"I am always happy to take credit where blame is due."--John Davis Frain
Lily looks like she's having my kinda day. Sadly, my Sunday wasn't like that. The Microsoft update that forced my reformat before Christmas was forced upon me again today...9 hours later and my computer is still broken *sob*. Finishing my cuppa then off to bed with a book - at least the day will finish well =)
I'll be shoveling snow.AJ Blythe, we had that same problem and called the Geek Squad when our computer crashed. Turns out we had a nasty virus (or two?) which shocked us since we thought our computer had excellent protection. We were told the viruses have gotten very 'sophisticated' with their appearance. The Geek was here about three hours cleaning out the damage and restoring all the software the virus(es) had consumed. We use online backup service so our files were safe. Good luck!
It's Martin Luther King celebration at our church with the guest church pastor preaching and a yummy potluck after. Then the afternoon nap. Or maybe finish dusting/vacuuming after the Christmas clean-up (just took it all down this weekend. I'm slow this year). We below zero temps so it's an indoor afternoon.
AJ, I feel your pain. There's a class action lawsuit for folks who've lost computers to Windows 10 updates. It's a problem (we've lost 2). Today, I'm wrangling kids to finish end-of-semester school work. And, I'm starting to beta read a fellow Reider's MS! Perfect day for it, so cold outside, and our new coffeepot is awesome.
I'd like to be lolling about like Lily's doing, but...I'm writing!And trying to stay warm. Highs back in the 30's today...after 70s on Friday. Possibility of snow on Wednesday, and wouldn't you know it, that's the day of an important appt for me.Much like the weather related incident that threatened my book launch Tuesday night. Two for two - weather related. Yikes.
Aaw, beautiful Lily. I've been daydreaming of gardening, poring over a seed catalog. We moved in the middle of last year, and I never got a garden put in. I'm also daydreaming about a character. Yesterday, I indirectly encountered a woman who made snarky-snark-snark, not-quite-under-her-breath comments. I like to see the humor in things (often it's not hard to find), and she cracked me up on the inside. I think it would be fun to try to capture her tone and give it to a character. Thinking about that tone...delightfully rich and delicious! Now, I must get out the door to church. And try to behave myself.AJ: I hope the computer woes are soon a thing of the past.
Taking care of 5 month old foster child who did NOT sleep enough last night. I think a nap for everyone is in order.
Lily looks like she doing what I would like to be doing. Unfortunately, my back started screaming at me to get out of bed. So, I'm going to write for a while and then work on the house.AJ I sympathize. My computer decided to update on its own the other night and the dreaded black screen came back up when it was done, partition wall blocked message. I asked Will what that meant. He says my hard drive is going out. This is an Alienware Aurora R2, so it's got some age on it. However, I love my Dune computer. The bad thing is the hard drive is integrated into the motherboard and they are difficult to work on. Easy to access, difficult to work on.I will weep bitter tears when it dies.I finally got it back up and backed everything up to an external drive, but I live under a cloud. For the gardeners, check out the official Monticello site. I have a scene with Love-Lies-Bleeding flowers and was thinking about adding Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate flowers, so was stalking the internet for more information about them and stumbled across Monticello. They sell seeds that Thomas Jefferson acquired and grew at Monticello and have been in cultivation continually since his time. They include a history of the seed, which would be kind of cool for those of you who have children.I'll pass on political commentary. This is one of my safe places to come to avoid the political bs.
Cutie. I'm working on an author website. Maybe I'll salt the roof, if I'm feeling brave. And I'll probably have to stop my 2yo from destroying the world.
Speaking of things heard in public that you remember:. Ten or more years back, I was in the grocery store and ran into a well off woman I knew casually. We said our hellos and I went to wait in line at the deli. I hear Ms. Thang chatting with someone else, "Why would we need to borrow a helicopter? My husband HAS a helicopter." The way she said it just cracked me up. Someday I'll use that line!Meanwhile, I'm letting my recently completed MS rest and so my long weekend is devoted to working on a screenplay. :)
Driving 110 miles (one way) to do our grocery shopping (a monthly trip). Yeah, we kind of live on the edge of nowhere. Aside from shopping issues, I love it here.
Like Donna, I'm trying to write. Anyone else notice that the juices flow a lot more slowly on weekends? Takes me twice as long to get my word count in. But now I'm done and I can enjoy NFL playoffs and spend some time with the kids!
Between the usual chaos, going to sneak in some writing! And snuggle with my pup, who looks a little like Lily.AJ - computer problems are the worst. Hope it ends better than it sounds.Elissa - you must be super organized. I used to write items on my grocery list just hours after I'd brought home the groceries. Now with Kroger's ClickList, sometimes things get added before I even GET the groceries.
I finished a book in the middle of the night (Savvy, by Ingrid Law). I read the latest Storystorm post and thought up two new PB ideas - yay! I'm in the midst of a flurry of agent research, so that's on deck, plus a lovely dog walk with the hounds. And maybe whipping up a loaf cake. Happy Sunday everyone!
