July 25, 2003

Keeping Busy

Last night was the first meeting of my new Writer's Group. This group is led by Cathleen Rountree who was my instructor at UC Santa Cruz Extension Writing Workshops. The group has 8 people including a woman who commutes from Lake Tahoe (3 hours!). All of us are serious writers and had to provide a writing sample to be accepted to the group.

The meeting went really well. We meet in San Mateo which is just South of San Francisco and about 45 minutes away from me. We all got to share our work (as we will do every meeting). My work was well-received. People laughed in the right places, cried in the right places...okay, there wasn't any crying, but it went over well. I got some good suggestions for my piece (which happens to be Chapter 1 of my novel). Our group will meet every other Thursday for 10 meetings (5 months) so I really think this will be a good opportunity to make some real progress on my book and get a lot of good feedback. I was lamenting the fact that I didn't have such a group when this opportunity came along--very serendipitous!

Men, ignore this part: I shaved my legs this morning and missed a strip of hair. Don't you hate it when that happens?

We found out that our neighbors have a webpage for their daycare. I'm not going to link it here, lest they come back and read the not-so-nice things I've said about them. They were much quieter this morning so hopefully things will continue this way. Their page said they have one dog, but we always hear two, a big dog and a small one, in their yard. Hmmm. Their webpage does NOT mention that Duke, the German Shepherd, is an ex-police dog. He seems like a very nice dog though. They're always saying things like "Duke, sit! Siiiiiiit! Siiiiit!" and Duke is whining like "Sit? I could build you a nuclear power plant. Can I? Can I?" I don't think they're taking full advantage of Duke's training and potential.

Scout is, of course, very good at "sit." It's really the only command she follows, but she follows it VERY well.

Kevin promises that this weekend we'll have some vacation photos online so look for links soon!

Posted by Shelby at July 25, 2003 06:37 PM