Dance With The One That Brought You
Monday, May 29, 2017      1 comments

i had to make a 'major' decision during the third re-write of my novella. I had written a 17K+ story. It was my first attempt at a serious story. It did have comic relief. During the second draft I noticed I had written more description than sto... Read more
Listening to the Elders
Saturday, May 20, 2017      2 comments

I now understand why so many novels end up shoved back into a drawer or on a flash drive, never to see the light of day. The 3rd draft is the cruelest draft. It's where you read your work aloud and realize you write mostly in gibberish. You ask ... Read more
Tuesday, May 16, 2017      4 comments

Doing a major revision on a work longer than 8K-10K words has been a definite mental challenge. since I am not nor will ever be an anal retentive writer, those revisions only took about two days. [I have a cousin who is a published p... Read more
Never pin your hopes on a donkey.
Sunday, May 14, 2017      4 comments

I bought a FitBit watch. After reading MANY consumer reviews on the two leading brands: Garmin and FitBit, it was a no-brainer buying the Fitbit. I also decided that the Alta would be best for me. I went FitBit shopping. Talk about a hard kick i... Read more
The Last Time We Invaded Idaho"
Thursday, May 11, 2017      4 comments

My Iron numbers are back within normal range. However, my Doc wants to keep me on the restricted diet for another 60 days and then do another round of blood and liver panels. I'm not out of the woods yet. So much for getting back to 'normal'.... Read more
Blood Letting and more Murder
Sunday, May 07, 2017      1 comments

Tomorrow - Monday - I have my visit with the Hematologist to get, hopefully, the prognosis on my Hemochromatosis. Keeping my fingers crossed I can return to eating some red meat and shellfish. Of course the biggie for me is getting back to my wi... Read more
Time To Murder My Darlings-
Friday, May 05, 2017      4 comments

Tomorrow begins first draft editing and revising. This is where I make major use of my subscription to Grammarly. After spell and grammar checks I begin the first read through with a red highlighter in hand. After those corrections, I hand it of... Read more
Marking time or Writing lines--
Monday, April 24, 2017      1 comments

I need to mentally separate myself from my first draft of my novella (James Patterson calls the form Bookshot?). I'll get started on editing for the second draft in a week. BUT, I find myself just wanting to write. Kind of the same feeling I had... Read more
Well, ahh, umm?
Friday, April 21, 2017      2 comments

Phlebotomy's are over (for now). I have my visit with the hematologist first week in May. I should know my prognosis then. Finished my first novella. 17,000 words. Mystery-comedy-a little super-natural. I wrote it using Google Doc's. To get... Read more
Once More With Ouch!
Saturday, April 15, 2017      3 comments

I have one more phlebotomy session, then I wait until I hear from the Hematologist for the next step. It can be from a strict less red meat and less alcohol diet, to more phlebotomy's and ???. Doing Holiday cooking today for daughter, SIL a... Read more
Leeching - 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017      3 comments

First phlebotomy today. Three more to go. This one took about an hour, but hey, free unsweetened ice tea and two Oreo Thin cookies and a 16-gauge needle in my wrist. I did get a call from the Doctor of Hematology telling me I was off ALL al... Read more
Full Week - Full Month
Wednesday, March 29, 2017      3 comments

I started my every other week series of blood labs today. Tomorrow I begin a once a week phlebotomy, and this Friday I go in for an abdominal CT scan. After this week of tests I'll visit with my Doctor of Hematology about what it all means ... Read more
Iron Numbers
Friday, March 24, 2017      4 comments

As soon as I turned 65 my health conscious older children started bugging me to get my blood iron checked. I back shelved it because I thought my GP would be checking it every time I had a blood panel done. When I turned 66 my daughters demanded... Read more
Falling off a Bike - Advanced Level
Thursday, March 09, 2017      10 comments

A teaching colleague, who was an AVID bicyclist, offered me one of his 'urban trail' bikes for $25. He said it was a popular brand. Bought it. It's the kind with the straight handle bars and the gear shift is made into the right handle grip.... Read more
Do Knot Attempt To Adjust Your Mind----
Saturday, February 25, 2017      3 comments

Been awhile since I posted. Wife and I just got back from a Northern Cali vacation. One of her ex-students is now a stand-up comic in the Bay area. He has won several stand-up contests. Got to see his show. He IS funny. Then we took the Wine T... Read more

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