We're going to a friend's memorial dinner later, and have some friends coming prior to that to visit a little. Otherwise, I got a new idea for a short story today, so I may be writing some? And I'm slush reading for an anthology, so I'll be reading some. And it's very cold, so Elka will be whining some (though also THRILLED with our visiting friends, they're some of her favorite people),
I’m writing. At least until the onslaught of kids. Somehow I’ve ended up with three deadlines this month. I’m not used to deadlines. They’re all for short things, but still. Here’s something I just realized. The second chapter book in my series is due this month. It’s been so FUN to write it! Not all writing feels fun to me. Often it feels like I’m sweating blood to get something finished. Maybe my joy is in the younger kids, but my challenge is the longer works. Hmmmm. So today I’m writing and thinking about my writing.
Cleaning. Trolling airfares for spring break. Cleaning. Perhaps help my wife take the kids skiing. Bleeding the radiators. Cleaning.Polishing, then submitting, a short story. And pondering what to write for Nelson Algren. I still have to something to remind myself I'm still a writer.
Just got back from 10 largely internet free days at the beach house, so catching up on everything before I have to go back to work.
Watching video tutorials on how to create a Square Space Tudor website and getting confused. Thanking God that the domestic noir I am revising is not a memoir.Wishing it's only Saturday.
More drafting, more revisions. Taking down the Christmas tree. A bit of cleaning and exercise.
Cuddling by the wood stove with Ramona and putting off going out to bring in more wood. Reading Melanie's first book so I can give it to my sister.Wrote the beginning of the first chapter of a book I've been thinking about for a long time. This time I feel like I'm heading in the right direction.Called my mom's hospital room. The doctor was there with her."It's number one," she says to him.
Oh! And I somehow forgot to let my fellow Reiders know!I've had another story accepted!Once we've done the contract, I'll tell you who and when, but I'm very very excited :D
Congrats JenniferDue to age and a small storm named Irma that wandered by a while ago we need to rescreen our pool enclosure. That gave me a chance to trim back a live oak that was spreading over that enclosure. It was also shading my veggie patch.I got it down without any damage to the screen. If I would have tried it when I out in the fall garden I am sure it would have caused all sorts of damage.Other than that, some writing, working on a new SUP design, made a flan and watched Jacksonville make it to the championship game. Go Jags
Frankie and I are doimg same - just kicking back and relaxing. Reading some good stuff too. Hi everyone.
Just got back from a rickety beach house overflowing with family. The pipes groan and the walls are paper thin but the view of the Pacific is spectacular and it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to the beach. We were welcomed home with dinner and a game of Articulate at the neighbours’ house.
Congratulations Jennifer, that’s great news. Keep us posted.
I just got a hotel room outside Knoxville, TN. Now I'm sitting in their funky but excellent little bar. Alone. Having a bite to eat and a yummy dark beer. On my way back to GA from my home state of MI where I attended my nephew's wedding. I feel like I've brought up the death of my brother too much here... but (GAH! Sorry) this was his son, his only child. So heartbreaking brother Matt wasn't there. Lots of tears. Anyway! It's nice to check in here on a "what are you doing" day. I love seeing what you're all up to.
Thanks, everyone. After 3 hours on the phone with Microsoft they agree it was their update that caused the problem, but haven't been able to fix it yet either. Last laptop no problems for 9 years (until it got so slow it became unusable). This laptop 9 months old *sigh*.Hope you've all finished a wonderful Sunday =)
Decided to delete my 7:42 comment. WHY? Because.
We spent the weekend with some godkids at their place in the boonies. It's remote enough we could shoot fireworks or guns, even blow things up, and nobody would care except to come join in. There's a tiny, private airport about a mile away; a biplane flew about 500 feet over us while we were outside watching their 3 y/o jump off successively higher stacks of 2x6s from a porch.Later, others showed up for said 3 y/o's birthday party. Fun weekend, with no computer activity and precious little phone checking.January is my break from writing. Except so far I have written the opening chapter of a sci-fi novel, edited a short story in prep for magazine submissions, and started working on a sci-fi short story. So I'm taking a break from writing... the 4th book in my fantasy series. (rolls eyes)Thank for reminding me again why I stick with MacOS and Linux! Sorry for the computer pain.
Playing Army with Uncle Sam this weekend.
Church, then coffee with the choir, and then back to my 'new' home (my Mum's home) to find my sister, her two large dogs, and her 6-year-old son were visiting. The rest of the day was 'how to keep 6yo from breaking everything - including the dogs'. Now, a bit of online work, then to bed fairly early so as to get up in the morning for an ultrasound appointment for my dog.Why doesn't life ever slow down so I can catch my breath?
This is nice, reading what everyone is doing on a random Sunday.I watched an entire football game (scared the cat when I cheered at the end-- GO VIKINGS!) and, now that the kitchen is clean, am settling in to write. The cat is snuggled on my lap (she forgave me). It's cold here again, expecting a bit of snow mid-week.
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