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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’m still working through wrist issues. I’m finished with physical therapy and no longer have limitations on activities. I’m hoping to get back on schedule with my writing.
While I was recovering, my hubby and I watched the 10 part series Jazz by Ken Burns. That’s two hours per episode- it took a while to finish but was well worth the time.
I love Jazz. I don’t know when or where that love came form. Growing up with day trips to New Orleans, Jazz was always there. Every winter, Jazz bands played at Mardi Gras in downtown Mobile. Once in high school a boy took me to the Saenger Theater to see/hear Dizzy Gillespie play. My hubby plays the trumpet. Jazz has always surrounded me.
The documentary fascinated me. Granted the finer points of music composition and jargon was beyond me, but the music was infectious. Louis Armstrong was heavily featured (of course) but Ella Fitzgerald was not (so sad).
A few highlights:
- Louis Armstrong is considered one of the founding fathers of jazz.
- Jazz is a truly American musical form, New Orleans.
- Jazz can be divided into many categories: Swing, Dixie, Be-Bop, Fusion, Avant Garde …
- Jazz changes with the times and reflects current events.
- Like other music forms some of the most famous musicians died from drugs.
If you love music give the series a try.
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Wish I was here.
It’s been a difficult summer. I had wrist surgery at the start of June. My right arm has been in a cast or splint the entire summer. I am in physical therapy. Ouch!
I’m trying to get back into writing. This is the first real typing I’ve done all summer 😉 I have read 15 books so far.
There you go. I’m alive. I’m healing. I’m reading.
Have a good summer,
Awesome title, right?
Chaos has fried my brain. This week involved 1 graduation party, a trip to the beach, graduation, band concert, a birthday party, and a trip to the doctor. I’m tired. I’ve achieved next to nothing. But only one week left of school.
I injured my wrist 9 (?) years ago in a heroic attempt to save my youngest from falling while roller skating. I should have let her fall, she would have bounced. I did not. I’ve been dealing with this injury, very painful, ever since. I finally agreed to surgery, early June. I will spend most of the summer in a hard cast on my right arm 😦 After the doctor poked, pulled, and twisted my wrist into painful positions I spent the rest of the day curled up in my chair watching Call the Midwife reruns.
Now I have a tighter deadline to finish edits to Camouflage. I need to finish as much as I can before surgery. Sigh.
Let’s look at the bright side.
Things I can’t do with a cast:
- clean the bathroom or kitchen
- sweep or vacuum
- chop vegetables
- brush and dry my hair at the same time
I know there are more and some of these I will be able to do one handed with a little practice. But I promise you, I will try my hardest to avoid the first two for as long as possible.
On with the goals:
- Write 200,000 words.
The total is still 11,903. No new progress.
- Edit 600 pages.
No new progress. 312 pages.
Walk 2,600,000 steps. I’m sorry, but this is not happening. I give up. Dropped.
- Read 80 books. I am still reading The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. This book is huge. I’m about 53% through it. I’m reading every day. I find myself highlighting sections of it. 29/80 books read.
- Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. Summer goal.
- Complete devotional. I am now two lessons behind.
- Deep Cleaning. Nada!
- Submissions. Yes! I made two submissions this week. So I did do something!
There you go. A not so stellar week, but one filled with life milestones.
How did your week go?
Goal Check-in April
This week has been chaotic. Mostly my fault but still. I have felt lethargic and tired all week. I know it’s my allergies. It rained last night and this morning, I’m hoping it washes away some of the pollen before my head explodes. If I keep moving all day, just stay busy, I have a better chance of accomplishing something. But the moment I sit down to rest, it’s all over.
Baby girl turns 13 on Saturday ;( Please ignore the tears. It’s hard to believe that my baby is officially a teenager. I don’t know why she acts like one! If that’s not enough emotional stress, my oldest is in the 8th grade. I received an email about the 8th-grade reception– they need pictures of each student at various ages. I’m not ready for high school. I’m not a clingy mother. I never cried after dropping them off at school at the start of the year. I was always there early and had plans for lunch to celebrate being kid free again. I blame hormones for the sudden trepidation in life changes.
I currently blame hormones for everything. On that note. Has anyone written a cozy mystery series surround a woman with hot flashes? I see a gold mine there. Just imagine the possible titles: Hot Flash of Death, The Insomnia Defense, & Spontaneous Flash of Murder… you get the idea. On with the goals.
- Write 200,000 words. Still at 10,914 words. No new progress.
- Edit 600 pages. I edited 19 pages of Camouflage this week. Brings the total to 301 pages. I want this finished before summer starts.
- Walk 2,600,000 steps. I finally bought a new pedometer. This one is also a wrist watch. I don’t think it’s terribly accurate. It says 20,615 steps. Hmmm. I know I moved more than that. My previous step count was 474,725. I think I will add the totals together at the end. I did 15 minutes of calisthenics yesterday as well. I’m trying it on my ankle today. I want to lose 10 pounds before Mother’s Day. I don’t know how doable that is. My cute swimsuit is too tight and I’m going to the beach 🙂
- Read 80 books.
