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actually writing blog: this fictionette had to wait awhile for its ride
2016-06-24 23:37 MDT

Y'all, I am exhausted. I have had a day. I have had several days packed into a single day. A tow truck was involved. It was that kind of a day. Thanks to the tow truck, we did get to our hotel in Salt Lake City. That's where I'm at, and I'm about to turn . . . .

actually writing blog: and sleep but not too much at all is really all i want
2016-06-23 23:49 MDT

I think I have managed to do all the things. The car has received needed maintenance. My back has received needed maintenance. I have completed all of this week's fictionette that couldn't be done on the drive or in the hotel, which means finishing the te . . . .

actually writing blog: you only get one back but also only 24 hours in a day
2016-06-22 23:56 MDT

The linden tree out front opened its blossoms today sometime between 9:00 AM and noon. I'm guessing, anyway. It only makes sense. I didn't notice smelling it on my way out to the car this morning, but when I got back around lunch time the scent hit me like . . . .

actually writing blog: stick a fork in it and call it entertainment
2016-06-21 23:02 MDT

There's a point with any piece of writing when you have to just declare it done and send it out into the world. There are a number of ways to recognize when you've come to that point. For instance, author and writing instructor Jim Macdonald reminds us tha . . . .

actually writing blog: anniversary number what the heck my how time flies
2016-06-20 23:52 MDT

Today was the summer solstice and also our wedding anniversary, John's and mine. The two do not always coincide, what with the solstice's wandering each year between the 20th and the 22nd, but it fell on the 20th back in 1998 when we chose to hold our hand . . . .

actually writing blog: get up on time, get enough sleep, pick one, you still get a fictionette
2016-06-18 02:30 MDT

OK so it's technically Saturday now, but I haven't gone to bed yet, so it's morally still Friday. Or philosophically. Or something like that. Something like that is my story and I'm sticking to it, whatever it is. Your Friday Fictionette for June 17, the . . . .

actually writing blog: you know what else lack of sleep is bad for writing performance that's what
2016-06-17 00:31 MDT

My sleep cycle is all messed up. (Yes, this will be a complaining, lamenting, and whining sort of post. It happens.) I'm having trouble getting to sleep at all, is the problem. It's kind of a big problem. There are any number of causes, or rather factors, . . . .

actually writing blog: but what about four mile creek is that wet too
2016-06-15 00:20 MDT

There's this thing about writing that I keep having to learn, and relearn, and relearn, then learn again every time the precise context changes. It's like having to be told "the swimming pool is wet," and "the rain is wet," and "the water in the bathtub is . . . .

actually writing blog: dirt under the fingernails means its monday
2016-06-13 23:58 MDT

Well, not necessarily Monday, but definitely on Monday. Monday's when I have time to get dirty deeds done (dirt cheap). For instance, I've been meaning to fix my bike's flat tire for more than a week, and I finally installed the new tube today. That is an . . . .

actually writing blog: the weekly beat-downs are no excuse, i recognize this
2016-06-12 00:24 MDT

No, I am not going to start calling them "Saturday Fictionettes." For one thing, if I did that, I'd probably wind up posting them no sooner than the following Monday, knowing me. Anyway, here's yesterday's offering, bite-sized and a day late. It's called " . . . .

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