Rain, Rain, Go Away

Relentless rains for days now.

Had big plans for the blog this year and can’t believe the year is nearly half over. I have accomplished little on the blog…but have managed to rewrite the first three chapters of book two of the Naked Eye Series four times and chapter four twice.

Seriously…I wouldn’t call it writer’s block, because I am writing and I have the story in my head. I can’t seem to get it out in the way I want it to be read. Characters start doing their own thing and getting me off task. I tried with an outline, but at the start of the novel, I find it more of a frustration than an asset.

And then there is this blog. I can’t count the number of times I have started a post and not been able to finish it. Might have something to do with the facts that I am babysitting grandchildren frequently now, and I am the Central Florida Valor Team Leader in three different places: Two FB pages and the pokemap Discord group. On our data page, I have been on top of the leaderboard more than not, and currently have 37 gyms. That’s #1 or in the top ten of over 10, 000 total trainers, even counting the bastards who spoof and bot gyms. This is quite a feat, when you consider that there are 1126 gyms in Orlando and most people can’t stay inside one for more than a day…lol But, we built a nice battle team of 185 players and we have trainers who run gyms, boots-on-the-ground, 24/7.

Had to put both my doggies, the pug and the Australian cattle dog, to sleep a couple weeks ago. It broke my heart and I was devastated, even tho I know it was the right thing to do. Captain wasn’t even able to stand up, and Daisy was headed that way. Neither were able to eat, and both were very ill. Captain had cancer and Daisy had end-stage diabetes and was insulin dependent and in kidney failure. They are both on a shelf by my desk now in their pretty cedar boxes.

The same day we put the doggies down, we went to a beautiful ballet recital where my granddaughter performed with her techniques class. We parked the van in the same parking lot downtown at the Dr. Phillip’s Performing Arts Center that we parked at last time. Only this time there was no attendant to take our money. We saw signs posted that said parking was 8 am-6 pm Monday thru Friday for the businesses there. What we didn’t see, in a corner far removed from the entrance, was a tiny little kiosk to pay for parking…so we got towed. To make matters worse, the towing company scratched the side of my new van, and damaged the front bumper…and, of course, they are not responding to our insurance company, so now we have a lawyer.

We had to pull up the tile from the lanai and get it replaced. My handy husband did the hardest part of the work, pulling up 2400 pounds on tiles, hauling it to the dump and grinding the old floor down to remove all the tile-set and old paint that caused our problem in the first place. He is truly amazing. The new tile floor is gorgeous. Now I have to shampoo the rug that belongs out there and put all of the furniture back into place.

I other news, (I was more of it was good news, but this is starting to sound like a “woe is me” post), we are getting a new roof. Right now, overhead, people are pounding my brains out with hammers and such, even through the rain, so I’ll not stay long here. Can’t think with all of this going on.

I really wanted to stop in here and let you all know I haven’t died, or abandoned my writing projects, or forgotten about you. I read through many posts, but don’t often have the time to comment. I can’t even keep up with the Tweets I’m supposed to be doing for RRBC. I’m usually a great team player, but things have been complicated lately.

Also, I want to express a huge hunk of gratitude for everyone who has read and posted reviews for Naked Alliances. You reviews are what spurs me to keep at it most every time I’m feeling like I just can’t anymore.  I click onto Amazon, read your words, and am inspired. Thank you.

FYI: Naked Alliances will go on sale for 99 cents in a couple of weeks, but you are welcome to read now, if you like 🙂

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40 thoughts on “Rain, Rain, Go Away

  1. Sorry to hear about the troubles you’ve been having. Especially your doggies. Sometimes life just keeps knocking you down without giving you time to stand up before punching your lights out again! I hope your writing project starts to pull together for you. 🙂

  2. Busy, busy. So sorry for your doggie loss. You are right. The time comes when it is the best thing and as a loving parent, you just have to do the right thing. It is heartbreaking though.

