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dernwyn
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Jul 10, 4:05pm


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*gets keys, unlocks door* It's Friday - and time for Fiesta!

Welcome, all and sundry, to Fiesta Friday! Our esteemed barmistress, Altaira, is tending to business duties, so I shall be your hostess today.

I've got the blenders plugged in and ready, and plenty of fruits, juices, and yogurt to make smoothies! What would you like in yours?

And who else is having this heat and humidity? Although here in the Northeast U.S., it's going to get stormy later on, as a tropical depression glides through. NZ and Aussie folks, are you keeping warm?

So tell us: what have you been up to this week, and what are your plans for the weekend?

*puts quarters on juke box* How about playing us something "cool"! Cool


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Jul 10, 4:46pm


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I'm on time for once!

Hi, everyone! I'm on time for Fiesta for once! Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July last week whether it was a day of celebration or just another Saturday. Smile Ours was good even though half the neighborhood fired off illegal fireworks. Thankfully the beagle and the lab mix pup weren't too bothered other than a little barking at the closest booms.

Yep, we've got the heat and humidity here. *sweats*

Looks like I haven't posted since March, just before quarantine started in my area, though I did log on and read posts. Quarantine didn't change my life that much since my family doesn't go out much anyway. It did take away church and Sunday school, though, which was sad because I miss my 1st graders like crazy. However, our state's reopening has been going well, so our church is going to try to get an outdoor version of Sunday school started back on the 19th of this month, which I'm really looking forward to.

In family news, last time I posted, Grammy had just gone to the hospital for a UTI. She got treated for that, was in a care facility for much of the first part of quarantine (because the facility got locked down) but then she finally got to go home early last month. She was so extremely happy to be home for her 98th birthday. Unfortunately, less than a week later she had the second stroke of her life and had to stay in the hospital for a couple days. My uncle, who is in poor physical shape, rode with her to the hospital, and while there, tripped in a hallway, didn't catch himself, and got knocked unconscious when he hit the ground. He got a black eye and also spent a day as a patient there, but then got to go home and has been okay since. Grammy is also back home now, but the stroke caused her to be weak on her right side and gave her "Sundowner's Syndrome" where the elderly get more confused and agitated at night. My aunt is doing the best she can to care for Grammy with assistance from OT and PT, but it's not the best situation in the world. My parents and I haven't been able to travel to where they live since 2009 because of my dad's health issues, so there's nothing we can do to help but give advice and be emotional support. Unsure

In much more positive news, quarantine forced a speculative fiction writer's convention that I've never been able to go to in person to have the con online this year, soooo NOW I GET TO "GO" TO IT!!! SQUEEEEEEE!!! Laugh It's Thursday through Saturday next week and I can't waaaaaaait!!!! They also have a membership program where you get access to exclusive learning content and critique groups, so I joined that as well and have been sorted into a group. This will truly be a blessing because I finished writing my massive portal fantasy in April, am now working intensively to edit it (which is going quite well) and had no idea how I was going to get beta readers/critiques for something this long via asking around on my social medias.

In more writing news, I have a flash fiction out on submission to online magazines right now. 5 rejections so far, HOWEVER, one of those was a "good" rejection. The editor of Fantasy & Science Fiction, C.C. Finlay explained in a blog post of his that he has a three different form rejections he gives out, and each one means something different. I got the rejection from him that means he thought it was a really good story, it just didn't quite win him over, and I should keep sending it out because it may likely get accepted somewhere. *happy flailing* So, I've been continuing to try. Smile

In crafting news, I announced on my EruvandiCrafts Etsy shop newsletter and Instagram that the collection I'm working on is Wizard of Oz themed, will have 3 baby blankets, 2 fingerless gloves, 2 scarves, and 2 necklaces, and I'm hoping to launch it in October. This collection is so fun to design and make, and while I'm learning while I go and probably haven't had the best timing with my various announcements Tongue I'm still so excited to share it with everyone!


Well, that's all the news I have for now. I'll try to check back in before another 4 months pass.Tongue

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman


dernwyn
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Jul 10, 5:19pm


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You've had a lot going on!

I'm sorry to hear your Grammy is having troubles, but at 98 years old - wow! And your poor uncle! I know how much you and your family want to be with them!

An online fiction writers' convention? Wonderful! And keep sending the story out, I do like the sound of that "good" rejection letter, that's great encouragement.

