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Good day and welcome. We have a gray day here in Sonoma County. It rained hard last night, but we’re unlikely to get much today. Tomorrow, I hear will be a different story, more like last night but all day. It’s alright though because we really need the water.
In the mean time, we get to stay in our coats and sweaters and scarves for most of the day – which I enjoy. But let’s settle in and catch up.
One quick item. Our Global Coffee Share Zoom meeting is still alive, but I’ve decided to let Christmas pass as everyone I know is trying hard to make Christmas work despite covid-19 restrictions. I just don’t see us doing an extra Zoom call during the holidays without loosing folks to higher priority friends and family stuff. So participants; look for my ping in on this in early January.
My expansion of my fictional story, “Ayem Notthymn: Second Door”, is coming along, but the word count has crept up to close to 10K. I know – I know – don’t worry- but I do – almost by instinct.
I’m not ready for the edit pass where I throw away all but the most germane lines and paragraphs so even with more to write, so I’m hoping to stay below 10K, because by my estimate, a story this length will take most readers (@ 200 words / minute) about 50 minutes to complete. I would think twice about settling down to read a blog story that will take close to an hour. Plus, having a story size limit helps me write tight and not ramble or fall into the habit of putting useless words into my sentences. It’s passive. It’s wasteful and it’s boring. I should not publish such stuff to anyone. I want what I write to be interesting, entertaining and as high of quality that I can make it so that you never feel like reading one of my pieces was a waste of precious time.
Next, I wanted to put an invitation out there. I’m close enough to finishing that I’d like to know if you would be interested in being one of my alpha or beta readers? I’m going to do both waves this round and would like to have some folks who do not know me well to be willing to give it a read and review.
Work has been strange and I’m trying to decide if it frustrating or what. It would not be proper to go into details, but there is some kind of static going on in the background that feels like needless tension of some kind.
I come back to this point often but our family remains healthy and frustrated by all things related to covid-19, but we’re healthy. After that, I have a hard time getting upset about anything and instead am just thankful. I know everyone can’t say the same, but I pray that you and yours are safe and healthy and happy.
One blogging thing I’m pleased about is that; even without publishing much in the way of new stories, my collection is seeing a small by steady stream of visitors. It would seem that these old stories have some life left in them and I’m thrilled to be sharing them.
If you are among my followers, thank you for doing so and I hope you will look forward to hearing from me more often in 2021 with more compelling fiction.
If you are part of the weekend coffee share group, I’ll be by your venue shortly. Talk to you soon.