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the good, the bad, and the sneezy

When we bought a new house eleven years ago, the builder supplied the front landscaping, but the back yard was a bare-dirt canvass. It’s possible we went a little crazy with saplings – they’re so inexpensive when they’re in those modest one-gallon or five-gallon pots. And there were so many varieties we loved…

It’s gorgeous back there today – the redwoods, the pine and the birches are already towering over the place, and the Japanese maples, Japanese flower cherry trees, and various citrus and other fruits, are doing just fine. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Except one of them has launched a full out attack on my sinuses. Not cool, Tree. Not one bit. I’m practically your mother!

The allergy symptoms are miserable, but the timing couldn’t be better. I’m writing the sequel to PERFECT SPECIMEN, and the main character –Brietta – has a headache that she thinks is a sinus infection. If you’ve read the first book, you know it’s not sinus pain– it’s the work of those extraterrestrial geneticists.

Still, Brietta thinks it’s a sinus infection, so it’s amazingly convenient to be experiencing that along with her as I write her scenes.

Which means I should probably thank that tree. But I’m not going to. For one thing, it hurts! And more importantly, I can’t be 100% sure it’s the tree, and not some mad scientist, right?

Have a good weekend!


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Apr. 29th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
Not to give you too much uncomfortable info about me, but I had been contemplating writing a book about a couple struggling with an affair. Then, a week later, I found out my husband was actually having one.... I'm past being angry or upset about it, but I do appreciate the Universe's sense of irony. Same thing as you and your psuedo-sinus alien technology headache of doom. :)
Apr. 30th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
isn't it funny how parts of our brains catch on to things before the rest of us does? I wish that hadn't happened to you. Are you still writing the book? I can't usually write fiction about things that are too personal and fresh. Or at least, that's what I tell myself.

Take care! I'm glad you stopped by.
p.s. Yes, the universe. Not as funny as it thinks it is.
Apr. 30th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
No, I am not still writing the book. My husband and I have not resolved the situation yet, so writing about it would just complicate matters. When I am writing a story, it gets into my head, so it would just make things worse. I plan to write it someday, but right now I am just cutting my teeth on a modern romance. Plain jane, not much mystery, heavy on the emotional hangups (but not too heavy). I was 15,000 words in on Thursday; then my computer died, leaving me with only the 12,000 words that I had emailed to myself earlier in the week. (the computer was so old, it did not have a port for a thumb drive) As of right now, I'm back up to 12,980. Sigh. At least the friend who gave me the first computer gave me a new one that is much better. Only it has no sound card, so I have to give up my only dirty addiction to tv: Castle.
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