Working Wednesday, June 5, 2024

So here’s the thing about work: half the battle is figuring out HOW to do something. For us, it’s this new collaboration.

We already knew that Bob is a linear writer and I write in patterns. That is, he starts at the beginning and goes on to the end, with much revision, and I skip around the story, writing the scenes as the appear to me. On one book, that’s not too bad, Bob keeps going in a straight line and I fit my stuff in where it logically appears in his story line and then we rewrite a thousand times and we have a book.

But now we’re writing trilogies, and I have just realized that Bob is starting at the beginning of one book and getting to the end and assuming (after much rewriting) that we’re done, and I’m looking at the series as a whole, leaping back forth among the books, and I won’t be done with Rocky Start until we’re well underway on The Honey Pot Plot. And I had a meltdown that Rocky Start was coming out in three weeks and I wasn’t finished rewriting it yet. Bob, who really does have the patience of a saint, put it back for me even though he was sure we were finished. So let’s have a round of applause for a good work partner who sighs a lot but always come through.

How did your work week go?

140 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, June 5, 2024

  1. A very good thing to have figured out, and also a very good thing to have acollaborator who can accept treating the trilogy as one whole for the purpose of publishing the separate parts!
    I’m so glad you two restarted this collaboration after the gap years!

  2. My collaboration was with the dotter, her delivering me to a routine medical appointment two towns away. I really need to find a new doctor, nearby. Anyway, these trips are the best conversations we share, away from everyone else. I shared that my a1C has dropped from 7.4 back to 6.8, which was most of the reason for this visit. My PCP also told me to cut my Losartan dosage by half.

    Meanwhile, farming. After my iDoo bucket garden dies last year, I threw out most of the dead parts but retained the “deck.” I just found a bucket (1 gallon) that fits the deck and have put it back in commission with romaine lettuce seed pods and light stands. Let’s see what happens. It’s not like I needed another unit – I have inactive units already that I could recommission.

    Time for breakfast.

    1. Congratulations on the progress on both blood sugar and blood pressure! You are my inspiration!

  3. I’m revising a story that will probably take five volumes to tell. I don’t intend to publish the first one until the final one is finished (maybe when it’s with a copy editor).

    So far this week the work is going slowly, because too many details need to be researched, so I’m spending many minutes on research so I can add just a few sentences.

  4. I spent much of the last 12 months co-writing a book, and in retrospect I can see that the first 8 months was spent figuring out how to collaborate and the final months, when everything clicked, were amazing. We had so much energy, and words and ideas flowed, and we worked together really well. It was a cool experience.

    Since we finished the book, I’ve been able to get knitting again, and finally finished a sweater I started last October. It feels great! You can see it here: https://knitigatingcircumstances.com/2024/06/02/piping-hot-is-piping-hot/.

    1. Very cool sweater, astonishing color!! I’m jealous, not only of your knitting prowess but because I’m still working on the afghan I started crocheting during Covid zooms. Except that I’m not, my current excuse being that it’s too hot to crochet.

  5. My main collaboration has been with my illustrator for the tarot and oracle decks. We work well together, but I am definitely more linear than she is, and I like to start at the beginning and work through to the end, where she likes to hop around more and draw what she’s in the mood for.

    Our first couple of decks, I was definitely lead, so we did things my way. The latest oracle, and the tarot we’re starting to work on now, are more of an equal partnership, which means I’m trying to bend a little bit more and let her do things the way she’s the most comfortable. It hasn’t killed me yet, so I’m thinking it is probably a good thing.

    I’m glad Bob stopped pushing so hard to get the books out RIGHT NOW. It’s much more important that you still enjoy the process and don’t feel too stressed by it. We’ll wait.

    1. Well, am I slow or what? I just finally connected your name with tarot decks. I love my Everyday Witch tarot deck. Thank you!

  6. I would have pegged myself as linear (I once had a Tai Chi teacher describe my Tai Chi as linear) but I’ve been working on a quartet about these little old ladies that get kidnapped by sex trafficking space aliens and I’ve realized I’m figuring out stuff about the first book as I plan and write the other three.

