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October 1, 2017

Nineteen years ago, on October 1, 1998, I started this journal.  It was before Facebook -- and a lot of other things that have come and gone since then.  I've written something for every day, though since the journal moved a few times, everything before 2006 is squirreled away on my hard drives and cds and dvds. 

The biggest change is probably all the published material I've had since then, both in small press and indie publishing.  It is frustrating sometimes, but I have enjoyed it overall.  So many things I could not have shared otherwise!

So I guess that's the biggest change in the last 19 years.  It's a big one, too.  People I do not know read my books.  Many of them like the stories, too.

It's good to remind myself of that sometimes.

Black and White

October 2, 2017

Was not well for a lot of today but I'm feeling much better tonight!  So much so that I'm even hungry.  I might have to hunt something down soon.

Bad stuff out there in the world again.  Puerto Rico, Las Vegas -- small things and huge things.  It makes it hard to stay positive in such a world.

Black and White

October 3, 2017

Could it be that I'm actually feeling better again?

This has been a miserable couple weeks in some ways.  Loved the rides, and I've done some good with my writing -- but I could stand to go an entire day without feeling ill.

This was not the day, but I might be closer.

I am also remarkably close to being done with Written in the Sand.  I do not know how that happened since I feel like I haven't done anything at all lately.  But there it is.  Things are good.

Black and White

October 4, 2017

Not a good day for a couple reasons.  And my stomach is acting up as well.  I would like things to go well for everyone.  I would like to see a bit of happiness back in life.


October 5, 2017

We went up to South Dakota to see Joe and Wally tonight.  That was a nice trip though it was rainy gray up and back.  The weather is odd. Thunderstorms quite often. Cooler stuff.  I wonder what the winter is going to be like.

I wonder what NaNo is going to be like if I don't get at least one outline done. This is odd.

But at least Written in the Sand is going fine.


October 6, 2017

I've noticed something odd this year.  No one seems to have any cute little black cat figurines for Halloween.   That just strikes me as odd.  Or maybe I'm just not getting out enough to see them.  I guess I've only really looked in one place now that I think about it.

I am going to have Written in the Sand done in a couple days.  I have a lovely cover for it.   I hope the book will live up to it.


October 7, 2017

The outline is moving!

This is such a relief.  I hope it keeps going.  I am seeing things now, though.  I know it's not exactly right, but it is moving along better than before.

Written in the Sand is almost done.  This is a problem since I'll need more than the outline to finish out the rest of the month.  Bother.  Either things aren't going well or they are going too well.

Sioux City

October 8, 2017

Good progress on the outline again today.  I don't quite see where it is going, but I know a lot of what is going to happen in the next couple chapters.

NaNo is nearly upon us.  I hope I can get a little more excited about it.

We'll be dropping down into the 30's for a couple nights here.  I think I'll just hibernate this year.  Seems like a good plan to me.


October 9, 2017

We had a really rainy day today!  A cold, wet, autumn rain.  Pretty, but too much of a reminder of what is going to come next.

More work on the outline.  I have about enough for 70k worth of story.  If I can find an ending, life would be good.  LOL

Getting cold, though.  Ack.

Tired Zaphod

October 10, 2017

It is late.  And it's dropped down below freezing.  Lucky for us, this is not going to be the regular weather yet.  Eeek.

One last small chapter to rewrite for Written in the Sand.  Love the characters in this one.  I hope I can pull it all together and publish before too long. We'll see.

Trying to work on Hieroglyphs tonight, but Z decided to sleep on the papers.  I got a few new words copied down.  It's looking pretty good.  I might start the study of Latin soon, too.  I know; strange stuff.  But I am having a good time.

And now off to the nice warm heated bed!

High Big Sioux

October 10, 2017

Wow! What a ride tonight!  At least 11 hawks, a hundred or so pelicans, a few hundred ducks, a heron -- and all within 25 miles of home.  You can't get much better than that!


October 11, 2017

Still amazed by last night's ride.  Obviously migration time, even for the hawks.  We don't get stuff like that very often. 

I am still working on Written in the Sand.  I have more clues for the NaNo outline, too.  That's good.  I'd like to think I have a chance of getting somewhere this year!

Can't believe how soon November is going to be on us, though.  Ugh.