Aw, a Wizard of Oz theme! Do you craft a variety of the characters on each item? Best of luck with it! Smile


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Jul 10, 6:53pm


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Yeah, all things considered, she's doing pretty well for a 98 year old. :)

I'm honestly hoping this year will convince the various cons to have an online option every year, because in reality, so many writers can't travel for a variety of reasons, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to benefit from the community and learning of a con, not to mention exclusive pitching and mentor appointment opportunities, etc. The people running this one even said that for as many people as they lost when they shifted to doing it on line, the got just as many brand new people (including me!) signing up. Fingers crossed!

It really was! Especially coming from such a prominent editor as Finlay. I wish more people in the industry, editors and agents, would do something like that because it's such a simple system that doesn't take him extra time, but is so informative for the writer.

I'm focusing on one character or element from the story for each individual item for this one. Smile Like, (spoiler alert) one of the blankets has Toto on it, the two necklaces are based on two separate characters, etc, etc. With the yarn items it's easier to put images on them, but with the jewelry, I'm having to base the design more on the aesthetic of the character.

I would have loved to do one item for every major character/story element, but decided that would be a bit much for my very first full collection. Plus, a handmade business coach I follow who really knows what's she's doing recommended 9-10 items per collection to keep them from getting overwhelming, so someday there may be a Wizard of Oz part 2 collection so I can make designs for the other characters! Wink

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They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman


Annael
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Jul 10, 7:35pm


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I'll have a blended margarita please!

an alcoholic Slurpee, in other words.

We in the PNW are having a cool summer so far . . . that is, we are having exactly the kind of summer I grew up knowing, where any day over 70 F is a "hot" day. We might hit 75 today, but it's supposed to rain again tomorrow. We are not complaining. The 90- and 100-degree weather we got the last few summers was no fun. Also, cooler temps = lower fire risk.

Been working on my historical novel. It's taking a lot of research, since I (foolishly?) have chosen to write about real people living in a real place during real events. It occurred to me the other night that it would have been easier to write a complete work of fiction "inspired by" these people & events instead of imagining how the real people behaved in the situation. But I think I'm too far along to change gears that drastically.

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dernwyn
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Jul 10, 8:15pm


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*gets out tequila*

What's that saying, about being careful when one puts a foot outside their door and starts walking on a path - you can never tell where you'll be going! Wink

You've got quite a bit of work ahead of you, and no mistake, but I hope you're finding some wonderful surprises along the way, and that all the pieces will eventually fall into place to your satisfaction. Cool What an adventure writing is!

Do you have any more retreats planned?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


cats16
Valinor


Jul 10, 9:03pm


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*swoops in*

Hiya, dernwyn! I saw you have a storm rolling through--hope it's just wet this weekend and nothing worse.

Still loading up on the R&R here now that I'm temporarily not working. The first week was a true staycation, and now I've been slowly trying to build up to a routine in which I find some productivity along the way with writing and reading. It's too bad the world isn't traversable now--I'd be jet-setting if I could! It feels really nice to have much of the stress/anxiety out of my body. I was going through my camera roll and accidentally clicked on a screenshot of a nasty text my boss had sent me weeks ago--instantly I felt that nasty, gross feeling of anxiety that makes you ill on the spot. Oof! Keeping the screenshot for posterity, but will be more careful as to not look at it. Angelic

I briefly considered renting a car and finding a cabin or something similar in the middle of nowhere, say, in Montana. But I've decided for me personally the world is simply not in a place where that's safe (for me, or for folks in MT). I still hope to go on a couple of day trips upstate into the national forests for some nice, long hikes away from the city.

LA was absolutely chaotic on the 4th of July. Streets were strewn with folks setting off illegal fireworks, which went on like a bombardment well into the night. On the 5th, we were told that the city's air quality was the worst in the *entire world* that day. The air was hazardous. Better now, thankfully!

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

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Starling
Half-elven


Jul 10, 9:34pm


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'Tis a bit chilly here this morning

We are half way through school holidays. It's nice to slow down after what we are all referring to as the '22 week term'.
If Midgey will come out from under the blankets we will head to the park for a nice bracing walk.





Kimi
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Jul 10, 9:49pm


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Greetings, all!

