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June 1, 2017

I had hopes for June, but I am starting to see that it probably won't be as much fun as I had thought.  We'll see -- but things just don't seem to work out if I plan on them.

Writing is fine, though.  Working on the second of eight parts to GS9.  Oh!  I know why that keeps sounding so odd -- DS9.  LOL!  I might have to change the number or something.

I think we are going to go to the Wildlife Safari on Sunday.  That should be fun, though I wish it wasn't going to be so hot!  Yeah, I know -- I'm already complaining about the heat.  It was bound to happen!

June 2, 2017

We are having our first 90f weather today.  It wasn't so bad in the house for most of the day.  It's only after the sun hits the west side of the house that things heat up here.  We're a long ways from sunset.  Russ might have to put in the AC this weekend.  I'd hoped not to -- it blocks some of the view of the birds at the feeders -- but I think survival might be a better plan.

I had a horrible time writing my flash fiction this week.  I finally chanced on something and got it up.  A thousand words should not be so hard to do.

Other than that?  Nothing at all.  I had to jab at that story all day, but it's done and now I get to work on GS9.

June 3, 2017

Nice day. Got a lot done on GS9.  Looking forward to my trip tomorrow!  And I am getting ideas about how to make a little money on the side tht might be nice.    It might also pay for some of the stuff I've both for graphic work.

Something to think about.  I could use something fun on the side.

June 4, 2017

A mostly wonderful day except when the car's AC didn't want to work, and later when I went for a walk and got far too hot and was ill by the time I made it back to the car.  That was at the Heron Haven in Omaha.  We went from the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari to there and then up for a quick trip through DeSoto Wildlife Refuge, but it was just too hot for anything to be out there or the Haven.

I do not handle heat well, that's all.  That's kind of odd considering how hot I keep my office in the winter.


But really, had a great day.

June 5, 2017

Slept a lot today.  But I've gotten bits and pieces of work done now and I feel a lot better.  Still working on ideas for other things, too.

I am having doubts about a trip to the mountains.  Yesterday's short trip nearly did me in, though I'm much better now.  If things went that badly on a longer trip, though, I don't know that I'd survive.  LOL.  Really,  it was just the heat, but that might happen at any time.

On the other hand ... mountains.  Pine trees.  Lovely little streams and brooks.  The scent of pine.



June 6, 2017

This is a day when I can't decide if it went better than  I had hoped, or much worse.  Things were okay.  Things were not okay.  I'm about to give up on everything and close down sites just so they are no longer a problem for me -- and for Russ, since he has to step in and help too often.

I am annoyed at things.  Not a good mood to be in.

June 7, 2017

Should I be in a better mood today?  I don't know.  I woke up with an ear ache and a back ache, along with a general feeling of 'things not right.'  Russ noticed that I've been anxious lately and I can't put it down to anything specific at all.

Is it caffeine?  I've cut way back on anything with caffeine in it.  Maybe its lack of caffeine?  I just don't think either of those are the problem.  An imbalance in something, though, and probably my attitude.  Not sure what to do about that one.

On the other hand, my cats are entertaining.  Buffy just attacked the printer for no apparent reason. It's been off for a few days.  So I kicked it on and printed a quick page.  She's really unsure now, and she's keeping an eye on it.

June 8, 2017

We had an absolutely gorgeous sunset tonight.  Lovely colors.  Those are the sunsets that remind me why I like to live here.  We're having hot weather and no storms -- the worst kind of days, where there is no real relief.

I have been going back over early Hieroglyph lessons.  This has really been helping because I hadn't made as a good a connection with the book as I did with the class.  Doing better again now, though.

June 9, 2017

Working away on stories.  Write, write, write.  GS9 is a joy to play with, but it is slow work to rewrite, add new sections, and edit.  Nice characters, though.  Fun situations.

June 10, 2017

Yes, another day of feeling horrible.  Gah.  I wish my stomach would settle into place and not do this up and down stuff so often.

I got some stuff done.  Not a lot.  Russ went to see his brother and I mostly curled up in bed and snarled a lot.  Ugh.


June 11, 2017

We took a ride out into the country today -- out on the Iowa back roads near town.  It's a nice little ride with some side roads you can take to head north and such.  Pretty farm country.  Not the wild places I really love, but still nice.

I am amazed, though, at how many cloudy days we keep getting without a drop of rain.  Things are turning brown already.  I think this is going to be a long summer.

June 12, 2017

We have been getting hot summer weather here.  Hot and no rain, just as Russ predicted.  I am hiding out in the house, of course.  I have gone out to fill the bird feeder, but that's as far as I go.  Well, except to get in the car for a ride.

I should have had the last of Circe's Gifts posted by now, but I got side tracked.  I'll get it this week.  Only about 4 more chapters to go.

Yes, my life is exciting.

June 13, 2017

I am working early on my Flash Fiction.  Ideas are harder to come by right now.  I think I have something that is coming together for it, but wow -- tough story to write.

We had an incredible storm tonight, including tornado sirens.  Russ had gone back to the office and I was in the car watching the wind and stuff.  Amazing, really.  Lots of tree limbs down.  Power out for at least an hour.

Fascinating lightning, but I couldn't get pictures.

