Skip to main content

A Challenging Month

I'm having quite a struggle lately. February is shaping up to be an awful month. I had several writing projects rejected during the first week. On Tuesday of the second week, I fell ill with flu, which I'm still fighting.

It looks like the theme of week three will be car trouble as Pixie won't start today. I've plugged her in, well as best as I could. The block heater's cord won't plug fully into my extension cord. I hope it's far enough to do something useful and that I don't need a boost. I had trouble with it last year before I started using gasline antifreeze regularly. I'm using it regularly this year, but I guess the last couple days of extreme cold (-43 with windchill) have upset her.

Still, I'm refusing to let any of this get me down.

I'm hitting revisions fairly hard. Chapter 5 will have a lot of cuts.

I'm also reading more and thoroughly enjoying it.

I spent most of Valentine's Day reading and it was fantastic. I'm mostly happily single, so I wasn't the slightest bit lonely. Besides, I think it's unfortunately common for couples to make a big deal out of Valentine's and not put enough love into the rest of the days. I treated myself to a delicious steak dinner, a nap, and a movie.

At least my computer didn't break after installing Windows Updates. I've been putting them off for nearly a year and it got very slow...

Well, off to read, write, and eat chicken soup.

Ciao,
R~

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Under Siege

My city is under attack. I wish I was being facetious.  The so-called "freedom" convoy is here and so far this is what has transpired: 1. They parked on the war memorial. These people who call themselves patriots. This is where the Unknown Soldier rests. This is where Corporal Nathan Cirullo lost his life in October of 2014. The cars were towed, but who knows what actual repercussions they will face. 2. Later, when asked to move away from memorial, one stood and jumped on the tomb itself while others cheered.  3. Despite having port-a-potties provided for by the mayor, they've been defecating on Parliament Hill, in snowbanks, and on streets nearby.  4. Flags being flown include the Confederate flag of the United States, Trump flags, the Quebec equivalent to the Confederate flag, upside down Canada flags, regular Canada flags, Fuck Trudeau flags, libertarian flags, and ones adorned with swastikas. Yeah, this is totally about freedom rather than racism, white su

A Lot of Bullspit - 2020 ROW80 R3-W5

This week has had a lot of bullspit in it. Shortly after my last trip to buy reno supplies, I discovered mold in my bathroom. While that's not shocking, it's pretty much because they appear to have left wet drywall in the wall and covered the wall with another layer of drywall instead of properly repairing it after a leak. Geniuses. This is a mixed bag. It means I may have to do the tub area sooner than I expected. It is the same wall as the annoying peeling paint, so that's kind of good. I may just need to replace much of the wall, which is about 1.5 drywall boards because it's a small room. Cost wise, the wall repair isn't so bad. I'm not looking forward to having to deal with it, but I acquired the PPE gear for it and the mold removal supplies. Now, here's where the project may change substantially. I was originally planning to install a tub surround over the tile and then use the Rust Oleum tub restore stuff, but if there is mold in the wall, it's li

OIW - Book Cover Design Seminar

On May 22nd, I went to a seminar on book cover design. Before the information was presented on design, the author of Imposter Bride, Nancy Richler , read part of her first chapter and the story sounds intriguing. Lately, I am preferring to read the work of other Ottawa-area authors. Perhaps someday it will be my book that they read in turn. Currently, I am reading The Crimson Man by Patricia K McCarthy and though it is not in my genre, it is a fiery read. Ladies, you'll enjoy it. So far it feels heated like 50 Shades of Grey, but with more substance and a higher level of writing skill. At the beginning of the meeting, announcements were made about newly published works by members of the Ottawa Independent Writers group. The Autism Story is written as fiction by a university professor that specializes in the area. It sounds interesting as well. Nancy Richler answered questions about publishing after she completed her reading. Here is what I took from it: 1. Avoid small pr