Fri. Aug. 31, 2012: Year-Long Class Ends on the Blue Moon

Friday, August 31, 2012
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Today wraps up the year-long novel-writing class I taught, which began on September 1 of last year. Out of the sixteen who started the class, eight made it through. They were required to write 1000 words per day, every day, for 7000 words per week. They finished one novel, revised it, swapped manuscripts, did another revision, put together a detailed submission package, started a second novel (some participants finished their second novel and started a third), and wrote a handful of short stories. Together, we created an anthology, which will be released later this year, called DEATH SPARKLES. All in all, they wrote a great deal — which one HAS to do in order to be a writer — and learned skills that will help them in all aspects of their careers. Now, they are ready to go off and explore new ways of working, with a wide variety of techniques in their tool box. Several of the students are now on a regular publishing schedule with a combination of books, novellas, and short stories, which is what is necessary in the current climate.

I dismantled the Creativity Altar I set up at the beginning of class last year. I will put together a new Creativity Altar later today to symbolize the coming cycle’s work. I will post my final remarks, pull a few things from the site that I need for the anthology, thank them for their commitment, and then — we go our ways.

Friendships will remain, and new paths followed, which is as it should be. They need to go out there and test their wings without Teacher looking over their shoulder. It’s time for them to explore new techniques and possibilities.

Yesterday was spent almost entirely on the play. I still have to fix the ending, but I’ve got a glimmer of that, and I will fix it and send it off this morning. Either it will be accepted or it won’t. I can’t worry too much about it, but I would have regretted it, had I not submitted.

I also finished the materials for Confidential Job #1, and will do that write up today, and finish the article that’s due tomorrow, but I want to get it off my desk before the start of the holiday weekend.

I won’t be having a holiday weekend — I’m working off site a good deal next week, so I’m hunkering down over the weekend to get it all done before I leave. And, today, I have to make up for the work I didn’t get done on the Sustainability Workshop yesterday.

So it’s busy, a day of mixed emotions, but so many new vistas are opening, and I want to fully experience them.

Enjoy the Blue Moon! And the holiday weekend!

Devon

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Thurs. Aug. 30, 2012: The Play’s The Thing — or Will Be When It’s Finished!

Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Worked a lot yesterday, especially on the play and on wrapping up my year-long class, which ends tomorrow. Spent time on the Sustainability class, although not enough. I have to push hard on that today and tomorrow, so I can finish the paper and take the quizzes. The thought of having to take quizzes intimidates me, which is silly.

Read THE WRITING WORKSHOP NOTEBOOK by Alan Ziegler, which is excellent. Going on the Recommended Reading List. Started Edward Lodi’s SECRETS AND SHORTCUTS FOR SUCCESSFUL WRITING: YOU CAN LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES, which seems good, so far.

Worked on Confidential Job #1. Worked on the article due tomorrow. Worked on the play (also due tomorrow). Ran some errands. Pitched for three jobs and got submission guidelines for an article that would be fascinating to work on, if I can write a solid pitch and get hired. Worked on the DEATH SPARKLES anthology.

And there went the day!

Yoga was great this morning. I got more work on the play done, too. I’m going to type it and revise it now. I’m still not happy with the end,but I hope the tweaking I do as I type will give me the opening I need to end it properly. I’d rather get it out tonight than tomorrow, if I can. Otherwise, I have three things due tomorrow, which is a little overwhelming. Well, actually, one article is due Saturday, but I want it out tomorrow, before the start of the holiday weekend.

I’m excited about the possibilities opening up.

Devon

Wed. Aug. 29, 2012: 21 Pages and Counting . . .

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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Lots of rain yesterday, but we needed it. Unfortunately, poor New Orleans does NOT need the battering they get from Hurricane Isaac, on the 7th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is simply tragic.

Got a short article out yesterday, proofed an ad, worked with students, worked on DEATH SPARKLES galleys, worked on next assignment from Confidential Job #1, worked on the Sustainability coursework, repacked the decorations from the Mermaid Ball and took them back to NMLC. Got to hang out with my friends there for a bit, before heading back.

