Even Better

So I talked to Tillie today and feel a lot better.  We traced most of my problem to boredom, and that includes being bored in class.  Not that I need something new to do, I just need to find a way to keep busy that is also fulfilling. I’m thinking about trying to generate new work using the prompts in one of our text books and try to write myself out of the rut I am in with awful endings to stories.  We will see.

Met Bob for lunch today.  That went well.  I told him I’d talked to Tillie about being bleh and we had worked out some solutions.  So I think that may have reassured him a bit.  We will see.

Still sending out everyday now for the second month in a row.  I’m trying to stay positive and hoping that if I send what I have to enough places that it will stick.  I certainly hope it turns out to be true.  I’ve sent to some opportunities I am truly excited about and think the pieces I’ve sent are a good fit.  I will just have to see.

(You’d think those were my favorite words as often I say them: “we will see”.  But it’s all out of my hands once the words are launched into the ether.  So it’s all I can say about the future.)

I’m also going to try reading more.  Reading books I already have that have inspired me in the past and reading books I have piled up unread.  Maybe that will spark a little creativity as well.

Hope everyone has a good rest of the week. I am hoping i can too.



Feeling Better

Not nearly as grumpy as I was yesterday. But not quite where I want to be, either. The weather is helping–it’s nice and sunny out today, although the ground is really, really wet.  I go see Tillie tomorrow and will see if I can clear up the last of this mood.

I’m reading Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle. It’s a really famous book and one I was told I needed to read if I was going to try a memoir.  I don’t think mine will be quite like this one–her parents were completely off the wall and raised four kids somehow to adulthood.  But it’s been very interesting to read from a craft perspective and has given me a lot to think about.

Turned in my exercise for my class yesterday–a week early, but I wanted to go ahead and send it in anyway.  I think it turned out well but we will see what Mary says about it.

I have my reading this weekend.  I hope it goes well. Im not sure how it will go.  But we will see.

Good Morning!

I managed to make it through the dance competition and my daughter’s dance group did really well, earning a judge’s choice award and a third place overall award.  So that part was successful as well.

I am trying to figure out what to fix for dinner tonight and tomorrow.  I get so stumped by these things nowadays. I wonder if I’m slipping backward again.  I just have an empty mind nowadays.  I don’t know what to do.  I go see Tillie Wednesday so we will see if we can sort through some things.

Don’t know much else to say.  Waiting on my laundry to get done so I can sort it out. Very, very sleepy.  I didn’t sleep well on the trip and haven’t caught back up yet, either.


Getting Ready for the Trip

I head out in a little while to go gas up the car for our trip to the dance competition in Birmingham.  I’m not looking forward to it but I’m not actively dreading it either, so that is a plus.

I was so tired yesterday.  I still am somewhat but I am feeling better than I did yesterday.  Just hope I don’t relapse or pick up something new this weekend with all the stuff we’re going to be doing.

Going to meet Bob for lunch at a Mexican place.  So I have that to look forward to.  I’m all packed with my clothes, meds, and everything else.  We have CD;s picked out and I am debating bringing a book to read on the trip since my youngest doesn’t like to talk on trips like the other two do.  I just don’t know.

Wish our girls luck and wish me luck–I’m not taking my Xanax on the trip so I will just have to cope as best as I can without it.  Hopefully my recovery is strong enough to handle a big competition with out it. We will see.  Have a good weekend!



Still Trying

to get over this bug.  I have to do laundry today so I am trying to conserve my energy.  And we have Birmingham starting tomorrow afternoon.  So I am stressed all the way around.

I have been in the bed most of the morning, trying to rest.  I went to church last night since i felt better, but I am starting to wonder if I shouldn’t have stayed home.  But I’m taking my meds and trying to get better.

I think I may go lay down some more. Sorry for the short post that says nothing today.  Hope everyone has a good weekend!


Still Not Well

I still don’t feel great.  I did do my schoolwork, finishing it yesterday,. So I have that out of the way.   I just hope whatever this is moves on soon.

