The List of Ten Desired Things

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copyedits with my cat lying on them

Joanna here.

I was going to write a long post on The Life of Regency Dogs, which is an interesting topic and I will get to it some other time, but I’m feeling strung out and stunned and exhilarated all at the same time and thought I’d indulge myself in doing a more personal post.

I’ve just finished the copyedits of Beauty Like the Night, which will be out August 1 and is available for pre-order. I sent in the copyedits on Tuesday morning very, very early. Oh Dark Hundred as we call it.

What this means in the Great Journey of Publishing is that I have let BLTN go. I’ve pried my fingers off the story. I will try not to think about how it fails and succeeds and what readers are going to say about it. I have, metaphorically, handed BLTN its lunchbox and waved goodbye and I watch it catch the schoolbus.

I am a woman, if not at leisure, at least a woman between projects.

What does such a woman do when she can pick and choose among all the duties and delights of life. All the practical necessary stuff I’ve put off must now be done. Those many nonproductive things that give me joy are now possible.

So. What were the first ten things this free and unconstrained woman chose to do?

1) Wash the dishes

I had acquired an embarrassingly extensive and varied collection in the sink while I sprinted toward the deadline on those copyedits. Being the minimalist cabin-dweller in the hills that I am, all this dishwashing must be done by hand and that takes time.

Things were getting grotty.

2) Fix the ceiling.

I am in the middle of the long project entitled “The Roof Leaks”. We may consider it performance art.

Awench Reed roof

This is not what my roof looks like.
This is a much more interesting roof

Last week came a small team of vigorous men to fix the outside of the roof. This involved walking around up there in danger of their lives and removing all the shingles and also a bunch of plasticky stuff that was supposed to keep out the rain but had ultimately failed in its purpose.

At various points in those days I talked with the chief of the nice men who were tossing shingles down — Whee! — and nodded knowledgeably while he described shingles, the materials one lays under the shingles which has a name I forget, the history of roof material choice in the Appalachian Mountains in the 20th and 21st centuries, and the pitch of the roof, which is apparently suboptimal but not as bad as the local recreational development four mountains south of me.

Anyhow, this has been a continuing Saga of the Roof. Now that new shingles are on I cordially receive the man who fixes the damage to the inside of the house. He comes not as whole battalions but as a single spy (That’s kinda a Shakespeare quote to dress the posting up a bit) and he is going to do the work in sections. I am not entirely sure why.

I did not see him do the first section of the work because I was either asleep or out, but it is very pretty.

Interaction with my ceiling-repair-person was item two on the list of ‘What Do You Do When You’re Not Writing?’ which is something folks ask you on interviews and therefore obviously a question of burning interest to the reader.

Aqwnch sleep

a largely symbolic representation of me sleeping and the cat checking me out

3) Sleep

At that point I had been awake 24 hours and I was getting punchy. I grabbed a leisurely 2 hours of sleep. I did not sleep longer because fixing ceilings is noisy and that was going on in the next room. Thus we compromise with the dictates of reality.

4) Drive to the Big City

The big city near me — it’s not terribly big. About 40,000 — is an hour away. It was a wholly pleasant drive and I delighted in it. Takes about an hour. Beautiful day.

5) Have lunch at a restaurant

There's an Indian place with a big generous buffet and the most weird and wonderful people come there. The clothing choices of the customers make me look quite ordinary. They all seem to have just got back from Nepal or Peru.

Awenchmoom6) Read a book just for pleasure.

Over muttar panir I started Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch which, for a pleasant change, has nothing to do with Romance genre or European history.

7) Get coffee … and tea Coffee flower

After lunch I went to Whole Foods, just to get coffee. My Indian restaurant, much though I love them and excellent as their chai is, cannot make coffee worth a damn. I forgive them for this, but I still go buy my coffee elsewhere because life is too short to drink bad coffee.

I picked up two boxes of tea at Whole Foods because I was almost out. The long, exhausting copyedits were accompanied by a cup of (usually cold) tea at my elbow, faithful companion.

8) Impulsively mini shop

As I drove home I noticed one of the local church rummage shops was having a ‘buy a bagful’ sale, so I went in and bought a red cotton dress with pockets and two lovely medium-sized baskets and talked to the several must-be-100-year-old ladies who run the place and give useful life advice to everybody who comes in.

Aalibrar9) Get my hair cut

This was a bit scary. My last haircutter ran off to a new life in some little town or other that is not local. So I went to a place beside one of the coffeeshops I frequent.

The haircut is either innovative or bizarre. I'm still deciding.

10) Library

(I’m using library as a verb.) I libraried. I found two general histories of early C18 France, which I will need for the next story. Probably. I also picked up the latest Jayne Ann Krentz to give me a happy hour.

So that’s the first ten things I do when the shackles are thrown off and I go wild.

What about you? What ten indulgences or necessities would sweep you up if you had a complete vacation from work, kids, school, or robbing banks or whatever it is you mostly do?

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145 thoughts on “The List of Ten Desired Things”

  1. LOL! While my ‘twixt book activities may vary in detail, the gist is very similar. One thing I also do is Lunch, as in call friends to ascertain that we’re both alive and kicking, and set up a time to Lunch.

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  2. LOL! While my ‘twixt book activities may vary in detail, the gist is very similar. One thing I also do is Lunch, as in call friends to ascertain that we’re both alive and kicking, and set up a time to Lunch.

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  3. LOL! While my ‘twixt book activities may vary in detail, the gist is very similar. One thing I also do is Lunch, as in call friends to ascertain that we’re both alive and kicking, and set up a time to Lunch.

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  4. LOL! While my ‘twixt book activities may vary in detail, the gist is very similar. One thing I also do is Lunch, as in call friends to ascertain that we’re both alive and kicking, and set up a time to Lunch.

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  5. LOL! While my ‘twixt book activities may vary in detail, the gist is very similar. One thing I also do is Lunch, as in call friends to ascertain that we’re both alive and kicking, and set up a time to Lunch.

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  6. I’m exhausted after five days in Greece, that I cannot do advanced math like count to 10, so this my take on my weekend vacations. Because I’m in a strange country, I use about every third weekend to go see and do. I have to do hair, nails, lunches, on about every other third weekend. Then there’s the sleep/veg/dishes third weekend. My adventures yield pictures, and I now have photo software to enhance pictures, so I then either email finished pictures or use an app to create a photo post card over the next couple of days in the evenings. So my non-work hours right now revolve around sight-seeing and reliving my sight-seeing. My reading has decreased a lot. But this gig is only going on for another two years, so I living in the moment.

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  7. I’m exhausted after five days in Greece, that I cannot do advanced math like count to 10, so this my take on my weekend vacations. Because I’m in a strange country, I use about every third weekend to go see and do. I have to do hair, nails, lunches, on about every other third weekend. Then there’s the sleep/veg/dishes third weekend. My adventures yield pictures, and I now have photo software to enhance pictures, so I then either email finished pictures or use an app to create a photo post card over the next couple of days in the evenings. So my non-work hours right now revolve around sight-seeing and reliving my sight-seeing. My reading has decreased a lot. But this gig is only going on for another two years, so I living in the moment.

