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Journal 04-24-2015

Good morning or whatever part of the day it is for you. Today is Friday April 24, 2015. The temperature is 57.4°F and the humidity is 83% at 5:32 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained winds at 0 with gusts of 1.6 mph. It’s starting to lighten, but I saw a single star and some clouds. Rain? I don’t know. But I did see a little bird sitting on a telephone wire, making far too much noise for his size. And I know what he has in mind for my car. Weather Underground is predicting a 20% chance of precipitation and a high of 67 today.

The critique group went well last night. They seemed to like my first chapter but made some good, helpful suggestions. It won’t take too long to add those in, but I have to make sure I those additions are done correctly and fit with the rest of the story. One guy there is writing a beautiful history of the Los Angeles aqueduct. Another member told him to get rid of his editor. Not having ever dealt with editors or agents, I withheld judgment on that.

The cookies seemed to go over well also. The hostess mumbled, “These are so good” with her mouth full.

On the drive home, I noticed all the dark trash containers sitting out ready for trash day today. At our place, there was also a white toilet that is going on to its reward. An odd contrast. IIRC, you have to call ahead for pickups that require any handling outside the trash containers, which Mr. Siduri did. They allow you two or three a year, I believe. In the meantime, it just looks funny.

I suggested we go walking today in a park by a lake. All week, the forecasts have been saying rain—no rain—rain—no rain. Today now they’re saying 20% chance. That’s hardly enough to rush out and buy flood insurance. With the prolonged drought, any rain would be nice, but no one storm is going to end it.

Well, on to Tweetdeck to schedule my Tweets and chum up some pennies for my Examiner reviews.

Thanks for reading. Hope you and yours are all well and happy.

Writing schedule:

1. Continue reading Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction.

2. Rewrite chapter 1 using critique group’s suggestions.

3. Read and review “The Cats of Ulthar.”

4. Try for two Examiner reviews by Tuesday April 28th.



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inertia4 wrote on April 24, 2015, 10:03 AM

msiduri At least you have 57 degrees in the morning. I woke up to 35 degrees this morning. I cannot believe this is spring. Around here the garbage is twice a week. And you have to call for special pick ups like for air conditioners or computers or printers. Electronics in general.

msiduri wrote on April 24, 2015, 11:27 AM

They generally don't pick up electronics. We have to take them to the Goodwill or to places that will recycles them.

I can sympathize with temperatures. I grew up in the Wisconsin and in upstate New York. I remember not wearing my "winter" coat unless it was 20° degrees or colder when I got up in the morning. The trade off is having 95- 100° degrees temperatures for weeks straight in the summer.

ViperGirl85 wrote on April 24, 2015, 1:56 PM

It's been kind of chilly here the last few days; like Mother Nature forgot it was spring lol. I'm glad the group liked your cookies! :)

msiduri wrote on April 24, 2015, 11:56 PM

Mother Nature forgot that it was winter a while back. emoticon :smile: I'm glad they liked the cookies, too. I'd be embarrassed if they didn't.

Telynor wrote on April 25, 2015, 12:56 AM

I love that you're being brave enough to take the leap of writing fiction. The critique group also sounds enjoyable.

msiduri wrote on April 25, 2015, 7:21 AM

It is. The people are quite unpretentious. At the same time, no one is afraid to say, "This doesn't work for me."

Telynor wrote on April 26, 2015, 12:12 AM

You really do need to see those comments -- if you don't know if your writing isn't working, you can't fix it. And I am glad to hear that you can take constructive criticism -- so many authors can't. I got into a fracas with an author over one of my reviews of their book, and she whined and said I was calling her unprofessional. I responded that no, I was being honest -- she opted for repetition and going for obscurity in the use of titles and kept hammering that home in her book. Shrug. I won't brown nose anyone over their book. I took lumps for years in a creative field, and you develop a thick hide, or you won't last.

msiduri wrote on April 26, 2015, 9:34 AM

I understand comments in the spirit intended. Many years ago, in a fiction writing class, I got a draft back with sarcastic little notes. I don't remember what they were now, but the person didn't even bother to sign their name. I never did figure out who it was, but I just decided that if they didn't have the guts to own up to it, I wasn't going to take their comments seriously. I don't enjoy have a piece of writing torn apart, but frankly these people make suggestions to enhance things, for which I can only be grateful.