Misty Grey

Jun. 15th, 2011 11:39 pm
wyld_dandelyon: (full moon)
Hmm...that sounds like a character name. It's actually what it was like outside today, on the way in to work and after work too. Probably all day, but I can't vouch for that.

I thought about taking the camera out to look for another rose to share with you all, but I didn't--after all, the camera is also my cell phone, and killing it would not be a good thing.

Monday I was delighted to get the occasional phone call at work, even when it was one of the calls that start "Do you speak Spanish?" Today I really wanted to hide the phone under the rug--I had things I wanted to get done, and the phone calls weren't helping! (Knowing how to count to 10 in Spanish is helpful--it means I can repeat a phone number back in Spanish, so at least my bilingual attorney can reach the clients and potential clients I can't properly talk to.)

When I called on the way to the grocery store to ask My Angel what she needed from there, she complained that she'd left the bedroom window open, and it was cold and damp and she felt like she was camping, without any of the good parts.

But still, perhaps Misty Grey should be the name of some kind of fantasy sleuth...someday.

Oh--and did you see today's cool Google logo? I am enjoying living in the future.

Happy Full Moon, everyone!
wyld_dandelyon: (full moon in the Mulberrry Tree)
There's a very beautiful full moon outside, shining partly veiled through the clouds. I'm not at all sure about calling it the Flower Moon this year--we've had barely a handful of dandelions so far this year, though the wood violets are just starting to bloom. But the roses are just starting to put out leaves, so the garden looks kind of scraggly soon.

In better news, the garage comes down tomorrow, which will be one less thing I have to worry about, and another of my stories has been sponsored over at Torn World. As soon as our Webmistress has the chance to convert it from subscribers-only to public, you will be able to read my story The Experiment, where we meet Filor's science-geek cousin.

Filor and his cousin are both adoptable characters, by the way.

Besides work and getting ready for the garage to come down, I spent the day working on a new Torn World story about a young intersex person in the Empire. The Empire's (unnecessarily obtuse) term for people who aren't male or female is "no-gender", however, there are places in the Empire where that term, and the new gender reform laws, are a great improvement over local tradition.

Now I'd better wash the mold spores and dust from the garage off, so I'll sleep well and be rested for work tomorrow.

Do any of you have plans for the full moon?
wyld_dandelyon: (full moon in the Mulberrry Tree)
There's a very beautiful full moon outside, shining partly veiled through the clouds. I'm not at all sure about calling it the Flower Moon this year--we've had barely a handful of dandelions so far this year, though the wood violets are just starting to bloom. But the roses are just starting to put out leaves, so the garden looks kind of scraggly soon.

In better news, the garage comes down tomorrow, which will be one less thing I have to worry about, and another of my stories has been sponsored over at Torn World. As soon as our Webmistress has the chance to convert it from subscribers-only to public, you will be able to read my story The Experiment, where we meet Filor's science-geek cousin.

Filor and his cousin are both adoptable characters, by the way.

Besides work and getting ready for the garage to come down, I spent the day working on a new Torn World story about a young intersex person in the Empire. The Empire's (unnecessarily obtuse) term for people who aren't male or female is "no-gender", however, there are places in the Empire where that term, and the new gender reform laws, are a great improvement over local tradition.

Now I'd better wash the mold spores and dust from the garage off, so I'll sleep well and be rested for work tomorrow.

Do any of you have plans for the full moon?
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So, we have a beautiful full moon overhead, and the Torn World Muse Fusion is ongoing. I really was too tired for it last night, though I started a story which I'm continuing today.

The computer is still being slow and cranky; it shut down from overheating again last night; luckily none of the writing was lost, though a lot of time was lost fiddling with the external fans to get cat hair out of them and then getting the computer started up again. I'm dreading hitting the summer heat if I can't get a new computer by then, and the desktop computer is still out with a persistent virus.

In work news, I've hit the end of my full-time temp work, and have only one week of half-time work left. Unless something happens very suddenly on that front, I'll be unemployed again by next weekend.

