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  • September 22nd, 2009 | 2:33 PM
Tuesday drive-by post

I am thinking about blogging but as we all know, thinking about blogging and actually blogging are not the same thing. So here is a drive-by post of what's going on.

I'm tackling the still-massive to-do list, trying to whittle it down to size before I head to Austin in a few weeks. Actually less than that. I fly out on the 1st! Woohoo! Looking forward to meeting some online folks face-to-face like Liz Scanlon and Don Tate and others and hopefully getting to spend some time with my friend Peni. But before I go I have a bunch of work-for-hire stuff to get done because I intend to come home from Austin all fired up.

I think I officially have a cold. I have been fighting it off and I was hoping that it was just the results of talking so much at the presentation on Saturday but no, stuffy head wanna sleep gunk in the back of the throat tells me otherwise. So this stinks because I also don't want to be sick when I travel and I have a hard time kicking colds.

Speaking of the presentation on Saturday, I just love this picture of me and Lynn (wait, did I just say I loved a picture of me? I did and I do) because it shows how much fun we had there. It was a great group, the Tri Valley branch of California Writers Club, and such good energy.



We have a new bubbling rock in the backyard for the birds and I can see it from my writing desk. This was important because the other bubbling rock and bird bath are hidden from me when I'm at the computer desk. To see them I have to go to my research desk or the reading chair. Anyway, the birds are having a blast there and it seems to be a favorite of the finches. The sparrows and pine siskins like to do the group bathing thing, 7 or 8 birds at a time in the bird bath and it is too much for the finches. They seem to be enjoying the new bubbler away from everything else.

I am also trying to plan the updates that are needed for the garden since cooler weather is coming and that's the time to get the native plants in the ground. But it's hard because when I start thinking about plants I start thinking about plant kid and want to work on his story, and I can't let myself do that right now. The focus has to stay on Flyboy.

Back to the WFH project. There is one I think, I hope, I can finish today.

What are you up to this week?

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liz_scanlon
September 22nd, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to meet! ANy thoughts on when?
susanwrites
September 23rd, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
I just sent you an email with my arrival time to see if you're still available. I hope so.
jeannineatkins
September 22nd, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
I love that picture, too!

Good luck with all, Susan!
susanwrites
September 23rd, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jeannine. I will feel so much better on so many levels if I can just kick this cold.
mirtlemist
September 22nd, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
Great picture! I love big smiles and infectious energy ;)

Spouse and I are getting ready to attend a wedding on Nantucket. Going to be a haul to get there. And have I mentioned how much I hate deep water? Ack.

Love the image of the little birds playing in the water :)

susanwrites
September 23rd, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Thanks on the picture. There are so few that I can stand of me.

Ick on having to go to the deep water you don't like. I hope it goes well.

I'm getting such a kick out of those darn birds.
tracyworld
September 23rd, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Those are two absolutely beautiful smiles. I grinned just looking at them, and then chuckled a bit as if I was in on the fun.

I love that bubbling rock image. I got to see tons of grackles (and a few starlings) swarm my yard and feeder and tree today!
susanwrites
September 23rd, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
Glad the picture made you smile too!

I need to get picture of the new rock and the birds. They just make me feel good when I see them playing around.
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susanwrites
September 23rd, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you and yes, our real live meet-up is going to happen too!

I really am surprised at how much pleasure this birds bring me. They never used to, 20 years ago I never really thought a lot about them. I love evolving.
beckylevine
September 23rd, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Feel better! The workshop was a blast. You guys DID look like you were having fun, and so did all of us listening to you!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

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