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Here is where I am as a writer as of 2/27/2021-My biggest victory: Having Laughing Africa accepted and published simultaneously by two journals after being rejected numerous times. My biggest surprise: Vanna Nguyen hiring me as a proofreader and blogger after reading my short story Listening to the Voice .

A challenge: Working with a friend and helping her edit a children’s book now on Amazon. Trying to write my own story of the pug and husband commenting why is it such a good subject but it sounds like a teacher’s edition? Ugh, it is. A grammar book as my pug is understanding more and more English. I think I have a way to go. Manuscript is still on husband’s desk with a hint to help me out if he can by editing. Question to self: do I need his honest opinion as this has a way to go. I am not a natural children’s writer. Husband is an excellent editor. He also has a thriller and needs an ending. I want to encourage him to start on this when he is feeling better.

My biggest hope: the current book I am working on and have so many pages. I hope to find an editor and someone to publish.

Fall/Winter 2021 “The Stray Branch” The Spirit is Willing (short story)

Fall/Winter 2020 “The Stray Branch” Monsters We Meet (short story)

01/20 Cupcake Cache blog-Trash Travellin’ (poem dedicated to veterans)

12/30/2020 Vanna Nguyen-contributor to blog and proofreader of her book. I worked with her for about 2 years.

Jan 2019 Feet on the Edge of the Feeder-Via Brevis (poem)

Dec 2017 Catch me If you Can-Vita Brevis (poem)

Listening to the Voice-“The Writing Disorder” . 2019

“Untitled” “The Stray Branch #20 vol. 17-Nov. 2017

“Abu Dhabi Time” “The Exit” “The Cold Zone” 2017 Mused Literary Review- non-fiction

“Lost Things” 2017 Page and Spine (short story)

Anapest Journal “Wishing on Cotton” 2017 (poem)

2018 Literary Review-Horror Zine-Poet of the Month-2019

Page & Spine “Swamp” and “Sing” 2019 Paid $14 upon publication. (poetry)

2020-June 19th Laughing Africa Spillwords & The Finest Example

The Artiste Spillwords nominated for writer of the month (poem)

80,000 words-untitled who dun it ??? Still to be released…I hope to finish in another month or so and search for proofreaders. Please forgive my editing mistakes with the blog as I was eager to publish and put this down in writing. You know there is something which makes life and promises to self and to others more real in writing. This is published to help me continue with strength, patience, and ideas until the end. Writing is digging in the trenches kind of like getting my knees all dirty this morning in the garden and of course, prickling my body several times with thorns from the blackberry bush. As some might say, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” Work is not pretty but I am trying.

Published just under 20 x. Waiting to hear back from my teacher friend about the children’s fantasy series we are working on. Both of us busy with new jobs. My contract finished in Feb. but she is still going. The teachers I was filling in on medical leave returned. I am taking a break but still teaching online part time. Time to continue with my book. Thanks for reading.

I find comfort in repetition. When my schedule is turned upside down by life, the roll of the dice, or a mishap…I am discombobulated for a day and then I begin a routine. So the next surgery in February will be easier as we will both know what to expect. I went to the gym on Saturday and then grocery shopping. I walked the dog and graded some of my online student’s work.

I made a few runs to the grocery store for sugar free jello, sugar free pudding, instant mashed potatoes, more eggs, yogurt, soups, yams, etc. For myself, I picked up an already roasted chicken on sale for $5.99 at Winn Dixie and then made mashed cauliflower hoping the husband would be able to eat soon. He couldn’t yet and asked me to pick him up some instant oatmeal and melatonin. I was able to purchase ‘buy 1, get 1 free’ at Winn Dixie and got some great buys. I believe I am a Winn Dixie gal and not a Publix gal. The melatonin at 10 mg is helping him sleep. It also helped me get a full 9 hours of sleep which I really needed.

I am not a fan of grocery shopping and have been a little spoiled that my husband did the shopping since I am still working. To have some fun with it, I tried two different stores in two different areas. One was in the country and the people are very polite and the other is on the cusp of the city area. It is also near a plasma donation office and the parking lot was packed with people nearby on the sidewalks and hanging around outside at 8:30 a.m. I was afraid that I was going to be approached in the parking lot but no one approached me. Amazon is building a big facility soon, and apartments buildings are being build, on the high end, so eventually things will improve. I will confide that I sense a desperation in the people lately. I am not sure whether this always happens after an inauguration but the feeling is one I can’t put in words. There are many people hurting financially, I sense, and the others seem to be waiting anxiously. I don’t really like it, so I keep my eyes wide open all the time.

People seem to be a little more hardened. I was very encouraged that some of my co-workers asked about my husband’s health as they haven’t known me for very long…so that was very nice. I am still at the middle school until February and then who knows. I have been trying to adapt the carefreeness of the man I took over for at work for awhile. He told me the other day he had not found the teacher’s book after two weeks. I laughed and said, “Did you check the drawers?” And then in a fit of nerves, I confided, “I checked every drawer, straightened the closet, cleaned up….” because that is my routine when I am nervous. I clean, I organize, and I give away a few things. I watch the details and this calms me. For me, it beats turning my back and ignoring what is going on around me.

Oh, and I bake. Before the operation, I made a keto free cake using for the first time Swerve which worked really well with the vanilla cake frosting. I made cauliflower mashed potatoes. I have lost my appetite and I am hoping that Michael will get his back soon. He is down 12 pounds. I might be down 2. Like I said, the feeling in my part of the world seems off this week….my intuition watches carefully…or it could be the anxiety of dealing with my husband’s operation and trying to figure out the best way to take care of him. Knowing that I will have to go through this again in February. We will both have to go through this again. And then my online students are waiting until the last minute to submit work which means when I come home, I will have 23 papers waiting online. Classes are getting bigger for me as an online adjunct as they are combining classes to save a few dollars.

Like I said, things are not good but I hope they will get better. We shall see.