Month: May 2010

Summer Arrives

So, this might be your first time here and that’s probably because you’ve been on the Girls with Insurance website recently. Welcome, and thank-you for reading my work. I do appreciate your time and interest and whatever little thing you do that makes you ‘you’.

One note, the poem you may have just read is based on a true story, just not mine — per se.

I’m writing this before that thread goes live- and to make another entry for May. “Write blog entry” has been on my list of things to do for at least a week now…

Family encounters seem to announce the arrival of Summer for me. I can’t tell you how many I’ve seen recently and plan to see many more Sunday at a picnic in Perry. I spent two hours on the phone with my sister last night, talking, trying to nudge her toward attending the picnic, too. It is always interesting to me that we fight but then can turn around and pick up a conversation as easily as we did when we were younger and sharing a bedroom with bare sheet rock walls and creosote dripping from the metal stove pipe.

I’d planned other things to write about, like how that piece was ‘finished’ as a flash on 7 May… How the members of my writer’s group are such fantastic people… How Dawn Corrigan is a great editor who helped change the flash into poetry… How she’s been thoughtful, encouraging and inspiring to me with my previous submissions and that’s what made this acceptance so wonderful – I feel lucky to have gotten a chance to work with her.

But you know how plans rarely tend to work out the way you think they will. That’s my own fault for making to-do lists at night. I have to ’quit making things so difficult’ and ’figure out end of Garrett story’ and ’make pasta salad’ and since the picnic is tomorrow and I just realized I don’t have salad dressing, this is the end of this post.

Thank-you for stopping by. It was nice to have been read by you.


Snow. Yes, It’s snowing…

For many years, I thought my husband was teasing (or possibly a wee bit lazy) since he insisted that – besides peas – nothing should be planted in the garden until Memorial Day weekend.  Yesterday there were brutal winds, and today snowflakes are flying around like it’s the end of October.  So, he was right.  Now I believe him.  With any luck it will warm up soon.  I’m opposed to starting a fire in May, unless it’s outside at the campsite or in the grill.

I’ve completed a new flash piece that I rather like.  I read it over the phone to Sheila and we tweaked one thing.  She didn’t like the choice of the word ‘fact’.  One word to change.  No big deal, right?  I would like to attest that in a 121 word piece of fiction, finding the ‘correct’ word for one that worked well enough was one, long arduous task involving a long phone conversation, thesauruses, dictionaries and text messaging.  We ended up with ‘inevitability’.  As soon as it’s published, you can see exactly how different that one word is to the text. Though, if you’re as impatient as I tend to be, you could email a request to read it.  I promise not to think less of you if you do.

The sun is shining now and I think I’ll go outside to enjoy it.  I started ‘The Imperfectionists’ by Tom Rachman and Hardy just let Rory move in with her so I want to see where that goes. After the write-up in the NY Times Book Review, how could I resist?  So that is an early anniversary present from my husband.  He’s so thoughtful!  No wonder we’re still together after ten years.