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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Tis the rainy season in Mobile

cj Sez: I’m watching my grass grow and my flowers drown:

  This has been going on for weeks…almost 10 inches of rain fell in July…and believe it or not, a meteorologist says the 38 inches Mobile has received so far this year is a less-than-normal rainfall total. Doesn’t seem like it to me. I have to wear boots to squish through tall, soggy grass on my way to feed the birds in the mornings. ‘Course come Oct (the usual driest month), I’ll be complaining because I have to water my plants.


  The Mobile Public Library is such a great resource. One of the community groups I belong to wants to investigate applying for a grant and asked if I’d share my editor expertise in reviewing their application. I needed physical examples in my hand so I picked up three books on grant writing from the library. 

  What I’m discovering is that getting a grant proposal approved is a tough nut to crack, and it’s not just because of the application language and format. Seeking local company sponsorships and donations might be the better way to approach fulfilling their need. We’ll see.


  I’ve been asked to update my author bio with some specific information. I’m hoping that means one of my short stories has been accepted by the editor of an upcoming 2022 anthology. More info to come.  

  I’m still procrastinating on my novel. I thought I had finished it and am in the midst of editing it for the nth time. I really do want to finish the task but somewhere along the way, I’ve lost my enthusiasm for the project. I’m waffling on just about every aspect of the story. 

  One way I’m trying to recharge is to read other authors’ stories. Maybe one of them will start my creative juices flowing again. Or maybe I need to write a short story to submit to a magazine. Being rejected used to get me working harder.


  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Raising prayers for your health and safety.


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