Definitely chilly here, with a touch of frost some days. I've just been hanging out the washing, and my fingers are red and grumbling over getting so cold! But it's a lovely, bright morning, Mr Kimi has made a cake for our morning tea, and I have a loaf of sourdough ready to go in the oven, so all is well.

Following our new policy of going for a nice, long walk every week if we get a fine winter's day, yesterday we went to another of the regional parks and had a delightful 10km hike. Lots of lovely views, and a bonus of a daytime owl sighting. Crisp sunshine, but as we drove away the rain clouds arrived, so our timing could not have been better.

Some photos (including the effect of light on the water I'm so fond of) starting here.

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend.


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Ataahua
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Jul 10, 9:58pm


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Yeah, I don't do 'minus' temps.

I'm not even that fond of single-digit temps. Although the results are pretty.



(The Lonely Mountain in his winter robe.)

Good luck with getting Midgey moving! I think he's got the right idea - stay under cover until the cold goes away! Angelic

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Ataahua
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Jul 10, 10:05pm


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I've been there.


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accidentally clicked on a screenshot of a nasty text my boss had sent me weeks ago--instantly I felt that nasty, gross feeling of anxiety that makes you ill on the spot.


My manager liked sending me emails blaming me for something that had surprised her, without her first checking what the actual situation was. Whenever a new email popped up from her, I knew I was going to have a terrible day.

These people aren't leaders and shouldn't be in charge of other people. You're well shot of your awful boss, cats. There are good managers out there - people who focus on their staff members' strengths and build them up to grow as professionals - and you deserve having that kind of leadership in your work life. Don't settle for less.

Be sure to take photos on your hike! I'd love to see what kind of forests you have near LA. Smile

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


Otaku-sempai
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Jul 11, 12:32am


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It's a day for iced coffee here.

Hot and muggy in Western New York. We seem to have a break on the way though!

#FidelityToTolkien


dernwyn
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Jul 11, 1:46am


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That must have been

a real "winner" of a text message! Now I'm wondering how you ever managed to hang on that long without going insane. Enjoy your respite - you deserve it!

*blends blueberry, banana and avocado smoothie* And glad you're letting yourself heal. Walks and hikes are the best, and you can breathe deeply - which apparently no one should have been doing in LA! The air on the 5th must have been saturated with firework smoke!

We've gotten a bit of rain and wind, but it looks like the storm is heading north from NYC, soaking everything west of itself. Hopefully it'll take some of this humidity with it!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Jul 11, 1:48am


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Just a tad chilly.

I hope you have a nice warm doggie-coat for Midgey, and some paw booties! Any snow on the ground?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Starling
Half-elven


Jul 11, 1:48am


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Maunga looking gorgeous!

On the teacher facebook page, someone has requested photos of Mt Taranaki from different vantage points, so she can utilise them next term with her class. There is a long thread of stunning images people have shared. Beautiful from every angle.

By the time we got to the park it was a very balmy 6 degrees. We had a lovely, if muddy, walk.




dernwyn
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Jul 11, 1:50am


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Gorgeous!

There's something about a dusting of snow that adds to the magnificence of a mountain!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Starling
Half-elven


Jul 11, 1:53am


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Snow is a rare event here on the flat

There was a light dusting on the hills nearby during the latest cold snap.So no doggie jacket or boots required this morning.




dernwyn
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Jul 11, 2:04am


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Your timing was perfect

Is that the rain rolling in from over the sea, in that one picture? And how did you get the owl to pose so nicely for you? (How did you ever manage to notice him!)

Your hanging out the wash in the cold reminds me of the title of one of the regular stories written by our town's late historian: "Don't Break the Overalls", referring to frozen-solid clothes! The winters used to be colder, and stayed cold longer, here.

A cake for tea, and sourdough in the oven, mmm! Enjoy!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Jul 11, 2:10am


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*blends ice, coffee*

Any sugar or milk needed in that? I brew up three cups of hot coffee on Saturday mornings, have a cup with breakfast, then let the rest cool down and enjoy iced coffee later on. Hubby brews iced tea from black tea bags, we drink that constantly when it's hot.

Looks like the storm missed you, too! Hopefully it's dragged some of this heat & humidity with it!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Jul 11, 9:26am


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'Don't break the overalls' - classic!

