Sunday, June 9, 2013

I Sure Would Like to Write About Writing, But...

The truth is, I haven't managed to write a word for weeks. Bopping around the country (mostly between Colorado and Illinois and Colorado and California) certainly put a few obstacles in my "get things done at home and in my office" plan. However, I did accomplish a few good things over the last few months, and I do seem to be recovering from my strep throat infection okay.

Taking it easy for a few days helps.

And what do I do when I decide to take it easy?

I take longer than usual naps.

I whine when my dear husband suggests I go to the store or do some laundry so he will feel sorry for me and do it himself.

I fix easy meals (like tonight's big salad with lettuce and spinach from my own garden). I add sliced carrots, cherry tomatoes, chicken pieces browned in apricot jam, Newman's Own Poppy Seed Dressing, blue cheese crumbles, and sunflower seeds.

I read. Last night I started Stephen King's 11/22/63 with the firm commitment to finish it in one week. That means I have a commitment to a lot of down time because this is a really big book.

What's Next?

Blogging. It's time to get back to a real schedule. My guest this coming Thursday is mystery writer Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die. It's a local food mystery.

I owe my critique group three critiques, and I need to send out my next submission by Tuesday. It's time to get serious about writing again...and then maybe I can write about getting back into the swing of writing.

Book reviews. I have finished four of those five books I want to review. Honestly, if you haven't read the first three Gary Reilly Asphalt Warrior books, I can only ask, "Why not?" I love Murph the Denver cab driver so much. Detailed reviews coming soon.

And yes, I have more trips to take, and I'll usually be without access to the Internet when I'm gone. It's just the way 2013 has rolled out for me.  I must go with the flow.

After this bout of strep, however, I will be way more wary of germs when I'm in airports and airplanes from now on. If you see a gray-haired lady in jeans wiping down doorknobs, tables, and nearby passengers at DIA, SJC, SFO, or BMI with antibacterial wipes, it will probably be me.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Airports are hotbeds for germs - wipe away.
My wife doesn't whine - she just gives me those big doe eyes. Yes, I'm a sucker.
Hope you're back on track soon.

Karen Walker said...

So glad you are feeling better - hey, when will you be in BMI - I'll be there next week

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks, Alex. And thanks for the hint about doe eyes. That might work better than grouchy. :D

Hi Karen -- My next BMI trip is 6/22-6/27. That's about 45 minutes from where my mom lives, so it's a great little airport to use.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patricia .. germs in public places are a nightmare - look after yourself ...

Sorry about all the travelling because that's stressful in the first place, and secondly as you're busy dealing with things ..

At least it's summer for now .. take care - cheers Hilary


Get well soon Patricia.


Patricia Stoltey said...

I know, Hilary. I could get compulsive about this anti-bacterial wipe exercise.

Thanks Yvonne. I'm trying to do all the right things to recover faster.

Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - I can't think of anyone who deserves a little rest more than you do. And personally, I think whining can be good for the soul.

LD Masterson said...

Sorry, I only got as far as the description of that salad and stopped to drool awhile.

Hope you're feeling yourself again soon.