Last night, wrote 21 pages of the 40 page project that has to go out first thing Friday morning. Will finish the next 19 pages this morning, type it up and let it sit overnight, revise tomorrow, and off it goes on Friday. That feels good. I’m also very excited about the piece. I had most of it written in my head before I started, so once I picked up the pen, it flowed easily.

My students are enjoying their Certificates of Completion — hey, they earned them! Writing for a full year, every day, no excuses, finishing a novel, starting another, completing and submitting a handful of short stories, and putting together a submission package — not for the faint of heart!

Will have to mow the terraced back area later today — ick — and get a bunch of other stuff done. More errands later on, but at least I’m getting more efficient in planning my routes.

It definitely feels like autumn.

Devon

Tues. Aug. 28: First Day of Sustainability Course at Coursera

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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I worked all day yesterday, but don’t feel like I got much accomplished. I was tired, so it took the neurons longer to fire to get anything done. I managed to mow the front — the leaves are already falling. Got the party gown to the dry cleaners, made a trip to the library, worked with students, interviewed a source for an article (what could have been a 20 minute call took THREE because we were both prepared). Worked on the article for the NMLC and didn’t like any of the versions I came up with, so I have to figure it out this morning.

Started my class at Coursera, Introduction to Sustainability, taught by Dr. Jonathan Tomkin. There are 26,000 people signed up for the course. Yup. Twenty-six THOUSAND. Kind of cuts into the one-on-one time, y’know? 😉 Anyway, I read through the orientation material and spent some time on the forum with the other students, which is a required part of the class. It’s a little overwhelming, but I think I can hack the academic aspect of it. I plan to do most of the reading today, to give me time to take notes, write this week’s paper, interact some more, and take both quizzes.

Authors’ meeting, via Webinar, with one of my publishers last night was a bit frustrating. First of all, I resented that it started at 9 PM my time — that’s inappropriate, to expect me to attend a business meeting that late. Second — I didn’t find the information relevant to my relationship with the company. And now they’re talking about setting up another such meeting. Unless it’s during the reasonable course of my work day, no.

Talked to my editor — we’re getting ready to dive into OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE work, which puts the squeeze on CRAVE THE HUNT, but I have to find a way to juggle. Also, have to get at least 20 pages of a 40 page project drafted today, and have to take back the carload of stuff to NMLC.

I made Certificates of Completion for my year-long students. I thought that would be something fun to have as a remembrance from the course. Hopefully, I set it up properly, and they can download them!

Back to work.

Devon

Mon. Aug. 27, 2012: Mermaid Ball a Success!

Monday, August 27, 2012
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Busy weekend! Worked like crazy on Friday, trying to get things cleared off the desk.

Saturday morning, over to the country club first thing, and we set up for the Mermaid Ball. Back home in the afternoon for a quick break to get ready — Tessa followed me around. She was fascinated by the hair preparation, the make-up, all of it. She wanted to be involved in everything. It was really cute.

The Mermaid Ball itself was a lot of fun. Busy, hectic, but fun. People looked beautiful, they bid on auction items, all in all, a good time.

Then, of course, we had to take the room apart! And load up. I had a car full of decorations. I had to unload when I got home, and then my feet hurt, so by 1 AM, I was sitting in the living room, my feet soaking, and a glass of Talisker by my side!

Up at 4:30 on Sunday morning, on the road just before 6. Drove to CT, picked up my mom, turned around and drove back to the Cape. We stopped in Niantic for lunch. I was exhausted by the time we got back. I was in bed by 7:30 last night.

Up early this morning. Out on the deck to tend the plants and for the first writing session of the day. I’m about to mow the front. Then, I have a phone interview for an article (getting quotes), a rewrite of a piece due today, and I have to head up to Sturgis Library and take the borrowed dress to the cleaners.

OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK is going into edits, and I’ve got my beloved Shawna Williams back to guide me through it. I’ve got to get back to CRAVE THE HUNT, and back to another project that dropped into my lap and has to be turned around this week. The ghostwriting project went off Saturday morning, so I’m waiting to hear back on that; I’d like to be able to finish it and invoice it by next week. I’m still waiting for some of the galleys on DEATH SPARKLES. I’m wrapping things up with the year-long people. Most of them plan to form their own writing group and keep working together, which is great. They need to fly free without Teacher looking over their shoulder all the time. They’re ready.

My Introduction to Sustainability class begins today — with 26,000 signed up. Sigh. Here I was hoping for actual interaction with the teacher. Oh, well, we’ll see how it goes. Assignments are due every Sunday, for those of us who want certification, so I want to get started earlier, rather than later. I don’t want to scramble at the last minutes, especially since it’s a field new to me.

Finishing up the prep for the Tarot Workshop. We’ve got a few slots left, so if you’re interested in a basic class on reading and then developing readings for characters in your work and using tarot to break through blocks, you can apply here. Well, I was going to give you the link, but it’s not coming up on the site. Do NOT get me started.

Got to go mow so it’s done before my phone interview. Busy, hectic week. So much for taking August off! Also have to have a planning meeting for some of my other classes, so we can schedule them.

Off to the races!

Devon

Fri. Aug. 24, 2012: NMLC’s Mermaid Ball TOMORROW!

Friday, August 24, 2012
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Don’t forget the Mermaid Ball tomorrow, at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee. Hey, if you can’t come, you can always toss a few bucks in their direction to help rehabilitate marine life!

Yesterday was a good work day. Yoga was good, made banana bread, have the ghostwriting draft nearly finished — just have one question, and I can send it off. Got out requests for interview quotes, and interview questions for a guest on my blog. Finished the wrap for the Ball tomorrow. Drove to Buzzards Bay, and we had our final meeting before we set up tomorrow. Loaded up my car with stuff to bring over the bridge last night, and just take to the location tomorrow morning.

Up early today, yoga, meditation, out on the deck with coffee and Tessa. Watered everything — we haven’t had rain in a few days, so it needed it. My rose of Sharon is blooming — it’s lovely! Got some writing done.

A terrific opportunity landed on my desk late last night, but has to be turned around in just a few days. I have to see if I can step up to the plate — it would open a lot of doors for me, so I don’t want to let it slip through my fingers. At the same time, I’ve got a lot going on.

My second load of laundry is in the washer, the first load drying. I’m cleaning the house top-to-bottom today — vacuuming, washing floors, scrubbing counters and bathrooms, etc. Serious fall cleaning will start after Labor Day, but I need to do a bit more than regular maintenance today.

I’ve got a couple of proposals to knock out later, and get the ghostwriting project out the door. Have some errands to run for the Ball. Should be a busy, but happy day!

Have a great weekend, all — and come dance for Marine Life!

Devon

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Thurs. Aug. 23, 2012: Good Busy

Thursday, August 23, 2012
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Got some good work done yesterday. Also did my hair, and painted “mermaid toes” — since I don’t have a tail, I have glittery toes that match my shawl! 😉 And, in between waiting for coats of nail polish to dry, I got a lot of procedural research done that will help in the revisions of the trilogy.

Up early this morning, outside for a bit, almost finished stitching the shawl for Saturday’s ball (good light), then to yoga. Good class. Have banana bread in the oven for tonight’s meeting. Have a lot of freelance work to get cleared off my desk today, and some interview questions out. Confidential Job #1 sent me my next assignment, and I have to do a quick piece for NMLC next week, too. So, it’s busy in the right way!

The year-long novel class wraps up next week. It will be strange not to be with these people every day, as I have been since last September; at the same time, it’s time for all of us to spread our wings into our different directions. There’s a firm foundation for them, and they have the talent — the rest is up to them. My commitment in teaching is helping writers find techniques to support them to do the best work they can in their own voice, to take chances, to understand the business aspects, and, most importantly, to be independent. Independent motivation is one of the most important aspects of surviving and thriving in this business.