In the meantime, it's Equinox, which means it's time for me to do readings, but there's no way I can do them and the Muse Fusion at the same time. So, I offer a poll:

[Poll #1719861]In the meantime, the story I'm working on for the Muse Fusion is Dragon Oak, and is about Rai-Kunabei, who some of you have met during my readings.  I think it will be around 3,000 words when I'm done, and can be sponsored for a total of $30 (from one or a group of sponsors).  After that, I'm going to tackle the question of what it's like to be near a border when two time-shads fuse back together.

And if you stop by the Muse Fusion and leave a question or prompt, I'll have some more writing to do tonight or tomorrow!  If I use your propt or answer your question, you get a private peek at what I create even it's not sponsored.

 


Happy Spring, everyone!
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
So, we have a beautiful full moon overhead, and the Torn World Muse Fusion is ongoing. I really was too tired for it last night, though I started a story which I'm continuing today.

The computer is still being slow and cranky; it shut down from overheating again last night; luckily none of the writing was lost, though a lot of time was lost fiddling with the external fans to get cat hair out of them and then getting the computer started up again. I'm dreading hitting the summer heat if I can't get a new computer by then, and the desktop computer is still out with a persistent virus.

In work news, I've hit the end of my full-time temp work, and have only one week of half-time work left. Unless something happens very suddenly on that front, I'll be unemployed again by next weekend.

In the meantime, it's Equinox, which means it's time for me to do readings, but there's no way I can do them and the Muse Fusion at the same time. So, I offer a poll:

[Poll #1719861]In the meantime, the story I'm working on for the Muse Fusion is Dragon Oak, and is about Rai-Kunabei, who some of you have met during my readings.  I think it will be around 3,000 words when I'm done, and can be sponsored for a total of $30 (from one or a group of sponsors).  After that, I'm going to tackle the question of what it's like to be near a border when two time-shads fuse back together.

And if you stop by the Muse Fusion and leave a question or prompt, I'll have some more writing to do tonight or tomorrow!  If I use your propt or answer your question, you get a private peek at what I create even it's not sponsored.

 


Happy Spring, everyone!
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Unfortunately, so did low-lying clouds. We saw a little pink to the east, that was either moonlight or sunlight on the clouds, though the camera didn't pick up the pink tones well:


While we were waiting, hoping that the cloud cover wasn't too thick to see the big, orange harvest moon on the horizon, we did a brier celebration of the season.  And took a few pictures:


It got darker and darker.  Finally, our first glimpse of the moon:


And then I took a bunch more pictures of the moon:




And finally, the moon disappeared completely behind more clouds and we headed home.  It was out of the clouds again as we walked into our house.

So, no huge orange harvest moon for us, but it was beautiful anyway.

Now I've got some chores to do, so I'd better hit post and do them.

wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
Unfortunately, so did low-lying clouds. We saw a little pink to the east, that was either moonlight or sunlight on the clouds, though the camera didn't pick up the pink tones well:


While we were waiting, hoping that the cloud cover wasn't too thick to see the big, orange harvest moon on the horizon, we did a brier celebration of the season.  And took a few pictures:


It got darker and darker.  Finally, our first glimpse of the moon:


And then I took a bunch more pictures of the moon:




And finally, the moon disappeared completely behind more clouds and we headed home.  It was out of the clouds again as we walked into our house.

So, no huge orange harvest moon for us, but it was beautiful anyway.

Now I've got some chores to do, so I'd better hit post and do them.

wyld_dandelyon: (full moon)
Today is the autumnal equinox and the full harvest moon. My Angel has been wanting to go watch the moon rise over Lake Michigan for some time now, and her health hasn't cooperated.

But her insomnia didn't totally ruin her sleep last night, so we're headed out soon!

I'm charging up my digital camera cell phone, so there will be pictures!

Gosh, I love modern technology.
wyld_dandelyon: (full moon)
Today is the autumnal equinox and the full harvest moon. My Angel has been wanting to go watch the moon rise over Lake Michigan for some time now, and her health hasn't cooperated.

But her insomnia didn't totally ruin her sleep last night, so we're headed out soon!

