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27 February 2021

  Song mood: Fox on the Run by Sweet. This week, I have been having issues breathing.  My breathing is more shallow, which shows that I haven’t been working on belly breathing.  Even two months after COVID, I have issues with my breathing.  Some days it feels like someone is standing on my chest.  It will be something to talk with my doctor about.   I get texts from the clinic saying that I’m due for a check up.  I canceled my eye exam the day before I got tested for COVID.  I will need to make another appointment, it’s just I get busy doing things and forget about it.  At some point I will need to make an appointment to get my hearing checked so I can get my tinnitus looked at. I weighed myself once this week.  I’m down to 196.4.  Goal weight is 170.  I want to be able to wear my slim-fit shirts again.  Then I will buy a suit and get my picture taken in the suit for the author photo on the mystery novel.  Try to look like the gentleman detective. I’ve made progress on the myster
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19 February 2021

  I started writing my Inspector Trevor mystery.   Well, the first one.   The first book will consist of three stories.   I decided to make Trevor a detective in Oxford because I am more familiar with that town.   I spent the last four nights planning the mystery. The mystery I started before, I didn’t put much detail in the scenes, so I can either use them for another novel or for the novel I had planned.  And Bedfordshire is so small that they don’t have their own detectives, if a serious crime happens, a detective from a different shire does the investigation. At any rate, I like the story I crafted this week.  I started writing on it last night. Currently I’m reading The Near Witch by VE Schwab, Agatha Christie’s The Big Four and Benedict Ashforth’s Verona: A Ghost Story (Kindle Single.)  Each are very different in style and genre.  VE Schwab is heavy with detail, which is needed for fantasy.  Agatha Christie has lots of dialogue, which is needed for the mystery.  Ashforth h

Anticipated Books extended

There was one book that I forgot to mention and didn’t think about it until I went through my Amazon browsing history.  The Memory Theatre by Karin Tidbeck.  A fantasy story  about a place called the Gardens, a paradise where time stands still.  This fantasy piece is set to release on 16 February.

Anticipated Books of 2021

For me, the two most anticipated books are both by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.  The first one is Certain Dark Things to be released 7 September and the second is Velvet is the Night to be released 17 August.  Both are after my birthday so they can’t be my birthday book.  Which is too bad.  Garcia proved she could very write well with Mexican Gothic .  I’m inclined to believe she is the best writer out there. Currently I’m listening to Untamed Shores , Garcia’s thriller that was released last year.  It is similar to Mexican Gothic except without the elements of horror. Speaking of the birthday book, I finally chose the one.  And this time there will be no hiccups.  This year’s birthday book will be: The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory.  The book is set to be released on 18 May.  Three months before my birthday and if the book is to be pushed out, I think it would about a month or so.  It’s a murder mystery that involves a boy band formed by the animal people from The Island of Doctor

29 January 2021

  Currently: I feel tired beyond belief.   I have severe joint pain and I have pains in my abdomen.   All of which, has been normal for the past five or six years.   Just not as painful as recent weeks. I’m listening to The Seine by Elaine Sciolino.  I’m a bit thrown off because it doesn’t go in chronological order.  She presents things on points of interest.  So she goes back and forth in time.  Which is kind of confusing when one is used to a presentation that follows time periods. I finished Sixty-one Nails by Mike Shevdon.  It wasn’t bad.  It wasn’t earth shattering writing.  It passed time.  At the end, I wouldn’t mind listening to the sequel.  I forgot the name of it at the moment. I’m reading short stories by Benedict Ashforth.  I really think he is the modern day MR James. I am watching Miss Marple.  It is weird, but they adapted Agatha Christie’s non-sleuth mysteries with Miss Marple.  Like The Pale Horse , which doesn’t have her.  In that novel, the amateur sleuth doe

Regroup 20 January

  I finished my quarantine a few days ago.   Recovering from COVID will take some time.   I need to remind myself of that. Still it was nice walking the short loop of the lake, even though I was winded at the end.  It will snow in the days ahead.  I will work on putting together a small exercise program. The amount of tiredness I feel is significant.  I had felt tired and fatigued before, now it’s even more so. I haven’t wrote in some time.  I need to make a spreadsheet where I log in what I write.  The magic number is 350.  If I write 350 words a day, I should rejoice.  The things I need to work on is brainstorming and story set up. I finished watching the thirteen seasons of Poirot.  Then I moved on to Miss Marple.  Miss Marple is a little different.  On Britbox, they have three actresses of which they have show who played Marple.  On the menu, for the first three seasons, it goes back and forth between two actresses.  From season four on is the third actress. Miss Marple is a

Next Up

  Today, I walked around the lake.   I decided that 20 degree weather on a sunny day isn’t that bad and walked the big loop. I signed up for an online class on Udemy.  Editing Mastery: How to Edit Writing to Perfection.  A class that was normally $94 dollars was on sale for $9.99.  It’s a seven hour course on my favorite subject of editing.  For me, it’s a part of the skillset that is most important to me: to be able to edit.  I will look for other online courses through out the year to improve other skillsets. Next up for listening.  After Sixty-One Nails , I will be listening to The Seine by Elaine Sciolino.  After that will be The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie which is currently free on Audible.  And then Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Next up for reading.  After The Pale Horse, I will read Endless Night by Agatha Christie. Today the final season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been released.  So I will be watching that from today until Saturday.