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Monday, July 3, 2017

Goodbye / Hello / Oh Boy!

A few bits of news.

I have stepped down (effective in September) from Gay Central Valley's Board of Directors.

More info HERE.

That's the "goodbye"

The "Hello" part is that I will be pursuing a certificate in Copy editing from the University of San Diego Extension to make my editing powers even more awesome and continue to provide great editing services to my clients.

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And now for the Oh Boy part:

The Kiddo has been allowed to skip Transitional Kinder and is moving straight into regular Kindergarten... but because she is both lucky and super smart she won a place in the new Duel Immersion Accelerated Kinder class at a local school.

This means a few things for our family:

Homework! She is going to have a lot of it.
Girl Scouts: Since she will be in Kinder, she gets to join as a Daisy.
Spanish: She will learn at school... I will learn via apps on my phone and google translate.

So lots of changes, lots of opportunities, and hopefully lots of fun in store for us this fall!



Friday, April 7, 2017

Update

In my non-professional world of writing, I have done a few things recently.

First off, I wrote (another) poem about current events... or rather the past events that mirror the current ones.

Also, a vent about the school system where my spawn goes: Racist or Clueless?

And lastly, but of more interet to many, I have been working on getting "Maddie and the Too Many Mommies" ready for release on Kindle through Amazon.

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Oh, and my glacoma infused eye will need surgery but we are gong to put that off for as long as possible.

When it happens, naybe I will finally get around to attemtping to use that "voice to text" software I bought years ago... /shudder/



Monday, March 20, 2017

Art on Display at Gillis Branch Library

Some of my artwork is currently on display over at the Gillis Branch Library.

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I'm very pleased.

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I did find it funny that they hung a few pieces "upside down" but I actually think it might say something about both me as an artist and them as the audience... so I only fixed one.

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Anyway, hope you local people can swing by and enjoy the show while it is up.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

FogCon

I am missing FogCon again this year... but my desire to be there next year complete with things I am proud of and projects I have been working on has been renewed.

So...

/cracks knuckles/

Better get back to work!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Poems

I have written two poems in the last few weeks.

You can find them over here on my blog

My Uncle Phil Has Died -HERE- 

Must be February - HERE-

If I end up writing more I might make a designated page for them. For now, they are short, heart felt, and fresh.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Stutter... stop.... stutter... keep going

I haven't been writing fiction.

I haven't been writing.

There are reasons and they are decent mostly having to do with a very time consuming 4 year old and a very limiting window of time each day where the glaucoma meds aren't either making everything blurry or making me super nauseous.

But

I have been reading.

In short bursts, in little stolen moments.

 ... short stories every now and then.

And I realized that maybe I could write like that too... in tiny little drops of insights or fiction or, well something, so that any talent or skill that I might have once possessed doesn't atrophy and die.

Happy New Year!

Let's see what can happen!


Monday, February 22, 2016

Tipping Point...?

I was recently asked by a friend if I could look over a short story that he wrote and submitted. The story had not been selected and he wanted some general feedback as to why since a lot of places don't bother to tell you. (Understandable, but still frustrating.)

I was honored to be asked as reading someone's work is a pretty big thing and should not be taken lightly.

I enjoyed his story for the most part but I was distracted by spelling errors, word usage errors, and some big grammar no-nos. I told him that I felt that his story read more like a draft instead of something all polished up and ready for a submissions committee. He told me he had actually had an editor look over it.

I told him he needed to demand his money back.

And it got me thinking, again, about perhaps throwing my hat into the ring in terms of editing. I am not an expert... my degree in English was obtained almost 10 years ago (OMG..... a rant for another day), but I could have easily helped this writer know which version of "its/it's" "lets/let's", and "past/passed" to use! I am fairly certain that had his story been the next Great American Short Story... it would not have been published because I doubt that the submission reader kept reading too far past those errors. 

Which is a damn shame as the story was pretty good. 

I'm mulling it over.

Stay tuned.