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Journal 05-11-2015

Good morning or whatever part of the day it is for you. Today is Monday May 11, 2015. The temperature is 57.3°F and the humidity is 57% at 4:53 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained winds at 0 with gusts of 0.7 mph. It was overcast when I stuck my head out and very quiet. Weather Underground is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation and a high of 80° today.

The next home improvement project is to paint the front entryway. It’s right next to the kitchen. There’s some blue in the kitchen floor pattern, so I thought blue in the entrance way and blue in the dining room area. Since the entryway is dark, we'd go with a light blue. It turned out to be almost the same color as in the guest bathroom, so we’re changing the that, but boy, just the little bit of color that make a lot of difference. It’s so much more cheery.

I started a blog as a repository for all my reviews both from here and from Examiner. I think it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back because now I don’t seem to be able to finish anything. Plus, I don’t know what I’m doing. I think because of all that, I’m going to scale back the time I spend here at least until Thurs. to get Siegfried chapter 2 ready for the critique group. This was problematic for me because when I read it recently, it was boring. I’m having to rewrite almost the entire thing.

I have only a couple more chapters in my friend’s unfinished manuscript to beta read so I’ll finish that up one chapter at a time. It shows a lot of promise, but he’s not doing things the way I would. Not that he has to.

Hope all the moms reading this had a nice Mother’s Day. I called my mother who lives out of state and sent her some black currant preserves—a little indulgence—from an import store. She always says she doesn’t want anything for holidays, but she loves that stuff. They also have cherry preserves that have the whole cherry. I have to be a little careful because she can’t have any jam with seeds in it.

If anyone is interested, my nascent blog is here .

There is also a page with the first chapter of my novel in-never-ending-progress here .

Thanks for reading. Hope you and yours are all well and happy. Hope the day brings you good things.

Writing schedule:

1. Beta read another chapter for J and send it on its way.

2. Finish revising (…and revising…) chapter 2 of Siegfried so that it’s ready for the critique group Thursday eve.



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CalmGemini wrote on May 12, 2015, 11:07 PM

You are really busy these days.Visited your blog.Will drop in whenever I can.I like the design of the blog,especially the books on shelf .

MelissaE wrote on May 14, 2015, 7:25 AM

Did you get all of that done? This summer will be spent researching many of the different projects that y'all work on.

msiduri wrote on May 14, 2015, 8:59 AM

Thanks for the kind words. Now I know that at least three people have seen the little blog, (you, me and my husband), I'll have to work harder on it.

msiduri wrote on May 14, 2015, 9:02 AM

I finished the beta reading. My friend sent me two more chapters to re-read. I'll do that tomorrow. I want to put the finishing touches on chapter 2 for the critique group today, bake some banana bread, apply some stripper to the entryway so my husband can nail the re-painted baseboards back. The entryway will be done then. It looks so much nicer.

AliCanary wrote on May 14, 2015, 3:17 PM

Don't you just love the way simply changing the wall color can really transform a space? Good luck with your blog, and don't worry about how active you are on it--you have no one to answer to but yourself!

msiduri wrote on May 14, 2015, 6:26 PM

Yes, just a little bit of paint makes it look so much brighter and cheerier. There' s bit more to do (isn't there always...) but this has made a whole lot of difference. It's not a color my husband would have chosen in a million years, but he likes it.