It Doesn’t Suck…

In 2011, a friend encouraged me to check out NaNoWriMo – you should do it! – and I was checking it out, realized I needed a free account to see how it really worked, did that and while I became enamored of all the bar charting and statistical side of the writing process, my go-to word processing and code writing software popped up a message telling me there was an update.

Sure, go ahead and do that, I clicked.

About the time that I sat back thinking – I have no idea what I’d ever write 50,000 words about – BBEdit finished installing and unlike any other update it had done to that point, it opened a new blank window.

I looked at it and began to write. And a few weeks later I had accumulated 50000 words and won!

If I ever get to write a “thank you for your support” page for my book(s), I will be including BBEdit because I just love these guys and their software. It’s easy to use and straightforward. Being a text editor means I don’t get tied up with how it looks, how big the margins and tabs are etc etc. I just write. I can do global search and replace. I can click on a word and see how it’s distributed throughout my document.

Thank you Barebones guys for BBEdit. My novel thanks you. My websites thank you. And I thank you. And I thank you for continuing on with updating this fine software.

And we never had this conversation:

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Things learned while riding along in NZ

There are plants here that have very different forms as juveniles, “adolescents” and mature plants. Think about it – most of the time if you look at a very young plant it looks like a tinier version of what it will be as a grown up. Not so this plant – I introduce you to horoeka – the lancewood

What Day Is It?

For those moments when you just aren’t sure what day and time it is, the clock app on a phone is quite handy. No idea why Albuquerue is in that list of places, but that’s a separate confusion altogether.

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The Hard Work of New Paint

Oh the toil and angst and hard work of it all: the picking and obtaining of new colors.

I usually mix my real darks as I need them. Lighter greys can be had but I felt I needed a grey or two for mixing with other colors but sometimes as, what they call, convenience colors. To me blacks and greys are pretty much up there with primaries but it’s not like I have black or white on my palette.

In any case, some might say I over indulged but this was my haul from Arlene’s the other day. And a big kudos to the young woman who excitedly looked over my choices as she rang me out and then demonstrated just how cool the pencil sharpener was that I was buying. It made me feel part of the tribe. Thank you!

kittehs!

The Day of the Eclipse

So glad I took today off! Started out by mailing my August Poetry Postcard cards at the Nassau Post Office, each bearing one of the cool eclipse stamps. Hope they all arrive safe and sound. A little breakfast, picked up my mail (postcard! tshirt!) and then off to paint for just a little while. The flowers were gorgeous and there were happy bees and butterflies doing their thing. See linked Flickr album below for all the photos.

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Then it was off to Mom’s to gather with some cousins and a neighbor to watch the eclipse. We watched a little of the totality coverage on TV and then headed out. Although it had been mostly clear earlier, there was a big patch of high clouds overhead. We still got to be amazed by the eclipse, just enjoying it in small sips as it went in and out of the clouds. A good time was had by all and come on – those glasses are really cool! Notice that Steve, who took the first photo, managed to get it in anyway via the kitchen window. Good job! Thanks Mom, Jim, Ann Marie, Marsha and Steve for a great afternoon.

Clouds and Other Serendipity This Week

A new server at a local restaurant must have decided not to take any chances on any in her care having a messy moment so she plopped down a pile of napkins and these on my table. Since I wasn’t eating with my fingers, these found their way to my pocket and will probably deal with the dilemma of needing clean hands after applying sunblock… yeah first world plein air problems.

During an expedition to the attic for some fans, I spotted these two books and inside one of them was this letter from home.

Seen at work – a very digital switch with some gnarly font explaining that it’s to run the pump.

After a day full of disappointment, a scrap of paper, a little paint and some water gave me a different view. This is drying now before proceeding further. The paper is part of a sheet from a pad of Canson that had a weird imperfection so I ripped it into two pieces to get rid of the weirdness resulting in two odd shaped pieces.