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Monday, August 15, 2016

Mish Mash Musing

What a week!

The Olympics dominated our TV, as it did much of the country. Swimming and gymnastics. Wow. My friend and fellow writer Maris Soule compared the Olympics to writing on her blog. Practice makes perfect. How true. Everything we write is practice. 

I felt bad for the divers who had dive into that green water. It reminded me too much of the scummy pond behind our house. Yuck. On a more positive note, my 6-year-old grandson walked around declaring Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky were the best swimmers in the world. How true!

Speaking of the 6-year-old, he and his 9-year-old sister introduced me to sushi rolls last Friday. They thought it was funny I’d never had them. I thought it was amazing they had. (They knew better than to invite Hubs along. He doesn’t do “strange” foods.) I am so proud of my daughter for introducing them to a wide variety of foods. Following lunch, we attended a fantastic performance of “The Cat in the Hat” at the Hope (College) Summer Repertory Theater. Afterward, the kids stayed overnight while their mom and dad had date night. Summer is the time when you can stay up all night reading in bed. Until Grandpa says turn out the light.

Hubs and I saw the newest Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond. It was enjoyable but (IMO) not as good as the two previous movies. It seemed to start slow before getting into the action. As usual, at least for our theater, the music overpowered the dialogue at times. Can’t wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch with closed captioning. Going to the show is a painful reminder that my hearing isn’t what it used to be.

I read a couple of great books last week. The Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter (Miso Cozy Mysteries Book 2) is a great follow up to Book 1. S.J. Pajonas gives the reader a glimpse into everyday life in rural Japan, along with a murder to solve. I enjoyed the first book in this series so much I had to read the second. I wasn’t disappointed. Now I’m reading Veronica Scott’s Wreck of the Nebula Dream—the Titanic in space. Talk about reading all night. Both books kept me reading way too long. At least, Hubs didn’t tell me to turn out the light.

Last week wasn’t all fun and games. I wrote two articles for "Novel Notes" (the newsletter four authors and I produce each month) then realized I only needed to write one. Hey, I get a month off. If you haven’t signed up for "Novel Notes" click here. Each month, we give away a $25 gift card to a lucky reader. How's that for an incentive?

For my post on Paranormal Romantics Saturday, I shared how I came up with the title and worked out some glitches in Mission to New Earth. I love it when I can multi-task. LOL

My freelance editor sent back the edits for Mission to New Earth. Usually, I groan. Not this time. A few continuity errors and a whole lot of missing or misplaced commas. I hate commas. I finished the edits in no time. Now for one more read through before formatting it for the other online venues in time for the August 31st release. Right now, the novella is available for pre-order at Amazon.

Three more weeks of summer before school starts. Although retirement means our lives don’t revolve around the school year, Labor Day means the crowds of tourists will leave and restaurants won’t have long wait times. I’m looking forward to trying out some new places. If they have lines coming out the door, they must be good. Right? If not, there's always Captain Sundae.

Have a great week. Do something fun.


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    1. I have, Patricia, except for a summer cold that's hanging on. Yuck!

  2. I want a sundae! Nice you got to spend with the grand kids and hubs. Cool that you are a part of a newsletter writing team and that your book will be out month end.

    1. I bring a sundae right over to you, Sheena-Kay. LOL I love being so close to family again. I'm excited about my new book. Thanks for stopping by.

    2. That should have been "I'll bring..."

  3. HI Diane,

    Nice to spend quality time with the grandkids and to be introduced to NEW things... Good for you! Sushi is awesome. Years ago one of my close friends took me to THE BEST sushi restaurants in NYC. She being Japanese, worked in the restaurant supply industry and had "ins" in all the TOP places. No lines for us. Such an awesome time in my life.

    1. Sounds like you had a great time in NYC, Michael. Not sure I'm too crazy about sushi, but I'm glad I tried it.

  4. So funny that you mention your grandkids enjoying sushi. My husband and I were just talking yesterday about how we want to make sure our son eats a variety of food, including sushi, which we love. Congrats on your novella coming out! That's exciting! Do you do the formatting yourself?

    1. My DIL is introducing Baby Girl to many different foods, because she saw how the older grandkids were willing to try so many foods. No picky eaters! Yay! Thanks for the congrats on the novella. Yes, I do the formatting myself. I have to work next week on the formatting it for print. Yuck.


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