone's home fried. My dad lost all the surge protectors but saved the electronics even though a few plugs got smoked. THe fire and smoke detectors went off (mom said Kanda didn't know what to do and froze in front of the couch which I guess is good because he'd be easy to snare if the house was on fire...which it nearly was. My uncle lost his computers, the neighbors lost a lot. it even hit the next town over.

And in non weird and sad news, I need help from you. I'm looking for opinions, I had a title in mind for the gaslight fantasy I have planned for novel (I know, right? I'm that far ahead for a change) but while the word fits, it's also very obviously of greek origin (Xenolith). Would that bother you when the story itself isn't set on Earth and would have no reason to call a xenolith by that name?
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Because it was 11 pm by the time I got home. I drove to Athens for a writer's group meeting. It was fine back at home. I get almost to Athens when my phone goes off. Tornado! Then another flash flooding. It started bucketing down. I stayed at the diner most of the night, had a nice time anyhow.

We had the first interview and it went well. I really liked her. We have the second tomorrow for the same position. I am open minded about the next one even though she's a friend of the one faculty member who's a GIANT pain in the ass. But I'd be very happy with this woman.

Am I the last to hear about Photobucket and them holding pictures for ransom. Okay I DO get that they might have to charge to stay in business but to give no warning and then hold the photos for ransom after the fact, that's a douche canoe move. Mine seem okay but yeah I'm thinking I should go pull them all down and find something else.
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From the morons driving 45 in a 70 mph zone on I-70, to the person coming up the southbound lane into traffic in Steubenville (I know why he was doing it. That is usually a northbound lane but it's closed because the ramp onto 22/30 to Pittsburgh is closed and the damn detour is like 8 miles long and I bet all the locals cut that lane and go around the barrier because this is like the third time for this), to the people who kept randomly pulling out in front of me and going slow. For the love of God if you're going to pull out in front of me go FAST.

I'm no longer going to Gettysburgh on the way back from Rhode Island. I decided to fly. It's a 9 hour drive even without stopping. It would probably take me 12. So I'm going to fly there (Yes Mom I see United is cheaper than Southwest but those people are horrible) and I'll be renting a car.

BUT it's through expedia and literally half the cost of getting it direct. So everyone cross your fingers for me (since expedia is another one selling you stuff and then saying we're not liable if the other party backs out).

I made it to OH fine. It's actually a beautiful day. I have the windows on and my 80 year old Westinghouse fan going.

I'll probably do my writerly ways tomorrow as I still have a lot of unpacking to do and I'm tired.
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I've had a lot of those this year. I'm not sure what it means. Today's was I found THe Crow with Brandon Lee on Ovation last night. I haven't seen that in forever (okay I own it but that disc hasn't been in the machine in years) and then today Mom asked me to clean off a shelf in my closet and take that crap with me to OH to either keep or sell and up there was a bound version of The Crow autographed and with a cd full of music J O'Barr wrote. I haven't seen that in, god nearly 25 years. I put it in a box and brought it here when I left Cleveland after graduating med school and it's been in that closet ever since. That's a bit shameful.

Mom of course says look it up on ebay and sell it. As if I'm selling my Crow stuff. I did look it up. Lots of stuff in the 100$ and up range but who knows if anyone is buying.

I'm heading back to OH to interview those candidates. Please send me some good wishes. This could be a bad bad week.
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Today was supposed to be me hitting a sheet sale and working on finalizing my trip. Instead I decided to call my health insurance because that Dana in Texas is STILL having all her shit charged on my account and in the last month it was nearly 5 grand. In the meantime that fucking insurance took away my long term insulin and subtituted and older less good one (and my sugar is now back up around 250) due to cost. For what they paid on an account that is NOT mine they could have paid for my lantus for two years.

SO I talk to one and she accidentally (or on purpose) cut me off. I talk to a guy next and explain it and I tell them that Med 4 Home found out the issue months ago when I called them about charging on my account. The other Dana's freaking medicare/medicaid has MY insurance as her secondary. This shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to uncouple them. I insist this time on a manager.

TWO HOURS LATER I'm still on hold. IN the meantime he's called UTMB Hospital in Galveston which lied to him about anyone ever calling about this (I've called twice my insurance has called one in the past), called the fraud department (who said what they said to me last time, a billing error isn't fraud but it should be when they KNOW it's an issue and have been still doing it for nearly 2 years).

FInally I get the supervisor, tell her all over again. She says I'll call you back. I expect never to hear from her as that's their usual MO. She did call and say they'll be taking all the charges off. I said that's fine but you've been doing that. WHAT are you doing to stop this? IN theory she's going to fix it. She even gave me the other Dana's account # which is probably a violation. I DID point out this going on is in fact a MAJOR HIPPA violation because I know every health issue this woman has.

Want to bet in a few weeks they'll send me a letter saying that I still owe on my copay because they counted HER stuff to mine? Also how hard is it that the charges that aren't mine are the ones in TEXAS? One of them (the one who hung up) told me to tell HR to give me a new account with them. Um...

Dad’s trying to break my heart with this house . He’s right. It’s perfect for me. It has such beautiful wood work. It’s cute. It’s affordable. So what’s the heart breaking part? It’s in Gallipolis. That means it’s far from my friends, from Columbus etc etc and I don’t care what he says about the neighborhood looking nice, it is but two blocks one way and there’s nothing but drug dealers and two the other, you see hookers (I used to work nights at the theater near here). And what I can’t tell him is that I hate the ‘feel’ of the town. To me it feels like a battlefield, that strange sense of wrongness about it. But I don’t want to live in town. I don’t understand why my parents don’t get this. If I want a house on top of me, I’d stay in my freaking apartment. Of course what I really want is this house out in the country and that just isn’t to be found which makes me sad.

