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The Business of Life

I truly begin to wonder if I can cram much more into my days! But yesterday was worth it. Work was just crazy. Not busy crazy but weird crazy. All kinds of odd stuff happening. But once work was done I buzzed to the post office and mailed out my damaged goods back to the publisher then flew home to change atleast my top to go meet my dear friend (he had already been blowing up my phone to let me know that he was done with his tattoo). In the midst of all this I also get an email from the editor of the magazine that published my reviews.

Once changed I flew out the door (after a quick love on the family) and met my friend at the restaurant I picked. Well they were still closed for the season (I was told they were open but oh well, I didn’t really like them anyway they were just close). So I was racking my brains to find us a place to go (he had intended to meet me in Elk Rapids but I did not want to make that trip twice in one day). We ended up over in Torch Lake at Mico’s (I think… there is also a local place called Nico’s and I tend to mix them up). It was very Mom and Pop but fairly deserted so we could catch up at our own speed.

I had to laugh. I know my regulars at work but honestly know nothing about what a lot of them do. It turns out that one of them owns the restaurant and the other is a waitress there. I don’t know who was more surprised to see me, or me them! Anyway, I sat down with my friend and we had a good long talk. I didn’t realize how much I missed him. He has been living with Parkinson’s for many years. It has visibly gotten worse. He is popping pills like candy to keep things under some semblance of control. It hurt my heart to see it but I knew that pity was not what he wanted or needed. Especially after he told me about the declining health of his partner. So I listened and gave him kudos for everything he is overcoming. We sat and talked for several hours.

On the other note, I did hear from the editor, she did apologize and ask what she could do to make it right. I wrote her back suggesting that she let reviewers know if she is going to publish things (especially after saying no and several years passing). I guess she does it with articles but not reviews. Since payment was a copy of the magazine (which I already had obviously) I declined. Hopefully my issue helps another writer down the road.

I don’t think tomorrow morning’s post will be very long. I will be up at 4:30am to be ready to go at 5:30am. Sigh… neither of us are morning people. But since I am “used to” being up I said I would drive. She works nights with Chris so at that time she is just getting to sleep. Part of me wants her to drive because she knows exactly where we are going (she’s been there before) but I am worried about the lack of sleep thing. And I need to do it. I would’ve been driving anyway. But Sunday’s post will be filled with interesting writerly information!

A thick fog is rolling in from the… well from everywhere by the looks of it. Ironically Stella and I watched the original The Fog with Jaime Lee Curtis last night before bed. It seems like a good time to wrap this up and get to work on the novel. I woke up early and the house is still silent. Thank you for the love and support! Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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