Not Going to Camp (or anywhere)

Since hubby and I meet all the “keep your butt home” directives – we are. It’s easier to dig in and isolate when there are massive quantities of snow everywhere.

Here I was looking forward to being at home, working on my projects. Alas, Both of my sewing machines are not cooperating. That’s correct. BOTH the old and new one refuse to sew. Since each has the same problem, it has got to be me. Usually, I can figure out what is wrong, however, I can’t see inside the threading mechanism enough to figure it out.

OK, so who is going to be my hugger?

I have a ton of sewing to work on. After hours of troubleshooting, cleaning, maintenance, and lots of groaning and growling – I plan to move on to hand sewing. If I tire of that, I’m moving on to yarn projects.

What I Should be Doing

What I should be doing is editing my novel, so I can start my next one during April’s “Camp NaNoWriMo”. With all the lessons learned from last November, I should be able to crank out a suitable first draft. One of the key elements I need to do before camp starts are work on a specific and tight outline. Loose outlines do not work for me – I keep changing things (including the ending) a bunch of times. Then I get “lost.”

“WAhaaa!?!” Did you hear that? That was my loyal readers figuring out why my first book is taking a decade to finish. They will be happy to know that I am editing and NOT re-writing the thing! I finished it in November. Very time-intensive to get it proofread & the bad parts cut out. Some of the first draft paragraphs don’t make sense – even to me.

About The Virus. I’m tired of saying Coronavirus and COVID-19. We all know which Virus we are talking about, right? The one declared a Pandemic. The reason all public events are canceled. Including the Quilt Guild’s meetings and classes. Restaurants & Bars are closed. (Explains the reason booze shelves are empty.) Schools sit empty. I know my granddaughters must be having a blast playing in the snow!

The fact that churches and places of worship are shut down made me sit up and take notice. This is getting scary. Each state and county are putting out announcements and declarations to their local residents. All over this world. This is not a random illness isolated in China or Africa. If you live on the planet Earth – it is affecting your life as I write this. We’re being told that we should not gather in groups of more than 10 people. I wonder if that includes family reunions. Ha!

Schools could be closed down for the rest of the school year. If cases keep increasing, we could be under this “self-quarantine” that long as well. Lord, have mercy! my grandma would say.

If the news doesn’t make you gasp – you are not paying attention. Look around your community and see what the new normal is…

Hoarding behavior has reared it’s ugly head. Major store chains are out of T.P., alcohol, and hand sanitizer. The stores in Calaveras & Tuolumne Counties are barren of hand sanitizer, alcohol, and Bread. T. P. is stolen before it can get out of the market parking lot. Keep your eyes on your cart! We are doing OK. I know how to make bread and I was blessed that our little local store still had eggs and milk on the shelf. I was relieved to find produce (no potatoes though!). Now, we won’t get scurvy. Don’t laugh! People still develop scurvy.

Another winter storm system is due to arrive later this afternoon. Who cares? Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

It’s time to dig out your Oyster Cult album, guys.

** TTFN **

Ta-Da!

It’s been a slow crawl, but I finally finished my Novel!  I have a ton of “clean-up” to do and editing of course, but I’m DONE.

Note: The Winner Badge does not mean I won a contest. It means I have over 50,000 words written. The exact count (before editing) is 59,905.

The book has a new title, a new direction in some of it and it crossed genres.  The story is the same because, well, it’s really cool…

I may post snippets of the story here and there – so check in once in a while

♥  TTFN  ♥

Busted! By the (Grammar) Police

I was minding my own business, writing dialog, when suddenly my MS Word turned on me.  Up popped another window inside my Word document with Grammarly feedback. It took my breath away.

After writing for 45+ years, I find out, today, I have been using commas wrong.  Seriously?  I put them in the wrong place. Where I believe they need to go, they do not. Where I do not need them, Grammarly wants them to be.

I am not mad at the Grammarly software.  I paid for the Premier version to help me do the final edit of my novel. It sure is helping me improve my work.

I am shocked and ashamed by how much help I am needing.

The above numbers encircled in red are the number of mistakes found in my draft novel.  This means 1,860 items to take care of added to the embellishments and re-writes I knew about.  Holy Moly.

This disturbing revelation has certainly flattened my ego.  I know that I can’t spell and I’m the queen of passive voice.  I thought my punctuation was correct.  I also believed I knew how to match verbs with my nouns. I never heard of some of the grammatical terms the software claims I am in violation of.  Terms like “unclear antecedent”, and “Tautological phrase” were the reasons I got dinged.  The great thing about Grammarly is they at least will inform you of what the term means and give you examples to correct it.  No condescending attitude of an English teacher either!

BTW, after 30 minutes I whittled the error count to 1769 issues.   It’s a start.

If you like your writing examined under a microscope, check out the Grammarly website.

 

  TTFN