Thursday, October 30, 2008

High Speed Internet Oh My!

It's official! I've joined the 21st century! A cute young fella named Jake attached a satellite to our porch roof yesterday and so I now--even here in North Central Nowhere--have high speed access. I guess it's not as fast as some, but compared to dial-up, I am now at the NASCAR level of Internet. I've registered at Facebook--go over there and be my friend; I'm a little lonely--and have spent way too many hours playing over the past 14 or so hours.

Yesterday I received a "decline" on a book of my heart that I had submitted to a publisher that looked like it would be a very good fit. I have been in this business many years now, but I've never developed the kind of thick skin required. I should be able to say "oh, well" by now, and go on about the business of writing a new story. However.

Instead, I will spend a few days mulling over a decision to quit. Because, you know, I'm not really any good. The books I've sold have been flukes. I'm too old. Too tired. Can't write. Can't even think.

Well, that's done.

So, when I get finished up here, I'll return to my laptop and to my WIP. I'll struggle some. But then I'll write some more. And maybe someday I'll sell another book.

Thanks for listening!

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Friday, October 24, 2008

...and Autum Rain

It's raining today and I'm lazy. Watched a movie this morning, though--a great thing to do on a rainy day--and wanted to talk it up for a minute. It's an older one, of course, but no less good for a bit of age. It's The Other Sister. I don't even know who plays the title role, though she's great, but I would watch it just to see Diane Keaton and Tom Skerritt. Well, actually, to lust a bit over Mr. Skerritt.

After while, I think I'm going to bake. Has anyone made yeast rolls using Bisquick? They look so easy that I think I'll try them, even though we can never eat the whole batch. That's just one of the things I miss about having a full house, having baked things disappear as soon as they come out of the oven. My grandkids are pretty good about inhaling cookies and brownies, but they're not here all the time.

Have a good day!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Autumn Leaves

Happy Halloween! It's been a beautiful fall here in North Central Nowhere. My foot's coming along nicely, thank you, and it'll be back to work in a few weeks.
My book of the month is one I haven't read yet, but it's on its way. Penny Porter writes some of the best essays there are--all about kids and animals and life in whatever warm place we call home. Some of those essays have been compiled in a book called Heartstrings & Tail-Tuggers. The book, which is hard to find now but will be re-released in March, is on its way and I can't wait!
Till next time.

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