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Journal 06-03-2015

Good morning or whatever part of the day is for you. Today is Wednesday June 3, 2015. The temperature is 62.8°F and the humidity is 80% at 5:41 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained winds at 0 mph with gusts of 2.2 mph. It was overcast and dawning when I stuck my head out. Weather Underground is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation and a high of 75° today.

The visit with my mother-in-law went well. We took her to the dentist. Unfortunately, he found and infected tooth that will have to be pulled. She was relieved, expecting two or three. The dentist moved to this office a while ago, but this is the same office—different dentist—where Mr. Siduri had his wisdom teeth pulled when he got out of high school.

I gave up on the Piers Anthony books I was reading. The puns I could wade through, but the dirty old man stuff just got to be overwhelming. What a creep. But people are buying and reading his stuff. I don’t consider myself a prude, but how could they overlook this stuff?

I’ve come up with a fairy tale that shouldn’t take me long to write (relatively speaking), based on an old fairy tale. I want to submit it to a contest. I thought I could get the bare bones of it done in an afternoon, so I sat down to write. Mr. Siduri, who knew what I was doing, kept asking me for help at certain points with his projects. I couldn’t very well say no. But the interruptions were about 10-15 minutes apart. I got about two pages done. Monday was the fiasco with the drive that was cancelled, followed by a bout of, um, traveler’s complaint, and yesterday was taken up with the trip to his mother’s. So today, I try again. Plus, today and tomorrow are set aside for Examiner reviews. I’ll be having to get up early—much earlier than I did today—to accomplish that.

The contest deadline is July 15th, so I’ll know pretty quickly if nothing comes of that.

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

Writing schedule:

1.Spend an hour with Siegfried

2. Work on fairy tale

3. Start an Examiner review.



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CalmGemini wrote on June 3, 2015, 9:28 AM

When you say you will have to get up earlier,what time is it to be?Well,I am sure you will be able to complete the fairy tale.

alexdg1 wrote on June 3, 2015, 9:40 AM

Good luck with your writing plans for today. My plans are still somewhat nebulous. For one thing, I still haven't had my morning coffee (I had my cereal, though!) or finished the morning paper. For another, I am still not sure WHAT to write for Examiner today. I looked at my dashboard there and saw that I wrote a review of "Alien"last time. Logically I could review "Aliens," but I don't feel like doing that today. I dunno...maybe a list of upcoming Blu-rays, even though I find the Examiner list process to be time consuming as all get-out.

msiduri wrote on June 3, 2015, 10:00 AM

I'm usually up between 4-5 a.m. I got up about 5:30 today. I hope I can finish writing it. It's one of the few things I have in mind from beginning to end. The contest calls for short fiction, that is, 1000-1200 words, so I don't have to worry about developing and complicated subplots. I can write 300 words with ease, so I figure a week at most. Well, we'll see.

msiduri wrote on June 3, 2015, 10:01 AM

I've never done a list for them for that same reason. The reviews are time-consuming enough. Happy writing all the same.

alexdg1 wrote on June 3, 2015, 10:41 AM

The actual writing of the lists bit is not too bad; the tough parts are getting the info on the Blu-rays/DVDs that are coming out each week. If I have seen some of the movies being released then it's a bit easier. But more often than not, I haven't even heard of, much less WATCHED, many of the newer titles. So for me lists are the Examiner equivalent of a research paper for college.

msiduri wrote on June 3, 2015, 10:54 AM

Maybe it's an age thing, but the bestsellers, particularly the fiction, just seem like so much crap, even setting aside the celebrity books. Most popular fiction is a "product," not a story to enjoy anymore. Maybe I'm getting old and cynical, but I really dislike what I see for the most part. You know... kids these day. They only know three chords.

alexdg1 wrote on June 3, 2015, 11:01 AM

Except for maybe a few Stephen King/Tom Clancy novels, I have rarely bought any of the recent "best-selling" fiction books. The last major fiction novel that I read by anyone was Clancy's Command Authority, which was published two months after he died. The last King best-seller that I read, finished, and reviewed was 11/22/63. I have his Doctor Sleep, but I have only read a few pages of it since I got it last year.

As for non-fiction, the last best-seller I read was the hilarious "What If?"

msiduri wrote on June 3, 2015, 11:42 AM

The last major bestseller the I read (...I think) was "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." Not bad, but some flaws. Another one that I read recently was "Gone Girl." Tremendously popular, but I found it an uncomfortable read.

alexdg1 wrote on June 3, 2015, 1:11 PM

I still need to tackle Doctor Sleep. I ordered it from Amazon when it was new, but for some reason or another I keep on reading other stuff. I like Stephen King and I loved The Shining, the novel Doctor Sleep is a sequel to.

msiduri wrote on June 4, 2015, 9:41 AM

I met one woman in the writers' club where I go who used to write there as well. She gave up, though. I'm not surprised. It's not easy, and it's not like they pay extravagantly.