Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Hunkering Down

The plan for this summer is to pretty much hunker down and Get. Things. Done. Somehow, life – and that includes everything from health to writing to cleaning - has gotten away from me. Keeping things on track is like herding tortoises back inside the house from the patio (believe me, it's harder than you think.) Time to start moving in a positive direction again!

 

WRITING

In publication news, my flash fiction story, "The Perfect Match", is in Shallow Waters Vol. 7: A Flash Fiction Anthology, and I have two drabbles coming out this summer in anthologies from Black Ink Fiction. 

 

I actually "attended" my first StokerCon – the big conference for horror writers - from the comfort of my own home. I watched panel after panel and learned so much. I took pages and pages of handwritten notes, all of which I'm hoping I will be able to decipher. 


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READING

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker is a little more of a slower paced book than I usually read but the writing! The characters! The revelations toward the end! The ending! The book just blew me away. 


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WATCHING

Movies – "Rent-A-Pal" was creepy, sad, and unsettling.

 

TV – We finally finished watching "Justified" and overall absolutely LOVED it! The last episode was excellent and the very last scene was just perfect. 


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TORTOISES

Larry and Mrs. Larry are now 12 years old! They celebrated by having one of their favorite treats – banana!  The rest of us had cake.


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WALKING

Seriously, what was I thinking? Why did I let my husband convince me to do this 500 miles walk? Why didn't we just do the 100 miles? We'd be done already! Why did I think I could do this? (Okay, whiny rant over. For now.)

 

Miles walked as of 5/31/2021 = 137.2/500 (Click here for what this craziness is all about.)

 

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Any projects – creative or otherwise – you plan to tackle this summer? Have you read or watched anything great lately? How about a pep talk, a butt kick, or a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup . . . or two? I need all the help I can get!

24 comments:

  1. Hi Madeline, I plan to tackle my middle grade novel, actually from the past two days I'm working like a woman obsessed, have revised 75 pages. Hoping you get loads of writing done this summer.

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    1. Excellent, Rachna! Keep at it!

      And thanks. I hope so, too. :)

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  2. Happy birthday to the Larrys!
    I won't tell you how many miles I clock a week...

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    1. Telling me how many miles you clock in a week will only result in me eating an entire package of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. :o

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  3. It sounds like a great plan to get things done. And yes you can walk the 500 miles. Awesome that your husband and you are doing it together.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! I wouldn't have even made it this far without him. :)

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  4. Get.Things.Done. Yes, I'm in that mode, and it involves some very noisy contractors in my house, which is not conducive to writing, or Hemi's good humor. But I have started a new project that I'm excited about, so there's that.

    As for the walking? Heck yes, you can do it. What a great way to spend time together with hubs. 💖

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    1. Excellent about the new project, Lee!

      Thanks! We do enjoy walking together. :)

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  5. Okay, you asked for it. hehehe. 1) Watching "For All Mankind" kinda love it to bits. 2) Want to submit more shorts. You read correctly. I'm going to try again. 3) No 500 mile walks for me. What's the matter with your husband? This woman needs to know. ;-P

    Have a great June!

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. Good luck working on those shorts - you can do it!

      The matter with my husband is that he's always so encouraging and supportive and thinks I can do anything. :)

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  6. I haven't really made any solid plans for the rest of my year. Everything got so derailed by the surgery and while I'm recovered now, I'm still flailing a bit. After so long in pain, I'm having trouble wrapping my head around that no longer being life.

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    1. Take it easy, take it slow. That's advice from me and from the tortoises. :)

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  7. Congratulations on your published stories. I am so happy for you. You are a stunning writer. As for the walking, I am failing on my walking quest, and I am no where close to your miles. Any mile walked is a good one. Keep that in mind and don’t worry about the final tally.

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    1. Thanks so much, Liza. I appreciate that. :)

      You're totally right about any mile walked is a good one! I'm still aiming for 500, but even if I don't make it, the result will still be a lot more miles than I would've walked otherwise.

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  8. Happy Birthday Tortoises! And, Happy IWSG Day!

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  9. I kept telling myself life just needed to slow down so I could get caught up, but even after lock downs and nothing to do, I never got caught up. I suppose that means the problem in the equation is me!

    I'm going to do a walk like that. That's a great idea. The town next to mine is twelve miles...LOL

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    1. Somehow, things even seem more out of control around here than they did. And to use another math example - the common denominator is me!

      The 100 miles challenge was a great idea. The 500? That's just crazy talk. :)

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  10. I'm struggling to settle back into writing from... erm, I'm not sure when, actually. I seem to only be able to think in the shortest of short terms at the moment.

    You're doing great with the walking. Keep it up!

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    1. I hear you! Another great reason to love writing short - stories, flash, etc. :)

      Thanks, Annalisa!

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  11. You can do it!! Woot! That's awesome about the flash fiction anthology, and really cool you got to attend a con. I hope you get everything you're aiming for done this summer. And good job with the walking, even though it sounds like it's rough. :)

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    1. Loni, your whole comment made me smile. :) Thanks for all the cheering and encouragement!

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  12. You're doing great on the miles—and happy birthday to the tortises!

    And congrats on A Perfect Match! Awesome news!

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    1. Thanks re the walking. I know you do a ton more walking than that. Maybe I'll catch up some day. :)

      And thanks about my story!

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