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  8. I’m exhausted after five days in Greece, that I cannot do advanced math like count to 10, so this my take on my weekend vacations. Because I’m in a strange country, I use about every third weekend to go see and do. I have to do hair, nails, lunches, on about every other third weekend. Then there’s the sleep/veg/dishes third weekend. My adventures yield pictures, and I now have photo software to enhance pictures, so I then either email finished pictures or use an app to create a photo post card over the next couple of days in the evenings. So my non-work hours right now revolve around sight-seeing and reliving my sight-seeing. My reading has decreased a lot. But this gig is only going on for another two years, so I living in the moment.

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  9. I’m exhausted after five days in Greece, that I cannot do advanced math like count to 10, so this my take on my weekend vacations. Because I’m in a strange country, I use about every third weekend to go see and do. I have to do hair, nails, lunches, on about every other third weekend. Then there’s the sleep/veg/dishes third weekend. My adventures yield pictures, and I now have photo software to enhance pictures, so I then either email finished pictures or use an app to create a photo post card over the next couple of days in the evenings. So my non-work hours right now revolve around sight-seeing and reliving my sight-seeing. My reading has decreased a lot. But this gig is only going on for another two years, so I living in the moment.

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  10. I’m exhausted after five days in Greece, that I cannot do advanced math like count to 10, so this my take on my weekend vacations. Because I’m in a strange country, I use about every third weekend to go see and do. I have to do hair, nails, lunches, on about every other third weekend. Then there’s the sleep/veg/dishes third weekend. My adventures yield pictures, and I now have photo software to enhance pictures, so I then either email finished pictures or use an app to create a photo post card over the next couple of days in the evenings. So my non-work hours right now revolve around sight-seeing and reliving my sight-seeing. My reading has decreased a lot. But this gig is only going on for another two years, so I living in the moment.

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  11. #1 involves tea and a book and a blanket. #2 is a very long walk in the sunshine. After that the things get jumbled into whatever feels important. *I have been known to go to a local bookstore, find a book I would NEVER buy and sit down with a tea and read it. Sounds odd but it introduces me to things I would otherwise miss. *Go eat sushi by myself. No one to judge how much sushi I order LOL *Call a friend I haven’t seen in awhile and meet them for lunch/coffee *Purge my closet. May not have a spot on most peoples lists, but I always want to live small and my closet tends to be the place that balloons fastest. *Make bread. *Play pool *Ask my husband to take me for a drive to nowhere in particular and let the sun revive my soul. *The very last of my list is a phone conversation with my baby sister who is the one person that can entice me to voluntarily talk on the phone since she is hundreds and hundreds of miles away. That is always a good day.

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  12. #1 involves tea and a book and a blanket. #2 is a very long walk in the sunshine. After that the things get jumbled into whatever feels important. *I have been known to go to a local bookstore, find a book I would NEVER buy and sit down with a tea and read it. Sounds odd but it introduces me to things I would otherwise miss. *Go eat sushi by myself. No one to judge how much sushi I order LOL *Call a friend I haven’t seen in awhile and meet them for lunch/coffee *Purge my closet. May not have a spot on most peoples lists, but I always want to live small and my closet tends to be the place that balloons fastest. *Make bread. *Play pool *Ask my husband to take me for a drive to nowhere in particular and let the sun revive my soul. *The very last of my list is a phone conversation with my baby sister who is the one person that can entice me to voluntarily talk on the phone since she is hundreds and hundreds of miles away. That is always a good day.

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  13. #1 involves tea and a book and a blanket. #2 is a very long walk in the sunshine. After that the things get jumbled into whatever feels important. *I have been known to go to a local bookstore, find a book I would NEVER buy and sit down with a tea and read it. Sounds odd but it introduces me to things I would otherwise miss. *Go eat sushi by myself. No one to judge how much sushi I order LOL *Call a friend I haven’t seen in awhile and meet them for lunch/coffee *Purge my closet. May not have a spot on most peoples lists, but I always want to live small and my closet tends to be the place that balloons fastest. *Make bread. *Play pool *Ask my husband to take me for a drive to nowhere in particular and let the sun revive my soul. *The very last of my list is a phone conversation with my baby sister who is the one person that can entice me to voluntarily talk on the phone since she is hundreds and hundreds of miles away. That is always a good day.

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  14. #1 involves tea and a book and a blanket. #2 is a very long walk in the sunshine. After that the things get jumbled into whatever feels important. *I have been known to go to a local bookstore, find a book I would NEVER buy and sit down with a tea and read it. Sounds odd but it introduces me to things I would otherwise miss. *Go eat sushi by myself. No one to judge how much sushi I order LOL *Call a friend I haven’t seen in awhile and meet them for lunch/coffee *Purge my closet. May not have a spot on most peoples lists, but I always want to live small and my closet tends to be the place that balloons fastest. *Make bread. *Play pool *Ask my husband to take me for a drive to nowhere in particular and let the sun revive my soul. *The very last of my list is a phone conversation with my baby sister who is the one person that can entice me to voluntarily talk on the phone since she is hundreds and hundreds of miles away. That is always a good day.

    Reply
  15. #1 involves tea and a book and a blanket. #2 is a very long walk in the sunshine. After that the things get jumbled into whatever feels important. *I have been known to go to a local bookstore, find a book I would NEVER buy and sit down with a tea and read it. Sounds odd but it introduces me to things I would otherwise miss. *Go eat sushi by myself. No one to judge how much sushi I order LOL *Call a friend I haven’t seen in awhile and meet them for lunch/coffee *Purge my closet. May not have a spot on most peoples lists, but I always want to live small and my closet tends to be the place that balloons fastest. *Make bread. *Play pool *Ask my husband to take me for a drive to nowhere in particular and let the sun revive my soul. *The very last of my list is a phone conversation with my baby sister who is the one person that can entice me to voluntarily talk on the phone since she is hundreds and hundreds of miles away. That is always a good day.