I haven't had that problem for quite some time, winters here are not generally harsh, but I can remember wrestling crackling bedsheets in through the door in the high and far off times when I lived in North Wales. I like the idea of collecting lots of different views of the same mountain for a school project. Sometimes youngsters need to be reminded to look up from their interests and appreciate fully the wonder of what is around them, whether that's a distant mountain range or an urban flowerbed.

I finished my lockdown patchwork project this week, after much dark muttering and unpicking. Twelve panels (12" x 8" each involving 32 pieces) with a flower, stem and leaf motif, joined by sashing and with an outer border. It looks alright to the casual eye, but I struggled with it and am going to choose something MUCH less fiddly for my next project!
Now that things are generally loosening up a bit (please, let there not be a second spike!) I need to give some thought to shifting the 6lb I gained during lockdown. Can't afford to put any more weight on! So I'll skip those delicious-sounding smoothies and do a Gandalf - 'Just tea, thank you'. Have a good weekend, cheers to you all!


Otaku-sempai
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Jul 11, 1:30pm


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Sweet with cream, thanks!

It was still pretty warm when I clocked out of Tops this morning, but not oppressively so. I think the parking lot retained a lot of heat from the previous day. Yeah we barely got a sprinkle over night along with some distant thunder.

#FidelityToTolkien


dernwyn
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Jul 11, 1:57pm


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*plugs kettle in, turns on*

I used to use a stove-top kettle, then when my eldest went off to school in Edinburgh for a few years, she got me into using electric kettles. So much nicer!

Did you iron the frozen bedsheets? I wondered why my Mom ironed hers, and now realize it was probably to warm them up and get any moisture out of them.

The quilt sounds lovely (and intricate), congrats on finishing it! Will you be gifting it?

Someone told me that it's called COVID-19 because the 19 refers to the weight you gained during the lockdown! Tongue


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Jul 11, 3:45pm


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Electric kettles are quick and convenient

but gas as a fuel is cheaper - here, at least. It's a trade-off! My frozen sheets were cotton so I used to hang them over an airer to 'relax' before ironing. I do like ironing the bedding, though I know many folk who wouldn't consider it. There's something so relaxing about flopping on freshly ironed sheets! This quilt will stay with me; my daughter might admire it, but she wouldn't actually want it. If I ever make anything for her, it will be her choice of pattern and fabrics; she's very picky! (In a good way!)


Annael
Immortal


Jul 11, 4:56pm


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my mentor

told me, when I first had the idea for my first book, that it would be like setting sail from a harbor. I might think I knew where I was going, but once I got out of the harbor I might find myself going in an entirely different direction! Good advice for any creative project.

Yes, I will be going back to Sleeping Lady, a resort on the east side of the Cascades, in September for five days. I'm thinking I'll schedule more time in the island cabin in November as well.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
-- Gaston Bachelard

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Kimi
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Jul 11, 11:58pm


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I didn't break any overalls :)

I do remember some decidedly crisp washing from my childhood, when winters were colder and we lived in a cooler part of the country, so had real frosts, not the light ones we get up here.

Those earlier clouds skirted us to the west, but much more solid ones moved in as we were leaving. Very fortunate that we'd made an early start!

I didn't see the owl at all, just walked straight past, but Mr Kimi somehow managed to notice it. The little ruru then sat obligingly for several seconds before deciding enough was enough and gliding silently off.


The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


cats16
Valinor


Jul 12, 1:45am


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Well said, thank you

I've done pretty well so far at compartmentalizing all of the nasty stuff. Not burying it and letting it fester, but moving forward.

For sure, will try to get some decent photos when I go in a couple of weeks! Smile

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cats16
Valinor


Jul 12, 1:53am


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Oh it was quite a winner

I had to keep the receipt for that one. I'll laugh about it all someday. :)
Thanks!

Oh wow that sounds like a nice smoothie.

Our air has been very good since the lockdown began--so many older folks here kept saying "it looks just like it did here in the 80's!". Laugh So much firework smoke. I could smell it for a couple of days afterward.

Sounds like you missed the worst of it!

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cats16
Valinor


Jul 12, 2:02am


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Best of luck as you move forward

Good advice indeed.

I'm halfway through a first draft of a script I'm writing. I often wonder "is *this* what I want this thing to be...?" But I remind myself that no one would finish writing anything if they let that question overtake their ability to push ahead in spite of those fleeting doubts.