I'm charging up my digital camera cell phone, so there will be pictures!

Gosh, I love modern technology.
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I was awakened very early, by my current schedule, to pay the oil delivery guy. 

And then, well, I was awake.  And yesterday's mail told me that my unemployment payment this week was partial, which probably means I've reached the end of the extended payments.  I'm hoping that the extra extension is in effect already, otherwise I don't know what I'll do for money when the small amount I've been able to keep set aside from my tax return this year is gone.  Anyone want to commission me for anything, now's your chance!!!

Being awake, and assuming that the unemployment office is closed until next year, I set to working on something that I can do, and got about 2000 words in on the Grandmother Marie story, bringing it nearly to 2900 words.  It's somewhere in the vicinity of half done now; I wanted to finish the first draft today, but eventually the fact that I hadn't gotten my 8 hours sleep set my eyelids drifting downward, and I returned to bed.  I've got to figure out a real title for that story!

Now my bath is running, I entered the SF Reader short story contest, and I'm packing stuff so I can draw icons as thank-yous for the donors who've supported me the most in cash and comments this year at the New Year's party at Lytheria. 

And then I dropped in to the creators' forums at Torn World and noticed there's banners to use for Torn World -- it's opening VERY soon now, in 2010.  But 2010 is now just hours away!  I'm not sure exactly when Ellen will declare it officially open, it could be as early as Midnight in whatever Alaska time zone Ellen lives in, but here's the site:  http://www.tornworld.net  Check it out!!!

There is already some public content on the site, and there will be more--fiction, poetry, and artwork.  And there will be significantly more content for subscribers, as well as a system of credits so you can vote with your cash to let us know which pieces you like best.  You will also be able to adopt characters, and to contact writers and artists to commission stories or artwork about them, if you don't want to write a story yourself--and your character will be able, in the stories, to interact with other characters in the Torn World.  I'm very excited to see how this will all work in practice!!!  There's a system to have stories approved as "canon", or officially part of the Torn World, which includes checking with the owners of any character in a story, so if you own a character, no one can marry them off (for instance) without your approval.

[livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion  has been working hard to get the site ready, and the other creators have been beta-testing things for months, so we're all excited to be welcoming new people there!
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I was awakened very early, by my current schedule, to pay the oil delivery guy. 

And then, well, I was awake.  And yesterday's mail told me that my unemployment payment this week was partial, which probably means I've reached the end of the extended payments.  I'm hoping that the extra extension is in effect already, otherwise I don't know what I'll do for money when the small amount I've been able to keep set aside from my tax return this year is gone.  Anyone want to commission me for anything, now's your chance!!!

Being awake, and assuming that the unemployment office is closed until next year, I set to working on something that I can do, and got about 2000 words in on the Grandmother Marie story, bringing it nearly to 2900 words.  It's somewhere in the vicinity of half done now; I wanted to finish the first draft today, but eventually the fact that I hadn't gotten my 8 hours sleep set my eyelids drifting downward, and I returned to bed.  I've got to figure out a real title for that story!

Now my bath is running, I entered the SF Reader short story contest, and I'm packing stuff so I can draw icons as thank-yous for the donors who've supported me the most in cash and comments this year at the New Year's party at Lytheria. 

And then I dropped in to the creators' forums at Torn World and noticed there's banners to use for Torn World -- it's opening VERY soon now, in 2010.  But 2010 is now just hours away!  I'm not sure exactly when Ellen will declare it officially open, it could be as early as Midnight in whatever Alaska time zone Ellen lives in, but here's the site:  http://www.tornworld.net  Check it out!!!

There is already some public content on the site, and there will be more--fiction, poetry, and artwork.  And there will be significantly more content for subscribers, as well as a system of credits so you can vote with your cash to let us know which pieces you like best.  You will also be able to adopt characters, and to contact writers and artists to commission stories or artwork about them, if you don't want to write a story yourself--and your character will be able, in the stories, to interact with other characters in the Torn World.  I'm very excited to see how this will all work in practice!!!  There's a system to have stories approved as "canon", or officially part of the Torn World, which includes checking with the owners of any character in a story, so if you own a character, no one can marry them off (for instance) without your approval.

[livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion  has been working hard to get the site ready, and the other creators have been beta-testing things for months, so we're all excited to be welcoming new people there!
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I've been foggy all day, despite which I managed more than 1000 new words on Fireborn.  Though now I have a hole in the middle, I've been writing Mist's viewpoint, having left Orchid flying into the middle of something interesting...

I also went searching through the directories on this computer and my two flash drives looking for a rewrite of a short story that I did about a year ago; had an insight into how to improve it, but didn't want to revert to the version that's about 10 years old!  Of course, it was in the last place I looked (things always are), but pity I tried looking in the bigger flash drive first, since it was on the smaller one...

I won a pdf copy of GUD Magazine, started reading the first piece, and my brain free-associated from that imagery into something different, definitely more dystopic than the stuff in the Fireborn world, and I have nearly 1000 words in that short story.  I do plan to get back to the magazine, and do a review for them (free stuff deserves a useful thank-you) but I want to solidify this story in my mind first.

I'm working on getting more stuff out in what is still, unfortunately, currently a rejection-collection project.  If the nature of the results change, I'll be sure to let you know.  I'm still working on getting to know the current markets, figuring which ones are a good fit for what stories, especially the online ones.  At least response time is much faster than it used to be, when all submissions went by snail-mail.

In other news, I have been taking pictures of a painting in progress, however, it is destined for the second Torn World contest, which is entered anonymously.  As a result, I can't share it with you until after the contest is over and the results are announced.  But I'm making slow progress on it, mostly while TV shows I want to see are on.  Though My Angel teases me that I don't "watch" TV, I just listen to it, especially when I'm painting.  I would have made more progress today if they had shown both parts of the Dr. Who story...but I have to wait until next week for that. 

As far as process thoughts go, I find it interesting that last week's interview with the agency, with all its tests and paperwork, and no actual job that they might find for me on hand, disrupted my creative flow a lot more than the actual job interview this week did.  When I do get a day job, I'll doubtless have to cut back on blogging to hoard time for the actual fiction writing, since cutting back on sleep isn't helpful! 

But I am determined to keep working on Fireborn.  Just so's you know.
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I've been foggy all day, despite which I managed more than 1000 new words on Fireborn.  Though now I have a hole in the middle, I've been writing Mist's viewpoint, having left Orchid flying into the middle of something interesting...

I also went searching through the directories on this computer and my two flash drives looking for a rewrite of a short story that I did about a year ago; had an insight into how to improve it, but didn't want to revert to the version that's about 10 years old!  Of course, it was in the last place I looked (things always are), but pity I tried looking in the bigger flash drive first, since it was on the smaller one...

I won a pdf copy of GUD Magazine, started reading the first piece, and my brain free-associated from that imagery into something different, definitely more dystopic than the stuff in the Fireborn world, and I have nearly 1000 words in that short story.  I do plan to get back to the magazine, and do a review for them (free stuff deserves a useful thank-you) but I want to solidify this story in my mind first.

I'm working on getting more stuff out in what is still, unfortunately, currently a rejection-collection project.  If the nature of the results change, I'll be sure to let you know.  I'm still working on getting to know the current markets, figuring which ones are a good fit for what stories, especially the online ones.  At least response time is much faster than it used to be, when all submissions went by snail-mail.

In other news, I have been taking pictures of a painting in progress, however, it is destined for the second Torn World contest, which is entered anonymously.  As a result, I can't share it with you until after the contest is over and the results are announced.  But I'm making slow progress on it, mostly while TV shows I want to see are on.  Though My Angel teases me that I don't "watch" TV, I just listen to it, especially when I'm painting.  I would have made more progress today if they had shown both parts of the Dr. Who story...but I have to wait until next week for that. 

