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followers fall
like rain dripping
from my coat
and blown free
new steps on their
exciting journeys
I’m thankful they
left their blessings
farewell friends
sweet times

I ordered a tall statue of Sekhmet for a home shrine over the weekend.

The good news is that she arrived today, four days earlier than expected.

The bad news is that she was broken in transit and made her 1600 mile journey in vain. 😒

I guess one attempts to display a statue of a war goddess at one's peril.

I love . I just wish it wasn’t in June! If I were 40 years younger I’d join our wonderful local PrideFest. But nowadays I’m sure our high altitude summer sun would sap all my energy and cinderize me! πŸ₯΅

I've just spent the last two weeks reading "Red Land, Black Land" by Dr. Barbara Mertz. It's a very engaging and human look at , unlike either the dry-as-the-desert-sands approach you get in more academic books or the crazy fantasies of popular literature. She shows there's far more to it than and . She brings to life the world of 2000-5000 years ago with her honesty, warmth and wit. Do not read unless you are prepared to fall under her compelling spell!

I’m really glad I watched all of the TV series this weekend! It’s like a deliciously quirky and irreverent cross between a good old British farce and a high-budget version of Doctor Who. I really felt any amateurishness or bad acting was all part of the fun of being quintessentially English. Sheen is adorable and Tennant, looking like Thalia Took’s Loki, can be my personal Apocalypse any day! Gotta see.

On-line course notes: β€œYou don’t have to buy your tutor’s book, even though we recommend it. All the answers to weekly exam questions are in our course videos.”

25% of exam questions: β€œTell us this thing that’s not in the course videos.”

Me, exasperated: *does extra hours of personal research to get full marks just to spite them*

I'm so happy!
But I'm so sad!

I'm happy I finished my novel. Well, first draft anyway. 60,595 words in April.

But I'm so sad to leave all these characters behind, and their vineyard and home in the northern RhΓ΄ne valley, and their university at Montpellier. They feel like really close friends.

But I suppose I've left enough hooks for a third book in the series, so maybe we'll meet again.

I’ve only ever had a very hazy notion of how my novel would finish. Even after 53,327 words! Part of the joy of being a β€œpantser” are the surprises you get as you go along. Your journey is the reader’s journey!

But as of last night (in the dark, in bed, scratching on a notepad I can’t see with a pencil I can only feel), I know for the first time how I can get to that finish. And I think I might be able to do it before the end of camp on April 30th.

I’m excited!! 🀩

Camp NaNoWriMo target reached! 

Camp NaNoWriMo progress 

Camp NaNoWriMo progress 

Camp NaNoWriMo progress 

Camp NaNoWriMo progress 

Camp NaNoWriMo 

Why not be crazy?
Why not go completely mad?

I could 'just' write another 50,000 word novel for But oh no, that would be too easy. πŸ™„ So I'm going to finish copy-editing a non-fiction book for a friend. As well.

Good news: I've already copy-edited 58 of its 192 pages.

Bad news: I've done zero prep for my new novel. But I hadn't at this stage for last either, and I made it in 23 days. So no real change there. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Anyone doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year?

And yes it really is nearly April! 😲

I may write a sequel to the novel I wrote last November.


there is something deeply silly
in putting words on a page
watching the ink dry
and thinking maybe
you'll read them
one day when
the mood
my words
feed mites
and seeds and
growing things
on some distant heap
harangued by seagulls
till all the trucks are gone
and only spectral lights remain


Time spent doing what you love is not time wasted.
Time spent with people you enjoy and who enjoy you is not time wasted.
Time spent in introspection and recovery is not time wasted.
Time spent thinking about your passions is not time wasted.
Time spent wondering and dreaming is not time wasted.

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