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grammaboodawg
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Jul 12, 4:07am


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Greetings Sibbies and visitors peeking in ;)

T'is fully summer here in my world, fersher! Mercy! We finally had some rain yesterday (Friday) and you could hear the farm fields and all growing things drinking deep! The past 10-12 days have been an average of 97 degrees F with very few clouds, so the sun has been baking everything in sight! I was worried that the summer would be like this when we had such a mild, minimal snow Winter and no real Spring rains.

Thankfully I finished my chimney refacing except for my neurotic tweeking. I'm trying to get a pic to show you. I'd been playing tag with the sun over the 2 weeks of painting the 676 brown bricks (some had multiple re-paints) working from 7:30 to 11am then 8 to 10pm. I finally rented a 28-ft l adder to reach the top 10(ish) rows of bricks. I'm going to let this all sit for a while as I decide whether or not I'm "done", then I'll seal the whole thing so the mortar additive I used as paint (absorbs into the brick) won't fade/wear away with the weather.

So... I'm inside cleaning *urp*. A cold glass of pink lemonade would really help my torture, dernwyn. And maybe an oatmeal cookie is laying around? It's a wonderful flavour combination :D

Thanks for taking care of us, m'dear... and I hope you have a great weekend in your stormy weather! Fun to watch if you don't have to cleanup after it and deal with flooding ;) *waves fondly to all* Good Days Everyone!




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grammaboodawg
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Jul 12, 3:23pm


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Distance makes it hard

When so many of your family are of an age that their ailments and limitations become a big part of their lives, it's hard to "be there" when distance and your own situations makes it impossible. My daughter has the same dilemma. She wants to "be there" for me here in Michigan and for her dad in Indiana, but it's impossible when she lives in Baltimore and works full time. It's completely understood you want to be supportive and will do all you can, but the reality of logistics and situations are unavoidable.
To hear of your great progress in your writing and now being part of an organized group of writers is wonderful! *high five* Hang in there and wishes of MUCH SUCCESS and satisfaction :D




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grammaboodawg
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Jul 12, 3:34pm


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Ohhh... go for the change :D

There's no rule you have to follow. You could shelve what you've got going so far and start on the fictional slant. Then tie the original RL work in later as a followup when interest will be greater because of your more fictional outlook.

I guess my attitude is if you're suffering and not feeling the flow and freedom I believe writers need to be truly creative, you're being stifled and will never be totally satisfied with the outcome. Your original work has set you on the right path, but your gut is telling you to go somewhere else. THERE... my 2 cents on something I have no authority to express and no clue of how it works; but I apply this philosophy in everything I do. The days are too short, so use them wisely and with inspired satisfaction ;)

I hope your great weather sticks around. Those hot, dry summers you've had before don't belong in the NW. Have a great weekend and week! :D




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grammaboodawg
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Jul 12, 3:45pm


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So glad your days are better :D

You don't realize how much stress you're under until your out from under it ;) But I think you had a HUGE understanding of the stress that was being dumped on you for too long. Now you can move forward and find a much healthier and satisfying job.
Isn't it unfair that now that you have the time to go on some adventures, the limitations of the virus get in the way? It's a nasty tease, fersher. Hang in there, though! I think a trek into the wild is the perfect goal and reward for your perseverance :) Have a great week!!!




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grammaboodawg
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Jul 12, 3:48pm


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Holiday breaks are great!

Little Midgey has the right idea ;) My pup does the same thing. *looks down at beanbag next to me* Yep, there he is nestled in his beanbag chair covered with a flimsy blanket... in 90 degree F weather!
I hope you two have a great walk and can relax during the rest of your break from school... and all the craziness of the past several months!




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dernwyn
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Jul 12, 3:59pm


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A tall glass of pink lemonade, coming up!

Do you like that oatmeal cookie with raisins, or chocolate chips, or walnuts...or all three? Smile

I know the Midwest can get hot, but that's terribly hot and dry, not good at all for the gardens! That storm missed us, except for a short bit of rain and enough wind to shake dry twigs from the trees. I'd been hoping for more rain from it.

How's the corn out there? Our farmstand has its "first fruits" out now, so I'll be cooking up "golden honey" corn for lunch today.

