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Summer has finally arrived. The gardens are doing well, except that I can't seem to grow anything edible without attracting the attention of a whole host of critters who seem eager to dine. I think I may have found the solution, though--a table top garden. I put a bunch of dirt and some seeds in a large plastic container, put it up on an old wooden platform and everything is sprouting away. Netting keeps the deer out of there and my friends Chuck and Chip can only dream.
Family outings on the calendar include the Ryan clan this weekend and the other side next month. It will be good to see everyone again. Amazing how fast the kids grow up while we never get any older.
I have been working on my book and I like what I've done so far. Still no idea of what it's about, which is strange. If I keep plugging away, though, it's sure to materialize. That's the secret of this writing business. Saw an ad recently where someone wanted to hire a freelancer to write his/her novel based on a general idea. Wanted it done in six weeks and was willing to pay $500 - $1000. I'm not sure there will be any takers, but if so, it's bound to end badly. Ideas are a dime a dozen. It's the execution that matters.
I'm finally getting out of the winter doldrums. Everything is blooming in shades of pink and green and white. Mother Nature has a wonderful way of refreshing one's soul. So I thought I'd do a little refreshing of my own and took out some of my writings with an eye toward submitting them. I managed about six queries and submissions and already have two rejections. They weren't bad rejections, however, so I take heart that the next time will be the charm. That's a big part of the writer's life--hope!