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Journal 05-30-2015

Good morning or whatever part of the day is for you. Today is Saturday May 30, 2015. The temperature is 61.5°F and the humidity is 89% at 4:40 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained winds at 0 mph with gusts of 1.6 mph. It was overcast when I stuck my head out, just like yesterday and the day before that. Weather Underground is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation and a high of 82° today.

The other day I took a pair of earring out and I couldn’t remember where I put them, or indeed what room I was in when I took them out. I remember thinking they’d be easy to find. I must have been quite tired. I looked all over the bedroom, thinking I must have put them on the headboard or on the night table. No luck. I checked a bunch of other places throughout the rest of the day, hoping I didn’t step on them and get a post through the bottom of my foot. That didn’t happen either. When I was making the bed yesterday morning, one turned up under a pillow. I had indeed put them on the headboard. They’d just gotten knocked down. So the hunt was on for the second on, using something besides the bottom of my foot. It turned up just to the side of the mattress. Boy, I remember the day when I had to put earrings in a drawer or the cats would knock them off the nightstand or wherever else I put them. So the great earring mystery is solved.

Mr. Siduri’s painting project has moved from the entryway into the hallway. It looks so much better. He says he doesn’t want my help there, but will when he gets into the kitchen. We’ll have to scrub the ceiling down, probably several times. He hasn’t done any painting to speak of inside for years, but he’s making up for it now. But the house looks so much better.

I do want to send the short story out again even if it got battered a bit last year. One strike against it is that it’s long, upward of 9000 even with some cutting the other day. I want to enter it in a contest in a magazine called Glimmer Train in September, but I also want to submit it in a number of other places. It’s just finding places where it’s appropriate that is the trick. Wish me luck.

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

Writing schedule:

1. First, spend an hour with Siegfried

2. Goal of eight Examiner reviews before June 2. Five down, three to go.

3. Review sci-fi story.



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msiduri wrote on May 30, 2015, 11:31 AM

Easy to fine with the vacuum cleaner. emoticon :smile: Don't you hate that? I could let Gremlin in. I know he'd have found those earring in about 20 minutes, after he piddled in the laundry basket, clawed the couch and Mr. Siduri starter sneezing.

Carmelanirel wrote on May 31, 2015, 7:14 AM

msiduri You got no rain yesterday? What about later in the day? We got hammered on and off all day and when I went to bed I saw a big system coming up from the south-west, but I was sleeping, so I don't know if or how much rain we got overnight. We are supposed to get periods of rain today too and though I don't mind on the weekends, when I am busy, because the rain waters my plants for me. However, I would like dry and sunny skies during the week when I can go outside and enjoy the weather and I noticed many little trees growing in my berry bushes...Yep, that will be fun to dig out..:-P
As for your story, I can't remember what genre you write, but I am sharing what is needed and the deadlines.
SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORT STORIES...(deadline is June 30th)

I also submitted to Glimmer Train for one of my stories, they are a reputable site, but didn't accept my work.

msiduri wrote on May 31, 2015, 9:32 AM

Thank you ever so much! I'll have to submit something. Thanks again!

Carmelanirel wrote on June 1, 2015, 9:43 AM

Please do, I think she wanted to create different anthology's for each genre, but she might put them all in one.

CalmGemini wrote on June 1, 2015, 1:04 PM

It is nice that you were able to find both your earrings.I think your story will be good if it is 7,500 words.Any way,do send a story for publication or competition.Best of luck.

AliCanary wrote on June 1, 2015, 5:43 PM

If your story is upwards of 9000, you might market it as a novella, instead. I think those are around 10K.

msiduri wrote on June 1, 2015, 6:36 PM

I would have been really annoyed if I had to use the bottom of my foot to find one. At this point, if my story were 7500 words, the reader wouldn't know how it ends. Believe me, I've cut it and rewritten it and cut and rewritten so much.

msiduri wrote on June 1, 2015, 6:51 PM

It depends a lot on whom you talk to, but novellas are usually a bit longer, often 20,000 to 50,000 words.

AliCanary wrote on June 1, 2015, 6:55 PM

Oh, okay; it's been a while since I've considered submitting fiction. Looks like you might have to pad it or pare it...