Trivia: Got back from the farmers' market. [The old man's accumulating squash for the winter. I buy kettle corn for breakfast.] Anyway I cooked posole for dinner. The aroma of the house as I came in the door was heavenly. Much better than fried fish.
Another nice thing about farmers' markets: You meet people you know but don't normally see. Discovered a friend had an apricot poodle I didn't know about. [It went crazy over the cat smell all over my clothes.]
Comment: I had a sneaky suspicion that I was spending more money than usual. When I checked, I was. Things like going out to restaurants and buying books. No big deal because we have the money. It's just out of character.
Then I noticed where the money was going. To mom-&-pop places that I would like to see survive the recession. The US of A must be in bad shape when your spending turns into charity.
If so many people weren't getting caught in the middle, I'd be laughing at the corporate-America mind-set/ethos. They shipped hundreds of thousands of jobs overseas to improve their bottom line and increase executive pay, then expected the public to keep buying. I rest my case for the intelligence of corporate group-think.
Reading: Am well into the fifth book of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series -- The End of the Olympians [I think. I'm not going down stairs to look it up.]. I'll finish it because I think it's a good case study in stringing action scenes together, even though I find them rather repetitive. I also find it rather shallow in its characterization. I can't quite excuse that away by saying the story is told from an adolescent male's viewpoint.
Also bought a Barbara Hambly book about vampires. I don't read about vampires, but there you are. I'm a fan of hers, but I like the Ben January mysteries best. [This was one of charity purchases. I need another book ... like five pounds on my hips.]
Writing: Am thinking my writing is a disaster at the moment. I've got this short story which became the basis of my novel manuscript -- There Be Demons, and have been submitting it. Rejections have come in regularly, some with nice personal comments. I decided to look at it before I sent it out again. Before I had chopped it down to 2700 words. Now the story is 2300 words
Now I got to go back to the chapters I have to critique. I recommend critiquing, beta reading, or whatever you want to call it. I've learned a lot about revising and editing. More important, I have a better idea about my bad habits from my critiquers. Thanks all.
Progress: Not much. See comments about Night for the Gargoyles.