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  16. I lunch too, Mary Jo. I also phone chat. I have a couple of friends whom I rarely see because we do not live near one another, but we set up phone time and talk for two or three hours. We exchange email often, but there is something particularly satisfying about hearing a friend’s voice and knowing we have time to leisurely discuss “cabbages and kings.”
    I also spend one-on-one time with the grands. They are all growing up so fast, and though I miss the exuberant hugs, sticky kisses, and excuses for reading childrens’ books (although the eight-year-old and the eight-month-old still offer those joys when I see them), I enjoy the interesting people the twelve-to-twenty-one-year-old kids are becoming.I love hearing about the latest Rick Riordan from one, the history course on the Vietnam War era from another, and the saga of a rescued puppy from yet another

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  17. I lunch too, Mary Jo. I also phone chat. I have a couple of friends whom I rarely see because we do not live near one another, but we set up phone time and talk for two or three hours. We exchange email often, but there is something particularly satisfying about hearing a friend’s voice and knowing we have time to leisurely discuss “cabbages and kings.”
    I also spend one-on-one time with the grands. They are all growing up so fast, and though I miss the exuberant hugs, sticky kisses, and excuses for reading childrens’ books (although the eight-year-old and the eight-month-old still offer those joys when I see them), I enjoy the interesting people the twelve-to-twenty-one-year-old kids are becoming.I love hearing about the latest Rick Riordan from one, the history course on the Vietnam War era from another, and the saga of a rescued puppy from yet another

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  18. I lunch too, Mary Jo. I also phone chat. I have a couple of friends whom I rarely see because we do not live near one another, but we set up phone time and talk for two or three hours. We exchange email often, but there is something particularly satisfying about hearing a friend’s voice and knowing we have time to leisurely discuss “cabbages and kings.”
    I also spend one-on-one time with the grands. They are all growing up so fast, and though I miss the exuberant hugs, sticky kisses, and excuses for reading childrens’ books (although the eight-year-old and the eight-month-old still offer those joys when I see them), I enjoy the interesting people the twelve-to-twenty-one-year-old kids are becoming.I love hearing about the latest Rick Riordan from one, the history course on the Vietnam War era from another, and the saga of a rescued puppy from yet another

    Reply
  19. I lunch too, Mary Jo. I also phone chat. I have a couple of friends whom I rarely see because we do not live near one another, but we set up phone time and talk for two or three hours. We exchange email often, but there is something particularly satisfying about hearing a friend’s voice and knowing we have time to leisurely discuss “cabbages and kings.”
    I also spend one-on-one time with the grands. They are all growing up so fast, and though I miss the exuberant hugs, sticky kisses, and excuses for reading childrens’ books (although the eight-year-old and the eight-month-old still offer those joys when I see them), I enjoy the interesting people the twelve-to-twenty-one-year-old kids are becoming.I love hearing about the latest Rick Riordan from one, the history course on the Vietnam War era from another, and the saga of a rescued puppy from yet another

    Reply
  20. I lunch too, Mary Jo. I also phone chat. I have a couple of friends whom I rarely see because we do not live near one another, but we set up phone time and talk for two or three hours. We exchange email often, but there is something particularly satisfying about hearing a friend’s voice and knowing we have time to leisurely discuss “cabbages and kings.”
    I also spend one-on-one time with the grands. They are all growing up so fast, and though I miss the exuberant hugs, sticky kisses, and excuses for reading childrens’ books (although the eight-year-old and the eight-month-old still offer those joys when I see them), I enjoy the interesting people the twelve-to-twenty-one-year-old kids are becoming.I love hearing about the latest Rick Riordan from one, the history course on the Vietnam War era from another, and the saga of a rescued puppy from yet another

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  21. I forgot to add that I preordered my copy of Beauty Like the Night, Joanna. I love waking up to a highly anticipated book waiting for me on my Kindle.

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  22. I forgot to add that I preordered my copy of Beauty Like the Night, Joanna. I love waking up to a highly anticipated book waiting for me on my Kindle.

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  23. I forgot to add that I preordered my copy of Beauty Like the Night, Joanna. I love waking up to a highly anticipated book waiting for me on my Kindle.

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  24. I forgot to add that I preordered my copy of Beauty Like the Night, Joanna. I love waking up to a highly anticipated book waiting for me on my Kindle.

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  25. I forgot to add that I preordered my copy of Beauty Like the Night, Joanna. I love waking up to a highly anticipated book waiting for me on my Kindle.

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  26. Living in the moment in Greece sounds perfectly lovely. I’d love to go walking round taking pictures. A much more active and exciting life than my own.
    I, too, have been so busy that I had no time to read at all. I suffer when that happens.

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  27. Living in the moment in Greece sounds perfectly lovely. I’d love to go walking round taking pictures. A much more active and exciting life than my own.
    I, too, have been so busy that I had no time to read at all. I suffer when that happens.

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  28. Living in the moment in Greece sounds perfectly lovely. I’d love to go walking round taking pictures. A much more active and exciting life than my own.
    I, too, have been so busy that I had no time to read at all. I suffer when that happens.

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  29. Living in the moment in Greece sounds perfectly lovely. I’d love to go walking round taking pictures. A much more active and exciting life than my own.
    I, too, have been so busy that I had no time to read at all. I suffer when that happens.

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  30. Living in the moment in Greece sounds perfectly lovely. I’d love to go walking round taking pictures. A much more active and exciting life than my own.
    I, too, have been so busy that I had no time to read at all. I suffer when that happens.

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  31. I’m putting together an extensive set of future fun. For instance, tomorrow I’ll wash the dog. I’ll go eat Mexican. And … do the taxes.
    Arrrgh.
    The cleaning of the closets is an intriguing idea. I haven’t done that for a while. Maybe I should.

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  32. I’m putting together an extensive set of future fun. For instance, tomorrow I’ll wash the dog. I’ll go eat Mexican. And … do the taxes.
    Arrrgh.
    The cleaning of the closets is an intriguing idea. I haven’t done that for a while. Maybe I should.

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  33. I’m putting together an extensive set of future fun. For instance, tomorrow I’ll wash the dog. I’ll go eat Mexican. And … do the taxes.
    Arrrgh.
    The cleaning of the closets is an intriguing idea. I haven’t done that for a while. Maybe I should.

    Reply
  34. I’m putting together an extensive set of future fun. For instance, tomorrow I’ll wash the dog. I’ll go eat Mexican. And … do the taxes.
    Arrrgh.
    The cleaning of the closets is an intriguing idea. I haven’t done that for a while. Maybe I should.

    Reply
  35. I’m putting together an extensive set of future fun. For instance, tomorrow I’ll wash the dog. I’ll go eat Mexican. And … do the taxes.
    Arrrgh.
    The cleaning of the closets is an intriguing idea. I haven’t done that for a while. Maybe I should.

    Reply
  36. I do so hope you like it, Janga. I never seem to have my kindle with me when I want to read something. It’s heavy with good books TBR.
    The kindle is still a strange and marvelous object for me. Not an everyday sorta thing.

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  37. I do so hope you like it, Janga. I never seem to have my kindle with me when I want to read something. It’s heavy with good books TBR.
    The kindle is still a strange and marvelous object for me. Not an everyday sorta thing.

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  38. I do so hope you like it, Janga. I never seem to have my kindle with me when I want to read something. It’s heavy with good books TBR.
    The kindle is still a strange and marvelous object for me. Not an everyday sorta thing.

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  39. I do so hope you like it, Janga. I never seem to have my kindle with me when I want to read something. It’s heavy with good books TBR.
    The kindle is still a strange and marvelous object for me. Not an everyday sorta thing.

    Reply
  40. I do so hope you like it, Janga. I never seem to have my kindle with me when I want to read something. It’s heavy with good books TBR.
    The kindle is still a strange and marvelous object for me. Not an everyday sorta thing.

