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May 1, 2013

Snow.  Yeah. Snow.  May1.

We are going to go from winter straight to summer at this rate, and no one is going to be happy. 

We got a lot of rain before the snow, though, so that's good.  But still, you know . . . May.  No more snow, okay?

May 2, 2013

Most of the snow missed us last night, which is good.  Today it's warmer again and even the birds are happier.

I wrote a new short story last night.  I am going to try to do another one today.  It should be fun, really.  If I can get a clue what I'm doing.

Mostly I would like to have stuff calm, warm and fun.  I don't think that's asking for too much, right?

Back to work. . . .

May 3, 2013

Still looking for spring to come back.  I don't think that's really asking for too much, considering that it's, you know , MAY!


Working on the second short story which is moving too slowly, but then so is my brain, so it's a good fit, probably.

May 4, 2013

May the 4th be with you.

That always makes me laugh.  Really.  Which is good on a day when it's barely above freezing at almost  one in the afternoon.

Yeah.  Enough of this.

May 5, 2013

There are egrets out at the local pond still.  At least two, I think; an African egret and a larger one.  Lovely stuff.  I got a ton of pictures today.

But that's about all I did today.  I have to get some newsletter stuff done, but I was waiting on a last piece.  It's not showing up, so I'll have to work with what I have.

And that's what I am going to go do now.  Get that work done and then see if I can kickstart the brain into some writing stuff.

may 6, 2013

Hello lovely spring weather.  Finally!  Let's hope there is no more snow for a few months.

This has put me in a better mood, which means lots of things get done.  I finished a short story and I'm almost done with the last of the 2YN books.  Getting those done (yet again) is going to be very nice.  After I get it out of the way, I'll be back to fiction.  I want to get fiction done.

Also getting lots of nice pictures.

This is a good day.

May 7, 2013

Well, okay.  Not as warm.  But not snowing.  I can live with this.

Russ is on call this week and it's just been hell already.  I hope it isn't this bad all the time.

And in the really, really good news -- I have published the last of the Two Year Novel Course books today.  I combined book 8 and 9 into one because 8 was short.  Then I had to rewrite and add a lot of Indie publication stuff to the last sections.  But it is done!

So yeah, happy.

May 8, 2013

I am trying to focus on getting Devlin 2 done and out this month.  I would like to have the second book published in the series.  There are other books I need to consider as well here, but that one in particular needs to get done.  I need, in fact, to get a solid list of what I want to publish this year and stop playing around with everything.

Writing of new stuff has been a bit sketchy, though.  I'm not quite falling into anything.  However, I've noticed that since the weather has improved, my brain seems to be unfreezing as well.  This could be good.

May 9, 2013

We are still running the heater most of the time, but still -- not snow.  Have to look on the bright side there.  Last year at this time my lilacs had bloomed and were dying off again.  This year they're just barely getting a few buds now.  I hope to have some flowers soon, though.

Working on Devlin 2 still.  I have been up and down about the story, but I think a lot of that has to do with my general attitude towards everything.  it's warming up now.  I'll do better.

May 10, 2013

I learned some neat new things about my Canon T4i camera today.  Yeah, I've had it for a while, but I hadn't known some of the really neat touch screen stuff.

I went for a walk this evening.  First of the year.  That was fun.

All in all, a pretty good day, except for that writing stuff.  But I'll still get to it.

may 11, 2013

Frost warning tonight.

I'm pretty certain that's not right for May.

Having ear and throat problems, too.  This is miserable.  Snarl.

May 12, 2013

I am having one of those slight downturns in writing.  I'm still getting stuff, but the head isn't really in it for the moment.  So I'm just floating along at about 1k a day for a while with bits and pieces dropping into various parts of the stories.  Finally think I see a big major bit for one outline, which is nice.  Need to make note of that one.

But other than that, just not getting there.

May 13, 2013

Let's see . . . two days ago we had frost warning. Right now we're setting at 89f.  Tomorrow it will get into the 90's and the day after we drop back down to the mid 70's.

This is odd weather, even for us.

Ears are still giving me trouble.  And sudden heat is not helping.  Spent a lot of today in bed.  Ugh.  And Russ is going to New York later this week to teach a class for his old place of business.  So I had better be feeling well enough to at least be up and moving around for the four or five days he's gone.

Ugh.  Hope this clears up fast.

May 14, 2013

It got up to 104f today.

You know, I think there was supposed to be this thing called spring somewhere in there.

It really didn't feel too bad, though.  Nice to be warm for a change.

May 15, 2013

Russ is going to New York for a few days.  This is . . . troubling, I guess.  Not really ready for him to go back, even for a short time.

I'm having trouble with my writing.  I think things are just going odd on me.

