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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Today I'm just rambling, thinking about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good 

A good book...  I blew off my entire day's do-list yesterday and read ONE WAS A SOLDIER by Julia Spencer-Fleming.  Wasn't planning to do that - the story was just too good to put down.  Thank you, Julia.

My local writers' group meeting last night...  I got some really useful feedback on a scene from my WIP and got to read some good stuff from the other writers. 

The Bad

My do-list...  How have I gotten so far behind?  I owe critques to my crit group, need to read submissions for the Small Tales project, my e-mail inbox runneth over, my folder of blogs I want to go back and read is bursting at the seams, I have homework to do in two online classes, and my WIP is filing charges for abandonment. (Not to mention I'm writing my Wednesday morning blog post at 3:00 on Wednesday afternoon.)

My local writers' group meeting last night...  We had a couple newer members who didn't quite grasp the concept of constructive criticism and one new writer whose work was so riddled with errors  (although the premise was intriguing) it was almost painful to read, and who explained she never worries about grammar and such, she'll let her editor take care of all that. 

The Ugly

Watching someone you love getting old...  I took my dear Brandi to the park across the street this morning.  It used to be a challenge to keep her home. She was a talented escape artist who loved to get free and run for miles.  Now I don't even need her leash.  She totters a short way, sniffing here and peeing there, then tires and turns for home. 

The start of the baseball season...  My beloved Red Sox stumbled coming out of the gate this year and look like that old lady from the TV commercial, "Help. I've fallen and I can't get up."

Anything good, bad, or ugly going on in your world ?

I'm currently enjoying: Just finished One Was a Soldier by Julie Spencer-Fleming

Groaner of the day: Don't join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects!


Stacy McKitrick said...

The good - Last night's group meeting helped me figure out how to actually START my story. YAY!

The bad - Too much work today has given me a headache. Can't wait to get home.

The ugly - My kitchen floor????

Gregg said...

Good - Sweet fellowship of the saints tonight and men's discipleship tomorrow.

Bad - Still looking for a job

Ugly - found out a friend I have lost contact with over the last 22 years, wife left him a few years ago. Was sorry to hear that.

Our Seattle Mariners had their worst opening day in 35 years.

Sounds like you enjoyed your book, need to do that every now and then. I think I will plan a hookey day where I will do nothing but read!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

My to do list is 'bad' too and the upcoming weekend might cause a crash and burn.
How did you not laugh when the new writer said she'd let her editor worry about grammar?
Feel for you about your puppy. I lost my beloved dogging last year at age 14 and my cat is 15. Sad days.
Reading a good book sounds like a good idea. Good for you.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Stacy - I'm glad you got a positive from last night's meeting

Linda Leszczuk said...

Gregg - and your Mariner's still have a better starting record than my BoSox

Linda Leszczuk said...

Susan - We're both singing the do-list blues. Re. the writer last night, I did laugh, but after the meeting.

My condolences on losing you furry family members. My old girl is 15 so I know that day is coming.

Liz Fichera said...

The Good: I started UNBROKEN yesterday and have been unable to put it down.

The Bad: Because of the Good, my WIP suffers.

The Ugly: I could really use a housekeeper (someone besides me)

Maria Zannini said...

I've been so busy outside, I've not had a minute to write, read, or rest. Occasionally I get some sleep.

As you can see, even blog hopping (and blog writing) has suffered.

The good: It can't last forever.

GigglesandGuns said...

Your writers group sounds anything but boring. :)
It's hard to watch when a friend can't do what they used to love. Take care.