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January 10, 2017:

CROSSING THE 100-PAGE MARK

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Well, dear readers, I have crossed the 100-page mark, so that’s pretty good for nine days of writing. I’m having fun with it and I just have to make sure it doesn’t get repetitious – I don’t think it has so far and I will endeavor to see that it doesn’t.

Yesterday was a heavy writing day. I was up at ten after seven hours of sleep, thanks to that damn cricket – you would not believe the loudness. It was somewhere near the front door of the house (outside, of course) so I finally solved the problem by shutting both of the hallway doors. That completely blocked out the sound. It’s been better this evening. It started up a couple of times but I yelled really loud and pounded the kitchen table and it shut right up. I futzed and finessed, making several little changes, adding a few things and getting rid of a few others. I wrote two new pages and then I had to mosey on over to the Bank of Bur to have a lunch meeting.

We went to Tony’s Bella Vista and they were kind enough to make me the spaghetti carbonara, even though it’s not on the lunch menu. It was, as it has been every time I’ve had it, simply the best carbonara in town. They really know how to do it.   There was lots of stimulating conversation, talk of an exciting project for 2018, and I even got some good information for the new book, which will give me some fun details to use.

After that, I picked up no packages and came home. Waiting for me were the Kay Cole booklets for signing. Then I went directly to the computer and began writing. I wrote about six pages really quickly, took a tiny break during which the helper came by with Kay’s CDs – those won’t actually ship until Saturday or Sunday, but they look great and I took the time to load all the track information to Gracenote, so that when you put the CD in your computer the track information will come up. I also got it put up at Amazon. It will be on the download sites at some point in the next few weeks. Then I decided to finish the eleven pages I was hoping to do before it got dark, which I did. Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the new HBO documentary on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which someone was kind enough to give me a copy of. I really enjoyed it. Both are so interesting, and their dynamic is so interesting – it’s funny, touching, and downright odd at times, and there are some wonderful home movies included. I recommend it highly.

Then I went to Staples and got some silver pens for Kay to sign with, since the places to sign on the cover are all black. I came home, finished making the show order, got the event page done, took a hot shower, and wrote an additional page and a half, so I’ll actually be ahead. I have to write the lead in to what I wrote and smooth it out, but I wanted to just get it down on paper in rough form.

Today, I’ll be up by ten, I’ll futz and finesse and write, then Kay will be here at eleven to sign – that will probably take an hour, then I’ll go get something to eat, hopefully pick up some packages, and then I’ll try to finish what I hope will be eleven pages before it gets dark. Then a couple of friends are coming over to watch a motion picture. I have a couple in mind and we’ll decide when they get here. After the movie, I may try and write an additional page or two, depending on the time.

The rest of the week is writing, writing, and more writing, writing the commentary, listening to music, writing, and more writing.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, futz and finesse, write, sit with Kay whilst she signs 100 booklets (I believe they’re all spoken for now), eat, hopefully pick up packages, write, start the commentary, write, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite Eyetalian dishes and what was your all time favorite Eyetalian meal? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have crossed the 100-page mark.

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