So sad to hear that Billy Graham passed away.  He was really God’s man for the past generation. I’m not sure his son is going to be able to take that mantle on with his support for Trump politically.  But he may not be interested in it–he has his own work to do.  I’m just hoping we can get a revival in this nation and pull back from the brink we are on culturally.

I am still sending out work everyday even this deep into February.  I usually don’t keep New Year’s resolutions I occasionally make this long! 🙂 But I’m determined to hold to it and get some results this year.  I already have in getting the novella deal.  So I am just waiting on more of the same.

I think I am going to eat lunch and then lie back down for a while. Hope everyone’s week is going well.



I feel rotten but don’t have the flu.  I went to the doctor and that is what they tested me for,  I’m tired, a little achy, and cold.  No congestion though.  So I am just suffering,  I have an antibiotic in case it’s bacterial so hopefully i will start to feel better before Birmingham dance competition.

Finished my ghost story for my class.  I feel like I spent too much time in exposition and not enough happens but I’ve hit the 1000-word limit.  I think it will continue it for my final project and make more happen–lengthen it out to the 2500 words for that.  I have some ideas for revision for a longer version so i am looking forward to keeping on working on it.

I think i am going back to bed.  My mother-in-law is picking up my youngest from school and taking her shopping as a late birthday present. so i have some extra time to rest this afternoon.  Hope everyone is having a better start to their week.



Story Idea

I woke up from a dream that seemed perfect for a flash story.  In it, people were on a boat floating over a flooded New Orleans, eating a crawfish boil and talking to the people on the boat about the old days of Mardi Gras.  We have a class assignment to create a world different from our own and write a story about it.  I was pretty much going to do the other assignment because I don’t do speculative fiction. But this dream kept pestering me until I thought it all out and started to write it down.  So we will see what comes of it.

Bob’s finally going to the doctor.  He thinks he has a sinus infection plus a ringing in the ears, which is a new symptom. SO he is going to check it out.  I hope he starts feeling better since we go to Birmingham this  weekend for a dance competition.  Fun, fun.

We had a good party for my youngest this weekend–she had three girls come over and do a sleepover.  They played games and talked and ate and just had a good time. We did too,  No drama, no hatefulness, just a lot of fun.

I guess I’ll go back to my story and see what happens!


Going out with Marlo to a new place for lunch called Fine and Dandy. I’m not sure about the dress code so I am spiffing up a bit to go out to it.  Marlo suggested it so there we go.  I’m looking forward to seeing her–she’s always so busy it’s hard to get together with her.  But I am glad we are friends.

I’ve lost the little bit of weight I gained back over the holidays, so that is good.  I now only have 91 pounds to lose. But it’s a start.  I think i will give up sweet tea starting today. I need to do it so i might as well start.’

I have had trouble getting going today.  I will need to do laundry when I get back.    I should have done it this morning but I was lazy and didn’t.  But I should be able to finish it before tonight.

Hope everyone has a good day and a great weekend. We will be birthday partying so will be busy.  Wish us luck!


Dental Visit

Had a dentist visit this morning and that went well–no cavities or anything.  Got a nasty surprise with the bill though.  My dental insurance company is refusing to pay on the crown I got last year–said i had a waiting period before they paid for anything and I had it done in that waiting period.  So now we have to pay for the whole thing.  So that wasn’t good. I paid half on it and they’ll send a bill for the other half.

Ordered the cake for my youngest one’s birthday party this weekend.  Hopefully it will turn out good.  I need to go back to the grocery store in a bit and do the shopping for the weekend.  It won’t be a lot but it needs to be done.

I sure am glad I got an acceptance early in the week because I’ve gotten one or two rejections a day ever since. But that is just the way this submission business is.  All I can do i see who might be interested in what i have.

Pretty and warm day today–it makes it so much easier to stay awake when it’s not so cold and dreary outside.  So that has been good. I need to do laundry today–having the appointment put me behind.  But I’ll get it all taken care of.

Hopefully we will have a good weekend for the sleepover for my youngest one’s friends and that will go well.  Hope everyone reading has a good weekend as well,