Do you have "before" and "after" pics of the bricks? It would be interesting to see what a change you've made! 28-ft ladder? Oh gosh, you're brave, gramma!

Do give yourself some time to relax this weekend, gramma - and stay cool!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


grammaboodawg
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Jul 12, 4:02pm


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*green envy eyes*

Mine eyes are green, and times like this shows me why! What a wonderful weekend. The food, the walk, and the companionship makes for such a perfect time, and you guys do it every week!! *high five* So wonderful :D
I hope the rest of your week is just as delightful... and that those clothes on the line will get dry in that cold ;)




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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Jul 12, 4:28pm


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oooo! A choice!?! :D

Oatmeal cookies with raisins (not too many!) is good, but plain is great :D THANKS!

The fields around here are suffering. The corn is about half the distance it should be. We have a saying to judge its progress: The corn's as high as an elephant's eye on the 4th of July. It's about up to their chest. I love, love, love sweet corn on the cob! *slaver, slurp*

Here are the links to my before and after pics. I've been having the WORSE time with photobucket. They keep making changes that interfere with my links. Even new ones like this. So I've been waiting for their "tech" support to figure out what's going on. So aggravating! But I have too many pics to move to another host. Let's see if you can get at it:

chimney refacing
https://oimg.photobucket.com/albums/v434/grammaboodawg/Fireplace/chimney%20before%207-28-18%20%20after%207-10-20_zpsopylmtdw.jpg

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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Jul 12, 4:33pm


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I hope the break is kind

The heat has been relentless, so and break is welcome; but not too much rain all at once would be great. Give the ground a chance to adjust from rock hard to green again :D Have a great weekend!




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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Jul 12, 4:43pm


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Pics! Are there pics?

I'd love to see your patchwork! What a great project! But you're like me... some of our projects don't have a lot of movement to them. Mostly sitting. The weight gain happens to me every time, and it's nasty hard to lose it again. I hope your struggle doesn't take too long. It's not a vanity thing, it's a health thing. If we gain each year and can't lose it, pretty soon we're in real trouble. HANG IN THERE!

Oh, I hope you don't have another lockdown. It looks like we're going to have to go back to square one and start all over again. We all need to get on the same page and follow the same plan. This hit-or-miss individual approach just doesn't work.

Congratulations on your project achievement :D Do you have another project waiting for you? DO TELL! And have a great week!




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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jul 12, 6:54pm


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Photobucket is not being nice.

The first says "photo not found", and the second "image is currently unavailable". Frown

I've got an awful suggestion for an "indoor" project: yes, signing up on some other photo-sharing site and copying (not transferring) your photos over! Photobucket has become very unfriendly in the past few years, and I know others here have gone elsewhere.

In the meantime...what I use is the {inline} function here: re-sizing an image to a maximum of 525 pixels wide by 400 pixels high (or other combination where width times height is less than 210,000 pixels), and size less than 45 K, then uploading it, and using {Inline mypic.jpg} for it to show up in the post. (I've found that the photo's name can't have spaces in it.) (Replacing the { and } with [ and ], of course!)

*gets napkin, places huge oatmeal cookie on it* Careful, it's fresh out of the oven back here! Need a refill on that lemonade?


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Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Jul 12, 9:30pm


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All the years I've spent on these boards

and I still haven't mastered posting photos! pretty pathetic really... Some form of online hosting is required, which I haven't had since Photobucket stopped being free. I'm looking through my books trying to decide what to do next, that won't turn out to be too challenging.


Kimi
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jul 12, 10:21pm


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:). It was very nice

but may have to last us a wee while, as judging by the forecast we're not likely to see much sunshine this week.

I ending up bringing the washing in and drying it by the fire, so all was well eventually.


The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Jul 12, 10:41pm


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dernwyn to the rescue!

Check out her response to my post just below yours called "Photobucket is not being nice."
ChecShe gives us instructions on how to do it right here on TORn below the text box when your typing your post... Attachment: [search box] Browse... Inline Upload attachment.
I'm going to give it a try :D




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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Jul 12, 11:55pm


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Touchdown! :D


7/28/18 --------- 7/11/20

It worked!!! A little blurry, but LOOKIE! :D You are a genius dernwyn. I know you've noted this before over the years, but I never really tried sorting through it because I thought I was all set. The only part that tripped me up was "and using {Inline mypic.jpg} for it to show up in the post." My d'uh moment was realizing I needed to use the little pic icon in this text box tool bar and typing it in... then picking/checking the pic I just loaded. BOOM! It popped right up! :D Thank you!!

