Smoking? Umm, let's avoid that topic. I hate it. I'm very cranky. I'm also sick of Tootsie Pops.
Migrant garden: I think my cucumbers are done. I see no recovery, my two actual cukes look sicker and sicker. My strawberries are kinda trying to produce though they put out some gross looking berries. I'm hoping this next batch about to sprout will fare better. Tomatoes are doing okay, pepper plant is improving and has lots of buds, and the bean are making a concerted effort to live, still.
Writing: I need my butt kicked to work on Janie. I was lazy today even though I was supposed to be writing. I got distracted by pizza. But I pulled out a chapter tonight, so there was a smidge of redemption. I want to get cracking more though, so if you're looking for a writing session, bully me into it. I think the query status for Drew remains the same. One requested full sent out this week, two full submissions that haven't gotten a rejection, and a couple partials that haven't been rejected yet. I get random rejections. One came in today that was very apologetic and seemed to insist that it was due to her tiny allotment for commercial fiction. A couple rejections were positive, if that can be a word that fits rejection. They took the time to say it was NOT due to my manuscript, and more because of their genre focus at this time. One rejection stated I have bad character development, lol. I guess I'm handicapping myself because Drew isn't perfectly likable at first. I suppose my true question is what the heck are you supposed to accomplish in the first few pages in terms of character? I thought development takes place over the course of the book, not brought to fruition by page ten. Oh well. Beyond the occasionally arrgh, I'm still cool with the rejection. What can you do, right? Gotta focus on Janie and get her in order. Maybe later on I'll look at Drew and see if some distance gives me fresh perspective.
Trying to figure out how to handle the SCWW conference. Clearly, I am still in money saving mode, though some comfort shopping would rock right about now. I'd signed up for the basic package, but decided to add on the Friday intensive courses. They look pretty edumacational. I was happy to see today that they've extended the first chapter contest submission deadline to the end of the month. It suits my laziness. One of the judges rejected me already, though. How the heck do you win a contest with that handicap?
I signed up for an online conference. It was linked through one of my organizations, so I'm hoping maybe it will have something useful in it. Hey, it's free. Why pass on that?
Went to my sister's cookout this weekend. Hung with grand-nieces J and C. J is less aloof towards me, so we actually conversed for a change. Must be getting past the shy phase. C is a trip. Tiny little chubster. Insisted (by pointing) that we walk the outer perimeter of the fence, and she shook each section of fencing as we passed. I think she was searching for a weak spot she could use later for escape. Played badminton. It was horrific. I suck at it so bad. I'm blind as a bat and have zero depth perception so basically the birdie looks like a moving blur of imminent pain. Or humiliation.
I was looking into trying to sell pics. Anyone ever use Etsy? I'm not sure if photos are truly allowed but its clear people are trying to sell them there, but I can't tell if it's worth the effort. See, I'm totally amateur and I know I have technique errors. But maybe some random auction shoppers would still buy. I hate ebay. I can't figure that out at all. Maybe I should smack them on some tote bags. Wanna buy fifty tote bags to fund my dreams?
Hmm. It's two a.m. and someone is shooting off fireworks. Not classy.
You know what? I think I actually had a reason to post, but I've totally lost my point.
So umm, what are you up to? Anything fun happening?