    I don’t think I write in patterns. I just think I’m not very good at strategic thinking.

    1. Jeanne, that sounds so fun! You will tell us when it’s available, right?

        1. Argh! Please, ignore the above. I thought I was responding to something else. I can’t wait until Jeanne’s book is available too. Shows what happens when I try to do follow-ups in the middle of the night.
          But seriously, little old ladies vs. space traffickers–who wouldn’t want to read that?

  7. I’m glad you’re connecting all the dots and drawing all the lines across the series. I love reading books that set up and develop characters, themes, plot points, and such that include casual references along the way.

  8. I’ve started my collaboration with the choir, getting blocks out and back to hopefully have something good by the end of August. Deadlines are such fun!

    Meanwhile, because it was Tuesday night, I had to quick like a bunny weave in the ends on the blanket I finished last week. It was two monster skeins of color changing yarn in various shades of neutral, so really not that much work. But here it is.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/C71RZJ7xjFQ/?img_index=1

    I also took some time to put the final border on my airplane quilt. I expect to quilt that on Friday when I rent time on the long arm machine.

    Meanwhile, work work is quite busy. I’m teaching an online course, and having to also deal with other things and it is putting my multi-tasking skills to the test!

    1. I forgot! It must have been because it was a horrible job, but I spent my Saturday spreading mulch in the garden. It looks lovely now, and I love looking out at it. I just need to remember how nice things are afterwards, the next time I’m staring at 15 bags of mulch in my driveway!

    2. Love the flying geese setting for the airplane quilt. I may have to try something like that once I finish my current deadline quilts. I have some fabrics that aren’t really to my taste (just not my colors/mood/whatever), and I wanted to use them in something that’s not too fussy, so it would go together quickly, and using them where the airplane prints are might work.

  9. I took K1 and three of their friends camping for their birthday weekend (all early teens).
    I heard some interesting things that would be spit-take worthy in a book, so wrote some of them down for whenever I have time to write.

    I’m trying to prepare myself for a competition that I have this weekend. Until the last month, I couldn’t train as hard as I wanted to, so I’m trying to not be anxious about how ready I am / am not.
    My goal is to have fun and to push myself out of my comfort zone. And not vomit.

  10. My main accoplishment so far this week was to get my knee x-ray. The plan was appointment, grocery, fight entropy (putting away and cleaning), cook dinner. Reality included strong exposure to febreze(!) at the medical centre. Since the main component is a chemical to remove scent, scent over that is seriously heavy duty. It was an amazingly fast appointment but I spent twice as long on a bench outside feeling most unwell. I managed small shopping but after entropy won for the day and we had takeaway fish and chips

    better, I’m learning tunisian entrelac. I was given this yarn that’s is supposed to pool. I’ve seen pictures of it doing so, but for me, no. And I told the person who gave it to me that I’d send a picture of the tablet sleeve I meant to make. I’m pretty sure it will look great in tunisian entrelac. Regardless, I need to be done with this particular yarn. If anyone does want to try out color pooling there’s a reason many projects are in acrylic. Much more forgiving of all the frogging required than this “woolly hugs plan” stuff. On the other hand I’m certain it would be great if you wanted it for felting.

    1. I hate it when I go places that use scented air “fresheners” or strong cleaners. They usually kick off my asthma and always make me feel seriously unwell.

    2. Febreze can send me to bed for a day. Vile stuff. Do they not know how many people are allergic to it?

    3. ugh HATE ambient perfumery. The whole point of perfume now, in the modern age of hygiene, is to entice someone closer, not make them flee the scene.

      1. Ditto, allergic to most synthetic scents used in cleaners and personal hygiene products as well as scented candles, perfumes and such.
        Then when I’ve found a product like a cleaner or a laundry detergent that I can use without triggering my asthma or itchy skin, after a few years the product disappears or it gets ‘reformulated’ so it suddenly becomes unusable, and I can start the search anew.