Of course, I’d like to take a three month nap at this point, but no such luck!

Back to the page!

Devon

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Wed. Aug. 22, 2012: Late to this party preparing for the Ball . . .

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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Just realized I hadn’t blogged! D’uh!

Busy day yesterday, although I didn’t get as much done as I hoped. Dashed out in the middle of the day to go over the bridge (Cape Codders understand the impact of that, while others are, like, ‘huh,so what?’) and get shoes for Saturday’s Mermaid Ball. Found a pair (on sale) that I like, are comfortable, and will go with lots of stuff. Taupe wedges with a silver buckle. Also got a pair of jeans on sale at LL Bean.

The tomatoes from the garden are exquisite. Just fantastic. I look forward to growing them again — the Principa Borghese are the ones that have been ready the past few days — yummy! And we had a hummingbird on the deck yesterday — I’ve never been that close to a real one without being separated by glass. Fascinating.

Got half of the shawl for Saturday’s dress stitched; will do the other half today, I hope. I like to sew it in natural light, and I hem by hand, so it takes awhile. Tessa helped. She’s fascinated by the whole process. Iris and Violet are used to the days when I sewed a lot, so it’s no big deal to them. The shawl looks like undulating water, in shades of blue and teal, with silver threads shot through.

Got some reading and research in, and some freelance work. This morning, overslept, then took a walk instead of driving to errands (since my hip hurt from yesterday’s drive), got some more work done, got nail polish that matches the shawl. I worked with students, am getting ready to touch up my hair, and then will work on the ghostwriting project into tonight — I’d like to finish it up. I’d also like to get another work out in this afternoon or evening — I’ve been slack on those this summer, and it’s taken a toll.

If you haven’t visited the Mermaid Ball site, hop on over here. It’s pretty darned cool!

Devon

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Tues. Aug. 21, 2012: A Good Writing Day

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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Really good writing day yesterday. Fell in love with CRAVE THE HUNT all over again, which is a good thing, since that deadline is coming up. I can really see the way clear to do some good stuff with it. Worked with students, got some freelance work out of the way, ran errands. Took a stack of books back to one library, got out another stack, was told yet another stack was waiting for me at another library, so headed off there! Considering I’d only put in the request for them on Saturday, that’s pretty darned quick!

I’m reading Donald Hall’s memoir, UNPACKING THE BOXES, which is fascinating. He was Poet Laureate for the US in 2006-2007.

I’m working on some interview questions today for several different pieces, have to focus on the ghostwriting project, rough out an article, get out some clips to people, do a few more thank you notes, do a couple of proposals, get some business correspondence out. And, of course, work on CRAVE THE HUNT and the harpy trilogy.

The leaves are starting to fall, and the air in the morning and at night smells like autumn. If the cats’ coats are anything to go by, we’re in for a hard winter.

Back to the page!

Devon

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Mon. Aug. 20, 2012: Autumn Arrives Early

Monday, August 20, 2012
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Busy weekend, but very good. The moonflowers were blooming when I got out on the deck this morning, with the morning glories ready to go as soon as the moonflowers closed. Sunflowers, calendula, and zinnias going strong. Harvested my first tomatoes and eggplant this morning. But it’s nippy out there, and leaves are falling. I weeded the front beds yesterday, and there are acorns everywhere. Autumn’s coming in quickly.

Hip’s still bothering me, but, as long as I don’t drive, I’m okay. Means next weekend will be a nightmare, but I only have short jaunts this week. Got some work done Friday, worked with students, etc. Saturday, had a good morning’s work, and then headed to my friend’s to help her with her dress, and then we attended a cocktail party together, which was fun. Sunday was a quiet day, and I finished up some material for Confidential Job #1, which goes off today. I got in some good research for two different projects.

The cats wanted a lot of playtime.

