Sunday, July 5, 2009

Garden gnomes

The garden gnomes have frolicked frantically this morning, hoping there was a need to beat the rain. (Provided the rain actually comes!) We pulled up the zucchini and squash vines that are gone, discovered a new squash plant that is blooming, and then planted round 2 of...cucumbers! (Just kidding. We did pick 24 more cucumbers. Last Wednesday, I picked 25.) We planted some different squash plants (spaghetti and acorn), cantaloupe, potatoes, and watermelon. Tomorrow looks like a tomato picking and canning day, and when the peppers are ready in a week or so, we will have a slew of banana peppers and jalapenos.

I have begun the rewriting of The Curse of Josiah's Orchard, my first full-length novel. Poisoned Pen Press sent back a mostly favorable, personalized rejection five years ago. The changes they recommended were time-consuming and difficult, but the overall problem they noted had to be solved. Well, after much soul-searching and finally revisiting the entire book, I figured out how to do it! The rewrite is still difficult, but not insurmountable. I'm working on that, working on J.T.'s third adventure, and jotting down ideas for an adult novel cautiously titled Surround Sound Soap. It's about a woman who feels she's surrounded by real-life events that should be the plot of a soap opera.

On top of all that, my mother-in-law is coming to visit this week and we're preparing to go to NY in a few weeks with JG's soccer team! BUSY BUSY BUSY! (Isn't this supposed to be "summer vacation"?)

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