I haven’t done this in a while – but here we go, joining with bloggers galore and our 7 Quick Takes Friday hostess, Jennifer Fulwiler, at Conversion Diary.
1. Speaking of Conversion Diary, did you see her recent post on The secret of a domestic monestary? Good stuff on pushing back on the world’s expectations, so you can concentrate on what matters more.
2. This post at The Common Room has what was to me a surprising way of teaching children honesty. After a bit of thought, it made all the sense in the world, but it just never occurred to me before. Nature walks. Yes, nature walks. Pop over for the explanation.
3. I usually clean the house a few days ahead of Thanksgiving, so the cleaning smells are gone before the food smells get turned loose, and I try to vacuum a couple of days ahead, so there aren’t vacuum tracks in the carpet. This year, I did get clutter stashed away or thrown out, and got vacuuming done the night before, but very little else got done. I had the sort of visitors who probably didn’t notice, and who wouldn’t have cared if they had noticed, but it still would have been nice to have pulled it off in the usual way. I got the floors waxed the Saturday after, and today I finally got the stains out of the carpet and the bathroom counter polished and the bathroom cabinets re-oiled. Better late than never, right?
4. One reason I didn’t get the cleaning done is that I was doing major slicing and dicing on the book-in-progress. One chapter was moved forward and merged with another. Also, I realized that a hike I had folks doing in one day would take two, so I had to add an overnight stop. That wasn’t all bad; it let me add a fun chapter that set things up better for what was to come, and let me toss in some local history. I’d inadvertently moved a river too far north, too. Oops. I cut all that misplaced river nonsense, and other stuff that was fun but not tied to the main plot, and did other edits, and sent a formatted copy off to be printed, so I can do the next edit run in trade paperback format. Plan A was to put the project aside until the proof got here, so I could read the book with fresher eyes. Plan A did not count on me realizing after the proof was shipped that somehow I’d forgotten about a different river that cuts through the country to the north. No, the book is not called The River Curse. I just tried to do too much from memory in the first draft. I’m old enough to know better. Maps are wonderful inventions, if you actually use them.
5. Taking a guess based on how wildly book rankings are changing hour by hour at Amazon, I’m predicting that a lot of people are getting books for Christmas this year. Certainly, a mind-boggling number of books are being bought, just through that one retailer. Wow, even.
6. Speaking of Christmas gifts…
7. Last night after I went to bed, I got a phone call from the lady who runs the prayer chain at our church. Usually she sends emails, but this was late enough and dire enough – a congregation member had been airlifted to a hospital and wasn’t doing well – that she called. Recently, I missed two Sundays in a row at church, the first for illness, the second because I was visiting elsewhere, and the pastor showed up on my doorstep on Monday, to see for himself if there was any problem he needed to know about. Yes, Virginia, there are churches like that. Really.