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Two writing projects now in the works

Greetings, readers. After much frustration and much debating on what my next writing project will be, I have decided on two of them. The first is a period piece set in the Edwardian era and the second will be another memoir book, dealing with more personal stories of my own life rather than life at camp. This new memoir book idea hit me overnight and literally woke me up out of a sound sleep.

While the Edwardian piece still needs planning, the memoir project can get us underway creatively, which will certainly make me feel more productive as a human being. I must admit right now I feel like a time waster. Being sick twice in the last three months, and having to stop and recuperate, didn’t help matters.

I am quite certain that the changing temperatures of the early fall contributed to my slight health demise. It seems a number of people have got the cold. I know for a fact at my favorite coffee stop, Panera Bread, I was told that almost every worker had it at some point or another. But with me on the mend, I feel very optimistic that I can finally engage the engines, put them in first gear, and get down to some good work.

On a lighter note, I am watching my cat Keekee race back and forth in the apartment. Rebecca pointed out something last week that is apparently true. When I have my blinds and/or window open, Keekee is much more active. And that’s a good thing. She is only five years old and we don’t want her acting like a grandma quite yet.

Finally, congratulations to the Penn State Nittany Lion football team for winning their homecoming game vs. Northwestern. It came down to the last few minutes but they pulled it out 39 – 28. Yay us. Until quite soon, take care, have a good week, and happy reading.

Tonight’s the big night

Greetings, readers. Tonight I will have yet another small taste of what it feels like to be a writer. I have my first ever book signing and I must admit I am quite nervous. Last night I dreamt that we had ordered three hundred books and two people showed up. I woke up in a blind panic. This morning I day-dreamed that I ordered five copies of each book, figuring that no one would know me, only to see a long line of people standing outside the door waiting to get in. Again … blind panic. I suppose that having not enough books would be the bigger problem.

The book signing will be in State College, at Websters Bookstore and Cafe, from 7pm to 9pm, with copies of both my books, Picking Up Where We Left Off: My Bear Spring Camps Stories, and Tales from North Bay & Beyond: More Bear Spring Camps Stories. I will also be reading selections from each book. If you are downtown tonight, please stop by and say hello to me.

After 100 entries, I decided to switch the look of this blog to another theme, called Adventure Journal. I think it looks sharp. My previous theme with the books at the top of the page was called Pilcrow. I liked it, but after 100 entries it was time for a change. We will all be viewing the pyramids of Egypt for the next several months.

This morning I started my day at Panera Bread, a local bakery, taking part in a flight simulation on my laptop. For no apparent reason, the program decided to freeze the computer and shut down. I was hoping this would not be an indicator of how my day was going to go. With this being homecoming weekend for the Penn State Nittany Lion football team, Panera got quite full, quickly. I could hear background chatter even underneath my earphones.

Before the flight sim quit on me, I was able to take some mental notes on my new Edwardian era writing project. One resource I am going to explore with this project is a website called FanFiction.net. I am going to be reading stories that other writers have written from the TV show Upstairs, Downstairs and any other such series I can find.

Rebecca began taking notes for this project at the library last week. We reviewed them on Wednesday and I found them to be quite helpful. As we were waiting for someone to join us, my mind was slightly preoccupied. Next week, I shall ask Rebecca for a refresher course. With any luck, the first draft of this new project will be underway by Halloween. I have been most upset with myself with my lack of production since my vacation. Time will tell if I can pop it in gear.

Tonight I will think of my parents. I imagine they are proud of me for my two books.

Now to close, I wish Penn State good luck in their homecoming game vs. Northwestern tomorrow. Also I wish all my readers a happy weekend, be safe, and enjoy this new blog entry and the new blog look.