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  • September 22nd, 2005 | 8:26 PM
a non-writing sort of update

Frustrating but not devastating sorts of things: Ordered some "props" for Traveling Oliver oliversblog and I am not too crazy about the quilts and the pickles are scented and they smell horrible so I had to throw them away and buy different ones. And the bunny slippers are way too small and I should have just had them made. Grrr. I hate wasting money.

The house is completely trashed with my clutter all over the place but there won't be any cleaning going on around here until I get the revisions done. (Thank you to my indulgent husband for putting up with it and cooking for me and making sure that I get something to eat every night.)  All the publicity stuff has come to a halt too. There simply aren't enough hours in the day when I have to do the day job thing - not whining, just stating facts. I make notes of things to do and leave them at home. Then I make new ones at work with different things on them and forget them at work.

I'm looking forward to going to Santa Cruz on Saturday and even though I can't work on Frankie's book I can take some pictures of his neighborhood.

Please let me sleep more than 2 consecutive hours tonight. I need it.

tired
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beachalatte
September 23rd, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
wave to the sea for me on Saturday
and kudos to you for just being so gung ho on the writing biz, nice job
kellyrfineman
September 23rd, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing that if you start taking care of yourself, you might feel a whole lot better all around. Here's to a fun/productive/relaxing weekend. Whichever one you need.
susanwrites
September 23rd, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'm trying. Really I am. I need sleep but I can't seem to sleep lately. It's been a while since I've had such a long bout of sleeping troubles.
susanwrites
September 23rd, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Picture me sitting here with a very puzzled look on my face. I've been thinking about this comment all day long and I wonder what I have said that leads someone to think I am not taking care of myself?
Just curious.
kellyrfineman
September 24th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
Sorry -- didn't mean to cause puzzlement or any other level of concern. Just referring to the elusiveness of sleep lately.
susanwrites
September 24th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
whew!
I thought my subconscious had been talking behind my back. LOL
slatts
September 23rd, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
Crazy-Busy much?

GOT STRESS?


and your "theme song"....

I'm So Tired

I'm so tired, I haven't slept a wink
I'm so tired, my mind is on the blink
I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drink
No,no,no.

I'm so tired I don't know what to do
I'm so tired my mind is set on you
I wonder should I call you but I know what you'd do

You'd say I'm putting you on
But it's no joke, it's doing me harm
You know I can't sleep, I can't stop my brain
You know it's three weeks, I'm going insane
You know I'd give you everything I've got
for a little peace of mind

I'm so tired, I'm feeling so upset
Although I'm so tired I'll have another cigarette
And curse Sir Walter Raleigh
He was such a stupid get.
susanwrites
September 23rd, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Bless your Beatle loving heart. Thanks.
(Anonymous)
September 23rd, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oliver
Curious how the travelling Oliver came about. Your publishers provide this kind of support?

Don
http://devast.blogspot.com
susanwrites
September 23rd, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Oliver
hahahah - nope, not the publisher just me and my brain and time on my hands. I'm still a nobody and Boyds Mills Press, while it puts out beautiful books, doesn't do a lot of extra publicity stuff. I wanted to come up with some way to try and get the word out about the book.

Also, and probably what started the whole thing was trying to figure out how do something with school visits. Because I work all the time, it's hard to take time off for a lot of traveling. And schools have had to cut back so much because there just isn't the money for them. I thought if I could offer something for free that would help promote the book and reading and writing, that might be good.

In theory, it all sounds great. Implementation isn't going as well as I had hoped so I need to brainstorm more ways to get someone, a teacher or two, a bookstore or three, on board.

Thanks for asking Don.
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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.

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