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Whale of a Tale

Hi folks,

I made a trip to the city earlier this week. There’d been reports of whales in the area so I thought I’d spend a bit of time on the deck. It was cold outside, minus something or other, but not all that bad. Luck was with me. As the boat neared the dock on the other side I saw it, a feeding humpback whale. The long black rolled across the surface and back under as the tail rose into the air to wave goodbye. I couldn’t get a decent shot with my cell phone, but this is what I saw.


I believe this pic was taken by a tourist from Ottawa some time ago. If you recognize it as your pic I’d be happy to give credit.

Anyway, it put me into a delightful frame of mind for the rest of the trip. I don’t often get such easy trips, no waits for boats and calm waters. Not in January. Should have bought a lottery ticket I guess.

Ah well, back to work.



Every Step

Hi Folks,
They say every step forward is a step towards the goal, a.k.a. progress. In that case this past week was fun and we made progress. You’ve got to love it when it works.

The weather has been hot, and I don’t do well in the heat, but there were lots of bright spots. For example, on our way to the city the other day we spotted a whale in the harbour. He was quite far away and all we had for a camera was my phone. Charis kept her eyes on the area where he was and clicked away, but we’re not certain if we got that camera shy guy’s picture or not. It’s just a black spot, can you find it?

On the other hand, we made good progress on the studio extension. We got the rest of the siding on and the painting started. Now we’re just waiting for the electrician. Once he’s done his thing we can finish it and press it into service. (K has already ordered more equipment)

Ah yes, ROW80.

It wasn’t a complete loss here either. I will confess that, in the heat, I just nap and do little else. In spite of that early morning writing has given me another four thousand words. The best part? There’s no end in sight yet. You see, I love telling the story. Once it’s finished then I have to come back to Earth for a while until the next story carries me off on another adventure. I have such a hard life. Tee hee
So, that’s it for me this week folks, what have you all been up to? Drop me a line, I love to hear from you.

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.