        And I was so glad when my employer changed us to clean desk flexible working, so I didn’t have to have those awkward conversations with coworkers wearing too much perfume or a particularly irritating aftershave: can we keep the windows open today, and would you mind not wearing that scent again while we have to share a room?
        Or move out of a shared room and be considered unsocial and stuck-up for trying to find a place to work without those irritants.

    4. well now I feel much less alone and odd, thanks all. Mostly I know I’m not the only one that reacts like this but it’s hard to remember when it’s a problem almost every where I go.

      1. You are definitely not alone in being sensitive to scent!

        First time I really noticed this myself was during pregnancy with kid #1. I reacted do strongly to thr dcrnt of a certain fabric dodtener that I had to wash everything polluted by this scent x times to get rid if that stench.
        Perfume gives me a headache most of the times.
        Most perfumes on myself /skin smell like hairspray to me.
        That said, there are many organic brands with natural essential oils that work perfectly well for me and have various effects – soothing, calming, helping with concentration (esp the products by an Austrian brand “primavera”).

  11. I’m at the Sapphire conference in Orlando and also have a great working partner. She says: “I need the narrative about being here” and I say: “I need the sound bites.” All good.

      1. I had a Mondrian dress when I was a teen. I gave it to my granddaughter recently. It was a great dress.

  12. I’ve been trying to get some intensive decluttering done while my husband’s on a work trip for a couple weeks. Three days in, and I’m daydreaming about a comet wiping out the house and solving the issue for me. Seriously tempted to just shove everything back into its original resting places and read instead. Sigh.

    1. Small bites, by category. It’s the only way I don’t melt down when I am purging.

    2. I feel like a comet attack could resolve a lot of issues in the world right now.

  13. I’ve been writing the second book in a three-book series and it’s been kicking my butt. I’m figuring it out, and it’s finally going more smoothly.

  14. My past several comments have been rejected and this message comes up:

    “Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!”

    1. I’ve had that occasionally, I think when the comment doesn’t appear to have posted, so I hit ‘post comment’ again.

    2. I get those, too, when I get impatient and click again. No idea what happens after that, I just do the comment again.

  15. I spent the first half of the week decompressing from my holiday, which was great but a bit intense. We’re still friends, but I did start yearning for a trip on my own next time. (When, of course, I’ll probably yearn for company.) I agreed to a proof-reading job – a biography of Augustus the Strong, king of Poland, who I’d never heard of (or at least can’t remember from half a term of C17-C18 European history 50 years ago). Then worried I’d overloaded myself, since I’m away for another week in a couple of days. But the 100pp of notes went surprisingly fast: most of the references are in German or Polish, with a sprinkling of Swedish, Russian and French, so I couldn’t actually check much or try to keep them in my head (French is my only foreign language).

    I’m now on a ten-day break from that, and trying to get the allotment and garden sorted as much as possible before my next trip. I’ve just ‘earthed up’ my potatoes by spreading all the (not yet flowering) weeds around them. The blanket of bindweed, willowherb and long grasses should exclude light. Now I need to weed, mulch and net my strawberry beds – the birds have already eaten the first fruit.

  16. I lost a friend who would NOT stop bugging me about writing the sequel to my first (and so far only) novel. Apparently, I only wrote it in order to kill off my abuser in the first paragraph. When I finally made it to the point where the character who did it finally informed me they were the murderer, I just didn’t need to kill anyone else. So far. 🙂

    Basically, I’m saying that pushing any writer to write a specific thing or in a specific way that doesn’t fit is like trying to teach a pig to sing. Wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    I’m glad you’ve found a collaborator who understands that you are most successful when you work in the way that works for you, not for him. I’ve never even tried collaborating, and have infinite respect for those who arrive at the seamless end products the two of you create.

    1. Pushing anyone is usually a bad choice. My dad is hinting about grandchildren, which I consider to be in very poor taste.

        1. Well, he does have my younger sister who is about 4 hours away and does not have the regular care and feeding of him. I am going to recommend he apply to her for future complaints, as she is not the one scrubbing his toilet.

