I made a trip that I haven’t made in over a year. Each turn and curve of the road revealed a familiar scene, barely changed. The highway is smoother in spots and rougher in others. Some of the roadside stores are overgrown, victims of the past year’s events.
Fuel is more expensive now, so I keep my speed slower than I did the last time and draft behind the transport trucks for added economy. Four hours later, I pull into the gravel driveway.
The house looks the same except for a fresh coat of paint, and a new patio. The occupants look the same, a little smaller maybe, but as spry as ever.
I hug my parents for the first time in over a year. I relax my embrace, but mother keeps a tight hold. I guess it’s not over yet, so we remain here a little while longer.
It was World UFO Day yesterday and I missed it. I was busy working on my Quantum Lithium Injectors – they get so clogged with dark matter if you forget to engage the Resonance Field Relays. That’s my one beef with Universal Hyper-Vehicles: the RFRs should be automatic, but they still insist on a manual select function. Anything to keep the cost down, I guess. Yet there is a cup holder. Go figure.
Tomorrow I will be getting my second shot. Due to shortages, could be Pfizer, could be Moderna. Whatever. It’s like going to to a restaurant (which I’ll be able to do, but I’m in no rush) and asking for Coke and getting Pepsi. Mix it with enough rum and even Pepsi is tolerable.
Are shortages worrisome? Not due to the cause that more people are rushing to get their second dose of Pfizer so as to not mix doses. At least the vaccination rate is going up.
Update: Yesterday, I wrote about updating my book categories on Amazon. The CSR at KDP was very helpful and informative, and in less than 6 hours it was taken care of, with only one late change still outstanding because I forgot to include some information.
What I learned:
Not every country has the same book categories.
There are different categories for paperback and Kindle books
Not all interactions with Amazon end with me pulling out my hair.
Pretty cool alert: My free poetry book made it to the Top Ten in 3 categories!
Tomorrow is the longest day of the year for everyone in the northern latitudes. North of the Arctic circle, that means the sun doesn’t dip below the horizon. As you move south, night creeps in, although twilight is a better term.
The longest period of daylight that I have experienced is about 20 hours. I do remember finishing my round of golf at around 11 PM, without having to resort to night-vision goggles.
Henges and structures around the world have been set up to mark this day (among a few others), so it you are so inclined and able to safely, enjoy the experience.
The sad thing about this is – wait for it – the days start getting shorter, so for everyone in the southern hemisphere: Right back to ya!
I’ve been trying to write everyday. At least something. Blogging helps because it gives me a schedule of weekly topics. My main writing project, a continuation of one of me short stories into a full length novel, moves ahead like a sputtering car, slow but sometimes jumping ahead in spurts.
If I’m stuck, I will often just write the dialogue, then go back and fill in the thoughts and descriptions. I go back to previous chapters and see where I can elaborate; I am in no danger of having to pair down my word count.
I try to keep track of details, so that I don’t contradict what happened or repeat myself. You would think that since I am writing it, I would know what has already been said, but things slip by.
I had a good writing day yesterday, not on the novel, but on a short story. I saw a writing prompt for a contest on Reedsy and I instantly had an idea. I actually took one of my NaPoWriMo poems and reworked it into a story. I almost got in 1000 words, which is the minimum length. OK, about 70 words were from the poem, and I used 10 words from a line from one of my lyrics, but I’m counting them.
I also came across a fun prompt (see Fibbing Friday below), so there’s a few more words for the tally.
Quick! How many days in May? August? What about March? Can you instantly recall that information? You are lucky. I sure can’t. If you are like me, you had to start to recite: “Thirty days, has September, April, June…” and once you eliminated those ones, you came to the answer of 31.
Did you know if you put your fists together with your index fingers touching, starting from the left, each knuckle is a 31 day month and the dips are all 30 (except for that weird February which I can never remember what year is a leap year). Sure you have knuckle left over, and you have to point with your nose, but hey, it works.
I can recall many facts when I watch Jeopardy, many more if I have recorded it and press pause (not to Google, just to think). When I comes to math, I wish I was able to recall certain facts without resorting to tricks. I suppose mathematicians and scientists have a good memory and are able remember and recall what they learn instantly. Same goes for musicians. There’s an upcoming post in there – if I remember to write it. Now where was I…?
I was able to get get back to my weekly blog schedule this week. I would like to plan out my posts better, but I’ll admit, most of the time, it’s a night before or morning of routine. Like right now…
I do keep a running Word doc with my ideas and thoughts to build on. Recently I had tried out a program called Shaxpir which I wrote about here: Tuesday Tune-up: Writing Tools / Programs. I was having some difficulty logging—Oh. You’re not done reading the linked post yet? Sorry. I’ll grab a coffee then…
As I was saying, I was having some difficulty logging in and accessing my work, and the support that I was getting was substandard. Finally, Someone on a community board offered a solution that worked. Now the task is to remove my content—which thankfully did not have much new material—and delete the program.
Speaking of support, here is an update on my Wattpad vs. Inkitt experience (see this week’s Free Book Friday for context). I was having difficulty in Inkitt creating single spaces between my lines of poetry because each ‘Enter’ key stroke created a new paragraph.
After posting on the support forum, I received a response a week later, which did not work, and I haven’t heard anything since. Several other writers in the community offered solutions, with the same result.
I had abandoned Wattpad many months ago, but decided to give it a try. Experiencing the same issue, I emailed their support staff, and received an answer the same day, which worked! Want to create single spaces? Shift + Enter. Ta-Dah!
Wattpad: 1 Inkitt: 0
Have a great weekend! Here’s something else to read:
Wow. Sixteen poems so far. Has it been difficult? Yes and no. Sometimes the prompts from NaPoWriMo seem a bit too specific, but they are just suggestions and I have taken some liberties with them. A few of them I knocked out fairly quick, most took a bit of brainwork.