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25 October 2020

 Song mood: Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash.

Today is my father’s birthday.  He died many years ago.  Colon cancer.  He had a tumor the size of a grapefruit.  I miss him.  But life happens.  I used to go out on his birthdays and eat the greasiest food in his honor.  I used to go to Grizzly’s restaurant and order the steak hoagie.  These days I can’t really handle greasy food at all, something about not having a gallbladder any more.  And where I live, there isn’t a Grizzly’s.

Tonight though, one of my cousin’s children had a birthday party that I went to.  It was good.

Of two books I was looking for, I found one.  I think I may have borrowed the other book.  The book that I found was 1066: The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth.  It will be part of the research of a project.  I read 60 pages several years ago.  I thought of starting the book from the beginning, but then remembered what the first part I read was about.  How King Edward was dying but didn’t have a clear heir to the throne.  I can pick up books that I put down ten years ago and still remember what happened before.  But then can forget something I did thirty seconds ago if that thing was such a routine thing.  Or I can forget people I haven’t talk to for a while.  But if it was in a book that I was interested in, I won’t forget that.

The other book was The Spook House and Other Stories by Ambrose Bierce.  Which wasn’t for research, but so I may try mimicking a short story.  Good thing his stuff can be found on the Project Guttenburg website.  Or most of it can be found on Amazon for free.

The other bits of research I’m getting into is on Gallo-Romans or Gauls.  Although I’m more interested in what their daily lives were like instead of the wars and conquests, which is what most of the books are about.

I need to write something, a novella.  But I want to write something clever.  I need to do a free write and determine what project I work on next.  I need to meet with other writers and or artists who will make me accountable for getting projects done.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do for exercise now that it is cold and has snowed.  But at the moment, it’s a good time to read books.


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