Posted by on Mar 31, 2006 in Journal

Rochester, NY 1:23 PM It’s nice to sit here and work with the windows open. First time this year. 70 degrees even. The birds are chirping and the waves are lapping. A truck beeps to let us know it is backing up. Spring has made its way North and I am glad to have it. My goal of being done by April 1 is looking good. Finish this chapter and then an Appendix, then good to go. It will be a bittersweet weekend victory. I should be on my way to Charlotte right now. Enjoy the weekend. Final Four time.

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Posted by on Mar 29, 2006 in Journal

Canandaigua, NY 10:22 PM Today I felt like a writer. In a rectangle, there we all were, close to 20 of us, focused in on the front of the room. On Alison, the author from Rochester who now lives in Brooklyn who now has a book on the shelf. The writer’s for the roundtable varied in ages, but I was near the youngest and the majority were my parents age and older. Alison, in her mid 30′s, with her short blonde hair and genuine smile, was in front, with her father. She fielded questions from us about her writing and writing in general. Each answer was off the cuff, but very well...

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Name all the Animals

Posted by on Mar 28, 2006 in Journal

Canandaigua, NY 5:22 PM I just received a phone call that a space at a writers roundtable opened up for me. Earlier today they said it was full. Tomorrow a local author who has hit it big will be back in town for the weekend doing readings and book signings. Alison Smith and her book, Name all the Animals, was rated in the top 10 for books in 2004 by People Magazine. She is from Rochester and went to high school right down the street from me. A lot of big time magazines have reviewed her and I’ll be sitting at the table tomorrow afternoon. I am not sure if I even qualify for this...

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2006 in Journal

Rochester, NY 1:11 PM I just came back inside from my first walk on the beach of 2006. Over the course of the past few months I’d replaced the sounds, the smells, and the sights of the beach with other thoughts. Well, they’re back. Hearing the waves lap up on to the shore and watching the seagulls sitting in what has to be frigid water brings me back. Hearing the gulls call out in their annoying shrill, maybe saying, “This sucks. This ice water is killing me.” The wind rustled on the trees that still don’t have their leaves. A what seemed to be a little kid played on...

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Book Stuff

Posted by on Mar 24, 2006 in Journal

Rochester, NY 12:25 PM I have been a writing machine this week. Part One of the book is much improved and ready to go back to my editor friends. I should have Part Three ready for eyes other than mine before my weekend begins tonight. Part Two is just about ready. Wow, I guess this means my book is almost there. It is almost ready to be shared. Oh yeah, I guess I should talk about the book. I haven’t really delved into it much. Part One goes into detail about my life in Charlotte, my job in Charlotte, and what led up to me ultimately resigning from the perfect job to embark on the...

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