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Crazy Week

Hi folks,
It has been a crazy week here on the island of stone and roses. I started off with a bang, getting lots of writing done, but that didn’t last. You know the old saying; life is what happens while you make other plans. Welcome to my world.

First, we’re down to one ferry boat so getting on and off island is a bit of a challenge, time wise.

Second, we had the day from hell in the city shopping. Why is the food budget never as big as the prices? Is it just me or does the cost of food go up weekly? Anyway, while on that subject, I had my check up Friday and the doctor told me to get more exercise and lose a few pounds. Sigh. That’s a lot easier to say than do.

Lastly, while working on a building project yesterday, I noticed one of my dogs was in trouble. The poor old guy must have had a stroke or seizure or something. His eyes were rolled back in his head, his legs were shaky, and he was struggling for breath. I was convinced he wouldn’t last the day.
Me and Jokko in better times.

We took him out in the sun and Charis sat with him while I continued working. I took a turn for a while then went back to the project. We both gave him Reiki as we sat, thinking it would ease his passage. Wrong, by suppertime the old fighter was reviving and by this morning he is all ready to go again. After I write this I’m taking them all out for a walk in the woods.
Yes, I’m all scattered today. Yesterday took the good out of me. Now for a true confession, I mean ROW80 check-in.

The target for this past week was 15K words; I barely managed 7K. On the bright side I did get the MacKendricks back from the editor and did the final run through. All we need now is the cover and we are ready to publish. I’m hoping to have it up by Wednesday.
All right, I know many of you outdid me this week. Drop me a line and share the success. I love hearing from you.

Bless, Pru

Boats and Braids


It was a wonderful start to the day. It was cold and rainy without a lot of promise, but that was soon to be dispelled. I drove to the docks to wait for a boat, and to my surprise, there she was just coming in.  Great, no waiting. Once I got aboard there was an even nicer surprise.
I had seen a school bus ahead of me on the road, but didn’t pay much attention. However, that bus had contained a large grade two class off to the city for a field trip. I discovered this as I entered the lounge to have my ears pleasantly assaulted with the excited chatter of the children. Get a room full of excited grade twos and you’ve got energy. I loved it.
If there is one thing in life I truly envy it is the way little girls can wear braids, and there were lots of braids in evidence. As the boat rolled in the swells the girls squealed with delight as they slid along the seats, their braids swinging gaily. Wooooo!  Heck, I even joined in once or twice.
All right, time for the ROW80 check-in.
The goals.
1.      Blog twice each week.
Got it, no problem. J
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
Still having fun with this one.
3.      Write at least 4K words per week.
Done and more. We have a new book getting ready for publication soon. Will tell more later in my next post.
4.      Read at least one book every two weeks.
I’m actually enjoying this one. No problems here either.
So, how is your week going folks? Are you writing lots, is it still fun? True confession, have you put your hair in braids lately? I’m seriously considering that for tomorrow.

Guten Morgen

Let me tell you about some of yesterday’s adventures. There was a family gathering to attend so I set out early. It was a warm sunny day, so I spent much of the boat ride outside gazing over the rails. As I stood enjoying the view, a rather large man came up the stairs. (Read ship’s ladders, a cross between a ladder and a set of stairs with handrails. This man was overweight, in his sixties at least, and he was struggling for breath. My heart went out to him.
My pity soon vanished to be replaced with delight and wonder. As he leaned heavily on the rail, a child appeared at his side, excitedly trying to engage him. Soon another appeared and then another and another then came the adults of all ages. The old fellow beamed his joy in their company, chatted easily with the children, pointed out the whales that were feeding nearby, and generally basked in the warm glow of his loving family. This was not a man to be pitied; he was a man to envy. The whole group was a delight to watch.
 Later on my partner and I went shoe shopping. (such a hardship) K needs new shoes for work, but we weren’t having any luck. One of our favorite shoe brands has shifted its production to an offshore country and the quality has dropped dramatically; its prices haven’t. Anyway, after bombing on the work shoe hunt, K got this determined look on her face. “If I can’t have descent shoes to wear at work, then I’ll damn well have something comfortable to put on when I get home.”
Can’t argue with that logic. I watched with delight as her disappointment changed to a smile of pure pleasure when she tried on a new pair of Birkenstock sandals. Those sandals came home with us, they’ll be the first thing she puts on when she gets up, and I will greet her with a bright, “Guten Morgen, mein Liebling.”
With thanks to Google for the translation.
Now on with the goals report for ROW80
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
I didn’t manage this one this time and am seriously considering cutting back on this to one post above.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
This is my favorite time suck and I love it. So many great blogs, so little time. Made this, no problem.
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
Got this and more.
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
I’m still confident this will happen.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round
I’m falling down on this one. I’m not allowing myself a lot of reading time for new books. I have managed to read a couple of Amanda Quick novels, but I doubt she needs the help. Tee hee
6.      Publish two or more short works, between five and twenty five thousand words.
I have about 30K words of erotic short stories that I wrote just for fun, but my editor and I was not in agreement about how to publish these. Working on it.
Okay folks, what wonderful adventures have you had this past week? Did you reach your goals? Talk to me people, it’s lonely here without you.