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ROW80-3 - check in 08/04 - a long weekend?

The thing about being self-employed is that any day can be a weekday or a weekend. We need to remember this distinction for our 9-5 M-F friends, especially for when they ask about plans for a long weekend. It's important to have a good cover story for them, as it's not an occasion to be wasted. 

This is some kind of holiday here in Canada, in most provinces - the name varies though. Here's the list: British Columbia (British Columbia Day), Alberta (Heritage Day), Manitoba (Civic Holiday), Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan Day), Ontario Simcoe Day, Nova Scotia (Natal Day), Prince Edward Island (Natal Day), New Brunswick (New Brunswick Day), and the Northwest Territories (Civic Holiday).

However, Quebec, Newfoundland and Nunavut do not have an August long weekend holiday and therefore conduct business as usual.

Many go away to a cottage or campsite - I stayed here and carried on as usual. I got another Flash Fiction done, did some reading, and slipped in a grandkid visit. 

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A Mind of Her Own

This is for a Flash Fiction challenge via Terrible Minds. From the site:

I’m going to give you ten random items.

You must pick four and incorporate all four into a single piece of flash fiction (~1000 words).

Those items are:

  • An unopened envelope.
  • A dead man’s guitar.
  • A rocking chair.
  • A chess piece.
  • A road sign.
  • A child’s toy.
  • A leather mask.
  • An animal skull.
  • An iron horseshoe.
  • A police officer’s badge.


I picked the following: an unopened envelope, a rocking chair, a child’s toy, and a police officer’s badge. I decided also to try to do this as another part of a story I started a while ago, about a woman trapped in a computer. This was just over 1000, at 1071 words.

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ROW80-3 - check in 07/31 - slacker

Haven't done much in the last few days, at least not for ROW80. Here's an update: 

Objective - Publishing

  • Promotion - sent out more Advanced Reader Copies

Objective - Writing

  • Short stories - working on extension of one I did, Ghost in the Machine. Could be a novelette.
  • ROW80 check in's - this one. 
  • Reading - Re-reading Sumer Lovin' so that I can do a reviw. The author is part of DVP, my publisher. 

Objective - Other 

  • Exercise, etc - walking, now that it's a little cooler out. Still need less pub visits, and/or other friends and activities. 
  • Writerly blogs - caught up - still! 
  • Chores - rainy days so doing some casseroles. And tackling a few boxes a day.