  17. I admire you and Bob for this not-always-easy collaboration!

    I’ve got the feast of abundant work for June–three project deadlines, though at least not book-length! Once I hit July, there’s nothing. Gotta love freelance work.

  18. I am working on being zen about things I cannot control. On Saturday, the friend who was taking me to my Consultant in Fife as a follow up to my hip replacement operation came down with COVID. There was then some panicked phone calls and no one else was free so I made several phone calls to re-organise, eventually getting the Consultant’s secretary who only works Wednesday-Friday 8.30 to 1.30. Having left a voice mail on Monday there was nothing left for me to do but let it go.

    I pulled a card yesterday that I interpreted as basically, let it all go, trust the universe and go out play. But then realised I’m not sure what play is for me. I seem to have turned everything into chores or work. So that is what I am working on – learning to have fun and let the anxiety and stress go.

    Today the appointment has been re-organised for next week and my friend assures me she will be well enough to take me by then, so it is all good.

    Knowing yourself and how to play with others is important information, and I know writing is work for both you and Bob – but you make the result so much fun I surely hope that you enjoy it and have some fun along the way.

  19. Minor comment while I finish writing up my own week: Jenny has praised Bob for his patience. The Army is said to have a lot of “hurry up and wait.” Maybe someone who could survive a career there, such as Bob, either had patience going in or managed to learn it in order to cope.

  20. The first part of my week was lost in a bit of a haze of fatigue. I am not good at resting on weekends, especially during yard sale season. Friday was a very busy day at the bank, being the end of the month and we were down a body as someone was on vacation. Then on Saturday I walked a street of community yard sales. My prizes were a stack of early Martha Stewart magazines, which I hoard jealously and a set of 6 wrought iron chairs which I had no space for, but had to buy for $15 for all. Somehow I fit them in my Subaru, and bless my husband, he fully supported the purchase.

    Then we had to set up scaffolding that we borrowed from family to fix a spouting issue on my decrepit but beloved house. The scaffolding is great, super stable, better than a ladder, but it is big, cumbersome and heavy. I am not used to lifting things at odd angles and was very tired the next day, when we had to take it down and move it again so as not to inconvenience my neighbor. He likes to mow his lawn a lot.

    We did squeak in the tail end of the opening reception of the gallery show I was accepted into. I should have gone earlier and networked, but I go straight to awkward teenager at that sort of thing. Still, one of the other artists reached out and followed me on social media, so I am considering it a win.

    Monday was also busy at work, being the 3rd of the month and a lot of things need to happen on Mondays plus disability checks are issued. So I am finally feeling like I am catching up on rest and my body is bouncing back.

    Weather permitting, I will be doing an outdoor art show on Sunday, so I am prepping for that while keeping an eye on the weather.

      1. It has been lately. I guess I am finally coming out of pandemic hibernation. I used to do events regularly, but not for the last several years. I am out of practice. I am looking forward to things slowing down.

  21. Another minor comment, this one on Jenny’s story of Monday about her antivax former dentist: under other circumstances I might have tolerated flaky ideas in someone who otherwise did their job well. But I would wonder how seriously an activaxer took the matter of sanitizing her equipment and office against covid. So I think she did right not to go back to that dentist.

    1. I think she was completely professional and so was her staff. I mean, I loved this dentist. But not unvaccinated.

  22. Activaxer?? Is that a spellchecker correction that I inadequately corrected? Antivaxer.

    1. I love activaxer. It must be an activist antivaxer. Take that, spellcheck!

  23. Today in my condo development,  both the parking lot in front of my building and one that’s out of sight but within earshot are being resurfaced.  So far (knock wood) the noise level has not been as bad as I feared.  I’m not sure if blacktop resurfacing is daunted by rain, but a chance of rain is in the forecast.  So I hope they do finish. I plan on grocery shopping tomorrow, and I’m going to have a long walk with the groceries if I can’t at least drive up to unload in front of my building.