I was saddened to hear of Ron Palillo’s death last week (best known as Horshack on WELCOME BACK, KOTTER). He did a table read of a TV pilot I co-wrote several years ago, and was terrific to work with. I was shocked to hear that Tony Scott jumped off a bridge.

I have a lot on my plate today, so off we go — my own writing (deadlines coming up quickly), the ghostwriting project, interview questions for upcoming articles, and for upcoming guest blogs. I need to get out a few more pitches, and write a couple of thank you notes. All good.

But it means getting down to work!

I love the fresh possibilities opening up.

Devon

PS Billy Root is still on vacation — his blog will return after Labor Day!

Fri. Aug. 17, 2012: Miss Gimpy Limps Along


Iris has an opinion on everything

Friday, August 17, 2012
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Didn’t mean to skip blogging yesterday, but the day got away from me. Wednesday was bad — in a lot of pain. Cleared off whatever I could, and tried to rest. Nothing seemed to help.

Went to yoga yesterday morning, and that helped, although my teacher urged me to have it checked by the acupuncturist, so I’m going to make that appointment. Driving is excruciating. I’m fine if I stand, lie down, walk. I can sit a little bit, as long as I can get up and move every ten or fifteen minutes. It’s the IT band/hip flexor. I can type standing up, and I read lying down, so I can get things done (because not getting them done is not an option).

Managed to get to my meeting last night — again, the drive was really the only problem. I can walk it off in a few minutes after getting out of the car, but the actual driving and getting out of the car are extremely painful. Obviously, I can’t take anything strong if I’m going to drive. So, I’ll try not to drive for the next few days, and rest and ice and all the rest.

Researching some more procedural stuff for the harpy trilogy, and researching the aviation. Haven’t written much in the past few days, but I’m wrapping up the year long class and doing the final prep for the three month tarot for writers intensive. There are still some slots open, so if you’re interested, take a look here. It is by application. There’s writing involved, but also a lot of other stuff, and I have to be very, very sure that no one who signs up is going to try to use it as a personal therapy workshop.

Need to do some background on some articles today, focus on the ghostwriting project, and keep the hip working.

I’d like to have a writing-intensive weekend — although, mid-afternoon tomorrow, I’m going to a friend’s to help her with her dress for the ball next week — she took it to be altered and they didn’t bother. I’m not the world’s best seamstress, but I can do a decent hem, and I bet I can either dart the back properly or we can use other wardrobe tricks to make the bodice fit better. I’m going to pick Costume Imp’s brain. Then, we’re off to a cocktail party for a bit, and I’ll come home to rest. I can’t go to the meditation retreat on Sunday, because I can’t sit, which is disappointing. So I’ll spend the day in variations of corpse pose here at home! 😉

Had a great talk with the person for whom I’m ghostwriting, and I think I can wrap that project up next week.

Onward (even though I’m a little gimpy at the moment). Have a great weekend!

Devon

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Wed. Aug. 15, 2012: Injury Slowing Me Down


Tessa and Violet resting between patrols

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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Good work day yesterday, and got the front mowed. Today, it’s the terraced back area.

Somehow, managed to hurt the hip flexor in my right hip. I remember feeling discomfort during the conference, which got worse as the week progressed, and also driving to and from CT over the weekend. Now, it’s gotten very bad — can barely sit to drive. Sitting, in general, is excruciatingly painful. Standing, walking, lying down are fine, but sitting . . . which makes work more difficult. I think I’ll have to cancel out of tonight’s event — I can’t sit long enough to drive there, and then I can’t sit when I get there.

Planned to go to a reception for a new theatre collection at a local library. Only there was no parking. After driving around the area three times, and refusing to do what other people did and just park on people’s lawns, I left. If you’re going to have an event and don’t have enough parking, make arrangements with a nearby place who does, and let people know the overflow. Very disappointed. But, in light of the amount of pain I was in, perhaps it wasn’t entirely a bad thing to come home. Ice doesn’t help, heat doesn’t help, stretching doesn’t help, ibuprofen doesn’t help, pressure points don’t help. I may take a Valerian later this afternoon to force it to release, especially if I cancel out of tonight’s thing.

