Happy Almost July …

inside gazeboGreetings on this overcast, but hot and humid morning from very South Georgia!

I was up and to the gym early this morning, then a bagel and coffee, a check of the emails, twenty minutes of meditation, and we’re ready to go! Errands today include a brief stop at my office in the Honors College, pick up meds at CVS, and replentish some staples at Publix. I hope to be back in time to write about 2000 words and reward myself with a few swim intervals. I’m cooking Shepherd’s Pie tonight from the Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook. After dinner, perhaps just a wee dram of Glenmorangie single malt scotch!

Reading News – I finished Jane Haddam’s Festival of Death and I’m now starting Cynthia Harrod-Eagles’s Dear Departed. Next up will probably be Donna Leon’s Beastly Things. I hope you’re doing some reading this summer. If you’re reading any books from my list, please let me know so we can compare notes.

Travel News – My buds from the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music have returned from their 16-day European tour. Judging from the photos and reports, it was lots of fun and very successful. I’m going with the Georgia Ambassadors next summer. Incidentally, I’ll be composing some music to be performed on that tour! As for personal/family travel, I’ll be returning to Santa Fe the first week in August to see Alek in Daughter of the Regiment. Additionally, I’d like to squeeze in a day to the beach at either, Jeckyl Island, St. Augustine, or Cedar Key.

Relaxed MoxieNB. It just started raining like crazy and our resident frog, who is quite vocal, is having a great time! The oblivious Moxie is asleep on the couch …

July News – I do a vocal masterclass tomorrow for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program singers. Also in July, I’m going to make a concentrated effort to write 2000 words per day on the Cedar Key mystery novel (untitled at the moment). I’m hoping to be at 60,000 words by the end of the month. That a real self-disciplinary challenge for me! The good news is that I think I’m coming out of the slump and the ideas/words seem to be flowing again!

Okay, time for a quick lunch and then I’m off! Thanks to Rebecca Lanning for another comment here. I would love it if more of you would reply, comment, like, subscribe, share, and all the rest of it. When the book is done, I’ll embark on an interesting marketing plan that should generate lots more activity!

IMG_0148I hope everyone is well and enjoying the summer. I’ll see you soon, online!  -JAS

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2 Responses to Happy Almost July …

  1. Mike Skerritt says:

    I’ve made three attempts to write a novel. All three are in limbo, with two out of the three ready to be deleted. Those two were puerile. A high school student could do better. The third has possibilities. The problem is that I am an engineer trying to write about things I know very little about. Nobody except other engineers is interested in technical stories. It’s has to be about love, hate, sex, and/or violence. And while I do have some experience in the first three, experience of the fourth is from the front page of the NY Times. And when TV and movies have offered just about every possible plot that could ever be, it’s hard to be original. I guess that is why there are so many re-makes of old movies. In any event, if and when I return to this venture I shall base it on my vast experience in engineering and manufacturing, and see what comes out. Good luck, Jim!

    • jshrader says:

      Mike,
      Thanks so much for the reply. It’s a struggle – particularly the self discipline of just sitting down and writing something every day! I’m hoping that I can do this in retirement, but, when I was ready to retire, I was pulled back into academia! Summers are basically free now that I’m no longer doing full-time administration, but August to May it’s still tough to commit to a regular writing time. I decided to keep doing the university thing until the end of the 2018 spring term – then – watch out writing world. I’ve got two mysteries in progress and one seems to be moving along pretty well. We’ll see if I can get close to 50/60K by the end of July! Again, thanks for the comment. I think about our time together quite often. Love to all! -Jim

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