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calendula_witch
Date: 2015-08-02 19:24
Subject: Occasional
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Hmm, I am so behind on blogging that every additional day that goes by without my having blogged gets me even further behind, and with more to write when I actually do blog, so the task becomes more daunting, so I don’t blog, and….you get the idea.

I guess the thing to do is to sit down and write when I feel moved to. Like now. And not worry about getting it all caught up. I mean, I won’t remember it all anyway, and you’ve probably all heard all my news on Facebook already anyway.

A question: how many of you reading here also are Facebook friends with me? And of those, how many look at Facebook with any regularity? :-) Because I do actually post things there with some frequency.

Dahling Dahlias
Like pictures of dahlias

It’s not that I don’t have the time or focus for longer-form writing (though, yes, life is busy, when is it not?). I think it may actually be because the Queen & Tower rewrite is going so well. I don’t manage to work on it every single day, but I work on it most days, for good chunks of time at a sitting–two hours or more. That’s what I am doing with the nice long uninterrupted spans of writing time, instead of blogging. And the small bits of in-between time, those are good for garden pictures, and food pictures, the other stuff that Facebook is for.

Anyway, that’s my working theory now. Another theory might be that nobody reads this blog, so why bother updating it? Comments disproving this theory would be welcome.

So! It’s been (it is still being) an eventful summer. I believe I made mention of our project to retrofit the toolshed into an office for me? Well, it’s done now, and OH MY GOD IT IS AMAZING YOU GUYS. I love it to pieces, just absolutely it is the best thing.
Office Before Clutter
A picture I took before I filled it up with my clutter

And let’s see, what else? A veritable deluge of house guests. Lots and lots and lots and LOTS of VERY hot weather. Lots of gardening (which means lots of watering–see VERY HOT WEATHER). Lots of writing. Mark is working very hard on Thimbleweed Park (the link currently points to a podcast interview with him, I haven’t listened to it yet!). He is also working hard on something that is very cool, and is secret, but is only going to be secret for another week, so I will tell you about it then. (Or maybe I will tell Facebook about it then and blog about it two months later. Heh.)

And we went to California and got to meet the new nephew!
Bouncing Baby Boy

Yes, I am sitting on a yoga ball bouncing him. Otherwise he cried. He LOVES to be bounced.

Oh and Our Lady of the Islands is a finalist for the Endeavour Award. That’s a thing I should probably tell you about. :-) My first award nomination. Now I need to buy a pretty dress. Right???

Last weekend we drove northward and were workshop leaders at Cascade Writers, which was awesome and amazing and fun and productive, even if the hotel did have the fakiest fake orchids EVER.
Fakest Orchid

Since my office furniture (and clutter) is no longer in the dining room, it meant we had to (got to) go out and buy new, actual dining-room-appropriate furniture. We’re not quite finished with this, but we’ve gotten the major pieces. Including a lovely cabinet with a leaded glass door that had two broken panes (so it’s at a glass shop right now, being repaired) and hideous painted-over paper on the shelves and back, which I recovered with lovely wallpaper just the other day:
DR Cabinet Before
BEFORE

DR Cabinet After
AFTER

Pay no attention to the odd brownish streak down the middle; that’s an artifact of the camera and the light, I guess. It’s really quite beautiful. And I can’t wait for the door to be ready…

My next non-work, non-writing project is to put in a drip irrigation system to take care of ALL the pots in the garden. It currently takes about an hour and a half to do all the watering by hand. Which strikes us both as a bit excessive….especially when it happens every day, because it’s been a hundred million billion degrees.

So I got a tutorial from my dad when we were in California, and I’ve gone to Home Despot and bought hoses and connectors and all that, then realized I’m short a few things; but mostly this hasn’t gotten done yet because a) it’ll take a LOT longer than an hour and a half to do, so every day I think Eh, I’ll just water, and tackle that big thing some other day; and b) it’s been a hundred million billion degrees, and I don’t wanna work outside in that for hours on end….

Today was a little cooler. Next week is supposed to be a little cooler. Who knows? Maybe we’ll get a drip system in, just in time for winter. :-)

So! That’s the general gist of things around here. And that’s certainly plenty of update for now, and anyway, this French 75 is nearly empty and it’s time to go make dinner.

Originally published at Shannon Page. You can comment here or there.

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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2015-08-03 02:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Since I am not on Facebook I don't read your posts the

Loved the retrofit office and the new cabinet
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calendula_witch: C. House
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2015-08-03 17:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:C. House
You must have thought I had fallen off the face of the earth!
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2015-08-04 01:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are always busy
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calendula_witch: demon
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2015-08-05 15:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:demon
True that.
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desperance: luke
User: desperance
Date: 2015-08-03 03:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:luke
I read this!
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calendula_witch: C. House
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2015-08-03 17:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:C. House
Yay! Did you already know all the things in it, or are you not such a Face Booker?
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desperance
User: desperance
Date: 2015-08-03 17:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, I did know most of that; Facehugger has its claws in me. I need to do something about that, probably. But I don't think I'd seen the fakiest fake-out plastic orchid.
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calendula_witch: white orchid
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2015-08-05 15:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:white orchid
Ah! Because I had not posted that before. New content! :-)
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2015-08-03 07:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm not on Facebook - although that's my problem, not yours:). Congrats on the Award nom - awesome news!
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calendula_witch: C. House
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2015-08-03 17:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:C. House
Thank you so much! I will try and blog more. We'll see what actually happens. :-)
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Pam
User: musingaloud
Date: 2015-08-03 16:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't do Facebook. I'm going to hang on to LJ until they pry it's cold dead corpse from my fingers.
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calendula_witch: C. House
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2015-08-03 17:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:C. House
I do love LJ. I blog on my website and mirror it here, but 99% of the comments I get are here, not there. :-)
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nolaborn
User: nolaborn
Date: 2015-08-03 21:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm a long-time reader/very infrequent commenter who's not on Facebook, so this is my only way to see what's new with you. I'm glad all is well and that you've been able to work on Queen & Tower -- I'm really looking forward to reading it. And congrats on the award nomination for Our Lady of the Islands!
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calendula_witch: Queen of Wands
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2015-08-05 15:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Queen of Wands
Thank you so much! The rewrite is chugging along, though I've still got a few more months, I estimate...probably be done with this redraft by the end of August (maybe?), but I've left lots of holes and notes as I went along. It's a complex book. :-)
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Karen
User: klwilliams
Date: 2015-08-06 01:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I read your blog here, and don't read Facebook much. I'm glad to hear and see how you're doing. We need to come visit and see all the new things.
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calendula_witch: C. House
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2015-08-15 20:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:C. House
You DO need to visit! But it was nice to see you last week, brief though it was.

We'll take good care of Chaz next week.
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