As far as process thoughts go, I find it interesting that last week's interview with the agency, with all its tests and paperwork, and no actual job that they might find for me on hand, disrupted my creative flow a lot more than the actual job interview this week did.  When I do get a day job, I'll doubtless have to cut back on blogging to hoard time for the actual fiction writing, since cutting back on sleep isn't helpful! 

But I am determined to keep working on Fireborn.  Just so's you know.
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I am enjoying my cell phone's camera function, really I am. I'm amazed at how much it can pick up inside, with just your standard ceiling lights. In contrast, it works poorly for bright things like flowers in the sun. They glow!

It's not altogether a bad effect, but you lose color and detail.



The mulberry is still producing berries (yum), and the peas are producing enough that I'm getting tired of them, and the spinach bottoms, faced with the knowledge that their seeds didn't have a chance to develop, are sending up new leaves to try again. I have more tiny green tomatoes, and some tiny green peppers (some bell, some hot), and lots of herbs. I was telling Foodie Friend about my cooking plan the other day (start the butter melting on the stove and take the scissors outside to cut some herbs, return to add the cut onions and herbs to the pan), and he drawled, "how French of you!" and I had to laugh. I wasn't trying for any particular style of cooking, just using what was in the garden and fridge -- and fresh-picked stuff tastes really good!

So, one of our visitors today was a dragonfly. We get a few every year, and every year I wonder why they're flying so far from Lake Michigan. I know it's a city, but there have to be other inviting gardens in the blocks between here and there! This guy sat still for two pictures where I can't see him at all; in this one at least he is visible.

This reminds me of one of my frustrations; this computer doesn't seem to have a program loaded onto it for cropping pictures. Don't get me wrong, I'm very glad to have this computer, as it is a LOT faster than anything else in the house. My kid's dad gifted it to us when he got a better one, and I'm trying to make every penny last as long as possible until I'm employed again, so a new one isn't in the cards for quite a while. But can anyone recommend a free program that does a good job at cropping pictures? I don't mind showing off my tomato plants, but the dragonfly would be much more visible if I was showing only him! And there are other pictures I'd like to reshape too, for one reason or another.


Another visitor, one of several, a small (half-inch-long or so) very white caterpillar. The head was a tiny black spot, and the underbody yellower than the top, in the slightly-green yellow range. Not sure what it will grow into, so I left it alone.

Another limitation of this camera is that if I get too close, it all blurs. Still, this thing wasn't designed primarily as a camera after all, and does much better close-ups than the cameras I used in my teen years, one of which was much better than it out to have been (enough so that people told me, to my face, that I was lying when I said the photos were not taken on an expensive 35mm with a filter).  I remain both amazed and frustrated by what I can (and can't quite) do with my camera!



I was going to post a picture of another purple flower that I'd love to know exactly what it is (besides a "weed"), but either my cell phone isn't sending it or aol is being its usual tardy self in processing the e-mail, and it's late, so maybe next time. Instead, the first daisies, so you can see how my camera handles the contrast between direct sunshine and shade.
 
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
 
I am enjoying my cell phone's camera function, really I am. I'm amazed at how much it can pick up inside, with just your standard ceiling lights. In contrast, it works poorly for bright things like flowers in the sun. They glow!

It's not altogether a bad effect, but you lose color and detail.



The mulberry is still producing berries (yum), and the peas are producing enough that I'm getting tired of them, and the spinach bottoms, faced with the knowledge that their seeds didn't have a chance to develop, are sending up new leaves to try again. I have more tiny green tomatoes, and some tiny green peppers (some bell, some hot), and lots of herbs. I was telling Foodie Friend about my cooking plan the other day (start the butter melting on the stove and take the scissors outside to cut some herbs, return to add the cut onions and herbs to the pan), and he drawled, "how French of you!" and I had to laugh. I wasn't trying for any particular style of cooking, just using what was in the garden and fridge -- and fresh-picked stuff tastes really good!

So, one of our visitors today was a dragonfly. We get a few every year, and every year I wonder why they're flying so far from Lake Michigan. I know it's a city, but there have to be other inviting gardens in the blocks between here and there! This guy sat still for two pictures where I can't see him at all; in this one at least he is visible.

