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April 1, 2018

I am very ill again.  I was not feeling well to start with and then yesterday's news made it far worse.

I hope that this doesn't hold on for too long. 


April 2, 2018

Some better today, but not a lot.  I am miserable for many reasons.  Writing and taking pictures -- things I insist on doing every day -- has been difficult (the pictures the last couple days are from earlier this year). 

There are things you have no control over at all, but that you still wish you could have changed.  It is hard to get past that feeling.


April 3, 2018

And today it snowed and winter is back.  Not a lot of snow, but very cold winds and ice.  Pretty miserable stuff, honestly.  The only good thing you can say is that it is April, and unless we are heading into a 'Year without Summer' (fascinating book, by the way), then it should clear up soon.  I see the next few days, though -- a few days with snow, but then it starts forecasting rain instead.  I don't want a lot of rain either, but it would be nice to be warmer.

Still not well, though.  Better, but not well.


April 4, 2018

Come on, tummy. Settle down.  I need some calm in my life.

Also some warmth.  We had a wind chill last night of -2.  Look, enough of this winter stuff, okay?

Never mind anything else. Writing a bit.  Need to do photography.  Need to think that there is reason to keep working on stuff, but right now it's hard to believe that.


April 5, 2018

We went out to the pond today and there were a few ducks and geese.  I saw some lesser scaups, which I don't think I've seen there before.  That was nice.

Still not well, though.  I hope this clears up on its own this time.

Getting bits of writing done.  That's nice.


April 6, 2018

The storyline for Raventower 3 is not working.  Just not working at all, either in the writing or in the notes and outline.  I'm going to scrap everything but a few hundred words off the start and begin it again.

This doesn't happen to me often, but it has twice this year.  I can't say what the big problem is except that I'm really not seeing enough of the story and then I've tried to push it off into odd directions.

I'll figure it out.  But it is annoying.

Northern Shoveler

April 7, 2018

We went out to the new lake today and there were lovely ducks everywhere.  Also, the weather was the best we have had all year.  It won't last -- we're supposed to get very cold, windy, snowy stuff again tomorrow.

I got a lot of great shots, though, and it was a wonderful break from feeling so awful.  I need more time out.  I hope that I feel better by the time the weather really does improve and I can enjoy it.

ring Necked duck

April 8, 2018

We went back to the same place today, but it was very windy and cold, and hardly any of the ducks were out in the open or very close.  Still, it was fun to go there!  It's not very far, and until the weather gets better there won't be many people around.  Eventually, though, it is going to get busy.

So, we'll enjoy it while we can.

I'd say we'd go back next weekend, but it looks like snow.


Pretty Painting

April 9, 2018

Massive stomach problems again.  I wish this would just clear up, but I did eat things I shouldn't have last night, so it's my fault.  Still, ugh.  I get the feeling that I might be getting old.

In fact, I'm so miserable, I'm heading back to bed.



April 10, 2018

I had one of those days where I had to fight the computer for everything I wanted to do.  It's annoying when it gets in that mood.  Not sure what was holding it back, but it seems better now -- after 1 am when I'm ready to head for bed.

Writing is going along fine, though not leaping up and down great.  Jami is doing fine in the rewrite/edit phase, but I'm just not happy with a lot of it.  This is going to take another whole rework, I think.

I'm trying to come up with a new storyline for Raventower 3 still.

I think this is going to be a difficult year.


April 11, 2018

We had a really lovely ride out to the lake again tonight!  The clouds and sunset were beautiful.  The clouds had lost the look of winter, those flat gray sheets across the sky.  These had bumps and definition, all of them with lovely patterns.

We saw ducks and geese, a muskrat, and even a belted kingfisher at the lake, too.  And then, on the way, back, I got a few pictures of a field being burned off before planting.

So really, good day for pictures.

Yeah, writing is fine, too.

Stone State Park

April 12, 2018

Today's ride was into the back roads of Iowa.  It looked lovely, too!  The clouds were nice again and I'd almost believe in the coming of spring, finally, if it weren't for the 5 to 8 inches of snow we're supposed to have this weekend.

I really don't think it's going to hit, to be honest. 

I reread all my notes on Raventower 3, and now I wonder if it's actually better than I thought and I might be able to work with it.  Well, this is just being a bit of trouble!  We'll see what I think in a couple days.  I've been bouncing back and forth enough that you just don't know what I might decide.


April 13, 2018

So far, the weather has not changed.  It's a dull gray outside and last night we had strong winds, but so far today the worst has been a sprinkle of rain.  They're still calling for a lot of snow tomorrow, but the clouds don't seem to be moving in the right way as far as I can tell.

We'll see.

I need to focus on writing for a few days and see if I can't get more than the rewrite to move.  Is it possible to get a grip on one of these stories and do something with it?  Right now, the Devlin novel looks the most inspired.  That's fine.  I like Devlin stories.  I'll be glad to jump into this one again.


April 14, 2018

We had snow. Not as much as they said we would, but it was more than enough.  And cold.  Where is spring?

We're supposed to have more snow on Tuesday/Wednesday, too.

This isn't the first year we've had weather like this in April, but really even I have had enough of it now.  I would like to see nice warm weather again.  I'd like to sit out on the steps and stuff.

Soon, I hope.


April 15, 2018

I am working on Jami still.  I can't make a decision on it, except to say that it is not ready, plot-wise, to go anywhere near publication.  This rewrite is going to clean up a lot of problems, but there are others that are going to have to be thought out.

That's fine.  I don't mind when a story is a challenge.  I just seem to be hitting a lot of them lately.

Another cold day here today.  It's going to stay that way until maybe the 25th or so.  I suppose we can last another ten days in winter, but I have to say that if we get snow in May, there's no telling what the whole lot of us will do.  Florida may sink just from the impact of northern refugees.


April 16, 2018

We spotted two lovely egrets out at Crystal Cove tonight!  I love seeing egrets and we don't always get them.

The weather is still cold.  Spring should be here soon, right?  Like any day now?

Working away on Jami.  I have come to like the story better, which is a good sign.  Still going to need a lot of work, though.

The Boys

April 17, 2018

Today is the Boy's Day!

Unfortunately, I've been very, very ill.  I hate this.

Danish Alps State Park

April 18, 2018

Still ill.  Also about three inches of snow this morning.


Sunset, Danish Alps State Park

April 19, 2018

Russ took me for a lovely ride out to the Danish Alps State Park today.  The place is just full of water fowl on spring migration.  It's been great fun to go there.  And it's not far away!

I'm feeling better, just not great.  I hope this clears up.

Getting writing done.  Trying to enjoy stuff.


April 20, 2018

Tonight we went for a ride, ending up out at Danish Alps State Park (a favorite right now), but along the way we found a back country road where some Shetland Ponies were running free.

And about a mile or so later we found people leading sheep on leashes.

The world has gone strange.

Pretty Road

April 21, 2018

Oh yes, back to the Park again tonight.  Pelicans!  Western Meadowlark!  Eagle!

When the weather is better, I'd like to go and just sit there for a while.  Just sit and watch things, maybe do a little writing or note taking.  Get away from feeling boxed in at the house (no easy window views, alas), and watch the world again.

Feeling better.  Not great, but better.  I hope it keeps going like this.

Mist on the River

April 22, 2018

We did not go to the Danish Alps State Park today.  We went north instead!  LOL.  A nice, calm ride.  Saw a few hawks, and the turkey vultures are out in force.

I realized that I am over half way through Jami at this point.  Good!  I'm still doing last edits on Differential Equations, but I'll publish it soon.  Enough of this messing around.

Want to feel better.  Hope it keeps heading that way.