    Reply
  41. Just finished and released a novelette last week. The next project beckons, but at the moment, I’m delving into books that I didn’t write! Hitting libraries and bookstores, hunting up my old comfort reads. And cooking. Trying out new recipes. I’d love to have A Day Out and be semi-sociable again, now that the rainy weather in my neck of the woods has cleared up. I think writers live so much in their own heads and their own worlds while working, that we emerge blinking and dazed by the reminder that the outside world exists and should be relished too.
    Looking forward to BTLN, Joanna. I do enjoy the Napoleonic espionage world you’ve built.

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  42. Just finished and released a novelette last week. The next project beckons, but at the moment, I’m delving into books that I didn’t write! Hitting libraries and bookstores, hunting up my old comfort reads. And cooking. Trying out new recipes. I’d love to have A Day Out and be semi-sociable again, now that the rainy weather in my neck of the woods has cleared up. I think writers live so much in their own heads and their own worlds while working, that we emerge blinking and dazed by the reminder that the outside world exists and should be relished too.
    Looking forward to BTLN, Joanna. I do enjoy the Napoleonic espionage world you’ve built.

    Reply
  43. Just finished and released a novelette last week. The next project beckons, but at the moment, I’m delving into books that I didn’t write! Hitting libraries and bookstores, hunting up my old comfort reads. And cooking. Trying out new recipes. I’d love to have A Day Out and be semi-sociable again, now that the rainy weather in my neck of the woods has cleared up. I think writers live so much in their own heads and their own worlds while working, that we emerge blinking and dazed by the reminder that the outside world exists and should be relished too.
    Looking forward to BTLN, Joanna. I do enjoy the Napoleonic espionage world you’ve built.

    Reply
  44. Just finished and released a novelette last week. The next project beckons, but at the moment, I’m delving into books that I didn’t write! Hitting libraries and bookstores, hunting up my old comfort reads. And cooking. Trying out new recipes. I’d love to have A Day Out and be semi-sociable again, now that the rainy weather in my neck of the woods has cleared up. I think writers live so much in their own heads and their own worlds while working, that we emerge blinking and dazed by the reminder that the outside world exists and should be relished too.
    Looking forward to BTLN, Joanna. I do enjoy the Napoleonic espionage world you’ve built.

    Reply
  45. Just finished and released a novelette last week. The next project beckons, but at the moment, I’m delving into books that I didn’t write! Hitting libraries and bookstores, hunting up my old comfort reads. And cooking. Trying out new recipes. I’d love to have A Day Out and be semi-sociable again, now that the rainy weather in my neck of the woods has cleared up. I think writers live so much in their own heads and their own worlds while working, that we emerge blinking and dazed by the reminder that the outside world exists and should be relished too.
    Looking forward to BTLN, Joanna. I do enjoy the Napoleonic espionage world you’ve built.

    Reply
  46. I took a break on a long weekend a few weeks ago and I…. installed a closet organizer in a 7 foot long closet with sliding doors!!! Oh, did I feel like I accomplished something!! As I emptied the closet and then put some things back, I was able to purge items I no longer wanted to wear. It felt so GOOD to put some organization to part of my life!! and it is much easier to get dressed in the morning!!
    (I think I may have overdone the exclamation points)

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  47. I took a break on a long weekend a few weeks ago and I…. installed a closet organizer in a 7 foot long closet with sliding doors!!! Oh, did I feel like I accomplished something!! As I emptied the closet and then put some things back, I was able to purge items I no longer wanted to wear. It felt so GOOD to put some organization to part of my life!! and it is much easier to get dressed in the morning!!
    (I think I may have overdone the exclamation points)

    Reply
  48. I took a break on a long weekend a few weeks ago and I…. installed a closet organizer in a 7 foot long closet with sliding doors!!! Oh, did I feel like I accomplished something!! As I emptied the closet and then put some things back, I was able to purge items I no longer wanted to wear. It felt so GOOD to put some organization to part of my life!! and it is much easier to get dressed in the morning!!
    (I think I may have overdone the exclamation points)

    Reply
  49. I took a break on a long weekend a few weeks ago and I…. installed a closet organizer in a 7 foot long closet with sliding doors!!! Oh, did I feel like I accomplished something!! As I emptied the closet and then put some things back, I was able to purge items I no longer wanted to wear. It felt so GOOD to put some organization to part of my life!! and it is much easier to get dressed in the morning!!
    (I think I may have overdone the exclamation points)

    Reply
  50. I took a break on a long weekend a few weeks ago and I…. installed a closet organizer in a 7 foot long closet with sliding doors!!! Oh, did I feel like I accomplished something!! As I emptied the closet and then put some things back, I was able to purge items I no longer wanted to wear. It felt so GOOD to put some organization to part of my life!! and it is much easier to get dressed in the morning!!
    (I think I may have overdone the exclamation points)

    Reply
  51. There is much joy to be found in the mundane. It seems I never have time between projects though because the projects never wholly end. But I have enjoyed hibernating in my pajamas all winter fiddling around.I too need a haircut and most especially a pedicure, but it seems like a lot of trouble to get dressed.
    I am also reading Ben Aaronovitch–The Hanging Tree–publication was delayed and I got antsy, but here it is in all its crazy glory. He is one of the few writers who tempt me to underline quotes on my Kindle.

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  52. There is much joy to be found in the mundane. It seems I never have time between projects though because the projects never wholly end. But I have enjoyed hibernating in my pajamas all winter fiddling around.I too need a haircut and most especially a pedicure, but it seems like a lot of trouble to get dressed.
    I am also reading Ben Aaronovitch–The Hanging Tree–publication was delayed and I got antsy, but here it is in all its crazy glory. He is one of the few writers who tempt me to underline quotes on my Kindle.

    Reply
  53. There is much joy to be found in the mundane. It seems I never have time between projects though because the projects never wholly end. But I have enjoyed hibernating in my pajamas all winter fiddling around.I too need a haircut and most especially a pedicure, but it seems like a lot of trouble to get dressed.
    I am also reading Ben Aaronovitch–The Hanging Tree–publication was delayed and I got antsy, but here it is in all its crazy glory. He is one of the few writers who tempt me to underline quotes on my Kindle.

    Reply
  54. There is much joy to be found in the mundane. It seems I never have time between projects though because the projects never wholly end. But I have enjoyed hibernating in my pajamas all winter fiddling around.I too need a haircut and most especially a pedicure, but it seems like a lot of trouble to get dressed.
    I am also reading Ben Aaronovitch–The Hanging Tree–publication was delayed and I got antsy, but here it is in all its crazy glory. He is one of the few writers who tempt me to underline quotes on my Kindle.

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  55. There is much joy to be found in the mundane. It seems I never have time between projects though because the projects never wholly end. But I have enjoyed hibernating in my pajamas all winter fiddling around.I too need a haircut and most especially a pedicure, but it seems like a lot of trouble to get dressed.
    I am also reading Ben Aaronovitch–The Hanging Tree–publication was delayed and I got antsy, but here it is in all its crazy glory. He is one of the few writers who tempt me to underline quotes on my Kindle.

