Yesterday was more of the same, working on my new Big Lake book. I got in another 3,000 words or so, and I’m getting very close to the end. I’m figure I’m somewhere around 80% of the way, give or take a bit. Of course, it doesn’t help that the darn characters keep confusing me and doing things I don’t expect that keep taking me down rabbit holes that I have to fight to get back out of.
While I was doing that, Terry was proofing chapters I had already written, and I made the corrections to them, then sent them to Judy, my second proofreader, for her to do her thing. I’m convinced if I hadn’t spent so much time trying to speed up the process by getting the dictation to work better with Dragon and with Microsoft Word’s dictation feature, I would have been done by now. I’ve gotten a lot of suggestions from people both in and out of the industry, and I’m working my way through them all, trying to see what helps and what doesn’t.
Every year our little subdivision has a toy and food drive for needy families, and this year they will be picking up everything in just over a week. So I went on Amazon and ordered a bunch of toys, trying to get things for different age groups. There are still a few things coming that should be here any day. Hopefully, we can make a few little boys’ and girls’ Christmas a little better for them this year.
Sometime this coming week, Terry and I will go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of things for the food drive. Based on my own experiences being involved with a women’s shelter, as well as some Internet research, if you’re planning to donate to a food drive, below are some suggestions that are always welcomed.
Canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat, tuna and chicken, canned chili and stew (especially those with a pop-top because some recipients may not have a can opener, or include one or two manual openers in your donation), baby food and formula, peanut butter, applesauce and peaches, breakfast cereal, powdered and boxed milk, canned evaporated milk, pasta and pasta sauce, cooking oil, crackers, granola bars, instant mashed potatoes, rice, cereal, spices, salt and pepper.
We have been very blessed, but we have also been stone-cold broke, and we believe in giving back to the world, not just during the holidays but all year long. For the price of just one meal out this month, you can help a needy family have a good Christmas. As the Nike commercial says, just do it.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Luminous: The Story of a Radium Girl by Samantha Wilcoxson. It’s a novel about Catherine Donohue, who worked at Radium Dial in Ottawa, Illinois, and the secret lurking in the greenish-grey paint the company used that magically made things glow in the dark. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – I’m not sure if I washed the spider down the drain in my shower or if he took one look at me naked and then jumped willingly to his death.