I did manage to find two more things to do in RI and that the hotel's website (not trivago or any of those) has my room for 20$ cheaper so I'm calling them tomorrow. Also when I looked at the casino that's across from my hotel. It doesn't have it's own hotel but gives 20% off my hotel if I get a player's card. Done. I might be eating at the casino as it's reasonable and I can tell Newport might be way out of my price range.
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I hope you had a nice holiday (and if it's not your holiday hope you had a good day regardless)

Today was the third cook out. It was supposed to be just my parents, my dad's brother and his wife and then Mom invited my brother and his wife who haven't seen our Uncle in a while mostly because my brother turned into such a lame homebody (he was the one who went everywhere and was never home as a kid and I went nowhere and now it's totally reversed.)

In spite of the heat, it was a good day, No political talk (thank god) Saw some of my neighbors fireworks. Didn't get anything written but edited a bit more of Blood Red so I guess it's a win.
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I still have no good ideas as to a blog post for this so I'll get to the links in a minute. Hell I haven't even had time to write my camp nano. 3 days and I have less than 500 words. Geez. Maybe that should be my theme...

WHat I do know is that swearing is one of those less is more things, and that's ME saying it. You know I swear. I see this more in movies than books but someone's writing it. I just finished watching Logan and all the fucks really took away from a good movie. I mean Professor X doesn't say fuck all the time. Logan maybe but even I was appalled about how much he swore at the child actor. I sort of wished Jackman and/or Stewart would have said, this is so out of character. It definitely felt like the writer/director said 'wow we have an R rating, let 'er rip.'

Here's the links from Betty, Alina and BookBaby:

Self editing tips

Avoiding writing slumps (I need to sit and contemplate this one)

3 dimensional characters

Sleepy Hollow How much physical description

Sleepy Hollow making peace with your inner plotters/pantser

thank yous matter

cheat sheet check lists

Overcoming negativity I should print this one out and meditate on it.

The weight of the undone ditto this one

World Building in SF

What is irony

yeah maybe when it's not nearly bed time I'll actually get my word count and all that jazz
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Spiking the egg nog/punch Decorating LA BEFANA AND BABOUSHKA Ghost of Christmas: present The Jólasveinar
FRAU PERCHTA Lighting candles Killantzaroi Shoveling snow Pomegranate
Midnight Kiss Joseph FREE SPACE Doughnuts Hot Buttered Rum


Inn Keeper
Pig Roast Snuggling by the fire New holiday Pajamas Fudge
Oranges Candy Jesus Fish Cookies

I swam!

Jul. 2nd, 2017 10:52 pm
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We went to Lucky Uncle's place on the lake today. Luckily dad mostly behaved himself (after starting with political bullshit on the drive down which thankfully died soon). It was a beautiful day. The only real hiccup was my aunt's brother and his uber bitch, personality-less girlfriend. They were over an hour and a half late for lunch so we left the home open, texted them that the food was on the table and all went for a boat ride.

I didn't hear it but Nurse Bitch said to Mom and my Aunt 'If you had waited 10 minutes we could have gone with you.' Um we waited an hour and a half. Later in front of me she made my aunt ask me to call my uncle on the boat (he was taking the teens out tubing) after my dad already told her that they couldn't take anyone else because it weighs the boat down too much, and ask if she could come and video my aunt's niece tubing (these people don't understand these kids are 17 not 7 and probably don't want you doing that in front of the date they brought). SO I did and Lucky Uncle is a soft touch, he said tell her to come so I do and said, they're ready to go so you need to get to the dock now.

She glared at me, glared at the drink she had just poured herself then snarls, "Isn't that just perfect? What's the rush?" and slams out the door to me replying 'You don't get to complain when you're two hours late (because it was no 10 minutes because they were still eating when we got back and that was at least nearly an hour ride on the boat). I might have added, you bitch.... I don't even feel sorry. Later I even tried to include her in the conversation (since it was revolving just around my side of the family) and got another glare. Fine, you witch. I'll gladly ignore you. (My SiL works with her at the hospital and says she's pretty awful there too).

So back to the subject line, I swam. You have no idea how much this means to me. I've been a swimmer all my life. I have only ever loved one exercise and that's it.I haven't swum since my shoulders were rebuilt. I did swim for a while with a floaty under me but eventually I tossed it back on the boat and just swam. I can breast stroke and dog paddle well. The real outstretched arm style I can't do as well but that's to be expected. Now hours later, I'm getting sore but I expected that and I don't care. I swam.

And even before this I had come to a decision. I NEED to get healthier. If my school won't give me student free time, well then fuck it. I'll slap on an old pair of shorts and I'm going in our damn pool and I'm telling HR they better have my back against students claiming I've touched them.
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This morning I dreamed Mom, Dad and I were walking up the high way here in town at night. We were coming from the direction of the church and rounding what was the general store when I was growing up (now an apartment building). It was winter and the snow made the road nearly impassable.We were talking to each other but I don't know what about. I know the height of the snow was part of it. It was chest high on me and nearly up to mom's neck. I remember my boobs making track marks in the snow.

Then we were past my aunt's house (which is two houses from the store) and ready to turn up our hill when our neighbors S&M came out and my aunt too chasing her jack russell who was burrowing through the snow. Suddenly my brother was there saying the snow wasn't so bad the other way closer to Midway.

I wish I could remember the rest of the conversations.

Today was spent not writing nano like I wanted to but at least I got my writers group shit down two weeks late.

THen went to my brothers for a 4 of july cookout (because he won't come to a party with more than 6 people like tomorrow's...)


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