October 12, 2017

The weather is starting to cool down here.  I've heard we're supposed to have another dry winter, but this one is supposed to be very cold.  Ack.  Not looking forward to it at all!

I need to get back on track for things again.  It seems as though every time I decide to focus on some certain type of workk, something comes up and I get off track again.  I think a lot of it is that I have no brain left.


October 13, 2017

Another Friday the 13th, huh? 

The outline hates me.  It really does. I should have had three or four of them done by now, but this one just sits there, then moves forward for a spurt of stuff, and then sits there again.  Well, I do have enough to reach 50k on it, so I'm not worried over that part -- but I do wish I could see the entire story.

This isn't often a problem for me.  It's annoying this year.

Stone State Park

October 14, 2017

There is nothing quite like trying to write Hieroglyphs with the cats around.  I have enough trouble trying to make the odd little signs.  I don't need them to add to the problem.

We had a nice ride tonight.  Lots of falling leaves today and I suspect by the end of the weekend that everything will be pretty much bare.  No snow in the forecast so far.  We count that as good!

Still working on the outline.

Not much longer to have to worry about it.

Stone State Park

October 15, 2017

Two weeks until NaNo.

I should be either panicked or excited.  Maybe both.  This is year 17 for me and I think I have it down pretty well.  Except, of course, that the outline is fighting me this year.

Well, I've managed without an outline before.  I have enough to get past 50k and that's all I really need.

Let's not think about the new novel I'll start on January 1.  Not a clue there.

Old barn

October 16, 2017

Hello, little outline ideas.  Can you come out and play today?  Because I'm kind of running out of time here.  And besides, I'm not well and really don't want to have to fight my way through the last few days before NaNo.

I've cut down to about 1k a day through the rest of the month.  Most of that, so far, as been work on the flash fiction serial so that I have all of those done and ready to post in November.

Still need to do the class stuff, but that shouldn't be too hard.

Okay, we can do this.  Even without the rest of the outline.


October 17, 2017

There are only a few things I need to get done before November.  The big one is to feel better.  I'm annoyed.  I'm fighting a problem I've had many times in the past -- and not the on going illness from most of he spring through summer.

Just go away.  I have things to do.



October 18, 2017

I'm spending a lot of time in bed.  I've cut down my writing to 1k a day for the rest of the month.  I think this is all going to help.

I do have a slight look at the rest of the story I'm outlining.  At least I know where I think I want it to end.  We'll see how that goes.  I'm really not so worried about it.  I'll get there.

In a lot of pain, though.  Ugh.  I want this to go away now.

Sunset on the river

October 19, 2017

Going for a ride in a little bit.  We'll see how I do since I am in such pain right now.  It comes and goes.

I am trying to be happy and cheery about NaNo and get fired up about it -- but honestly, I'm starting to feel annoyed.  I don't want that to happen this year.  I would like to just go in and write some fun stuff.

Sounds like a plan to me.

Stone State Park

October 20, 2017

Okay, if I am sick now, then I won't be sick during NaNo, right?  At least not the first week or so -- that's all I ask.  I do love leaping into the writing and just having fun with it. 

So, I will be better by then.  I am determined.

Yeah, that will work.

Danish Alps State Park

October 21, 2017

We are having a lovely autumn.  Even not feeling well, I've appreciated the rides out to see the colors.  We haven't had too much of the cold weather and it's stopped being too hot.  You really can't complain about weather like this.

I wish it would last through November.  Unfortunately, we're going to see some nasty cold stuff by the end of the month.  Not a surprise.  We've had ice storms on Halloween.  Not what you want to think about.

But what happens if we do lose power?  Well, I do keep my Nook powered.  And, you know, I even have some of that pen and paper stuff if I have to.  LOL

I am working myself up to NaNo.  I hope for a good one.

Corn Field

October 22, 2017

Another really nice day for getting pictures.  This will pretty much be the last of it.  Tomorrow we have a big wind storm coming in.  I appreciate that Russ got me out the last few days, even if I did feel lousy and was annoyed at a lot of things.

Still going to believe that I'll feel better by November 1.

Nine days to go.

I think I have an ending for the novel outline.  Not a great ending, but still better than none at all, and I might come up with something better by then.

I think I might actually be about ready.