  3. Good to see you’re still with us, anyway. Got to roll with the flow of life and let things work themselves out. I wish you well with your writing, and everything else, of course. 😉

        • Ok, scrap that, I read it wrong. Yes, you’ve been in my thoughts, but not because I thought you’d thrown in the towel. I’m aware that you have your dark periods, so I kind of figured that was the case. Anyway, give me a shout anytime, even if it’s just to work through current issues.

  4. Sorry to hear about the pets. You told me Captain was on his last legs about the time I put my old dog down. We elected to re-dog, and did it with gusto. It was the right decision for us. I see your calling card pop up on occasion. Hope you can get back in the swing of things soon.

  5. Sorry to hear about your dogs. That’s rough. Pets are a part of the family. Sounds like you’re certainly keeping busy though. Glad you’re still writing. Hope you have a great summer. 🙂

    • Thanks Carrie. I understand why your blog went quiet for a while. I am clueless how people work full-time and write. Or manage a house filled with kids. You have a great summer also. I’ll have my grandkids a lot more this summer. We’ll need to learn how to manage grandkid and grandmother time.

  6. You’ve certainly got your hands, and heart full. So sorry about your pets. Best of luck with the rest of the construction and getting back to level.

    • Thanks. I’m sorely missing everybody and the old routine. WE do have more work to do around the house once the roof gets done. The jungle out back needs to be trimmed and my husband likes to think that’s my job because I come from a family of horticulturists. What he doesn’t know is that I just save up my money and hire a group of boys that work for their dad to come and do it…lol

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your puppies (even older dogs are still puppies to me). It is so difficult to say goodbye to a beloved pet. Two at once must have been heartbreaking.

    I hope things calm down for you soon. It would be nice if life gave us a break once in a while. 🙂

    • A nice little break would be pleasant. We were going to bring a young Vietnamese girl into our home for the next school year…but decided against it. With Gabriel and the doggies…I’m afraid of getting attached and then having to say good-bye.

  8. My deepest sympathies about your pups. It’s never ever easy but when you know it’s time, you do what you have to. I think it’s sweet that you have them on a shelf. Our six deceased kitties are all in the backyard so they’re still near. You’ve really been dealing with some ups and downs. Thanks for checking in and keep your priorities in order: family, novel, family, novel … 😉

  9. Sounds like you’ve had a hectic year already, Susan! My condolences on the loss of your dogs. I’m still missing mine. I always said he was the only one who truly understood me. That’s awful your van was towed. Towing companies have the same stellar reputation as used car sales people and politicians, so best of luck with that. Keep writing!

  10. I for one am glad you haven’t died! 😲 my Dad (god bless him) would say ‘You got to have the crap sometimes to appreciate the gold’. You… it sound’s to me as if you are spreading yourself too thin. Note to your brain! People will love you more if you regain yourself, learn to say i love my grandchildren but need to love ‘me’ Without being presumptuous and trying to read between the very eloquently written lines, you are probably just wanting to help. Loving the children so much makes you scared of letting family down by saying… ‘no not today, I need time to be me, then I will be able to be a richer more fulfilled Grandparent’.
    Losing a pet is tough overhead banging hell life can be… don’t make it harder by kicking yourself. On that note I have to say… Hell book three! Hello! How the hell is that not a successful writing fighting woman what a wonderful accolade. Good luck deep breath and remember to side step the crap and enjoy the the gold. X

  11. I’m sorry about you dogs. 😦 I might have to do that soon to mine.

    I know you are busy with a couple FB pages but was curious if you would want to be in another? I’m not asking you to be a leader or whatever, just a member. It’s something my friend started and it is basically a place to ask other authors for advice, or you can give the advice. On certain days you can list what you are working on, your blog, etc. So basically a big network for writers. 🙂 Please let me know!

  12. Susan, so much have happened for both of us since we “spoke” last. In January I launched a self-hosted web-site and some of my connections seem to have gone astray. I don’t think apologies are needed on either side. Both of us are spread thin.

    Right now hubs and I are in Vancouver, BC celebrating our 50th anniversary. Me – still working on that memoir. You, on to more publishing I’m sure. All the best on this curvy earth-walk of ours.

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