#Weeknotes S03 E28

Happy Birthday, Julia Child, without whom we wouldn’t have any of the cooking shows I’ve come to watch (or hate watch) over the years. She’s the true G.O.A.T.!

This week, I’ve just been continuing last week’s writing theme of “Slow and steady.” And it paid off in the form of another “7 & 7” week!

  • This week’s writing chain: 7 days
  • Total writing days this week: 7 days
  • Pieces out on submission: 2

Still have two pieces out on submission, since I was able to find a third market to submit one of my stories to after it was rejected from the second. That’s all right, though–part of the gig!

Getting my momentum back last week was like pulling teeth. Keeping it was no easy task, either. But I managed to get through a revision of the short story I’m working on, and now I’ve got a whole new draft to revise for this week. Will definitely need at least 1-2 more passes after this.

It’s a good feeling knowing (or thinking you know) how much longer a piece has until done. At least, as long as the cats don’t keep getting in the way.

I’m at what I think is Act III of M. Rickert’s THE SHIPBUILDER OF BELLFAIRIE, and so far it’s every good thing that’s been said about it! I’d preordered the TPB I’ve been reading–I mean, because you always preorder friend’s books, right?–and the lovely M. sent me a copy of the gorgeous hardcover.

I know it’s Substack and all, but I couldn’t resist signing up for the free tier of Etgar Keret’s ALPHABET SOUP newsletter. Ethical lines are hard, especially when it comes to one’s second-favorite writer.

I knew nothing about the various RURONI KENSHIN live-action films, so I was curious when I saw two of them available on Netflix, RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE BEGINNING and RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE FINAL. I watched the former before learning it’s actually the last installment of a five-film series. Which is a prequel. In other words, THE BEGINNING is actually the final, which took place before the beginning… I think I’ve got that straight now. The point is, I’ll be hunting down the rest of them!

You find the strangest things strewn about the landscaping of local strip malls, but this seems especially Ithacan…

A red flowery bush near a painted blue rock with the words 'don't close the book when bad things happen in your life, just turn the page and begin a new chapter' on it

Stay safe out there. Stay masked. And if you can but you’re not already, get vaxxed!