Meanwhile, back in the real world

I went to a pee-wee flag football game today. These little kids don't get it at all. They mostly run around in a cluster trying to grab everyone else's flags. My grandson even pulled the flag off his own teammate at one point. At least it was sunny and mild. We could have been out in a thunderstorm. Even I get lucky sometimes.

I got some reading done, for the first time in a long time. Sometimes there isn't enough time in the day, but I'm not writing currently. This is pleasure reading, and I haven't moved into research yet.

I started adding cards to my new outlines. The first problem I noticed is one of genre. My planned story of the guy with the talking yak will probably follow the major arcana of the tarot deck. I'll have to skip and combine some characters, and have no problem with that. This is some kind of alternate reality story, maybe even purgatory. So if I write this one, what kind of genre is it? No, seriously, what would you call it?

Slow down, buddy

My sequence of posts about how I outline didn't exactly croak. It's been on kind of a slow burn instead. My regulars stuck with me, others found one somehow and seemed to read the rest. Some of the comments were encouraging, some said they gathered an idea or two. That sounds successful to me.

I lost a follower during this sequence. I guess he/she is a confirmed seat of the pants writer.

We looked at some camp trailers today. It would be cool, but the down payments is hard to come by. It may happen, but I'm still pondering the financial part.

We decided to hunt for morels tomorrow. I'm usually good with a thermos of coffee and a sandwich. My wife wants to bring my son's family, and all the grandkids. My daughter and one of her friends are tagging along too. Now we're loading barbecue grills, making potato salad, and loading the cooler with hot dogs and chorizos. It will be fun, but the goal is kind of different now. (This is where a camp trailer would be nice.)

It's a few weeks early for morels, but so are the 2015 weather patterns. We may find some, but I'll bet our picnik is fun either way. I'll keep you posted.

I also managed to send off my critique sample to my group. We meet on the first, so I have to work up their samples before then. I took a couple of steps toward some new promotional stuff. It takes weeks to put some of this together, but hopefully something will break the logjam.

Right now, I'm kicking back with the movie, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. What a fun film, and it has some pretty creative spins in it too.

I hope all of you are having a great weekend.


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28 responses to “Meanwhile, back in the real world

  1. The genre sounds like it would fall under paranormal. Might be something you figure out later. Worst case scenario, you invent a new genre and start a trend.

    Weird that you lost a follow during the outlining sequence. I’ll admit that I couldn’t think of much to say after the first one. Honestly, that always seems to happen to me when people do a planning/pantsing post series. Just realized I missed hitting like on the 4th too. Sorry about that.

    Have fun with the morel hunting/picnic.

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  2. I had a good day too.

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  3. Enjoy your foraging! Love to have some…yum. Cute froggie.


  4. My cousin’s kid played in his first soccer game, but wouldn’t go after the ball. It turned out, they each got their own ball during practice, and at the game he said “that’s not my ball.”


    • That’s the kind of stuff they do. My grandson keep running away from the play and standing by a cone on the sidelines. Turns out, the coach had them run to a cone he placed, turn and catch the football. That’s how they practiced it, so that’s what he did.

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  5. I get a kick out of the little ones playing team sports. It just doesn’t gel for a while. Happy picnic.

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  6. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend too!

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  7. “This is some kind of alternate reality story, maybe even purgatory. So if I write this one, what kind of genre is it? No, seriously, what would you call it?” Possibly magical realism. I’d suggest searching online and reading a few excerpts, see if that category seems to fit. Or try tweaking it to become more of an urban fantasy.

    PS, don’t torture yourself over one follower more or less. We can never know what our followers are even looking for, let alone write blogs just for one follower.


  8. Ali Isaac

    I enjoyed Percy Jackson too, movies and books. No idea about the genre, I’m crap with stuff like that! Glad to hear you’re having some fun… sounds like a great weekend!

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  9. Again, I cheated and read about your picnic before I got to this post today. I recently looked at camp trailers, too…. and WOW! They’re nice but SOOOOO expensive! I think maybe renting one is a better idea. 😉

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