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  56. Me, too!! I preordered this week (yours AND Mary Jo’s)
    …I do so enjoy your dry, wry sense of humor, Joanna. (and, psssst…did you notice you’re spelled “Joanne” in the replies? what can I say? I edit for a living)
    Delighted to know I can look forward to a new bundle of Joanna magic during the dog days of August!
    Cheers, Faith

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  57. Me, too!! I preordered this week (yours AND Mary Jo’s)
    …I do so enjoy your dry, wry sense of humor, Joanna. (and, psssst…did you notice you’re spelled “Joanne” in the replies? what can I say? I edit for a living)
    Delighted to know I can look forward to a new bundle of Joanna magic during the dog days of August!
    Cheers, Faith

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  58. Me, too!! I preordered this week (yours AND Mary Jo’s)
    …I do so enjoy your dry, wry sense of humor, Joanna. (and, psssst…did you notice you’re spelled “Joanne” in the replies? what can I say? I edit for a living)
    Delighted to know I can look forward to a new bundle of Joanna magic during the dog days of August!
    Cheers, Faith

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  59. Me, too!! I preordered this week (yours AND Mary Jo’s)
    …I do so enjoy your dry, wry sense of humor, Joanna. (and, psssst…did you notice you’re spelled “Joanne” in the replies? what can I say? I edit for a living)
    Delighted to know I can look forward to a new bundle of Joanna magic during the dog days of August!
    Cheers, Faith

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  60. Me, too!! I preordered this week (yours AND Mary Jo’s)
    …I do so enjoy your dry, wry sense of humor, Joanna. (and, psssst…did you notice you’re spelled “Joanne” in the replies? what can I say? I edit for a living)
    Delighted to know I can look forward to a new bundle of Joanna magic during the dog days of August!
    Cheers, Faith

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  61. Having been retired for 30 years (as long as I had worked for the company paying my retirement), I don’t truly have this problem anymore. But the answer is read! and do some of my stitchery projects! These have always been my refuge when stressed and my joy when I am faced with free time.
    And for the curious, I read (and reread) any type of romance, mysteries (thrillers, cozies, and stately homes) and Science Fiction and Fantasy— as long as the author writes good, character driven works. And I do mostly counted cross-stitch and needlepoint, make tote bags decorated with the above projects, and sometimes knit.

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  62. Having been retired for 30 years (as long as I had worked for the company paying my retirement), I don’t truly have this problem anymore. But the answer is read! and do some of my stitchery projects! These have always been my refuge when stressed and my joy when I am faced with free time.
    And for the curious, I read (and reread) any type of romance, mysteries (thrillers, cozies, and stately homes) and Science Fiction and Fantasy— as long as the author writes good, character driven works. And I do mostly counted cross-stitch and needlepoint, make tote bags decorated with the above projects, and sometimes knit.

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  63. Having been retired for 30 years (as long as I had worked for the company paying my retirement), I don’t truly have this problem anymore. But the answer is read! and do some of my stitchery projects! These have always been my refuge when stressed and my joy when I am faced with free time.
    And for the curious, I read (and reread) any type of romance, mysteries (thrillers, cozies, and stately homes) and Science Fiction and Fantasy— as long as the author writes good, character driven works. And I do mostly counted cross-stitch and needlepoint, make tote bags decorated with the above projects, and sometimes knit.

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  64. Having been retired for 30 years (as long as I had worked for the company paying my retirement), I don’t truly have this problem anymore. But the answer is read! and do some of my stitchery projects! These have always been my refuge when stressed and my joy when I am faced with free time.
    And for the curious, I read (and reread) any type of romance, mysteries (thrillers, cozies, and stately homes) and Science Fiction and Fantasy— as long as the author writes good, character driven works. And I do mostly counted cross-stitch and needlepoint, make tote bags decorated with the above projects, and sometimes knit.

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  65. Having been retired for 30 years (as long as I had worked for the company paying my retirement), I don’t truly have this problem anymore. But the answer is read! and do some of my stitchery projects! These have always been my refuge when stressed and my joy when I am faced with free time.
    And for the curious, I read (and reread) any type of romance, mysteries (thrillers, cozies, and stately homes) and Science Fiction and Fantasy— as long as the author writes good, character driven works. And I do mostly counted cross-stitch and needlepoint, make tote bags decorated with the above projects, and sometimes knit.

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  66. Recently, the nonprofit of which I am ED finished celebrating its 40th anniversary year – a very busy big deal – and I finished editing our two annual research reports, and found myself with the first weekend off in months. I am very embarrassed to say that the first thing I did was to move the Christmas decorations, which had made it only as far as a corner of the dining room, into boxes in the basement. Then I did a major grocery shop, since we’d been reduced to eating those odd things that people bring as hostess gifts, which I stash in the cupboard, believing that I will actually entertain again someday and use them. Several loads of laundry got washed, dried and folded while I drank tea and answered emails from friends seeking to find out if I still lived. Then my husband and I drove to our favorite walking beach, bundled up, and walked for hours–a very soul and sinus clearing exercise! And I spent one entire afternoon in my favorite chair, in the sunshine, with more tea, continuing my personal memorial tribute to Jo Beverley, which is re-reading all the Mallorens, and falling in love with Rothgar all over again.
    Wouldn’t it be healthy if we could plan such mini-breaks to happen at least once a calendar quarter?

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  67. Recently, the nonprofit of which I am ED finished celebrating its 40th anniversary year – a very busy big deal – and I finished editing our two annual research reports, and found myself with the first weekend off in months. I am very embarrassed to say that the first thing I did was to move the Christmas decorations, which had made it only as far as a corner of the dining room, into boxes in the basement. Then I did a major grocery shop, since we’d been reduced to eating those odd things that people bring as hostess gifts, which I stash in the cupboard, believing that I will actually entertain again someday and use them. Several loads of laundry got washed, dried and folded while I drank tea and answered emails from friends seeking to find out if I still lived. Then my husband and I drove to our favorite walking beach, bundled up, and walked for hours–a very soul and sinus clearing exercise! And I spent one entire afternoon in my favorite chair, in the sunshine, with more tea, continuing my personal memorial tribute to Jo Beverley, which is re-reading all the Mallorens, and falling in love with Rothgar all over again.
    Wouldn’t it be healthy if we could plan such mini-breaks to happen at least once a calendar quarter?

