Another Day

It’s the end of the week and this quarantine is not going to get the best of me. I am hustling work as fast as I can.  I still am having trouble with my school work, which seems irrelevant in the face of this, but I am putting out contacts for other stories and hoping they get picked up on.

I hope to send off pictures for BPHope today. My friend Candy offered to come over and take some pictures of me for it with her camera-phone where she can email them to me and then I can send them on to my editor.  So I am waiting on her.

My youngest actually has had some school work to do so that is keeping her occupied.  She drew me a Charlie Brown picture with a Schultz quote–“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today, It is already tomorrow in Australia.”  So that was sweet.

I have my document open to work on my school paper so I suppose I will go do that for a while until Candy gets here.  Hope everyone has a good weekend and can manage to make it through another day.  One foot in front of the other.


I’m Really Scared

I’m not getting my writing done  before our Memphis trip and I’m really scared.  Now I can’t even bear to look at what I’ve already typed without getting anxious that I won’t finish it.  I’ve been in bed all morning trying not to think about it. Which of course means I’m REALLY not getting anything done and aking me panic all the more. I am so FRUSTRATED about this project.

Other things are going well, just the trying to write is making me angry. And my cursor has disappeared on my screen so I don’t even know how I’m typing this. Which is making me even angrier.  I;m scared if I listen to anything relaxing I’ll just go back to sleep.

I guess I need to abandon the article for MCIR for a while and concentrate on the craft paper that is due when we get back.  Maybe I will have better luck on that and that will make me feel better.

Hope everyone else is having a better Spring Break than me.  Pray I’ll be able to get all of this stuff DONE. And not have to worry about it any more.


Stories Spread

So glad to know my stories were picked up by other outlets as well–Mississippi Today, The Clarion-Ledger online, Magnolia State Live, The Greenwood Commonwealth, and The Meridian Star!  It’s been a long time since I’ve written something that has been disseminated in this widespread fashion.  Just trying to get a message of hope out to people.

I’ve been in communication with the mom about the missing kid–she is so grateful for the attention the story has gotten–I just wish we had done it about a month earlier.

Trying to get the house in shape for me to leave Monday afternoon  I’m going ot try to sort through the stacked up laundry today  For the first time in a very long time, I don’t have the desire to go back to bed this morning.  So maybe I can get things done before lunch.  We will see.

Tonight is Homecoming so I am hoping that my youngest has a good time at the dance.  She is supposed to come home with us to get dressed up and will ride with a friend’s mom to and back home from the dance. We are excited for her.  She could have had a date if she was old enough–about three guys tried to ask her, and she turned them down.

WEll, if I’m going to accomplish anything I need to sign off.  Hopefully the rest of the day will go well.  I think it will.  Happy Friday!




Going Upstate

Going to Ackerman this morning to see someone who’s son has disappeared to do a story to spread the word about him and so maybe he will be found.  He has mental diagnoses, so that is the tie-in with my MCIR work.  I am going to talk to his mom about how his illness has affected the family and what difficulties they have had with him over the course of his life.  So we will see how that goes.

I will need to get gas and a Coke on my way out.    I coughed a little bit last night but didn’t have the acid coming up in my throat so that helped.  I’ll have the cough for a few more days then it will go away.

Trying to stay awake.  It’s so hard to stay awake in the mornings. Even when I sleep in I never feel like I got enough sleep.  I wonder why that is.

Going to see my middle child this weekend; she’s coming down to visit.  Hopefully she will be over her viral symptoms and will feel better–she’s been having congestion, etc.  So she says she is better and I hope so.  Midterms will be here before you know  it.

I guess I will try the sheriff’s office again about the missing person and try to set up an appointment with them  while I am up there if I can’t talk to who I need to on the phone.  Hope everyone has a good rest of the week and a good weekend.


Pay Dirt!

I pitched an article yesterday to Parhelion Literary Mag and they accepted it!  I’m going to write about the MS Book Festival that I went to last weekend!  I am really looking forward to this one. I’ll talk about me and Mary Jane and the authors and all that we went to.  Not sure if I actually get paid, but it is a good name and I need all the encouragement I can get.

Aaand I got a very sweet rejection from Typishly.  Good dialogue, good story. Just not quite enough of something unspecified. But I don’t feel bad because they are as always so nice about it.

So school starts tomorrow also and I am looking forward to that. Hopefully I won’t get too  overwhelmed with that.  My main class only has two books, but I’ve never had this professor before so I don’t know what to expect in the way of workload.   And I know I’m behind the 8-ball on the other class; c’est la geurre.

And I finished a scene yesterday on my new fiction.  I started at the end–now I’ll go back to the beginning and see what to do with that.  I’m going to work on it as long as I am still excited about it.  We will see how long that lasts.

Hope everyone has a good day and a good rest of the week.




SO I held my first-face-to-face interview with someone for my new stories.  I think she’s going to be a good one.  I have it all written down and now just need to arrange and write it up for publication.  We will see how it goes.

Saw Candy this morning for breakfast.  We had a good talk about stuff going on.  I’ll see her tomorrow to when she comes by, but I just wanted to get together with her for fun and have a good time talking.  So that was a nice way to start off the day..

I am so sleepy now that I am back at the house.   But I need to keep moving to do everything that needs to be done.  I’ll do laundry really quick and while that is running, I will make more phone calls.  See what else I can dig up.

Our youngest has been with her grandparents all weekend–my parents are supposed to bring her back today.  We have had a good time whlie she was gone–we went to the MS History Museum and enjoyed that.  TOok us about four hours to go through everything so that was most of Saturday afternoon. We really enjoyed all the exhibits and everything that was set up in there.  They kind of had to chase us out–we were still there really close to closing time.

Guess I will run and get everything moving.  WIsh me well putting everything together,




I found out some details on what I will be doing, reporting for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting.  I am to work up stories that they ask me to do on a freelance basis, with better pay than I’ve ever received for individual stories, on mental health. I have four initial stories I’m going to do, one of which is the personal column they already have–the others on other patients in varying situations in Mississippi and another on available helps for families and patients in Mississippi.

She is already talking about a second phase of stories depending on funding to do more, but I think this is going to work for now. I am still really excited about where this work can go and help people.

SO we will see how this works out. It’s not a long term project right now because they did not get that grant.  But I will do my best on these stories and see where they lead.

Gotta run pick up my daughter from band camp.  Hope everyone has a good day!