I read: Michelangelo’s Ghost By Gigi Pandian and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. Michelangelo’s Ghost was one of the books I won in March. I loved it, it’s book 4 in the series and totally fed my archeologist fantasy that started with Indiana Jones. I’ll have to read the first 3 in the series. I don’t usually reread books. I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve reread. Like Water for Chocolate is one of those. I loved it more this time than when I read it 20ish years ago. I don’t own this book, but I need to. Highly recommend it. I own the movie and I’m watching it with my honey Friday night. He dosen’t know that yet. I’ve started reading 2 books but I don’t expect to finish either before the end of the week, so I’ll save it for May. 28/80 books read.
- Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. (summer)
- Complete devotional. I’m back on track.
- Deep Cleaning. I’ve started to clean out the laundry room and under the sofa. We hide our massive hoard of Legos under the sofa 🙂 I’m going through each set, putting them together to make sure we have all the pieces. Then I will decide if it’s a set we should keep or sale. Yes, I worked on this goal. On another positive note, the other people in my house have finally gotten on the yard sale bandwagon!
- Submissions. I submitted to 2 publishers this week and received one rejection.
There you go. It’s been a busy week and will stay that way until school is out.
How did your week go?
Silver Springs State Park
If you’ve never visited Silver Springs State Park, you may not be aware of all it has to offer. Click here. Most are familiar with the glass bottom boat ride and that’s it. But there is much more to it than that. I remember visiting the park when I was about 10. The glass bottom boat sticks out most in my mind– that and the monkeys. Yes, I said monkeys;) I apologize for all the photos.
Silver Springs is a park with multiple fresh water springs. The water is crystal clear to bright, clear blue. The blue areas seem to
be deeper. In some areas it is 85 feet deep, it only looks about 25 ft deep. Remember that if you decide to go kayaking. Swimming isn’t allowed where we were. And really, it’s covered with gators! This little guy was sleeping on the bank. A much larger gator decided to swim around us later on on the kayak trip. My youngest daughter was scared he would knock her off the boat. He didn’t. He was more concerned with swimming to the other side of the river.
We also had a chance to spot the elusive Rhesus monkeys that live in forests surrounding the river. Ages ago, Tarzan was filmed at Silver Springs. The old black and white shows. After filming they just turned them loose. They also filmed parts of the old Creature from the Black Lagoon and the James Bond film Moonraker.
There are a few hiking/walking trails surrounding the park. They give you the opportunity to see the natural surroundings. We came across turtles, birds, bunnies, and snakes. Watch where you step.
The big draw to the park is the glass bottom boat. Out pilot has been leading boat tours since 1955! He was awesome. He showed us where some of the springs bubbled through cracks in the river and pointed out wildlife that might have slipped by us. One of the most interesting things, only visible by glass bottom boat, is a sunken Spanish ship/boat. Most of the boat has rotted away but enough is left to make out it was a boat.
So how clear is the water? I’m glad you asked. This photo was taken from an overlook on the walkway next to one of the deepest sections of the river. Near where you board the boats. I think it is 85 feet deep here. It was gorgeous. I will leave you with one more photo. My oldest fell in love with all the Spanish moss. We have dozens of photos of just moss 😉
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Spring Break was last week and I am still trying to recover. We took an old-fashioned road trip to Florida. We stopped at small state parks on the way to Weeki Wachee Springs. It was great fun, now I’m just exhausted.
Because of that, I didn’t have the time to work on most of my goals. Family time is more important.
Goal Check-in April 2017
- Write 200,000 words. I did spend a little time playing with words on Monday. More of an exercise in loosening the writing muscle than anything. I wrote 463 words. That brings the total to 10,914 words.
- Edit 600 pages. No new edits this week. 282 pages total.
- Walk 2,600,000 steps. As I mentioned last week, I broke my pedometer. I did track my miles walked with an I-pod. On vacation (4 days) I walked 11 miles 😉 If you give me something to look at I will walk to the ends of the earth!
- Read 80 books.
I finished reading The Outsiders by S. E Hinton. This was the first time I’ve ever read it. It’s about time too considering the book turns 50 this year. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I also watched the movie. Other than every teen heartthrob from the 80s being in it, the book is better. I also finished reading Incubation by Laura DiSilverio. This book was given to me from the author (I won around 32 books in March). It’s a YA dystopian novel set in Florida after the world is devastated by disease, hunger, and locust infestations. It was really good and took an original spin on the usual dystopian trope. The whole “breeding” centers freaked me out. I’ve read 26/80 books.
- Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. (summer)
- Complete devotional. I’m a little behind, Spring Break.
- Deep Cleaning. Nope, Again- Spring Break. A neighborhood yard sale is coming up. The perfect excuse to get rid of everything.
- Submissions. No news this week.
I’m having difficulting getting motivated. I just want to eat ice cream and watch Netflix.
How was your week?
Camouflage is the name of the project I am editing. I’m not telling you too much about it. I will say it centers on a mother and her three children after the death of her husband. The title is very fitting.
I decided I needed a playlist to go along with the work. So, here it goes. The top 10 in no particular order.
- No Mermaid by Joan Baez
- Building a Mystery by Sarah McLachlan
- Caribbean Blue by Enya
- Na Laethe Bhi by Clannad
- May It Be by Enya
- Son of a Son of a Sailor by Jimmy Buffet
- Wicked Game by Chris Issac
- Cry Me a River by DianhWashington
- Hold On by Sarah McLachlan
- Orinoco Flow Enya
Yes, it’s a bit moody. But it’s also full of surprises, hopefully.
What’s on your current playlist?