When the bricks were laid, he put a lot more of the whiter bricks towards the top making the balance a bit lopsided. So some of the white bricks near the top I made darker, and some of the dark bricks near the middle/bottom I made whiter. The 2nd pic will look more faded because it is ;) I painted the bricks lighter a'purpose.




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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jul 13, 12:36am


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*claps hands, gives high five*

YES! You did it! You posted the pics! Smile Excellent, gramma!

Amazing what a difference the coating makes. Before, there was a lot of contrast; the coating "softens" the brick. And it looks better with less of the white!

Lovely job! Cool


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Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Jul 13, 12:42am


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Yeah

I'm so thankful for Skype, though, so we can at least see her face sometimes.

Thanks, gramma!Heart

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Jul 13, 12:34pm


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temperature 41C/106F and climbing

Even if it weren't for the pandemic, I'd be staying inside with the air conditioning on. 2020 is nothing like I expected. Texas reopened too fast and now has skyrocketing COVID-19 cases. We had to cancel our annual trip north to Ohio because granddaughter #2 caught the coronavirus at work and her whole family is quarantined.

On the bright side, I'm learning how to Zoom and attend virtual meetings -- even doctor appts -- rather well. I bought a cute T-shirt that says "Social Distancing with my Cats" showing them in correct color and names.


Hope all other TORnsibs' summer/winter is going betting,ElanorTX

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."



dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jul 14, 2:03am


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*gets glass of ice water*

That is far too hot! I know Texas gets heat waves, but that's high, even for you!

That's too bad about the trip. Sending prayers that the family remains virus-free!

Nice T-shirt! Is it one you can customize?

And how is everything else going? Did you ever get all the legal stuff taken care of?


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Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Jul 14, 9:56am


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Wow - that's a lot of chmney!

 
My chimney is just a boring little thing sticking out of the roof. I'm now going to attempt to post a pic of my own, of the patchwork project I just finished, after receiving detailed instructions from gramma and additional hints from dernwyn. Let's see what happens... Ooh! It worked! Thank you, both! Smile Well, kind of. There is distortion on it that happened during the resizing and I can't understand why. May as well post the others I did too, otherwise you'll never get to see them. One isn't distorted, the others are. I'm flummoxed! Here goes... The top one is the only thing I've ever had professionally long-arm quilted. I love it but it's too expensive to make a habit of it. The next one was a throw I made for a friend's Ruby Wedding. Third are the pesky fiddly flowers I just finished and fourth is a throw in a straightforward design that's great for using up all sorts of oddments. Sorry about the quality!








grammaboodawg
Immortal


Jul 14, 11:41am


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*APPLAUSE!* Wow! :D

Oh GH! These are great! I hear you on struggling with the pics' distortion/blurriness... I have the same problem. But we're newbies and we'll get it worked out :D

But these are really beautiful! I've always been intimidated with quilting, but love them. And yours are top notch! The quality of the pics have not detracted to showing how lovely these are. Truly... I'm so glad you posted these. You've also got that quilting bug biting me again! Now to get a sewing machine and see how much damage I can do :D

Thank you for this. I've been smiling ear-to-ear the whole time!




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Jul 14, 11:47am


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It's insidious.

I'm so sorry to hear your daughter and her family have gotten sick with the virus. It was fortunate that discovered it before you came there, but I can imagine all of you being very disappointed. I've seen on the news that Texas is getting overwhelmed... and Ohio is getting slammed, too. It's like walking a minefield. I love the shirt, though :D


Hang in there... and please stay safe! *hugs*




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Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Jul 14, 12:55pm


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Thanks! The old 'measure twice, cut once' rule applies

to patchwork, most definitely. If you can cut everything out accurately and sew with an accurate seam allowance, you're halfway there. I do enjoy it and have a large cupboard full of my fabric stash, but I haven't a designated room or indeed a space for crafts, so when I start a project it takes over the kitchen/diner for the duration. There are 'cheaty' designs which are easy but look quite complicate. Even the fiddly flowers were less fiddly than you might think; they didn't involve any actual triangular pieces, but smaller squares laid over the corners of larger ones, then sewn diagonally and folded out with the surplus trimmed off. I struggle with quilting; my machine has the right foot but isn't really big enough, manoeuvring the fabric makes my hands ache and I haven't the patience to do it by hand, so I have to quilt in blocks('quilt as you go') then join them together or, in the case of the ruby wedding throw, tie through the layers at intervals with matching embroidery thread. I hope you manage to have a go, if you ever have any respite from all the jobs you're doing around the house!