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  68. Recently, the nonprofit of which I am ED finished celebrating its 40th anniversary year – a very busy big deal – and I finished editing our two annual research reports, and found myself with the first weekend off in months. I am very embarrassed to say that the first thing I did was to move the Christmas decorations, which had made it only as far as a corner of the dining room, into boxes in the basement. Then I did a major grocery shop, since we’d been reduced to eating those odd things that people bring as hostess gifts, which I stash in the cupboard, believing that I will actually entertain again someday and use them. Several loads of laundry got washed, dried and folded while I drank tea and answered emails from friends seeking to find out if I still lived. Then my husband and I drove to our favorite walking beach, bundled up, and walked for hours–a very soul and sinus clearing exercise! And I spent one entire afternoon in my favorite chair, in the sunshine, with more tea, continuing my personal memorial tribute to Jo Beverley, which is re-reading all the Mallorens, and falling in love with Rothgar all over again.
    Wouldn’t it be healthy if we could plan such mini-breaks to happen at least once a calendar quarter?

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  69. Recently, the nonprofit of which I am ED finished celebrating its 40th anniversary year – a very busy big deal – and I finished editing our two annual research reports, and found myself with the first weekend off in months. I am very embarrassed to say that the first thing I did was to move the Christmas decorations, which had made it only as far as a corner of the dining room, into boxes in the basement. Then I did a major grocery shop, since we’d been reduced to eating those odd things that people bring as hostess gifts, which I stash in the cupboard, believing that I will actually entertain again someday and use them. Several loads of laundry got washed, dried and folded while I drank tea and answered emails from friends seeking to find out if I still lived. Then my husband and I drove to our favorite walking beach, bundled up, and walked for hours–a very soul and sinus clearing exercise! And I spent one entire afternoon in my favorite chair, in the sunshine, with more tea, continuing my personal memorial tribute to Jo Beverley, which is re-reading all the Mallorens, and falling in love with Rothgar all over again.
    Wouldn’t it be healthy if we could plan such mini-breaks to happen at least once a calendar quarter?

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  70. Recently, the nonprofit of which I am ED finished celebrating its 40th anniversary year – a very busy big deal – and I finished editing our two annual research reports, and found myself with the first weekend off in months. I am very embarrassed to say that the first thing I did was to move the Christmas decorations, which had made it only as far as a corner of the dining room, into boxes in the basement. Then I did a major grocery shop, since we’d been reduced to eating those odd things that people bring as hostess gifts, which I stash in the cupboard, believing that I will actually entertain again someday and use them. Several loads of laundry got washed, dried and folded while I drank tea and answered emails from friends seeking to find out if I still lived. Then my husband and I drove to our favorite walking beach, bundled up, and walked for hours–a very soul and sinus clearing exercise! And I spent one entire afternoon in my favorite chair, in the sunshine, with more tea, continuing my personal memorial tribute to Jo Beverley, which is re-reading all the Mallorens, and falling in love with Rothgar all over again.
    Wouldn’t it be healthy if we could plan such mini-breaks to happen at least once a calendar quarter?

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  71. I have never been in your position of finishing a wonderful project. But, I absolutely think all the choices you made were perfect. You finished an important job, and your down time should be a time when you do fun things, tedious things and things that Must Be Done.
    Right now I am (hopefully)recovering from the flu. When I feel better there are some projects I need to get done. And some of them are tedious. Most of them are things That Must Be Done. I will seek some fun stuff.

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  72. I have never been in your position of finishing a wonderful project. But, I absolutely think all the choices you made were perfect. You finished an important job, and your down time should be a time when you do fun things, tedious things and things that Must Be Done.
    Right now I am (hopefully)recovering from the flu. When I feel better there are some projects I need to get done. And some of them are tedious. Most of them are things That Must Be Done. I will seek some fun stuff.

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  73. I have never been in your position of finishing a wonderful project. But, I absolutely think all the choices you made were perfect. You finished an important job, and your down time should be a time when you do fun things, tedious things and things that Must Be Done.
    Right now I am (hopefully)recovering from the flu. When I feel better there are some projects I need to get done. And some of them are tedious. Most of them are things That Must Be Done. I will seek some fun stuff.

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  74. I have never been in your position of finishing a wonderful project. But, I absolutely think all the choices you made were perfect. You finished an important job, and your down time should be a time when you do fun things, tedious things and things that Must Be Done.
    Right now I am (hopefully)recovering from the flu. When I feel better there are some projects I need to get done. And some of them are tedious. Most of them are things That Must Be Done. I will seek some fun stuff.

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  75. I have never been in your position of finishing a wonderful project. But, I absolutely think all the choices you made were perfect. You finished an important job, and your down time should be a time when you do fun things, tedious things and things that Must Be Done.
    Right now I am (hopefully)recovering from the flu. When I feel better there are some projects I need to get done. And some of them are tedious. Most of them are things That Must Be Done. I will seek some fun stuff.

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  76. I hope never to be free of writing projects, for I would then be obliged to go through a bunch of boxes of stuff that I would rather ignore. This may be the deep psychological reason why I always have three or four projects going at the same time.
    Ben Aaronovitch’s books sound like great fun. Will definitely try one.

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  77. I hope never to be free of writing projects, for I would then be obliged to go through a bunch of boxes of stuff that I would rather ignore. This may be the deep psychological reason why I always have three or four projects going at the same time.
    Ben Aaronovitch’s books sound like great fun. Will definitely try one.

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  78. I hope never to be free of writing projects, for I would then be obliged to go through a bunch of boxes of stuff that I would rather ignore. This may be the deep psychological reason why I always have three or four projects going at the same time.
    Ben Aaronovitch’s books sound like great fun. Will definitely try one.

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  79. I hope never to be free of writing projects, for I would then be obliged to go through a bunch of boxes of stuff that I would rather ignore. This may be the deep psychological reason why I always have three or four projects going at the same time.
    Ben Aaronovitch’s books sound like great fun. Will definitely try one.

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  80. I hope never to be free of writing projects, for I would then be obliged to go through a bunch of boxes of stuff that I would rather ignore. This may be the deep psychological reason why I always have three or four projects going at the same time.
    Ben Aaronovitch’s books sound like great fun. Will definitely try one.

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  81. I hope I haven’t answered your message twice. I changed the operating system on my computer (that’s the big dealie that makes the whole thing work) and everything is so weird now.
    CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the novellette. That’s a difficult length to write at.
    You’re right about the blinky bit. It’s like moving from one world to another, isn’t it?

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  82. I hope I haven’t answered your message twice. I changed the operating system on my computer (that’s the big dealie that makes the whole thing work) and everything is so weird now.
    CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the novellette. That’s a difficult length to write at.
    You’re right about the blinky bit. It’s like moving from one world to another, isn’t it?

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  83. I hope I haven’t answered your message twice. I changed the operating system on my computer (that’s the big dealie that makes the whole thing work) and everything is so weird now.
    CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the novellette. That’s a difficult length to write at.
    You’re right about the blinky bit. It’s like moving from one world to another, isn’t it?

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  84. I hope I haven’t answered your message twice. I changed the operating system on my computer (that’s the big dealie that makes the whole thing work) and everything is so weird now.
    CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the novellette. That’s a difficult length to write at.
    You’re right about the blinky bit. It’s like moving from one world to another, isn’t it?

