May is here!

Memorial Day is coming up this month, the official beginning of summer in the U.S.

I missed posting on May 1. I don’t know why; I can’t begin to explain how I forgot. Distractions, distractions, distractions. That’s the only way I can explain it.

So, what were these distractions? Well, the usual life stuff, then my movie watching, the period dramas. I know I’ve really gone down the rabbit hole when I resubscribed to Netflix. For some years a long time ago, I had a dvd subscription, but I resisted getting a streaming service.

I finally gave in, just so that I could watch Bridgerton. Yes, I’m watching the adaptations of Julia Quinn’s regency novels that I read years ago.

I tell myself it’s research, and that’s true, again, how to get feelings into my head and into a scene, then onto paper.

Maybe it’s working. I made my latest submission to my writing class, and the instructor liked it. Yay!

Good news—I finally got the honorarium for some freelance reviewing I did of a nonfiction manuscript. What does that mean? More books!

I have a critique group meeting tonight and another next week. No one submitted for next week’s meeting, so I’m twiddling my thumbs, waiting for my next writing assignment for the writing class.

Otherwise, I’m working on a nonfiction piece, for a popular theological magazine. It’s been going well. This editor is one I’ve worked with before. I really learn a lot from the questions he asked, and I did so much reading just to get myself on track to revise better. Much thanks to him, in praise of good editing.

I’m also doing a confirmation class discussion group and some cooking for a local ministry.

Recent faith-based books I’ve been reading, and a look at some shelves from my new bookcase!

Have a good month!

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