    As with a few other folks here, my main “workweek accomplishments” since last Wednesday were medical—I got a covid booster on Friday and a surprise tooth extraction on Monday (plus a cleaning of the surviving teeth).  I already wrote about those.  Nothing else medical on the schedule until late next week, although I’m still on soft foods until Monday.  Menu planning is already getting complicated, particularly given the summer weather and my present mess of a kitchen.  I think perhaps lunch will be instant ramen with protein boosted with tofu and veg content added by frozen broccoli.

    Today’s agenda includes yet again unloading and reloading the dishwasher and otherwise straightening up the kitchen.  Deskwork in my home office awaits, but given where my desk is, not before the resurfacing is over with.  Other housework needs doing, but less urgently.  

    Hopefully I can make up a bit of slippage and catch up to my page quota for reading my book club book (Charles Stross’s Halting State) , which I have to finish for Saturday.  It’s set in Scotland (probably slightly in our past, which was the near future in 2007 when it came out), and has a lot of Scottish English.  Most of it can be understood from context, but it’s interesting to look the words up.

  24. I tend to write open-ended series, except for the one I just sent to the publisher on Monday (yay — no more whining about the book that would not die on Working Wednesdays, at least until next time), which was always intended to be a trilogy (the premise involves three sisters, so each one gets a turn at finding a dead body and being the one pushing hardest for solving the case), with possibly an additional trilogy added later, so I did figure out the premises and character arcs for all three books in advance. The middle sister’s story, BLUEGRASS HOMICIDE, came out yesterday. https://www.amazon.com/Bluegrass-Homicide-Bourbon-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B0D36GQM9R/ Third one will be out for Christmas.

    After struggling to finish the manuscript that was due this week, I was planning to take June off from writing, but once I was free of the manuscript with a deadline, I immediately became obsessed with starting another story (a Helen Binney novella). I keep trying to quit writing (or retire), but it never seems to stick. So now I’ve got the new novella and a secret-project new series with two books partially written and several more planned. And a bunch of partials that I’m debating whether to finish and self-publish.

    1. On retiring from writing: Heinlein said there are no former writers, only writers who have ceased to be published. (One of whom should have been him, he did not add.) But plenty of other writers wrote, and published, work of genuine worth into extreme old age.

      Of the writers who ceased to be published, some did not keep up with the times, which sometimes led to successful posthumous or late-career publishing, since what goes around comes around, and the once old-fashioned becomes classical. Some genuinely declined below the acceptable in quality. Some, like Heinlein, got too big to edit, producing work that for unclear reasons continued to sell well at the time, but that did nothing to add to to their long-term reputations.

      Some, like Doyle or Leo Tolstoy, get bees in their bonnets that at the very least reduced the number of readers interested in their current production. Something like that also seems to have happened to Dorothy Sayers.

      Some writers do manage to slow down at least, such as Bujold seems to have.

      1. I think that as I get older, I care less about what people think, about my sales ranking, about pretty much everything except “am I writing a good book that satisfies me and that people will like.” I have no idea how much longer I can do this. but right now, it seems like forever. Bob’s made a huge different there. I think if I ever get tired of writing fiction, I’ll just finally write the writing advice book I’ve always wanted to do. But yeah, I do worry about the Heinlein mistake. Nobody wants to go out on a weak book.

        1. Self-publishing has somewhat complicated matters. A lot of Heinlein’s problem seemed to be that he stopped taking editorial advice, but he sold well enough that houses published him anyhow. I’m not sure where authors get honest feedback in the current era. And of course, editors are often wrong. Horace Gold of Galaxy had a reputation that his editing could make a mediocre story good, and a great one, merely good. Patrick O’Brian never was good about taking editorial advice. I think in some respects (such as anachronisms and continuity errors) his books were the worse for it, but they were certainly readable even through his incomplete last novel at 85. Other writers have produced good work in their 90s. One thing I have noticed is that with some older writers, the degree of plot conflict drops drastically. I don’t think you, Jenny, are showing signs of that, and it’s not always a bad thing even in authors where I see it.

