Bam. BAM! Bam.
That's my head hitting the brick wall of this novel draft.
Don't worry--no blood has been drawn yet.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Bam. BAM! Bam.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
I knew from the start that basenjis are tough little dogs but Cairo has been mostly playful and friendly, reserving his teeth-baring and growls for Chows and pit bulls. Then he met my father's (intact) 100-lb 18-month-old German Shepherd. Cairo made growls and whines and screams I've never heard and all he wanted to do was growl at that dog, steal his toys and rawhides, and jump at the German Shepherd when he was crated and Cairo was not. The Shepherd could put Cairo's head in his mouth with plenty of room to chew. Smallest dog around, biggest fucking attitude. I kept telling him:
- Stop being such a damn gangsta!
- All right now, Cairo "Katt Williams" Basenji!
- Why are you trying to make me look bad?
Friday, January 13, 2012
Friday, October 21, 2011
Oshi and he alternately hate each other, are nearly homicidally jealous of each other, or want to kill, or at least play roughly with, each other, and will not separate, no matter how loud the growling, hissing and scrambling get;
Thursday, October 6, 2011
This is totally out of character for me but I love this laundry detergent.
For most of my life, I've had various forms of rashes, mostly on my face, occasionally on my shoulders or arms. Once I started doing my own laundry and tried different detergents, I realized some made me break out more than others. [I went through the same trial-and-error with soaps. Oy. And don't ask about shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, lotions---a sensitivity that preceded fibromyalgia] Then fragrance- and dye-free detergents came out and I was able to link some breakouts to fragrances and dyes. I read a lot of labels and assumed as long as I was in this modern world, my forehead would continue to be scattered in, if not covered in, little skin-toned bumps.
Then we got a sample of Myndee Corkern's laundry detergent, that she created because she could not find one that didn't aggravate her daughter's eczema.
Oh. My. God. A subtle, clean smell in the clothes and sheets that leaves my forehead smooth. One little scoop [we have a front-loader/high-efficiency]. And the clothes are clean. I don't have to add borax or OxiClean or some other shit to get stuff clean, it just works. Check out Myndee's Etsy page. The scent names are NOLA style: Mardi Gras, Bananas Foster, Fleur de Lis. She has a Baby scent, too. AND she's local!---Fresh GraNOLA: small, woman-owned and -created business, quality product with the sweetest packaging and lovely little red scoops.
Fresh GraNOLA’s All Natural Laundry Powder is made from high quality, hand crafted olive oil soap and other natural materials. It's hard working, yet gentle enough for babies. It will leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean!
You know you want it now.
Tell her you read this post/heard about it from me. You can follow her on Facebook [www.facebook.com/freshgranola] and/or Twitter [freshgranolamyn].
And you will LOVE this detergent. I promise.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
- I realize most of this first draft is wrong. But I have to finish it to have a complete, tangible draft to undo.
- Next, research. I can already visualize my plan.
- Next, a NEW first draft with the research, changes, unwindings, reknottings tucked into the manuscript and then weeks of deleting, pasting, moving, more deleting, drafting, moving, pausing, deleting and drafting.
- Then I will have a first draft. And can start revising, aimed at a final draft by this time next year. [I'm sure I'll regret saying that in May 2012.]
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I am deep enough in this first draft to be absent-minded, daydreamy, always a step back from the present, distracted, and even when I am not thinking I feel like I am thinking.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
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Posted by Dedra Johnson Labels: basenji