This reminds me of one of my frustrations; this computer doesn't seem to have a program loaded onto it for cropping pictures. Don't get me wrong, I'm very glad to have this computer, as it is a LOT faster than anything else in the house. My kid's dad gifted it to us when he got a better one, and I'm trying to make every penny last as long as possible until I'm employed again, so a new one isn't in the cards for quite a while. But can anyone recommend a free program that does a good job at cropping pictures? I don't mind showing off my tomato plants, but the dragonfly would be much more visible if I was showing only him! And there are other pictures I'd like to reshape too, for one reason or another.


Another visitor, one of several, a small (half-inch-long or so) very white caterpillar. The head was a tiny black spot, and the underbody yellower than the top, in the slightly-green yellow range. Not sure what it will grow into, so I left it alone.

Another limitation of this camera is that if I get too close, it all blurs. Still, this thing wasn't designed primarily as a camera after all, and does much better close-ups than the cameras I used in my teen years, one of which was much better than it out to have been (enough so that people told me, to my face, that I was lying when I said the photos were not taken on an expensive 35mm with a filter).  I remain both amazed and frustrated by what I can (and can't quite) do with my camera!



I was going to post a picture of another purple flower that I'd love to know exactly what it is (besides a "weed"), but either my cell phone isn't sending it or aol is being its usual tardy self in processing the e-mail, and it's late, so maybe next time. Instead, the first daisies, so you can see how my camera handles the contrast between direct sunshine and shade.
 

Rose Moon

Jul. 1st, 2009 11:24 pm
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It's actually approaching full moon while the roses are all blooming; they're late this year, like everything else. Usually, the weekend they bloom all together is Duckon, and I mostly miss it; this year I've been able to go out and look and take pictures. The day lilies are finally blooming too.


Today's lunch was spinach and peas and mulberries, direct from the garden, following my theory that I should be eating as much as possible from the yard, not the grocery store. 

You haven't heard much about my job search because there's not a lot to report, and there's no way to make "I looked at a bunch of job listing sites, and in the paper, and sent applications to the few I found that I might have a chance at getting, and didn't get a call this week, and just found out that the place that said they wanted me in for a second interview hired someone else" anything but depressing.  Ditto with "the realtor can't get in touch with the guy who claimed he really really wanted to buy the house."  I also don't think recounting the details of my root canal would be lots of fun, for you or for me.

I am writing, though, both the stuff that's going into this journal and a novel set in the same world.  And learning new things, like how to make a LJ poll work.  (At least I think I figured how to make it work; I haven't seen any responses, so maybe I'm wrong.  Or maybe it's summer and no one cares when I post my fiction because they're out enjoying the sun.)

For [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith , a picture of the Joseph's Coat bush, now that it has more than one flower on it, though later in the season it may be better--I'm in the middle of cutting down an old scraggly bush to get it more sunlight. 


I'm still seeing bees and butterflies, and the occasional disgruntled moth (disturbed by my weeding).  And mosquitoes.

And I pulled up a bunch of the spearmint that's invading the roses (I don't care if it invades the lawn; then lawn mowing smells really good, but roses like sunlight!) and have a batch in the dryer, making the house smell good too.  Oh, and the first morning glories are blooming -- this one was still in shape for pictures when I finally got outside today, since it's well shaded by the echinacea leaves.

So, does anyone know what these purple flowers are called?
 
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Rose Moon

Jul. 1st, 2009 11:24 pm
wyld_dandelyon: (Default)
It's actually approaching full moon while the roses are all blooming; they're late this year, like everything else. Usually, the weekend they bloom all together is Duckon, and I mostly miss it; this year I've been able to go out and look and take pictures. The day lilies are finally blooming too.


Today's lunch was spinach and peas and mulberries, direct from the garden, following my theory that I should be eating as much as possible from the yard, not the grocery store. 

