Thursday, June 08, 2006

On Mermaids and Windows


After a week of distractions too numerous to mention, I was finally planning to start today on the second hundred pages of my historical mystery, WHY MERMAIDS SING. I’m already a week behind on my month’s quota, but I just reread the last hundred pages and decided, Hey, that’s not so bad after all. I was ready to charge forward...and then I got a call telling me our new windows were being installed today. Love that advance notice.

They were supposed to be here at 9:00. They showed up at 11:00. I spent the intervening hours sorting through boxes of books, putting some back on the bookcases that are ready, so the time wasn’t entirely lost.

Taking out old windows—even broken, twisted ones—makes a lot of noise. And quite a mess, too. So far today I have typed, CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE.

It’s a conspiracy.

What I’m reading… Just started a new thriller, but I’m enjoying it. His writing style has a lovely old-fashioned feel to it, as opposed to the breakneck, TV-inspired pacing that has become all too common and which I personally find rather dissatisfying.

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