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I’m part of a small group of bloggers who stay in touch and chat about blogging, writing, or just about anything else that might be of interest. Here’s mine for the week ending Feb. 22, 2020.
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Good day. It’s great to see you.
I’m going to be very short today because I’m anxious to dig into the main item from my to-do list for today – to write. Details below.
First, according to my backyard metrics, spring has arrived. My indisputable indicators are: the awakening of the lizards and the blossoming off our plumb tree. These two are the annual kickoff of warmer and sunnier weather and this week I secured both.
We dropped into last fall with 4 small lizards living behind our brick herb garden and 1 big 10″ long guy in the front yard ivy. As of yesterday, I have sighted 3 of the 4 of the small guys (the last one may just be a teenager sleeping in) and my wife surprised the front yard guy on her way to work 2 days back.
The plum tree is now in full bloom but some sort of curly leaf problem has been troubling it so yesterday, I gave it a good spray over with neem oil which kills a wide spectrum of small nasty things.
I love this stuff. It saved a favorite front yard tree from two rude assaults from black aphid armadas. These things can suck a soft wood tree dry of the sap of life, but any contact with neem oil takes them right out of the gene pool.
Anyway, my two metrics are satisfied and spring has arrived here in southern edge of northern California. The plum tree in particular, is beautiful and I’m hopeful for better harvest of yummy plum later in the season.
Then, an update on my job. Last weekend I noted that my division has been reorged and I’m loosing one of my customers to take on some number of new ones. Well the customer I was supposed to loose complained loudly and we had to rewind that decision. Nice to be wanted – I think, but this does mean that I get to continue working with a lot of people I really enjoy. This next week, I’ll be meeting and talking with my new manager to see how this is going to work. I remain optimistic.
What I’m really excited about is the experimental story I’m working on with a peer. It will be chapter 2 of the the Teancoff Dumbwaiter Mystery.
The reason I’m so jazzed is that today should be almost free of distractions and the latest version my partner in word-craft gave me inspired what I think will be the rest of the plot. I don’t want to say much here, because the work events of the week have prevented me from chatting with my partner about it, but I think it will appeal and be a fun read. Okay, okay. Maybe just a teaser.
Do you recall the basic idea? It’s simple. It merges fictional characters with two (in this case) real characters, me and my (yet to be named) partner, and takes us through a story placed at my fictional tea and coffee cafe, Tamara’s Teancoff Cafe.
Tamara owns the cafe. When she and I discover a hidden, long forgotten dumb waiter in the loft area above the cafe, we run the box compartment down to see if it works and maybe figure out where in the cafe it comes out so she can use it as part of a remodel to add more floor space, but the dumbwaiter doesn’t stop at the ground floor, but keeps going down – a long way down.
So what the heck is down there and how do we find out? I’m too big for dumbwaiter box and Tamara – there is no way she’ll do it because, well, I think she’s just claustrophobic and chicken, but if you tell her I said that – I’ll deny even knowing you. . .
On the other hand, I have a writer friend who has an adventurous spirit who will fit in the box. S/he agrees to put on a head lamp and crawl aboard. You’ll have to check out the story to see what when the [Down] button is pushed. You’ll hear both our voices and enjoy the thoughts and reactions of two writers on a weird adventure.
I was hoping for each chapter to abide by my 2000 word limit for all the previous items in my story collection but I already have way over that for this second chapter, so I doubt it will ever get down to 2000. It’s a different kind of story than my regular project work so I’m not going to fight with this rule much and just focus on making it fun and surprising and good exposure for my partner. Stay tuned and wish me luck for today. I hope to have it ready for you very soon.
I hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think.
Thanks for your visit. I’ll be by to check out your coffee share shortly – if you have one.