Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What am I doing and why? Does anybody know?

I recently changed my name back to the name on my birth certificate. Lots of red tape. Worth it.

I also decided to let go of the hotmail address I have had for 20 years. Microsoft and hotmail are just becoming too fraught with issues.

In moving all my baggage from that hotmail address to my gmail address I moved a bunch of stuff from 2 former novels in progress.

One is nearly finished.

One is significantly far along.

Both I had quietly concluded were crap and left behind.

Neither are really crap. In fact, both are viable novels.

So why did I move on to the current novel in progress which, although I like it, I am not working on in any real sense?

I. Don't. Know.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Bye bye Castle

  • Loved the cast. Loved the characters. Loved the stories. Loved the finale. Going to miss them.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

One voter's frustration

I went to a Senator Sanders rally on Sunday. And I was so excited to vote for him in Kentucky's primary today.

Maybe you have a different bent politically. But I bet you can still empathize with my frustration today.

I went to vote and I could not. That's right - I did not get to vote.

I have moved around a lot in my life. A lot.

In 2001 I spent a brief 4 month period living in Kentucky, licensed to drive and registered to vote as "other" party. 911 happened, I was out of a job and I moved back to California where I had a job. I was licensed to drive and registered to vote in California in 2002 and 2003.

In 2003 I moved back to Kentucky and by 2004 I was licensed to drive here and registered to vote as a democrat. I have been here ever since then.

I read a speech by Barack Obama long before he ran for president. In 2008 I voted in the democratic primary for him. You have to be registered as a democrat to do that. Since then I have voted in more than one primary and general election.

So imagine my surprise today when I went to vote for Senator Sanders in the primary and could not. They had me registered again as "other" party.

When I went to voter registration to appeal all she had was that card from 2001 and her computer records only go back to 2010.

What the hell happened to the card I filled out in 2004 that allowed me to vote in democratic primaries until now?

People would rather believe I am lying or don't know what I'm doing rather than face the fact that there are real issues with the voting system in this country and those issues are making it hard or even impossible for people to vote.

Isn't it ironic that one reason I want to vote for Senator Sanders is because I believe he will do everything in his power to change the voting system in this country back to one person one vote with a much easier way of proving you are that one person.

Go Bernie. Sorry I could not help you today.

Whether you are for Bernie or someone else I hope you voted today. If you are a woman 96 years ago you couldn't vote. If you are not caucasion 146 years ago you couldn't vote. If you are me, you couldn't vote today.

You better believe I will be voting in November. Hope you will, too. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

1st and 2nd novel sentences

It's no secret Jenny Crusie is one of my favorite authors. Over on her blog she has been talking here about 1st sentences in her books. They are very inspiring. In fact, I read the first sentence for Maybe This Time again and couldn't put the book down again. Reread the whole book for the umpteenth time.

She inspired me to write a first sentence for my work in progress.

The last of the youtube video died away and Jane Rose Bloomfield picked up her laptop and hurled it across the room with all the might her rage-filled body could muster.

Then here Crusie talks about the first sentence leading to the second sentence. Again I followed her.

It crashed on the floor in a million pieces; the perfect symbol for her life now that the truth was out there floating around in cyber space waiting to ambush her at any moment.

It's a concept I really like. I'm wondering if I could carry it further by writing first sentences for the first point-of-view passages for several of my characters. I'm going to try that anyway because it somehow clarifies things.

Even if none of the sentences end up in the actual book.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Every year I buy my mother an orchid corsage for Mother's Day. This year it looks pretty much like this one.

Hope all the mothers out there are having a lovely day!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Rowing and Writing

Today I had the most amazing rowing machine experience. I had been thinking about the book I'm not writing*. I decided to row with a paper and pen handy to make notes and think about my story instead of listening to music.

Row 5 minutes, stop to write for a couple of minutes, repeat 7 times for a total of 35 minutes rowing.

So much came to me.

The protagonist is Jane Rose Bloomfield. (Not sure I even remember what I called her before but it wasn't working.) She may or may not have the nickname JR. Recently bought half of the flower shop / living space that her adoptive mother, Constance Rose Bloomfield, Connie) owns.

Jane's love interest is Ash Lee Saner. Photographer. Has a brother whom he will confide in.

Wow - so much stuff came to me. Going down by the lake to write.

Hope y'all are having a good day!

*and by this I don't mean the way Jenny Crusie is currently not writing (wink, wink) a clever, entertaining novel. I mean not writing as I want to be writing but am not.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday flowers just because...

Mom's pink rose bush is blooming. This will brighten up my cubicle. Yellow roses still to come.

The ants have done their job and opened all the lovely peony buds into flowers. This is gracing the kitchen table.

Happy Sunday y'all!