June 14, 2017

I got the flash fiction done.  Wow, that was rough.  I think my brain doesn't want to work on anything right now.  I'm even having trouble focusing on this.  Art?  Pictures?  Nah.  Might as well just nap.


Did get a part of Grey Station 9 done that had been bothering me, though.

And I posted the last chapter of Circe's Gifts on Wattpad.  So I guess not all bad for the day!

June 15, 2017

I've been playing quite a bit with all my graphic programs again.  I do love playing with that stuff.  I wish I could come up with a really good practical use for it, though.

Besides that -- nothing, really. 

June 16, 2017

We had quite a storm tonight.  Power out for a while and everything.  Russ and I were over in Sioux City when it hit -- and the tornado sirens went off.  That was unexpected.

Nothing wrong here at the house, though.  We rode around for a while and came back when the power was back on.

June 17, 2017

I am trying to work on GS9 and I think it is going fine, but I keep getting slowed down and stopped.  Ugh.  I am about half way through the story, though.  This is good.  And it is a fun set of little tales.

But it is hard to get moving on it right now.  I have come to realize that I just can't seem to get my focus or a reason lately.  Blah.

June 18, 2017

We took a nice ride this afternoon.  Lots of interesting places out there on the back roads.  The weather hasn't been too hot the last few days, too.

I am working putting Author Vs. Character up on Wattpad. That's a fun story that ought to draw some attention.  That's what I need right now -- a bit of encouragement for the writing.

Gah.  Well, it's not like I'm going to stop anyway.

June 19, 2017

Yes, I put Author Vs. Character up on Wattpad and with a fun new cover.  I hope it gets some reads and notice.  That would be fun.

I think I'm going to work on a story called Dusty and Friends.  Middle grade book?  I am really not certain how to divide those out, but I think it won't be quite YA.  I have a version of it, but that didn't work out at all.  Maybe I can make it into a nice 'young' YA book?  Hmmm.  I am actually looking at doing it as Flash Fictions for the next few weeks.

Okay, that's a plan.

June 20, 2017

Yes, I am going to do Dusty and Friends as a flash fiction series.  This helps me with all kinds of problems -- mostly with my inability to come up with ideas right now.  I think I should be able to work well ahead of the week, too.  The story should pretty much go through the rest of the year, I hope.

So all I have to do is figure out what I want from it.  Right.  Simple.

No one said writing was easy.

June 21, 2017

I wasn't feeling really great today.  I hope that doesn't hold over.  Tomorrow is our anniversary and we might go to Sioux Falls and Casa Del Rey.  That would be fun.

And maybe next week -- dare I say it? -- maybe we'll go to the mountains after all.  Leave a week from Friday, only one for a couple days, and back home.  Just see the mountains again.

I hope it happens, but I'll survive anyway.

June 22, 2017

Well, that didn't go as planned.  Our 38th anniversary....

Russ had work problems.  He not only couldn't get part of the day off, but he had to be back to work at 7pm. So we did not go to Sioux Falls. That turned out to be good, because not long after dinner, I got very very ill.  Ugh.

Not the best anniversary, but it could have been much worse if we were a hundred miles from home when I got so sick.  And no, I don't think it was the food.  I'd felt off for a couple days already.

June 23, 2017

A bit better than yesterday, but still not up to Sioux Falls trip.  Ugh.  Spent most of the day just curled up in bed, to be honest. 

I hope things go better soon.

June 24, 2017

We took a nice trip down to DeSoto Wildlife Refuge today.  I still wasn't feeling great, but I got better through the day.  I think just getting out helped.

Also, a week from tomorrow morning, we'll be heading for the mountains.  Really.  Seriously this time.  Unless things go badly, which you know -- it can happen.  But I am going to think good thoughts.

And get all the camera stuff ready.

June 25, 2017

We went to Sioux Falls and our favorite little restaurant.  Unfortunately, I wasn't feeling great, so I only ate about half the food, then we made a quick drive past the falls, and then headed home.

June 26, 2017

I would like to start feeling better now and have a good time again.  I want to go to the mountains.  I want to get some books written.  I wouldn't even mind getting the house cleaned up.


June 27, 2017

I am so ill that we're thinking about not going to the mountains this weekend.  Maybe in a couple weeks.

I swear this trip is cursed.

But this cold is pretty miserable.  Ugh.

June 28, 2017

Still not feeling great.  This is just annoying.  Oh well. Russ says two weeks from now is better, money-wise, anyway.  I'm about ready to just give up, though.

Other than that, just writing, sniffing, coughing, and writing some more.

June 29, 2017

We had a major storm today!  Huge amounts of hail, but lucky for us there was nothing very large.  Other places nearby had much larger pieces.

I have made a decision on Vision, a Resource for Writers, which is going to take a lot of work to get it done, but then it should be really, truly done.  Didn't really want to do it this way, but I don't see that there is any other choice.

June 30, 2017

Sigh.  I should be heading for the mountains today.  Instead, I'm coping Vision files, which is at least sort of mindless.  I have 660 of them to copy off the site and far more than that to get from the older location.  I will have this done in a few weeks, I hope.  By the end of July if all goes well.

Like I expect that to happen.

And now I begin yet another two week countdown to the mountains. Who would have thought getting just two days away would have been so difficult?