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jul 15, 1:34am


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That's how the flowers were made?

I'm impressed, getting everything placed just so! And the result is a lovely flower garden!

I'm glad you're able to post pics, even if they're blurry we can still see them well enough. The Ruby Wedding is very attractive, and I like the patterning on the top one. What a lot of work you've put into these! Would the bottom one be a good beginner's quilt? And I have to ask - what is long-arm quilting?


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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Jul 15, 9:54am


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misc

Yes, the t-shirt shows two black cat faces wearing masks and is purrsonalized with the cats' names, Nigel and Melanie.
I did turn in my 2019 taxes on time, though they'll need amending later to itemize medical expenses. My parents' estates still aren't finished after five years.
I also voted by mail in some hotly (no pun intended) contested Texas runoffs. Waiting to see if my favorites won.
San Antonio has begun phase I drought restrictions; there's been little rainfall for weeks. Did you get any of that tropical storm?
Warmest Wink regards,ElanorTX

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."



grammaboodawg
Immortal


Jul 15, 11:46am


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*cuts, pastes (not sew), print*

OK! Now I'm inspired. I have done all my sewing by hand (including costumes), and I tend to stitch my fingers together. But this would be so comforting and satisfying. My only problem is adding another "project" to my list of "wanna-do" stuff ;)

I'll have to hit some yard sales for a machine before they close them down AGAIN!

THANK YOU!




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Tol Eressea


Jul 15, 12:56pm


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The bottom one

the pinwheel throw - would be good, as it uses oddments that you might not think would match, but when they're all together it sort of works. You cut out pieces 6.5" x 2.5" (allowing for a .25" seam allowance) in the ratio one darker/plainer to two lighter. Then you pick a toning lighter plain fabric and cut 2.5" squares. At one end of each of the lighter strips you place a square, then sew diagonally across it (same way on every piece or chaos will ensue), trim the excess and press open to give a little triangle effect. Leave the darker pieces plain. Then left to right, you sew together the strips as follows: 1) upside down triangle, 2) darker strip,3) triangle right way up. Try drawing it out on paper to get the idea of how it all goes together. Six blocks will give you a 3' width, not counting any border you choose to add - that makes a nice little lap blanket, child's cover, throw for over the back of a chair/sofa. Do have a go!
The long arm quilter is a huge, wondrous device requiring a large room and quite a lot of skill! You can quilt a whole double bed sized quilt by fixing the pieced work on a roller, adding wadding and backing, then programming in the quilting design of choice. Push the button and off it goes. The results are wonderfully precise and professional-looking. For my piece, which is not very large, it cost Ł70 (including wadding) which is not a lot for some people, but I'm on a limited income so it was a one-off treat for me. I'm very happy with it.


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jul 15, 10:27pm


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"Purrsonalized"!

I love it! Laugh

It's frustrating how long estate settling can take. My Mom passed in 2008, and I thought her estate was closed, but last year I was sent a check for her for 98 cents - apparently some stock she'd owned, which had gone under, had finally had a settlement, and that was her "final payment"! (My bank did let me cash it.)

That storm bypassed us, dropping just a bit of rain and wind. We're getting occasional pop-up storms in the afternoon, which don't last long. Do you get those in your area?


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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Jul 17, 4:46am


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My computer is off to the Houses of Healing

aka my IT guy, who will take it to his home office for a major facelift. I hope to be online again in a few days.

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."



grammaboodawg
Immortal


Jul 17, 5:08am


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Bummer :(

It's like not having your car... or an empty fridge! There's something just so wrong about not having your 'puter sitting there at the ready. I hope the repairs are easy and not to pricey. Hang in there!




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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jul 17, 1:13pm


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Hopefully

your IT guy has "the hands of a healer"! Best wishes for its health to return!


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cats16
Valinor


Jul 22, 5:28am


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Belated, thanks, gramma! :) //

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