What I did on my vacation.

Wasted a lot of time (watched/read a lot of news). Messed around with my plants. I’ve got two pots of asparagus sprouted way too early. Can I keep them going until I can move them outside? I kinda jumped the gun with them. Let’s see, what else? Oh yeah, I built a website.

We need to keep moving forward, in any way we can. To do otherwise is to give up. If I’m not moving forward on my story (I am, but slowly) I’m moving forward in other areas. Movement is essential for our mental health.

I’d meant to spend the week writing. I began fooling around on WordPress and never got to my next (new) chapter. I only have a title so far: The Crystal Visions. (John Dee thought he was able to talk to angels.)

My website is a big step for me. I have eight chapters of book three posted, and I’m pretty happy with them. I’ve got a format I like, for the most part. What I don’t like is how the type migrates. I’m trying to structure my headings so they don’t fall in danger zones and get separated from the body type they’re supposed to be allied with. It’s tricky. This is why I threw in the towel on Wix.

Wix is a nightmare for slippage. You have complete freedom, that’s the problem there. You can do fabulous things, lovely layouts that are a disaster when the page is resized. You have complete freedom to anthing you like, as long as you get out your ten tons of coal a day – who knows where that’s from?

I still have the illustration to create, and that’s scary. I’m working up to it, gathering reference material, cleaning off my drawing table that has been a junk catcher for months. Do I call that a step forward? I do. A tiny step forward. Yeah, I’m pathetic, and I know it.

I’m not going to announce the address of my site until I have three or four pieces of my own art up. At present I have images off Pinterest dummied in as placeholders and as an indication of what incidents I intend to focus on.

I allow myself to get excited about a big response when I finally get my PR effort underway. Reality hasn’t slapped me down yet. Just what the world needs, right? Another version of Puss in Boots?

I’m in a bittersweet mood. I’m proud of what I’ve done with the website. I think it looks damn good. I’m come a long way, but I have a long way to go.

I’ll feel better when I have a finished drawing of Dee in his loopy pharaoh costume, worn for his séances, pulled from a book on the Edwardian theater, ‘The Modern Stage of Today’, copyright 1910. Fabulous characterizations, fabulous costumes. James O’Neill is in there, and a somebody Arbuckle (the book’s downstairs) that I’ve always thought might be Fatty Arbuckle before he hit the silver screen. One of these days I’ll look it up.

Yeah, another silly post, but at least I’ve cranked something out and maybe given GD a break. He’s a trooper.

What about everybody else? What have you done lately that feels like a step forward?


What can I say except – stay positive.


Update: I have discovered that my template ‘cols’ is more flexible than I thought. There is, apparently, a way to isolate articles on a page. That would solve a lot of my problems. Thus, I could have more than one chapter per page. (They’re very short chapters.) There is also a plug-in for pull quotes. (Also on my wish list.)



7 thoughts on “What I did on my vacation.

  1. GD Deckard says:

    Hi Mimi, you ask, “What have you done lately that feels like a step forward?” I’m happy to say, a story of mine has been accepted for inclusion in an anthology (not our Writers Co-op anthology.) I can now turn my attention back to my epic, Bob vs the Aliens. My ego is thinking of combining the worlds of Firefly/Serenity with Babylon Five 🙂 At my age, that should keep me pleasantly occupied until death.

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      • GD Deckard says:

        Oh, that’s been a blast, Curtis. Never read so many stories in so short a time 🙂
        I even bought the latest “The Chicago Manual Of Style” but upon perusal, realized I am not yet ready to edit other writers’ work.
        Still, if there is anything more I can do to help, just say so.

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  2. Perry Palin says:

    “What have (I) done lately that feels like a step forward?” Not much, I’m afraid, but your question will get me going again. That’s a good thing.

    I have plans to do lunch with a publisher when our winter comes to an end. We’ve had a late breaking winter.

    A high school friend called from half a continent away. I hadn’t talked to him in almost fifty years. He’s writing a book, and I gave him a little coaching on editors and publishers.

    I’m waiting to hear on a few submissions.

    Had a great roundtable last month with a group of writers and artists and web designers. Great bunch of guys and gals, I learned some things, and the networking was good.

    I was asked by a blogger if I would let him review one of my books. It hasn’t appeared yet. Maybe that will sell a few copies.

    Mimi, your work on your website makes me think that when I’m ready, I will contact one of several developers I know and give him money to do this for me. I know some guys, and I like the work they’ve done for others.

    Late last year four members of our extended family died. That wasn’t unexpected; they were all older than me. My wife and I are minor heirs for three of them, and I am the personal representative for an uncle who lived two states away. I mention this here because I’ve had a lot of work that is a distraction from writing. I’ve spent weeks looking at tax returns. I paid off the mortgage on our home with a part of my inheritance.

    But thanks, Mimi, for the kick in the shins. I’ll be turning phrases in the novel again before the day is over.

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  3. mimispeike says:

    I have chapter nine finished. The Pied Piper bit will be thirteen chapters. When they are done, I will research decals and bumper stickers.

    Re handing out flyers in NYC, here are some comments off Google:

    > For the record, New Yorkers are very good at ignoring people with leaflets. You’ll feel like you don’t even exist.

    > If you expect to engage a crowd in New York you’d better do a pretty damn impressive moonwalk, or pull rabbits out of your ear.

    > Flyers. New Yorkers don’t take them, or if they do it’s because they need a scrap of paper for some reason. I sometimes took them because I felt bad for whoever was handing them out, but they went straight into the next trash can.

    I have been looking into sixteenth-century garb, it’s easy to find on Etsy. Decent looking peasant-style is reasonable, one-two hundred dollars. Aristocratic runs hundreds to a thousand-plus.

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    • GD Deckard says:

      🙂 Maybe, “Lost” posters? You know, the kind of pictures you saw on milk cartons?
      Only, of course, it’s Sly “Have you seen me?”
      Post ’em everywhere!


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