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Oh, I’m feeling a little tired today. Last night I got a message that my beta-reader’s notes and suggestions were done, but I didn’t have time to view it yet. I am giving myself the weekend. I have one more beta reader who should be available the end of this month, and then I’ll revise, edit, and send to a professional editor the draft for my sequel to Detours in Time. This is hard work, and my full-time work isn’t getting easier. That’s okay, I’ve given myself the right to only publish one book this year if that is all that gets done. Meanwhile, I have other ideas hopping in my head that I’ve outlined or just typed into summary form to flesh out later. After years of giggling at my own ideas and losing them an hour later because all I could do was dream, I decided to start putting those dreams on paper. Thank God I did! This is such a wonderful mind exercise.
As I said, the editing/revising process is hard work, and it at times requires a good amount of sequestering. I found beta-readers in writing groups and plan to find an editor online who can give me a good turn around time. I’d like to get this book out over the summer when I have time off, so I can give it the nurturing it needs to grow a readership. Still, I like the sociability of blogging, so, right now I am tending to do one Weekend Coffee Share or reflection and one Flash Fiction challenge a week. We share them in one central place as well as on our blog so that we can see each other’s work and comment. There are frequent posters whom I know by name and I like to keep up with news from their parts of the world or see what sort of fiction they spit out based on the photo prompt. That is the sociability that keeps me writing when those reading my book won’t leave reviews and when I have a slow book week. It happens. I am in the acorn stage. Maybe one day I’ll be a tree. 🙂
The home front is not too bad, I must say; my son is working steadily and has been for 7 months. He had a few troubles last year. The biggest one, the alcohol issue, seems to be resolved. His moods are light. I see him smile at the dog and play with him, whereas he wouldn’t do that before. I don’t feel like such a caretaker where he is concerned; it feels like he is now an adult who gladly gives me a portion of his paychecks. Albeit, one who lives at home and can’t afford to move. After what we went through, I like having him close by for now. As I was thinking such positive things, my mother texted me last night that she fell near the doorstep and a friend took her to the E.R. Her arm is broken; she had broken the other one last year. I met her at the E.R. last night. She’s hurting. I hate to see this. I know it’s part of getting older. Everything I see in her is me in twenty some years. I myself deal with muscle pains when I get up in the morning. Yesterday I joked about suiting up with Ben Gay under my layers. (Yes, it has been in the 20’s and 30’s in Jacksonville, Florida several mornings this week). I feel like I am getting a ‘poor me’ tone here, and I hate that. We survived the E.R. though, and no one seems to have caught the flu. Visions of Sheldon in the hospital episode kept dancing through my head. I did abstain from restroom use while there. She and I talked about exercises that strengthen the bones. “Weight-lifting,” she said. I do yoga, and that involves lifting your own body weight, but really, not often enough.
Time to add a ten minute arm weight routine to my morning stretches. The challenge is just beginning. I shall greet each new year with humor and laughter, just as my mother has on her best days. Why, she even cracked a joke last night about not being able to drink wine. 🙂
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Have a great week! -Pam