Saturday, October 24, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
My Super Secret Summer Sanity Saver project arrived ten days before expected. Wow! That was a much-needed boost and now it means I can announce what it is AND have it in my hands. I'm excited to hold it; the improvements I made based on the proof copy have improved it so much and it was worth all the effort.
Leonard was very quick to inspect the two boxes but he was most delighted with all the packing paper and had a long nap after we were finished ooohing and aaaahing over the finished product.
This feels so good...Can't wait to share it with you on Saturday!
Thursday, October 22, 2020
It's hard for me to believe when I walk back there, what is now - sadly - "just" a logging road, that there were at least two houses here.
Monday, October 12, 2020
everyone who comes to this blog and reads these posts.
who discovered me after Field Notes, the book, was published in 2016,
Thank you for reading the ideas and the stories I share.
In the summer of 2019, I decided to give up writing. I’d finish the books I was working on,
but I wouldn’t write anymore unless any of them sold. I worked away on them, then the pandemic shut everything down and I kept writing – what else was I going to do?
Thank you for being part of my writing life.
The focus of my living and my writing is shifting. I’m sure how but I can feel it shifting. It may result in a sharpening of focus of my writing, but it could also mean a letting go of the writing; getting a full-time job is becoming more of a draw as I grow weary of the constant hustle and financial instability of three freelance jobs.
For now, I’m carrying on with the words. As I said, what else am I going to do?
Well, later this week, I'm going to reveal what else: my "Super Secret Summer Sanity Saver Project" that has kept discouragement and despair at bay because it gave me a reason to sit down at my desk and open up a file full of stories…
Friday, October 09, 2020
Thursday, October 08, 2020
|Dwayne flew my best friend, Sarah, down for my |
surprise 40th birthday party in the spring of 2010
This fall, I decided to get a Certificate in Thanatology, which is the study of dying, death and bereavement. Assignment 4 in the first course, Introduction to Thanatology, asks me about my Bucket List.
The term "bucket list" was coined by screenwriter Justin Zackham for his 2007 movie, "The Bucket List". Technically, a bucket list is made when you are told you have x-number of months left to live. But as we do in our culture, we now use the phrase to refer to anything we want to do, even if it's easily accomplished next weekend.
Besides, anything I’d put on a “Things I’d Like to Do Before I Die” require a long commitment of time, money, and/or travel (the last of which is totally kiboshed by the pandemic):
- I’d like to have a pet pig and a couple of pet goats
- I’d like to have a donkey sanctuary
- I’d like Dwayne to see the Pacific Ocean (he went to Peggy’s Cove for the first time in 2019!)
- I’d like to take my mother to Ireland for her 80th birthday (next June – egads!)
- I’d like to live in Italy or Greece
A few years ago, I took horseback riding lessons, which could count as a Bucket List item if I’d been thinking in terms of “end of life”. I was thinking more of fulfilling a lifelong dream from childhood (like getting a pet pig) and overcoming a rather vague fear of large animals – it also became a “Summer of the Horse” column.
I’d love to have a pair of horses so Dwayne and I could ride around the field but that’s another thing that requires money.