You haven't heard much about my job search because there's not a lot to report, and there's no way to make "I looked at a bunch of job listing sites, and in the paper, and sent applications to the few I found that I might have a chance at getting, and didn't get a call this week, and just found out that the place that said they wanted me in for a second interview hired someone else" anything but depressing.  Ditto with "the realtor can't get in touch with the guy who claimed he really really wanted to buy the house."  I also don't think recounting the details of my root canal would be lots of fun, for you or for me.

I am writing, though, both the stuff that's going into this journal and a novel set in the same world.  And learning new things, like how to make a LJ poll work.  (At least I think I figured how to make it work; I haven't seen any responses, so maybe I'm wrong.  Or maybe it's summer and no one cares when I post my fiction because they're out enjoying the sun.)

For [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith , a picture of the Joseph's Coat bush, now that it has more than one flower on it, though later in the season it may be better--I'm in the middle of cutting down an old scraggly bush to get it more sunlight. 


I'm still seeing bees and butterflies, and the occasional disgruntled moth (disturbed by my weeding).  And mosquitoes.

And I pulled up a bunch of the spearmint that's invading the roses (I don't care if it invades the lawn; then lawn mowing smells really good, but roses like sunlight!) and have a batch in the dryer, making the house smell good too.  Oh, and the first morning glories are blooming -- this one was still in shape for pictures when I finally got outside today, since it's well shaded by the echinacea leaves.

So, does anyone know what these purple flowers are called?
 
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Cold Moon

Jun. 8th, 2009 12:44 am
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It's supposed to be summer. Really. It IS June, after all.

School is out, and today went to the Track Banquet to see my kid get a minor letter. Her school won a double-triple-crown at sectionals, meaning they took the trophies in both boys and girls for long distance, short distance, and other events (jumps, shot put, and discus). So, though my daughter didn't qualify to run in the sectionals (nor did she expect to, she enjoys running, but this is her first year doing it), that was still pretty cool.

My dentist tells me I have very deep roots, and he's glad he was doing a root canal instead of extracting my tooth. And I can go back in two weeks so he can be sure the infection cleared up. And I spent two days after feeling lousy, I think from swallowing too much of the ansthetic--but if I've been fighting an infection for quite a while, that could account for why I've been feeling tired and draggy even while off work.

My realtor still can't reach the guy who was initially so excited about buying my house. Which is made doubly frustrating by the fact that I do NOT want to buy more oil for this house if we might sell it, which feeds right back into my frustration about the weather.

The interviewer who promised to call me Friday to set up a second interview didn't, and the fact that she said, just before seeing me off at the elevator, not to panic if she didn't call until Monday still leaves me on tenterhooks.

Pulling old (and often-oxidized) carpet staples from stairs is tedious and awkward and uncomfortable, and more of them than I like break just above the level of the wood, high enough to snag cat hair and other dirt, but too low to grab and pull out, so they have to be pounded in with the nail sink. But the stairs are looking better. I'm about half done.

We had tulips and dandelions and wood violets and lilacs. Now we have roses budding, irises, indigo, and snowball spirea blooming. The seedlings I started inside were killed by a late frost, so I ended up buying seedlings. Those are doing fine, as are the peas and spinach, but peas and spinach are a spring crop. An early spring crop. And it is summer, right?

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Jun. 8th, 2009 12:44 am
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It's supposed to be summer. Really. It IS June, after all.

School is out, and today went to the Track Banquet to see my kid get a minor letter. Her school won a double-triple-crown at sectionals, meaning they took the trophies in both boys and girls for long distance, short distance, and other events (jumps, shot put, and discus). So, though my daughter didn't qualify to run in the sectionals (nor did she expect to, she enjoys running, but this is her first year doing it), that was still pretty cool.

My dentist tells me I have very deep roots, and he's glad he was doing a root canal instead of extracting my tooth. And I can go back in two weeks so he can be sure the infection cleared up. And I spent two days after feeling lousy, I think from swallowing too much of the ansthetic--but if I've been fighting an infection for quite a while, that could account for why I've been feeling tired and draggy even while off work.

My realtor still can't reach the guy who was initially so excited about buying my house. Which is made doubly frustrating by the fact that I do NOT want to buy more oil for this house if we might sell it, which feeds right back into my frustration about the weather.

