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Old 09-02-2020, 09:15 PM   #131
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It's all good over here. I uploaded "Through Unfamiliar Waters" and I emailed the photo and the specifications to my designer. I anticipate problems with the photo - it's a jpg which probably means that they'll reject because it doesn't have enough resolution. And I can't get the program to accept bleed. That means that the photo on the cover goes all the way to the edge of the paper. So I predict some frustration is on its way.

Meanwhile I'm editing "Temporary Address." it's improving, but I may never get it to be what I want. It seems mushy, corny, and other words meaning no one's going to read it.
Home-schooling my grand daughter was fun and, I think, productive.
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Old 09-06-2020, 08:59 PM   #132
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it's hot and smokey down here. I'm not supposed to be depressed about my first novel, but I'm working on editing it.
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Old 09-07-2020, 05:32 AM   #133
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Hi, working is always better than letting depression creep in.

Went to a Sunday Market on it's first day back. Very subdued, food vendors only had frozen take out. Some typical flea market stuff. Sat under trees with a view of Lake Union and read some. Then home to nap for hours.

A bit of freedom in front of a holiday.

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Enjoy your down time, R.

Interesting weather phenomenon - Today was supposed to be really hot; It was supposed to peak at around 93 degrees. Instead, all the smoke from the fires shielded us, and the temperature peaked at about 80. So far over two million acres in California have burned. Crazy! And fire season is just starting.

Went up to the lake yesterday and came back with a furious case of poison oak.

Other than that - just plugging along.

Happy stepping.
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This is the weirdest thing I've ever seen. The sky is a uniform shade of pink/orange, and it has been for the last two hours. There's no fire nearby - I smelled for smoke and there isn't any. According to the news, there's a layer of smoke and pollution up high that is blocking the sunlight. it's 9:30 in the morning, and I need a light on to see anything. So far two and quarter million acres of California have been burned.
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The orange sky stayed orange until about one o'clock. I'm not making this up. Then there were two hours of gray sky, but it was so dark that all the drivers turned their headlights on. It was like nuclear winter, like science fiction. At about three in the afternoon, the sky became orange again. I am about a hundred miles away from the nearest large fire, and yet it looked like the fire was right here.
The following the day instead of orange, the sky was a white/gray sky. If I went outside, I could feel a stinging sensation in my throat.
Today visibility is about a thousand feet. Three million acres have burned. As far as I can tell, it's the national forests that are still burning. Make of that what you will.

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My goals for September:

Four tweets - 1 completed
Four letters to senators - 1 completed
Four Facebook posts
Nanowrimo 50,000 words

set blog
four blog posts

publish Through Unfamiliar Waters

re-publish Temporary Address (this last goal probably won't happen in September)
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Old 09-14-2020, 03:56 AM   #138
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I just had a private email exchange with another Barbara Sher expat who lives in SF CA and she spoke of the hardships it's wrecked on her. Temperatures into the 100s and even just an hour outdoors affecting her breathing.
Keep things filtered. In Seattle, we're getting smoke from the south and east. Nothing as bad as being/living in the midst.

Goals at the moment are to stay alert and ready to help my client succeed. Plus, there are seemingly non-ending crises afoot at this condo which keep me occupied.
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Old 09-16-2020, 01:04 AM   #139
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For a couple of days I sat with one of my lined note pads and write two or three pages. I now have about 6 pages, and there they sit. Going back and typing them into the computer doesn't feels exciting. More like a chore.

Just looked up ol' Ernest's procedure and he wrote in pencil (working through 7 #2 pencils was a good day) kept count on an old piece of cardboard (500 words = good day). He transcribed standing up, sometimes for seven hours, on an electric typewriter. He also wrote standing up.

"In his lifetime only published seven novels, some collections of short stories and two non-fiction works."

I also know The Artist's Way advocated writing three pages in longhand stream of consciousness.

Yet, on the other hand, Isaac Asimov wrote or edited more than 500 books. How'd he do it?. Here are three nuggets from Asimov:
Isaac Asimov's Best Writing Habits
1. Asimov wrote every day, whether or not he felt like it.
2. Asimov used a simple writing style.
3. Asimov didn't care about critics.
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I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing—to be clear. I have given up all thought of writing poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that might (if I were good enough) get me a Pulitzer prize. I would write merely clearly and in this way establish a warm relationship between myself and my readers, and the professional critics—Well, they can do whatever they wish.
Now, this give me a lot to think, er, write about. R
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Old 09-16-2020, 01:20 PM   #140
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The only booked thing today is this call. It's tight: just 30 minutes. Reminders to self:

  1. Answer the Question!
  2. Be brief.
  3. No humor/sarcasm.
  4. Don't marry the sound of my own voice.
  5. Let them know when I've finished answering.
  6. B R E A T H E
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