Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy and warm

My story “The Peace of the Night” is in the June issue of the RANFURLY REVIEW. You can download the issue here (my story’s on p. 17).

This is one of the stories I developed in Jamieson Wolfe’s short story workshop last fall during The Muse Online Conference. It’s one of several linked stories in the same town.

Hop on over to A Biblio Paradise to read my interview with Jo Linsdell on her new release, ITALIAN FOR TOURISTS (Costume Imp, I think this would be great for your trip this summer).

Yesterday was full of Drama. Around lunchtime, I get a message from Metro North that train service has been suspended due to police activity at the station across the street from the apartment. Suddenly, there are sirens everywhere, and at least four helicopters flying around, the streets are cordoned off and even the highway — I-95, a major artery for the Eastern seaboard — is shut down.

There was a “suspicious package”. The dogs were called in, the bomb squad was called in, the helicopters hovered. (Note to self: It’s really not the best choice to wave at a hovering helicopter when it’s carrying a sniper).

There was a brief sigh of relief when it was discovered that the package contained car parts, although that was a bit of a puzzle.

However, then an odd smell permeated the place, and it was shut down for another while.

A couple of hours later, it was cleared up. I ventured to the bank and the post office, both of which are near the train station. There was some left over crime scene tape and it smelled weird — like burned fertilizer with an aftertaste of chlorine. Instant headache.

I’d rather the authorities were that cautious than for something to go “boom.”

The mystery of Air France flight 447 is truly heartbreaking. It’s like something out of LOST. I hope they find out what really happened someday.

Spent the afternoon and evening on a client project that’s taking more time than I expected. I will spend the bulk of the day on it today, because I want/need to get it out the door before I head off, this afternoon, to another computer workshop. I’m looking forward to it. And I need to go grocery shopping.

Good morning’s work on the Matty book. I hope to get back to the serial tomorrow. I also have to get started on a proposal for a residency I’d like to land next year.

Back to the page.



  1. And drama like that can disrupt the entire day’s flow, can’t it? Ugh.

    I too spent entirely too much time on one project yesterday. What’s unsettling is the client didn’t give me all the info up front, which doubles both our efforts overall. Now there’s one more round of edits that could have been avoided. Alas, it’s also not a per-hour gig. So, we muddle on. 🙂

  2. Drama, for sure! Yikes! LOL on waving at the sniper! I can see you waving—“Hi!”


  3. I read a kind of bizarre thing about the Air France flight this morning. A woman tried calling her husband’s (who was on the flight) cell phone and it was actually ringing which seems unlikely the phone would work at all, let alone get a signal if it was under the ocean. Seems like if nothing else it would go straight to voice mail.

  4. That is more than enough Drama for one day! Did it spark any ideas for stories? *G* I hate to say it but I know my kids would have been waving at that helicopter. I feel so sad for those that had family on the AirFrance aircraft.
    I hope today is Drama free for you!

  5. Hey! Just wanted to pop by and say hi!

    It’s very sad about that Air France flight. I hope they can get something from the black box.

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