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  85. I hope I haven’t answered your message twice. I changed the operating system on my computer (that’s the big dealie that makes the whole thing work) and everything is so weird now.
    CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the novellette. That’s a difficult length to write at.
    You’re right about the blinky bit. It’s like moving from one world to another, isn’t it?

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  86. There can never be enough exclamation marks added to closet cleaning. I almost feel like doing it myself …
    Except that I should try on clothes and make some stern assessments, and I really hate doing that.

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  87. There can never be enough exclamation marks added to closet cleaning. I almost feel like doing it myself …
    Except that I should try on clothes and make some stern assessments, and I really hate doing that.

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  88. There can never be enough exclamation marks added to closet cleaning. I almost feel like doing it myself …
    Except that I should try on clothes and make some stern assessments, and I really hate doing that.

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  89. There can never be enough exclamation marks added to closet cleaning. I almost feel like doing it myself …
    Except that I should try on clothes and make some stern assessments, and I really hate doing that.

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  90. There can never be enough exclamation marks added to closet cleaning. I almost feel like doing it myself …
    Except that I should try on clothes and make some stern assessments, and I really hate doing that.

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  91. Thank you for the kind words. I cannot hear too much praise for the writing, especially when I’ve just turned in a work and can see ALL the mistakes.
    *sigh*
    I don’t pay much attention to the Joanne/Joanna riff because I’m ‘Jo’ everywhere else in the world. I didn’t use ‘Jo Bourne’ on the books because I was shelved so close to ‘Jo Beverley’ and I didn’t want to be picked up by mistake.
    (This was years before I ever met her, of course.)

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  92. Thank you for the kind words. I cannot hear too much praise for the writing, especially when I’ve just turned in a work and can see ALL the mistakes.
    *sigh*
    I don’t pay much attention to the Joanne/Joanna riff because I’m ‘Jo’ everywhere else in the world. I didn’t use ‘Jo Bourne’ on the books because I was shelved so close to ‘Jo Beverley’ and I didn’t want to be picked up by mistake.
    (This was years before I ever met her, of course.)

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  93. Thank you for the kind words. I cannot hear too much praise for the writing, especially when I’ve just turned in a work and can see ALL the mistakes.
    *sigh*
    I don’t pay much attention to the Joanne/Joanna riff because I’m ‘Jo’ everywhere else in the world. I didn’t use ‘Jo Bourne’ on the books because I was shelved so close to ‘Jo Beverley’ and I didn’t want to be picked up by mistake.
    (This was years before I ever met her, of course.)

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  94. Thank you for the kind words. I cannot hear too much praise for the writing, especially when I’ve just turned in a work and can see ALL the mistakes.
    *sigh*
    I don’t pay much attention to the Joanne/Joanna riff because I’m ‘Jo’ everywhere else in the world. I didn’t use ‘Jo Bourne’ on the books because I was shelved so close to ‘Jo Beverley’ and I didn’t want to be picked up by mistake.
    (This was years before I ever met her, of course.)

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  95. Thank you for the kind words. I cannot hear too much praise for the writing, especially when I’ve just turned in a work and can see ALL the mistakes.
    *sigh*
    I don’t pay much attention to the Joanne/Joanna riff because I’m ‘Jo’ everywhere else in the world. I didn’t use ‘Jo Bourne’ on the books because I was shelved so close to ‘Jo Beverley’ and I didn’t want to be picked up by mistake.
    (This was years before I ever met her, of course.)

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  96. I do like handwork. I never have the time because, frankly, typing on a computer is one of those things that just does not work well with knitting.
    I should do some knitting now while I’m between writing projects. You’ve got the right of it.

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  97. I do like handwork. I never have the time because, frankly, typing on a computer is one of those things that just does not work well with knitting.
    I should do some knitting now while I’m between writing projects. You’ve got the right of it.

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  98. I do like handwork. I never have the time because, frankly, typing on a computer is one of those things that just does not work well with knitting.
    I should do some knitting now while I’m between writing projects. You’ve got the right of it.

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  99. I do like handwork. I never have the time because, frankly, typing on a computer is one of those things that just does not work well with knitting.
    I should do some knitting now while I’m between writing projects. You’ve got the right of it.

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  100. I do like handwork. I never have the time because, frankly, typing on a computer is one of those things that just does not work well with knitting.
    I should do some knitting now while I’m between writing projects. You’ve got the right of it.

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  101. I gotta say that finishing a book is very much like recovering from the flu. You st in your chair and think … “Does anything hurt?”
    And, wonderfully, nothing does.
    Yes. Find yourself some fun stuff to do. Absolutely. Sometimes it.s throwing a pot. Sometimes it’s baking an apple pie. Sometimes it’s taking a cup of hot tea and standing in the window looking out at the sunrise.
    It’s what delights you. You deserve it after the hard time being sick. It’s a present to give yourself.

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  102. I gotta say that finishing a book is very much like recovering from the flu. You st in your chair and think … “Does anything hurt?”
    And, wonderfully, nothing does.
    Yes. Find yourself some fun stuff to do. Absolutely. Sometimes it.s throwing a pot. Sometimes it’s baking an apple pie. Sometimes it’s taking a cup of hot tea and standing in the window looking out at the sunrise.
    It’s what delights you. You deserve it after the hard time being sick. It’s a present to give yourself.

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  103. I gotta say that finishing a book is very much like recovering from the flu. You st in your chair and think … “Does anything hurt?”
    And, wonderfully, nothing does.
    Yes. Find yourself some fun stuff to do. Absolutely. Sometimes it.s throwing a pot. Sometimes it’s baking an apple pie. Sometimes it’s taking a cup of hot tea and standing in the window looking out at the sunrise.
    It’s what delights you. You deserve it after the hard time being sick. It’s a present to give yourself.

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  104. I gotta say that finishing a book is very much like recovering from the flu. You st in your chair and think … “Does anything hurt?”
    And, wonderfully, nothing does.
    Yes. Find yourself some fun stuff to do. Absolutely. Sometimes it.s throwing a pot. Sometimes it’s baking an apple pie. Sometimes it’s taking a cup of hot tea and standing in the window looking out at the sunrise.
    It’s what delights you. You deserve it after the hard time being sick. It’s a present to give yourself.

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  105. I gotta say that finishing a book is very much like recovering from the flu. You st in your chair and think … “Does anything hurt?”
    And, wonderfully, nothing does.
    Yes. Find yourself some fun stuff to do. Absolutely. Sometimes it.s throwing a pot. Sometimes it’s baking an apple pie. Sometimes it’s taking a cup of hot tea and standing in the window looking out at the sunrise.
    It’s what delights you. You deserve it after the hard time being sick. It’s a present to give yourself.

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  106. I had not seen that the threat of sorting through boxes (or some similar dreadful project) as what keeps writers writing.
    You may well be right.
    How many fine chapters have been written because the alternative was cleaning the oven … Hmm?
    Perhaps entire novels owe their existence to some tricky household renovation project.