May 16, 2013

I have a plan.

Waiting for the Last Dance is a book that has set around here, almost entirely edited (except I found some serious misses in it), and should have been out long before now.  I didn't like the opening, but I've reworked it as best I can.

The novel is a young adult contemporary book.  I'm going to put it up, one chapter at a time, on my blog and then publish it.  It's short.  I'll have it done in about 2 weeks, give or take the holiday when I'll be away a bit. Though I can set it up to post anyway, now that I think about it.

But that's my plan.  Keep moving forward.

May 17, 2013

Yeah, Russ is off to New York.  Things are odd and quiet here and I am very antsy.  Also having storms, but nothing too drastic.  Buffy is funny; every time she hears thunder, she acts as though something is growling at her.  Funny cat.

I'm going ahead with my plan for Waiting for the Last Dance.  At least it's a project!

May 18, 2013

There are some incredibly dense people on Twitter.  It can't even be explained by the short 140 character posts.  They're just so into themselves that they can't possibly see another view.


Sometimes you'll just go crazy.

May 19, 2013

I've started to post chapters of the novel.

And Russ will be back home tomorrow.  So, I've survived this after all.

Writing is not going all that well, but I think it will pick up again soon.  You've seen me go through these phases.  Everything else starts taking my attention and I haven't connected enough with any single story.  I will soon.

May 20, 2013

Russ is back home!  Yay!

And it's cooler again.

The tornado in Moore is horrible.  I hate to see those things happen.

Not writing much, but I'll get there.

But Russ is back home!

May 21, 2013

It's cold here.  Yeah, cold.  Not freezing, but not comfortable, either.  I refuse to turn the heater back on.  This is just asking for too much.

Russ says it is supposed to drop down into the 40's some night this week.  I refuse to look.

Posted more chapters. Not hearing much.



May 22, 2013

It's cold tonight.  Just cold and I'm not happy about it.  Neither are the cats.  I want spring back again.  Not summer; just spring and some nice weather.

Wrote another short story today.  So that's good.  Going to go out of town this weekend, so that's even better.  Go to see wildlife again!  Maybe the zoo, too.

So something to look forward to, if I survive this cold stuff.

I'm not happy.

May 23, 2013

I may be going to the zoo tomorrow.  That would be fun.  Going to my wildlife refuge the day after, which is fun again.  So this might be a good weekend if all goes well!

Writing?  It's moving along at a slow little pace, but still moving.  You can't complain about that.  I have at least one new idea.  I'll be working on it soon.

May 24, 2013

Well, things did not work out quite the way we hoped.  No zoo today, but we're heading down to the refuge late tonight and we'll be there early tomorrow morning.  That should be fun.

Beyond that, not much going on.  Russ is finishing up work and then we'll head out.

May 25, 2013

Up early after very little sleep -- and off to the refuge.  We saw a lot of smaller birds this time and so many big things -- but it was great. I'm getting better with the camera, too.  It was wonderful fun and just what I needed to get away!

A shame about the flat tire on the way home.  That cost us a bit to replace!  ACK!


May 26, 2013

Up to South Dakota today to visit with Russ's brother and his wife.  It was a great time!  We had fun and drove home in a storm, though nothing much really hit us.  Lots of lightning to watch, though.

May 27, 2013

I have spent all day working on the newsletter and things related to the newsletter.  I really didn't expect things to take this long, but I found I needed to do something odd to make this one work.  I also got writing done, which is good.  This is my worse month this year, but it's still more than a lot of writers do in a year, so I'm not complaining.  I do hope next month is a bit better, though!

Time to get this posted and get some sleep, though!

May 28, 2013

Yeah, not horrible weather, but humid.  Unpleasant.  I need to get some work done and my brain is not connecting.  I would like to get some writing done early today!

So -- off I go!  Write, write, write!

May 29, 2013

I hope to get some writing in.  I had a 3k day yesterday, which has been rare for about a month.  I want to get back to the regular writing again.  Part of the problem is not fully connecting with stories, but that's starting to change.  And I have two new stories to outline, if I can ever just get that far.

So today should be devoted to mostly writing.  I've had to work to do, but most of that is cleared up already.  With luck, I might have a good writing day.

May 30, 2013

Yeah, end of the month is here and I'm not ready for it.  Are we surprised? 

And the weather is so odd!  But at least we have had a lot of rain, unlike last year.  I'll be curious to see how everything looks come August, though.

Not getting a lot done in writing, though Tom Luck is moving forward.

But . . . end of month. 

May 31, 2013

No, not any better ready than I was yesterday.  Getting bits and pieces of writing done and at least thinking about stuff I need for the next month.  But my brain is just not ready for this.  Really.