The interviewer who promised to call me Friday to set up a second interview didn't, and the fact that she said, just before seeing me off at the elevator, not to panic if she didn't call until Monday still leaves me on tenterhooks.

Pulling old (and often-oxidized) carpet staples from stairs is tedious and awkward and uncomfortable, and more of them than I like break just above the level of the wood, high enough to snag cat hair and other dirt, but too low to grab and pull out, so they have to be pounded in with the nail sink. But the stairs are looking better. I'm about half done.

We had tulips and dandelions and wood violets and lilacs. Now we have roses budding, irises, indigo, and snowball spirea blooming. The seedlings I started inside were killed by a late frost, so I ended up buying seedlings. Those are doing fine, as are the peas and spinach, but peas and spinach are a spring crop. An early spring crop. And it is summer, right?
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I haven't been posting much, but I've been busy.  The city, as usual, wants the yard cleaned up as soon as the snow vanishes, so we've been working on the yard, both clearing up the winter's accumulation of trash and working on making the stuff that we didn't get neat in the fall is tidied up.  We still have work to do on the stone patio and the firepit, which pretty much fell in last year, but we didn't get it rebuilt.  And the firewood is a mess, and the roses are still mulched, but it's time to rake them off and bag up all those autumn leaves to roll into the compost every time we mow the lawn all summer.  And I'm working on doing vegetable gardening this year, big time, so we have to clean the beds that are already more or less designated for that purpose and decide where to put more.  We will try growing green beans (the pole type) on our more robust Japanese roses; slowing down those particular roses would be a blessing; last year we had to dig out some (very thorny) volunteer runners that came up in the lawn.  We set some concrete block between the roses and the lawn when we did that; hopefully that will prevent another incursion.  Some of the smaller roses might get lettuce or broccoli planted behind them.  I've also been tending the indoor seedlings.  A friend was ordering seeds from a catalog that has a lot of heritage varieties, and she offered to order some for me; those came in, and for the full moon, tonight I planted some tomatoes and bell peppers to start indoors, and I plan to plant spinach, peas, and onions outside tomorrow (Thursday). 

Indoors, I've been cooking, trying to make sure I have food ready when my teenager gets back from track, so she eats more than Kraft mac'n'cheese, and other indoor chores, though no big projects quite yet.  And job hunting, which takes a lot more time and energy than the few available jobs would suggest it should, besides that aspect of things being worrysome and depressing if I dwell on it.  So I try to do it and move on to other things.  And there've been ordinary medical errands, and a trip to the dentist, where the tooth that was bothering me was filled nicely, and the tooth I knew needed work, but wasn't bothering me, proved to need either extraction or a root canal and a crown; they're checking the dental insurance (which I still have, for a while, anyway) to see how much it will cover for me, so I can figure out if I can afford the crown. 

The thing I'm happiest about since new moon is the fiction writing.  I've written a piece of flash fiction and, finally, gotten back into writing the Shifter novel.  The murder victim is finally both dead and discovered, and a variety of suspects have been shown to at least one of my three main characters.  I've gotten more than 13000 new words on the Shifter since the new moon, which brings my total to 26341 words as of today's count.  I'm a bit concerned about length; I don't feel like I'm 1/4 into the story.  This is a concern because I've also been reading about the state of the publishing industry today, and apparently publishers are more likely to buy 100K stories than 200K stories these days.  Oh, well, (though I did rewrite the first four chapters after I figured out all the nasty stuff the murder victim has been up to) it IS a first draft.  And I'm enjoying these characters; the romance angle could be stretched out over more than one book, I suppose. I'm also developing the world more, and developing quite a bit of background notes so I can do stuff like keep track of the people, whether they're suspects or not.

I suppose I should get one of those widget thingys so there's a visual of how far along I am on this novel; that would be satisfying for me to look at, though I don't know if any of you care.  Of course, I have no idea where my notes on where to find one might be.  And if I have to choose between an hour spent writing the story, or an hour Googling for a fun widget, the novel wins!

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