MPA Conference

The conference went really well this weekend.  I read my piece and didn’t get any pushback on it–in fact got complimented.  So that was nice. I listened to other people read and that was fun.  I saw one fellow from school on Friday and got to talk to him for a minute or two but not anyone else.  Met a lady, Dr. Kathy Pitts,  whose book I had reviewed many many moons ago and had a good conversation with her.   So I felt the entire bit was worthwhile.

Then Sunday they celebrated our pastor’s tenth anniversary with our church.  They played a video for him Sunday morning, and then he talked Sunday night about his time here and how much he felt he had grown and learned and about good times.  So it was all really nice and a good day all around.

I am so very sleepy.  I dreamed last night that I was writing a novel again.  I dreamed I was writing down notes about characters and plotting out a story.  Dreaming about it was about as tiring as actually doing it–I just can’t seem to wake up this morning.

It’s a really pretty day so far and hopefully we can get our grass cut before it rains again. The clover is very heavy in our front yard and needs cutting badly.   We will see.

Hope everyone has a good start to their week and that the week continues well.


Pretty Day

Finally stopped raining and we have a sunny day.  Hope the weather holds up through tomorrow so I can travel well to the MPA conference in Jackson. I went this morning and picked up registration papers and whatnot but couldn’t stay for any of the readings because I might not beat my youngest back home and get her to dance on time if I did. SO i just mingled for a bit and then just came back.

I’m continuing to send out work now in my third month.  Still waiting to hear from lots of people but that is the way it works.  We will see how things go.

I want to go to sleep but it is too sunny out for that.  I may go for a walk.  I’m not sure.  I just want to do a little something today to say that I accomplished something good for myself.  The Girl Scout cookies keep calling my name today and I don’t need to eat any more today or I will make myself sick.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.  All my girls will be home this weekend so that will be fun.  We’ll go to the bookstore and then out to dinner at Table 100 that night.


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.


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!