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  107. I had not seen that the threat of sorting through boxes (or some similar dreadful project) as what keeps writers writing.
    You may well be right.
    How many fine chapters have been written because the alternative was cleaning the oven … Hmm?
    Perhaps entire novels owe their existence to some tricky household renovation project.

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  108. I had not seen that the threat of sorting through boxes (or some similar dreadful project) as what keeps writers writing.
    You may well be right.
    How many fine chapters have been written because the alternative was cleaning the oven … Hmm?
    Perhaps entire novels owe their existence to some tricky household renovation project.

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  109. I had not seen that the threat of sorting through boxes (or some similar dreadful project) as what keeps writers writing.
    You may well be right.
    How many fine chapters have been written because the alternative was cleaning the oven … Hmm?
    Perhaps entire novels owe their existence to some tricky household renovation project.

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  110. I had not seen that the threat of sorting through boxes (or some similar dreadful project) as what keeps writers writing.
    You may well be right.
    How many fine chapters have been written because the alternative was cleaning the oven … Hmm?
    Perhaps entire novels owe their existence to some tricky household renovation project.

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  111. I knew what would fit and what wouldn’t. Anything close but “not right now” went into a bin for short-term shortage with the out-of-season stuff.
    And I had to do this because I needed to eliminate some stressors and simplifying the ‘what to wear’ morning decisions was a big help. When I was done it was as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I was floating for days!

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  112. I knew what would fit and what wouldn’t. Anything close but “not right now” went into a bin for short-term shortage with the out-of-season stuff.
    And I had to do this because I needed to eliminate some stressors and simplifying the ‘what to wear’ morning decisions was a big help. When I was done it was as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I was floating for days!

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  113. I knew what would fit and what wouldn’t. Anything close but “not right now” went into a bin for short-term shortage with the out-of-season stuff.
    And I had to do this because I needed to eliminate some stressors and simplifying the ‘what to wear’ morning decisions was a big help. When I was done it was as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I was floating for days!

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  114. I knew what would fit and what wouldn’t. Anything close but “not right now” went into a bin for short-term shortage with the out-of-season stuff.
    And I had to do this because I needed to eliminate some stressors and simplifying the ‘what to wear’ morning decisions was a big help. When I was done it was as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I was floating for days!

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  115. I knew what would fit and what wouldn’t. Anything close but “not right now” went into a bin for short-term shortage with the out-of-season stuff.
    And I had to do this because I needed to eliminate some stressors and simplifying the ‘what to wear’ morning decisions was a big help. When I was done it was as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I was floating for days!

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  116. I enjoyed reading your list of ten things, Jo (see I even read the comments), but I’ll admit I was delighted to read your news concerning Beauty Like the Night. I’m very looking forward to reading Séverine’s story. I hope you’ll enjoy your respite/vacation/intermission from writing.

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  117. I enjoyed reading your list of ten things, Jo (see I even read the comments), but I’ll admit I was delighted to read your news concerning Beauty Like the Night. I’m very looking forward to reading Séverine’s story. I hope you’ll enjoy your respite/vacation/intermission from writing.

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  118. I enjoyed reading your list of ten things, Jo (see I even read the comments), but I’ll admit I was delighted to read your news concerning Beauty Like the Night. I’m very looking forward to reading Séverine’s story. I hope you’ll enjoy your respite/vacation/intermission from writing.

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  119. I enjoyed reading your list of ten things, Jo (see I even read the comments), but I’ll admit I was delighted to read your news concerning Beauty Like the Night. I’m very looking forward to reading Séverine’s story. I hope you’ll enjoy your respite/vacation/intermission from writing.

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  120. I enjoyed reading your list of ten things, Jo (see I even read the comments), but I’ll admit I was delighted to read your news concerning Beauty Like the Night. I’m very looking forward to reading Séverine’s story. I hope you’ll enjoy your respite/vacation/intermission from writing.

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  121. It’s lovely to be at the end of a project. I do hope you enjoy Beauty Like the Night.
    They’ve given me a cover (I’ll put it up on my blog next week and on FaceBook.) It’s very nice. A woman in evening clothes in the night. Lots of red and black. Mysterious stuff. *g*

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  122. It’s lovely to be at the end of a project. I do hope you enjoy Beauty Like the Night.
    They’ve given me a cover (I’ll put it up on my blog next week and on FaceBook.) It’s very nice. A woman in evening clothes in the night. Lots of red and black. Mysterious stuff. *g*

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  123. It’s lovely to be at the end of a project. I do hope you enjoy Beauty Like the Night.
    They’ve given me a cover (I’ll put it up on my blog next week and on FaceBook.) It’s very nice. A woman in evening clothes in the night. Lots of red and black. Mysterious stuff. *g*

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  124. It’s lovely to be at the end of a project. I do hope you enjoy Beauty Like the Night.
    They’ve given me a cover (I’ll put it up on my blog next week and on FaceBook.) It’s very nice. A woman in evening clothes in the night. Lots of red and black. Mysterious stuff. *g*

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  125. It’s lovely to be at the end of a project. I do hope you enjoy Beauty Like the Night.
    They’ve given me a cover (I’ll put it up on my blog next week and on FaceBook.) It’s very nice. A woman in evening clothes in the night. Lots of red and black. Mysterious stuff. *g*

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  126. You don’t have to be embarrassed about leaving the Christmas decorations up for a while. I had a good friend who ALWAYS left them up till Chinese New Year because she enjoyed them so much.
    And I says, “Why not?”
    The little things we do to unwind and to catch up on the everyday business of life and to find peace and comfort … these are important. Yes. We should find time for these. Schedule them. Vacation on them.

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  127. You don’t have to be embarrassed about leaving the Christmas decorations up for a while. I had a good friend who ALWAYS left them up till Chinese New Year because she enjoyed them so much.
    And I says, “Why not?”
    The little things we do to unwind and to catch up on the everyday business of life and to find peace and comfort … these are important. Yes. We should find time for these. Schedule them. Vacation on them.

    Reply
  128. You don’t have to be embarrassed about leaving the Christmas decorations up for a while. I had a good friend who ALWAYS left them up till Chinese New Year because she enjoyed them so much.
    And I says, “Why not?”
    The little things we do to unwind and to catch up on the everyday business of life and to find peace and comfort … these are important. Yes. We should find time for these. Schedule them. Vacation on them.

    Reply
  129. You don’t have to be embarrassed about leaving the Christmas decorations up for a while. I had a good friend who ALWAYS left them up till Chinese New Year because she enjoyed them so much.
    And I says, “Why not?”
    The little things we do to unwind and to catch up on the everyday business of life and to find peace and comfort … these are important. Yes. We should find time for these. Schedule them. Vacation on them.

    Reply
  130. You don’t have to be embarrassed about leaving the Christmas decorations up for a while. I had a good friend who ALWAYS left them up till Chinese New Year because she enjoyed them so much.
    And I says, “Why not?”
    The little things we do to unwind and to catch up on the everyday business of life and to find peace and comfort … these are important. Yes. We should find time for these. Schedule them. Vacation on them.

    Reply

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