Something was rummaging out in the back of the garden this morning. I couldn’t tell what it was — too far away — but it was fairly big and made noise. Not like a cat or dog, either. Tessa was furious — got all puffy and was ready to rumble when I took her inside. Not afraid at all, but very protective.

Got a good day’s work in yesterday, and have an even longer one today. I’ve got an errand to run early this a.m., but then I’ll be at my desk, working. A lot of work over the next few days will be on the ghostwriting gig. Need to land another couple of quick-turnaround, quick paying gigs in the next couple of weeks, since one long-term assignment is ending in the next couple of weeks, and it’s replacement hasn’t panned out as well financially as promised.

It’s hard not to feel discouraged when one is in pain, because it’s so exhausting, but I’m trying to keep my attitude in perspective and the rest will align.

I read CE Lawrence’s SILENT VICTIM yesterday. It was great to see how what we talked about in class is applied. I loved all the New York stuff — really a great example of “Setting as Character” (will add her to my reading list for that class). Well-done story. Kept me on the edge of my seat in the best possible way. A lot of things I knew in theory are now making sense in practice.

Off I go, then, trying to get everything done, and also get this damned hip injury sorted.

Devon

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Tues. Aug. 14, 2012: Mowing and writing


Star juniper replacing the dead heather

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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Got almost all my conference follow-up done yesterday — just two or three more notes to get out. Worked with my students. Worked on some of the freelance stuff. Did some work on the aviation book.

I read two British mysteries in the past few days while I was supine on the couch — series character, lead is a cop, but they read more like cozies because they’re in a village. The first one, I liked, for the most part. The second — it was 158 pages before the cop — who is supposedly the main character in the series — got involved, and I was annoyed. Also, the writer TELLS us, at the end, a bunch of twists and turns that seemingly come out of nowhere that the protag never discovers (although he discovers the killer). I found that frustrating.

Read Rosemary Harris’s PUSHING UP DAISIES, which I really enjoyed. I wasn’t sure I would — I was afraid it would be a cookie cutter gimmick mystery — but it’s not. Harris is a master gardner and her character is an ex-television exec (as she was). She writes about the area I grew up in (and does it very well), her prose is good, her plotting is good, the humor is terrific, and her character is smart. So often in this subgenre, the lead female character does truly stupid things repeatedly throughout the book, not learning from her mistakes, and you wind up almost rooting for the killer. The protag here is genuinely smart and funny — not perfect, but she also thinks on her feet and puts things together. I definitely will read more in the series.

Sharon Shinn’s latest arrived late yesterday, THE SHAPE OF DESIRE, so everything had to stop while I read that. Very, very different from her other books — urban fantasy, and using first person. It took me awhile to get used to it, but I like how she’s stretching, and, ultimately, liked the book a lot. I just adore her writing, and I like that she’s keeps trying something new, not rewriting the same book over and over.

Up early, Tessa and I outside for our early morning writing session, and I got some research done, too. Amazing how much one has to grovel to get back into a cat’s good graces! Spent time with students. One of my students landed an agent at the conference, and, for the remainder of our class together, she’s doing independent study, putting her proposal together. So, we worked on that.

I’ve got a critique to get out, some work to do on the ghostwriting project, and material to finish for Confidential Job #1. Then, I need to get back into CRAVE THE HUNT and the harpy books for a bit. I might try the opening of the aviation book, or I might leave that for the first writing session tomorrow and read some more for it today. I’ve got some errands to run, too, and I mowed the front lawn. Got to keep chopping wood and carrying water, right? Actually, I find it soothing (well, not mowing, but a lot of the rest of the chores). I have a good bit of weeding and clearing to do — parts of the garden are dying back, preparing for fall — but I’ll wait until later in the day, and the mow the terraced back area tomorrow morning, before it gets too hot.

I have to keep my schedule flexible, because the garden needs attention when it needs it, not when I “get a round tuit”.

Enjoy the day!

Devon