      2. I’m kinda’ anticipating the Bujold model. Except I don’t have the extensive reader base (or storytelling genius) that she does. But my secret projects (and the Helen Binney stories) amuse me, so that’s what I’m focusing on — just having fun with the stories and sharing with anyone who’s interested.

    2. I went to buy the book and realized I’d already bought the first book so now I own both books and the next step is to read them. Congratulations on finishing in publishing!

  25. Hmm. I just looked out my front window. Despite a lot of noise, there is so far less to show for it than I would have guessed, but they are working. This time of year, the view is much restricted by treetop foliage.

    And the Starliner has launched, finally. So far successfully (knock wood).

      1. It’s the second private space shuttle, made by Boeing. A little competition for Musk. Finally, USAians have multiple ways to reach space!

  26. It always amazes me when you post something like this, contrasting between you and Bob, just how much I’m nodding along but not on either side specifically, because my writing process is like both at the same time.

    In this case, it’s especially interesting because I recently read the Liz Danger books and I remember noticing what I think you’re talking about. If you call the Liz sections community development and the Vince sections mystery plot (I know, it’s not completely divided, but just as a general trend in subplots), then the Liz sections have a lot of stuff that carries through all three books while the Vince parts each have a very specific plot that is wrapped up by the end of the book. I.e. the Lavender plot from the first book is settled at the end of the first book (the mystery is solved), and so on. Whereas the characters and community plots had more stuff that mattered to understanding that crossed between books, at least in my recollection. I wonder if character/community stuff is just more holistic than mystery plots naturally, though?

    1. I think it’s a result of what we’re most interested in.
      Bob was in the military, was a team leader several times, and I think he is by nature process-oriented. He’s good with character, I think he has a psych degree from West Point, but the stuff that stirs his creativity is cause and effect.
      I started in art, became an elementary and then junior high art teacher, then high school English, then college English teacher, and teaching is all about character, reading the kids to see what they’re going to respond to, watching them grow up and become other people, trying to help without interfering. I knew all the stuff I was teaching backwards and forwards, but every year I had different characters to deal with, and that was what I loved about teaching.
      So I think we were hot-wired from the beginning for the things we focus on, although I diagram like crazy trying to figure out my plots and he knows his characters to the bone. I think the reason the collaboration makes us better writers (well, makes me better, can’t speak for Bob) is that we pull each other to the middle.
      Maybe.

  27. I got a notice from Amazon yesterday that the release date for Rocky Start had changed. I sensed from some of your comments that it wasn’t ready. It’s good that you have the flexibility to change things.

    I started rereading the book I’m working on, too. Things keep popping up in my head that need to be included.

    I went to the doctor today because my iWatch kept sending me an alert when I tried to take a nap on days when I hadn’t had enough sleep. I finally asked the assistant about it, and that led to the appointment. Now I have a cardiology consult to look forward to. Evidently, I have too low a pulse rate. She won’t let me mow the yard! I’m to go directly to the ER if I feel faint. I have taken pretty good care of this body, and it seems to be failing me. I don’t like it. Welcome to the club, right?

  28. Working this week for me was Day Job + yesterday’s 90 minutes of productive front yardkeeping + a good bit of writer bizness & general organization, including writing out a nice neat new horrifying to-do list.

    Collaboration: the idea of owing somebody something is a creativity-killer for me. Working with a publisher now, having to meet submission deadlines, then cover/blurb deadlines, then editing deadlines … it’s not that the tasks are so burdensome, it’s the having to rearrange my entire life for it. And it always has to be done in my limited free time, which means that time cannot go to actual writing. So the idea of trying to *write* with someone else is like HELLZ TO THE NO.

    That said, I love getting writing prompts and being turned loose on them. 🙂

    1. I’ve done other collaborations, but they were more like playing because I was working with other romance writers. One turned into a nightmare, but the other two were basically words-with-friends. The collabs with Bob are different because he brings such different words to the game. And damn, is he patient. Which is to say, find the right collaborator and it’s actually easier than writing solo.

