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Aug.26.2011
Photo: Boy hiding from Hurricane Earl
    Batten down the hatches!  All hands on deck!     Getting both homes ready for you-know-who.  No room in the garage for our cars, so we're rolling the dice with them in the driveway.  I hope NOT to have pictures to show.  Stay tuned.   Other...
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Aug.19.2011
Mostly moved in to new home.  Great place.  Needs lots of work.  More stuff is in the garage than where it should be in the house.  Lots of work to do--plus I have to totally vacate and clean the other place for the new tenants.  Lots of work, but new space to create....
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Aug.16.2011
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    Well, actually, it's moving and writing, but I've had a few better ideas lately, and I don't feel that all is lost like I have been for awhile.  I've written a short nonfiction piece that I think I'll send out after I move--which is Thursday and Friday.  Yup, two days....
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Aug.15.2011
The good thing to say about this book is that I bought it about a week ago and read the whole thing in about three days.  So it (mostly) moves swiftly, or I read well and swiftly, or both. Otherwise it is very disappointing.  Not a bad read, exactly, especially for these rainy days;...
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Aug.07.2011
Poetic prose.  Very funny.  Tragic.  Humane.  I was reading her first, The Liar's Club, and when I stalled on that, I picked this one up, the third of her trilogy, and I could not put it down.  Very intelligent; very dense.  An interview in the back of the book points out that Karr threw out...
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Jul.27.2011
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I pondered briefly giving this 4 stars, rather than 5, because of how long it took me to get through it.  But then I realized it took so long because of its amazing thoroughness.  Every single thing--every mile of the trip, every nuance of the time, every Native tribe they encountered, every...
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Jul.26.2011
A quick word out there for all writers with genre stories (especially horror, and specific horror) to sell: Key in words "open submissions" into Google and see what you get.  You'll find tons of anthologies looking for stories, which I never in a million years would've guessed. ...
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Jul.23.2011
Been awhile again.  Craziness of a new house purchase hopefully almost over; (possibly long) summary to follow.  Until then, a really short response I gave to someone recently about how we've managed to stay out of debt, afford what we have, not live the rich lifestyle, but still remain happy...
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Jul.13.2011
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Photo: (AP/Ross D. Franklin) Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox, hitting a homer in the 4th inning of the All-Star Game Interesting thing I discovered today.  I'm looking to buy an Adrian Gonzalez (first baseman, Boston Red Sox) autographed picture and I saw two that I liked on two different sites...
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Jul.10.2011
Photo: Ashkelon, re-found Roman statue, standing along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea Always wanted to say something like this.  On a fellow's blog, about patriotism, July 4th, etc., I finally got my chance: "Patriotism" is a huge turnoff to me, and in reality--not to mention...
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Jul.08.2011
          Photo 1: Elmsgrove Cemetery, NH.  Notice the doorknob on the upper left.  And think: What if something were to suddenly peer at you from the hole? Photo 2: Weeping willow, or tree, or fountain design.  Cemetery in the middle of a gravel road in the...
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Jul.07.2011
    Photo 1: A stone with a flying skull design. "Sept. 22, 1745." Photo 2: A crypt with its own gate and descending stairs.  "No, please, after you." Photo 3: A stone with a flying angel head design."Feb. ye 25th, 1785."   All photos taken from the...
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Jul.06.2011
  The writing has not gone well.  Short stories are being rejected (though I only sent out a couple to a few places) and novels are not being written.  I am very confident that I'll write more--and more consistently--once I'm in my own office in the new house.  I always wrote more there--...
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Jul.06.2011
  Photo: Caylee Anthony First of all, for full disclosure: I didn't watch most of the trial, and most of what I have to say has to do with the little I did watch, and what was in the papers.  (I try not to pay attention to the talking heads; I admit that the papers are often not much...
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Jul.05.2011
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Hey, it's been a long time.  Again.  Sorry for the disappearance; buying another house, doing something with mine, professional responsibilities, dealing with agents, lawyers, inspectors...No time at all to blog, or to write anything.  Last night was the first time in a long time that I was able to...
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