I am feeling groovy.
1. We're launching the brand-new Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog on August 1st. Accessible through the RMFW website, the blog will feature a wide variety of contributors on a wide variety of topics. I'm one of the editors and will be mostly lurking behind the scenes, but might occasionally post articles of my own. But RMFW is a big organization with lots of writers, so I don't think we'll have any trouble finding guests to fill our open dates.
2. I finished that first draft of that novel I've been working on forever. I've decided to put it aside for a while, let it ferment/cure/rest, while I return to another manuscript I want to play with a little more. For those of you who are writers, do you put a first draft aside for a time or do you jump right in and start revisions immediately?
3. That Netflix original that got all the Emmy nominations, House of Cards with Kevin Spacey, is very entertaining. I'm watching one episode a day to make it last longer. I hear another of their originals, Orange is the New Black, is also pretty good.
4. I'm reading Always Watching by Chevy Stevens. It's psychological suspense and hard to put down. What are you reading?
5. The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference is scheduled for September 20-22 in Denver. I'm already signed up. Do you have any conferences on your summer/fall schedule?
6. I love my garden. We're eating Swiss chard and green beans this week. And it looks like I'll have a bumper crop of Concord grapes this year. I think I'll do freezer grape jam this year because last year's run at wine was a big musty flop.
7. And finally, we're getting a few days of rain here in Northern Colorado. It's called the monsoon season, and it's a welcome relief from our hot, dry summer. It's the kind of weather that invites me to take a longer-than-usual nap. I was on the couch for two whole hours yesterday. I think it's going to rain again this afternoon.