  29. During a work-work zoom meeting the other day my mind wandered and I started mentally re-arranging my home office. The thought persisted and this morning I convinced myself I could do the rearranging in a “jiffy.” Well… it turns out that one thing leads to another; rearranging one corner leads to problems in another corner which in turn leads to everything being piled high on my desk. Now I have to get actual work done at that same desk and I’m fielding phone calls, typing on my computer and having to reach OVER all the stuff I had dumped temporarily, having to manipulate the “background” on my zoom screen, and wishing fervently that I’d never started this project… The lesson here is that daydreaming during work meetings only leads to trouble! Or when the urge to rearrange hits, sit down and wait for it to pass!

  30. I’ve been off the bike for a month now and I wish I were still working on riding cross-country. Instead, I’m sitting at the airport – off to facilitate a training in Oregon!

  31. Hooray for Bob!
    My big achievement of the past seven days was finally updating my website after being locked out for a year. I’ve got a collection of short fic coming from Ginger Blue Publishing in late July (DRAGONS, CATS, AND FORMIDABLE FEMMES–just what it says on the box), and the website is key to the rest of the promo–reviews, newsletter exchanges, etc. Now I’m compiling an up-to-date list of free SFF-friendly review sites. You’d think SFWA would maintain something like that, but with volunteer organizations, you get what folks offer. Still, they do pretty good, especially when you consider some of the others. RWA… I have no words. No words.

  32. Gardening, office-ing, clothes washing, and minding Juno for the day. Watching Museum TV; Within the Frame and thinking, “what would Jenny muse?”

  33. Day job. Lots of day job.
    I did send an email to the sister of friend with dementia with a long list of what she should try to accomplish on her visit to her brother this month. (We had discussed them — they all flow from
    her agreement to serve as his financial power of attorney and medical person.) It feels good to start to hand over these responsibilities.
    I spent the weekend weeding. Next weekend I will plant lantana and nasturtiums and zinnias to fill in holes . I’m checking for new lily blooms in the hope that I can cut them for indoors before the deer eat them but so far the new “reblooming” varieties I planted this spring are not living up to their advertising.

    And I’m checking swing state presidential polls to see if the conviction moved the needle. The first handful are out and —maybe? A little? But it will take a couple of weeks and multiple polls to really know.

    Meanwhile DS sent me a meme that shows in April only 17% of GOP voters thought A convicted felon should be allowed to run for president. In June it’s 58%.

    I am pretty sure they only mean one particular convicted felon and that these are all people who just never thought he would be convicted back in April and would vote for him under any circumstances . I’m actually impressed 42% say he shouldn’t. Still, it shows that cognitive dissonance really does make people change their beliefs to fit their actions.

    1. Alas, I think that many of that 42% will relapse before the election. However, if even 10% of current Trumper voters, evenly distributed among the Trumper population, were to fail to vote for him, I suspect that it would put the election out of the danger zone.

  34. For people who said they don’t post because they habitually read the site comments only days later (such as on the weekend), after the action seems to have moved on, a thought occurred to me:

    Jenny has repeatedly said she doesn’t care if comments stay on topic. If latecomers don’t think that a comment will be seen under the topic where the subject came up, they can always do an off-topic comment under a more current topic. I have occasionally done this myself. In fact, come to think of it, I’m doing it right now!

    1. Hmm, I’m reading working Wednesday on Friday… do I make my WW post on the WW post or do I wait for Sunday?

  35. My Working Wednesday has been spent figuring out how to use Instagram so I can post of picture of my garden shed for Kelly S who asked about it on Monday’s post.

    Hope this works:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/C72Cb42PUjz/?igsh=MTN1MWF1OHdiOW42cg==

    The shed was made out of all the leftover wood from my deck replacement as well as random pieces that were cluttering up the garage. It is now home to my random gardening stuff but, as the picture shows, there was no room for Santa. My favorite part is that is on wheels (since I needed to be able to move it when the neighbor needed access to that side of their house).

    In other news, I planted a bunch of seeds in my raised-planter bed the other day and the lettuce is already sprouting. Now I just need to keep them alive, watered, and growing and hope our current heatwave doesn’t wipe them out.

