Friday, July 29, 2005
Cloudy and mild
My father died on this day in 1972. It’s always affected me strongly, and in different ways. Grief mutates over the years. You don’t get over it; you learn to live with it.
I didn’t get as much creative work done yesterday as I would have liked. I did get out five query letters – which should have gone out months ago, but hey, they’re out now. I’m out of large envelopes, so I have to get some this weekend and get some manuscripts out next week. That will catch me up on the submissions for one project, and then I can start working on the lagging submissions for a couple of others. Even though little is read during August, I’m going to get it out and it can sit in the pile under the readers return in September.
I worked on web pages for the DE site. Day before yesterday, I was slow, but got there. Yesterday, I was slow and didn’t get there. It was frustrating. I thought I followed all the steps as written down – I can’t access the files the simple way one is supposed to – I have to get in round the back way. And they’re not saving properly. I’ve missed a step somewhere that I did the previous day, only I can’t figure out what it is.
Also, by then, I was very, very, very tired.
Today, I have massive pain in the tendons of my right forearm. I’m going to ice it and arnica it and wrap it – can’t lose the day.
Hockey-wise, I’m in good shape for the draft article – just have to watch the web cast of the draft – it’s not like I can count on ESPN for anything. But I’ve done my research and gotten up to speed on many of the possible draftees, and picked my handful to watch over the next few years.
It’s interesting but sad that some of the young up-and-comers talked about last year for this year’s draft have vanished.
I want to cheer on all of them, but it’s just not possible. So I pick a handful to keep an eye on and hope they all achieve their dreams.
I need to get a few letters out, do some research and do a lot of writing today.
I spent a lot of time promoting the journal projects last night. I also surfed via Blog Explosion to catch up on new blogs – I like to see what other people are writing about. Some of them were great. But, in an hour, 17 of them have been added to my “Do not show again” list – because they are frothing-at-the-mouth, right-wing maniacs doing “God’s Work” by encouraging intolerance towards anyone not as nuts as they are. They swear they’re walking with Jesus – haven’t they noticed Jesus is running as fast as He can to get away from them? I’m so tired of poor Jesus being blasphemed by people who commit atrocity in His name. And in any other deity’s name.
Tommy Gavin, the protagonist of Rescue Me, hallucinates Jesus in the new episodes, and I think he’s getting a lot of it right.
I’ve got to do some tidying up around here today. Getting to my desk is like mountain climbing at this point.
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