The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Let It Snow, Let It Snow...And Let the Words Flow

      As much as I've joked about snow storms in March and April and even freaky ones in May (in my hope that we get another snow day or two we get enough precipitation to help our plants this spring), I did not want this one that came in the middle of the night (and it's still snowing). After all, my spring break begins tomorrow and I have family in town and things to do and places to see.

photo by land [e]scape

      But not today. It's too slippery and my car's too low-to-the-ground.

      Today, with me all pumped up and no place to go, and my daughter and son having plans for lunch and a movie (in spite of the snow), I'm writing.

       I began a submission for Publishing Syndicate's Not Your Mother's Book On Cats and I plan on finishing it up today. And then sending it off. (There's a May 1 deadline on those submissions.) 

       I also have a self-proposed deadline. I'm working on a longer project, I'm going on a writing retreat with a wonderful editor-friend in early June, and so I hope to get at least a completed rough draft done by then. (The retreat is at an abbey, so there are no distractions--all weekend!)

       (Part of the story has evolved into a road trip, and I got a Trip-Tik from AAA, so I can research some off-the-beaten track places the characters can stop at along the way. Today seems like an ideal day to make some progress on the plot.) 

          If you're snowed in today, what are you doing? And if you're Lisa or Cathy and you're sippin' on a mint julep right 'bout now, enjoy.

        

     

13 comments:

  1. I'm not snowed in, but I baked a cake and have been reading a novel by a wonderful new (to me) author named Caroline Leavitt. The book is "Pictures Of You" and it's marvelous. Very Jodi Picoult-ish.

    Earlier this week, I received my copies of my self-published story collection "Night Blooms." Life is good!

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    1. Fireblossom--

      Oh, HFFF--There is no way I need another author/monkey on my back.

      Really, thanks. I love when people recommend books. And with an e-reader, I can press a couple of keys and get it momentarily. Which I just might do...

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  2. I'm shaking my fist at the sky, and giving it my best Nancy Kerrigan "WHYYYYYYYYY?" Everything is melting on the ground here right now. I'm hoping for a sudden drop in temperature.

    Because I'm a multitasker, I'm mulling over today's two blog posts, thinking about tossing in a load of laundry, digesting my lunch, sipping a 44 oz. Diet Coke, and actively procrastinating on my cat story. It features two cats, a crazy chipmunk, and my stupidity. I fear it is weak cat sauce, for which nobody has a taste.

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    1. Val--You have friends (one of them a NYMB co-author) who would love to read your story before you send it off. I'm sure it needs little work, however. Me thinketh you doth protest too much...

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  3. Actually, it's raining and dreary here, and we're under a severe flood warning. On the up side, the temp has warmed up to 51 and I've had a wonderful, fun day hanging out with my husband. Life is good! :D

    Awesome that you turned your snowy day into a writing day. Enjoy!

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    1. Lisa--I'm sorry it's dreary, but it sounds like you're having a great day.

      Life IS good...

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  4. Snowed here today too. Proud of you for writing. I did not make it that far but have done some reading. This included one of your stories about hair. Linda O'C sent me a copy of NYMB on Being a Woman. I recognized your name and went right to it. Well done! I needed a touch of humor in my day!

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    1. Claudia--Well, don't heap on too much praise. Making the choice to write (instead of eating mashed potatoes, instead of lying on the couch and reading a book, instead of watching something inane on TV) doesn't happen as often as it should.

      Your story in Cupid's Quiver was enjoyable as well. I wish I could write that genre as well as you do...

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  5. Good for you, spending your time writing and turning in an essay ahead of deadline.

    As for me, I'm spending the day with my wonderful family (husband, grandkids, our black Lab, granddaughter's boyfriend--we picked him up on our grocery store run). Oh, there's a fire in the fireplace and we're dog sitting a half-blind pug in a diaper. My hubby drove my granddaughter out in the snow so I could go to the grocery store and so she could pick up her boyfriend. I needed to return a movie and buy a can of chili beans because I had only one can in the pantry and wanted to make chili.

    Well, our "friendliest store in town" didn't deliver. Almost fifty dollars later, somehow one item (the can of chili beans) got left behind on the counter. Long story short, we are having turkey chili with only one tiny can of beans, but the fire looks lovely and it's cozy inside.

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    1. Donna-- A half-blind Pug in a diaper? That sounds like that could be a NYMB all by itself!

      A fire in the fireplace...your family...delicious food (less beans means less flatulence--look on the bright side)...It sounds like a perfect Sunday.

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  6. I admire your attention to deadlines!

    It snowed here in Minneapolis over the weekend, but I think we may be heading toward real spring here soon -- we've a predicted his of 38 this weekend!

    Pearl

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    1. Pearl--Isn't that a heat wave in your part of the world in March? Break out the shorts and the tank tops!

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  7. I thought about you and the snow day not realizing you were on Spring break... ooopsy poopsy. Geez, I should be able to figure something out writing-wise having to do with cats!!!! Oh, but homework calls... as do a bazillion other things if I'm not trying to get a program to run.

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