      1. Thanks, Susan. I have to give thanks to the random guys on YouTube, where I learned how to install roofing shingles.

    1. That is impressive. Much nicer than my garden shed, put up by the former owners and slowly disintegrating with help from mice.

    2. That’s adorable! What a great job! Thank you for posting! I am just sad that IG didn’t show it to me.

    3. Shed thought. I have this big, sturdy, but mediocre wardrobe. Which experience tells me is unlikly to sell, or even be given away. Much too big for most people looking for free or cheap furniture. What are the practical differences between a wooden shed and and a wooden wardrobe? I could easily fit a latch to keep the doors closed. I limewashed the top and back for extra water resist. Really, I limewashed it because it was being ugly next to the limewash bucket.
      Do I have to keep mice out? (How?) I’d only store garden tools, and all this left over cat litter..um not the corn cob stuff

  36. A comment of mine ended in moderation jail. My email address on it was messed up, either through something I accidentally did or through something the site did to mark me as suspicious!

    1. I corrected it back and now the algorithm seems happy, although my longish post still needs rescue.

  37. I am so grateful that Bob and Jennie are working together and have made a process that works for both of them. Because I love their books and I love the differences in their style. Just for fun here’s one of my favorite links to a to a comedy bit called men’s brains versus women’s brains.
    https://youtu.be/Pw86J3WxcFc?si=yP_V0-8dAKsX_6Gn
    Today I’m going to work on having a shower. I’m going to walk all the way to the bathroom and get on the shower bench and both my sons will be here to help me and we will try to do this in a modest way. I had an audition for voiceover. my younger son chris gave me Apple headset, which is noise canceling and has a great microphone and I could record the audition right on the headset. That was awesome. I got both of Jen‘s books and I’m still in the middle of a different one, but I’m gonna plan to get to those too .

    1. That is pretty hilarious and mostly accurate. There is a book titled The Female Brain, by Louann Brizendine that lays it all out with footnotes. I recommend it.

    2. He’s not wrong. I had a pastor once use waffles for men’s brains and cooked spaghetti for women’s. Same concept. Men’s thoughts are very compartmentalized and women’s tend to be intertwined.

  38. I’m having a fairly good week although nothing seems to be getting finished.

    My new bathroom exhaust fan is still not connected. The wacky electrical wiring has been sorted out and straightened out. Unfortunately, the light cover is too small. The correct one should be done tomorrow.

    The basement steps have been replaced but the contractor decided, without my input, to install 11 steps instead of the original 9. So I don’t have to pick up my feet as high. Unfortunately, the tradeoff is narrower steps. My priority is a wider tread. So he’ll be coming back to rip out the trippy 11 and put the 9 step configuration back.

    I did make a big bowl of pasta salad and have the League of Women Voters annual dinner meeting tomorrow so there’s that.

  39. I fell in love with the idea of fighting entropy when I read Clancy’s post. Changed the heading on my blogpost.

    I am working on getting out of Florida. Why? Mostly money reasons because living here is ridiculously expensive. But also politics here are so much worse than they are in other places in this country.

    The whole moving thing is complicated because wherever we land has to meet the requirements for my daughters medical needs to be taken care of.

    Lexington KY is looking really good and bonus – I have a support system there.

    I am still plugging away at my j.o.b.

    Nothing else to report since this is not procrastination Wednesday.

  40. I decided to put my house on the market so I’ve been cleaning closets and bookcases all day. It’s exhausting and like most Americans I have too much stuff. Thus the downsizing.

    But books! How can I let go of all my beautiful books? The pain is real.

    (TBF, I work in academics so I do really use the nonfiction)

  41. I’m making slo-o-o-o-w progress on a novel and trying to free motion quilt the woodgrain pattern so it actually looks like woodgrain. (not there yet)

  42. I’m a bit late to the discussion but I actually have been doing “work”! I scraped and painted the deck and railings over the weekend. I still have to paint the latticework of the trellis, but ran out of motivation when I realized I would have to tape around all the itty bitty parts where the railing and the trellis intersect.

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