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Dang Rain!

It's been raining on and off for two weeks, interrupting the plan to finish painting the front porch (which had prior interruptions too). I guess life is just like that. So I had great hopes for this weekend, for the weathermen promised sun. Or at least no worse than cloudiness.

Despite no rain on Saturday, the wood was still too wet to paint that afternoon, so that plan went out the window. Watching Dr. Who, seeing an episode I missed and, of course, the season finale were therefore probably the high points of my Saturday. I also did some dishes, mopping, laundry, and other stuff My Angel hasn't been well enough to get to.

Sunday, I was able to get some of the painting done, but not all--half of the steps got the touch-ups they needed, and the edges of the porch got done (despite the poke-y bushes). Had a good dinner with a friend and then returned home to pay bills. *ugh* I really like to see money coming in more than money going out! But at least, it's not so bad as paying bills while unemployed was.

In writing news, a story that was held for quite some time was finally rejected from the anthology that was holding it, however, with a "you're welcome to resubmit it to the next issue if you haven't placed it elsewhere" note.

So, right now, life is in the "got a lot done but don't feel like I have much to show for it" phase, which is better than the "didn't get much done" stage. Eventually, the results will pile up, and the molehill will start to look like a mountain, right?



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Oct. 3rd, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
A resubmit for the next issue is pretty nice--and certainly better than endless rain.

Oct. 4th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
It is nice, and is a huge step up from my first response from that editor, which was a quick form rejection. It's a once-a-year anthology, so I'll submit it elsewhere in the meantime.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
I FINALLY got the pictures hung in the guest bedroom, and the ones in the great room up into the "gallery" upstairs. Only about nine months that I've been trying to get to this. AND, I rearranged the food pantry, because after a summer of all these kids rifling through it, nothing made sense anymore!
Oct. 4th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
If only we could chat with friends when both of us are working on stuff like that! The worst part of doing housework is that it's DULL. (It also interferes with writing, of course.)
Oct. 4th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Of course!
Oct. 4th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
Is this perchance the story about the half-kitsune? I am curious as to its whereabouts.
Oct. 4th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
It is not. That one keeps getting rejections. I am currently trying to decide where to send it next.
Oct. 4th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you have been making headway, and "headway" must not be disdained--especially when the very Elements conspire against your painting efforts! Apparently the editor had a difficult time getting to this Wrong Decision of returning your story, and making an editor ponder that long and hard is a bit of a win.

I've been prepping for this weekend's garage sale, so little else gets accomplished. But I have boxes of "STUFF" cleaned, priced, and ready to get hauled out and fetchingly displayed. "Headway", you know. ;~}
Oct. 4th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
While I do wish the editor had chosen otherwise, I can only appreciate your faith in me that it may have been a wrong decision. It's certainly a disappointing decision for me!

And yes, having editors hold stories for final consideration is on the "win" side, because knowing that I've been noticed and am not in that undifferentiated slush pile of quick and easy rejections counts. But you know, it's kind of like being consigned to limbo--it is certainly better than Hell, but most certainly isn't Heaven either!

Good for you regarding the rummage sale! Those are so much work; when I've cleared stuff out, I usually end up taking it to a thrift store and donating it because I'm _tired_ and I don't want to see it again even to sell it! (Besides, the times I've tried rummage sales, I've mostly spent two days outside with only pocket change (or nothing at all) to show for it. It's too much work for no fun and no profit.) But good luck with yours!
Oct. 4th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your good wishes on my sale. I'm getting a bit aggressive in advertising my sales nowadays, and I think it's making a bit of a difference. Also, this time I've coordinated a few neighbors along our block on both sides of the alley to also hold one this weekend so I'm calling it an "Alley/Block Sale".
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