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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Raining on the Porch and Writing

It's been a long week and a full weekend. The beginning of the graduation parties and holiday plans. Mi padre is coming up for July 4th!! Huzzah!  Goals are really starting to find purchase, Round 2 is almost at a close, and the Summer has only just started to summer. Lots in the works, so onto the check-in.....

This Week:
     *Reading: finished Golden Compass (Phillip Pullman), continuing with Wicked (Gregory Maguire), and Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie). I think Poirot is my favourite, but I have been going through my Poirot mysteries first before hitting up the Miss Marple. Wicked is growing on me some. Still feels a bit preachy at times about politics, but I am going to finish it.
started the first chapter of
     *Social Media: managed to visit 4 blogs daily for my #ROW80 list and got to everyone who posted on Wednesday. Also visited my WIPpeteers, 2 a day when about. I still have at least 4 more to visit before Wednesday.
     *Writing: wrote Wednesday, Thursday, and a little on Friday. I wrote a poem and a short story for a fellow blogger's site, a writing challenge prompt. Been brainstorming for the secret project and planning to do a writing blitz later today (prolly before I actually post this) and working on my review of The Golden Compass from my Book to Movie reviews that I usually do in October. I miss last October because of my busy schedule and just now catching up.
     *Editing: finished the first round of edits on Love in Ferns. The short story version is going to be submitted to #writestuff's monthly challenge. I feel I need another pass before I post it wholly. Been thinking of writing an large story of it, thinking I need to do a bit of plotting on it before I attempt more. I can see more of the story on the horizon, just not sure where to go next.
      *Housetending: the usual on Sunday laundry, garbage, and dishes.
      *Submissions: I got two in this early afternoon. Also got another rejection letter. I finally figured out why for the current one. They are not looking for poetry that uses repetitious forms, like pantoums. Funny, because I am really good at pantoums. Also, the flowery language doesn't entice them. I guess I can understand. But and the other hand the poems were good, just not a right fit. Time to try elsewhere.

Side note: colouring is truly therapeutic...

From my friend James' new colouring book of his artwork from his series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. See his stuff books and artwork at Coppervale International or at James A. Owen. Done in marker, which was difficult until I found my fine tipped markers, these were quite fun to colour.

This Week (upcoming):
     *Reading: continue with Wicked and start The Subtle Knife (Phillip Pullman). I love His Dark Materials!!
     *Writing: write daily. Works to work on Golden Compass Review and Secret Project.
     *Editing: look at where I am in The Real Road Trip revision, attempt to revise 2 page (starting small).
     *Submissions: 1 new.
     *Social Media: 4 blogs daily for ROW80 and 2 WIPpeteers blogs.
     *Blogging: 1 new post and review a review for 1 of the books I recently finished.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is a blog challenge that knows you have a life. It's a Blog Hop. So stop in for some biscuits and tea.

I bought my day pass for Saturday at Connecticon which means I have to go now. I have directions, only a scant 4 hours and 50 minutes. I get to see my friend and mentor James and see what a larger Con looks like. Thinking of cos playing as someone, not sure if I am that brave, but how often do I do this, right?

There are plans for a Renaissance Faire trip, another trip to Eldridge Park, putt putt marathon, and flea marketing. Oh and the Weird Al concert ion August! It's shaping up to be a full and fun summer.

How are your goals coming, Dear Readers? What are you planning for the summer?

Today has been nice, sunshiny and warm, with just a touch of rain. Birds are singing and neighbourhood chitlins were playing. They have since disappeared. A jogging is passing by now. It's the staple around here. Life is good!


  1. Nicely done on your goals!

    Oh, I love reading and writing pantoums. Have you ever tried writing a sestina? They are challenging but are fun and beautiful. Sorry your poems weren't a good fit. They will find a good home, I'm sure.;)

    1. I did write a Sestina is college, it was a TERRIBLE sestina. Alas, I have never not returned to the form. I keep thinking about it though. Might one day.

      I keep trying. Will get there one day. I the mean time I did get two poems selected for a local contest. They will be published on a 2016 calendar. So, that's good!

  2. I am so jealous of your summer plans. I want to see Weird Al so much, but can't make it happen. You are making progress so keep trucking. Good luck from a ROW80 blog hopping friend. Oh and have fun at the Con!

    1. I have decided this is the summer of awesome! SO therefore everything I do will be awesome. :-)

  3. You're reading some interesting stuff. I love a good Agatha Christie book, especially on a cold night while drinking tea and listening to the wind howl. And the His Dark Materials trilogy is fantastic. Haven't read Wicked yet, though.

    My summer plans? Well, mostly moving stuff, obviously, but I also want to do plenty of hiking, hang out at the pool, and maybe go camping one weekend. Between the move and planning for the class I'll be teaching in the fall, I won't have a whole lot of free time, but I want to make the most of it!

    Have a great week!

    1. Agatha and me go way back, to college at least. It's nice to be able to read several of her books in succession. Also, this year is the first year I am really reading a lot. Making the most of my time and enjoying the thrill of reading. If you have any suggestion, I am always looking. :-)

      That is the best way, make the most of your time and it will be worth it. Thanks for stopping in.


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