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January 29, 2018:

PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY

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Well, dear readers, it was certainly a pleasant Valley Sunday, all things considered. The good thing about pleasant Valley Sundays is that the irritants have a day of rest, so I was sans irritants, a very good thing. In order to be completely sans irritants, however, please do send the strongest most excellent vibes and Xylophones for the final miraculous miracle, which we desperately need in the next day or two or the merde will continue to hit the fan.

I got about seven hours of sleep, got up, answered e-mails and then moseyed on over next door to check out the Geissman Garage Sale. They were really giving stuff away. A dresser for five bucks, a crockpot for two bucks, a whole silverware set for five bucks. I brought some clothes over there, stuff I don’t need anymore. Whether they sold or not I have no idea, but they’ll go to the Goodwill if not. After that I came back to the house, did a little proofing, then had intended to make Wacky Noodles, only to discover I’d forgotten to buy sour cream. So I made about six ounces of penne pasta with butter, onions, and cheese. It was very good.

Then I proofed some more, quite a few pages. I made a little trip to K’s Donuts and got the Geissman clan some goodies and myself one chocolate peanut butter thing. I delivered the goodies. I’ve begun my campaign to get Grant to do my book while he’s doing his. I’m hoping he will and he wasn’t so adamant about waiting as he has been. I would really love to get it done in the next three or four weeks – it will take that long to get everything proofed, and by that time I hope he’s further along on his project so that he can take the few hours and do the new book.

I came home again, proofed more, and then called Muse Margaret. I ran the stuff I had questions about by her and she said yay or nay to proposed small adjustments. In the end, I’m cutting a paragraph here, adding a sentence there, and like that. After that, the new helper came by as did Leslie Young, who wanted to pick up a Levi CD. Then I finally sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on the Flix of Net entitled Acts of Vengeance, a movie from last year starring Antonio Banderas. It was quite bad – horrid direction, very hard to understand Mr. Banderas, and a script that one can only imagine its writer cobbled together from every Screenwriting 101 cliché in the book. It was amusing after awhile. It was mercifully short, so that was a plus.

After that, I proofed the rest of part one. I also saw some cover ideas, none of which were quite right. We went through this on Thrill Ride – the first batch were just slightly off and taking me in the wrong direction in terms of feel. The second batch for Thrill Ride was all on the right track and had the one I chose, with no changes at all, so I’m hoping that’s what will happen here. I gave a couple of image suggestions, but I’d rather be surprised by something completely surprising. I took a hot shower and that was my pleasant Valley Sunday.

Today, I will begin proofing the second half of the book. I’ll eat, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, I’ll have some telephonic calls, I’ll proof, and I’ll relax.

The rest of the week is finishing casting the Kritzerland show – it looks like we’ve secured another male cast member, new to us, but someone I worked with in TV in the early 1970s and someone I’m really happy to have with us – it was a complete surprise, but I’m just waiting for final confirmation. There are a couple of conflicts, but since they’ll be songs this person knows it will all be fine. Otherwise it’s meetings and meals of all sorts, plus finishing proofing the book and getting all the changes entered, which I’ve already begun doing.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, proof, cast, eat, hopefully pick up packages, proof, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What is your favorite choral music. It’s a genre I haven’t ever really explored and I should. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a pleasant Valley Sunday.

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