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Journal 06-24-2015

Good morning or whatever part of the day is for you. Today is Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The temperature is 62°F and the humidity is 84% at 4:44 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained winds at 0 mph with gusts of 0 mph. It was clear when I stuck my head out. I saw some stars, but couldn’t make out any constellations. That speaks to what I know, I’m afraid. I should be able to see the Big Dipper at least. Weather Underground is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation and a high of 85° (“cooler than yesterday”) today.

Mr. Siduri had been sanding the varnish off and re-surfacing the drawer and cabinet fronts in the kitchen. It’s amazingly tedious, but it’s beginning to look a lot better. He’s also going to buy new knobs. I mentioned ivory and he bought ivory ones with little roses etched into them. I’ve also been cleaning the drawers themselves while he does that, running all the silverware and other implements through the dishwasher. And suddenly, we have no room on the kitchen table.

I joined a critique group on Facebook and have received minimal response so far, but they also run a “boot camp,” which, so it is claimed, if you follow the whole program for six months, will end up with a complete book. It starts out with a series of exercises, then writing and rewriting. The guy who runs it is connected with a publishing house so if he likes your book, he says he can offer you a contract. I saw a fee of $50 and decided to sign up. I should have read it more closely. It’s $50 a month, not $50 for the whole six months. Three hundred dollars is more than I can spend on something like this. I’m debating whether I want to spend $50 on a month of exercises and whatnot.

While Mr. Siduri is having lunch with his old boss today, I think I’ll make a batch of cookies. That will use up some buttermilk before it goes bad and I can get into the kitchen and not be in his way while he’s working on the cabinet re-facing. I doubt I’ll have time, but I may be able to give the kitchen floor the once over while he’s away as well.

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

Off to write another day—

Writing schedule:

1. Spend an hour with Siegfried.

2. Begin review of The Best American Short Stories

3. Finish The Secret in the Old Mill and begin review.

4.Review “Next to Nothing.”

5. Continue looking for markets for “Dirt.”



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scheng1 wrote on June 24, 2015, 8:56 AM

No point spending so much for a boot camp. You can easily join forums and mingle with other writers, and get the same result.

msiduri wrote on June 24, 2015, 10:58 AM

None that I've found at least that talk about helping you complete a book in six months, but I'm leaning more toward withdrawing altogether simply because of the money.

Gossamer wrote on June 24, 2015, 5:12 PM

I am with you 100% on the stars. The only constellation I can recognise is Orion and that is only because of the "belt". I'm always happy whenever I see those 3 stars.

msiduri wrote on June 24, 2015, 6:19 PM

Well, I have a slight advantage, looking at star in the northern hemisphere. We've got a lot of easily recognizable circumpolar stars and constellations (like Polaris, the Big Dipper, Cassieopia) that are fairly easy to spot. We also have a lot light. I don't see the Milky Way unless we go camping anymore. No, I've never seen the Southern Cross or the Magellan Cloud. I would like to.

MelissaE wrote on June 24, 2015, 10:17 PM

Is THE SECRET IN THE OLD MILL a Nancy Drew book? Fifty dollars per month seems expensive, but it is probably normal.

msiduri wrote on June 24, 2015, 11:33 PM

Hardy Boys. I don't know how $50/month compares overall. Given that Writer's Digest "webinar" stuff is usually $90 a pop, I don't think $50/month is unreasonable for what you're getting (daily exercises, 5 days a week, interaction, evaluation, etc.) it's just that it's beyond my means. I just put $1500 into car and $1200 into dental work with $2000 more to put into dental work. Ye gods, it hurts just to write that...

CalmGemini wrote on June 27, 2015, 6:35 AM

I do not think it is worth spending so much money on this boot camp.Anyway,just see how it turns out the first month.You have already paid for one month.