Are you going to BlogHer in San José this year? I am. And I would love to meet you if you’ll be there too. (I’ll be flying low under the radar).
I’m actually not sure if I’ll keep going after this year. It’s fun, mind you, but I wonder if the money wouldn’t be better spent going to a smaller conference. Actually, I’m not even sure if I have the funds to keep going anywhere at all. But in any case, I’m going to look at some of the niche conferences. You know, the ones that feature food and France and faith, or lack thereof.
Flowers. I bought a lot of flowers. Wanna see?
My husband built this wooden flower bed, and it was waiting to be filled with color. I thought this was the perfect place to put those red and yellow flowers I don’t want in my actual earth since I only like blues, purples and pinks. But red and yellow are cheerful too and I should not be discriminatory.
Hunter certainly is not.
I’m going to fill out those two empty spaces in the ground - the one between the two wooden flowerbeds over there, and also the nearer one between the flowerbed and sidewalk - with cala lilies and something shorter. Not sure what yet, but it will be a perennial so I can forget about it.
And then I planted other flowers in these pots over here to add more colour to our unfinished terrace.
Yellow and purple works together.
There’s a bare patch of rocky dirt next to the house and I’m going to plant the climbing passionflower that someone gave me for teaching their kid English. I’ll take a picture to let you see how it looks once it’s in.
In other perennial (and therefore less new) flower news, the hydrangeas are blooming.
And this one, which I bought at Ikea because I loved the colour - and which I learned would no longer bloom in the same colour once it was in the ground because of the (lack of?) nitrogen in our soil – surprised me by coming up blue anyway! I’m so happy.
The lavender is at its height of beauty, attracting butterflies and bees.
It’s all so pretty, made even more so when there’s no upkeep.
This week is my last week of classes. I usually throw a party, invite the parents and bake cupcakes. There are almost 40 students, and that’s a lot of extra work and a lot of extra dishes. But it’s worth it for the parents to see their kids’ progress. I’ll be so relieved to be done for the summer. I’m not all that crazy about teaching, and I asked God if I could just write full time. But we’re still broke so I think the answer is no.
So with the classes (nearly) over, and with my extra time before we leave for our annual two weeks in Brittany with the extended family (it’s fun – we all get along most of the time), I might even try a DIY craft project, like painting the bathroom furniture. I know! I’m as shocked as you are.
And I have to get writing. It has not been going well. I’m just pinning stuff and doing social media and shirking my responsibilities. I’m too brain-fried to be creative.
With that in mind, I’m going to ask for your indulgence on a little idea I have. Since I’ve not had the time or creativity to continue writing my fiction novel, I’d like to put the pressure on to get to work. I think I’m going to up the ante by posting a chapter a week again, just like I did with my memoir – with a bit less rigidity since it’s summer. It will force me to be more disciplined.
Plus instant gratification in the form of comments helps.
I’m shameless. I know.
I don’t know if I’ll finish, and I don’t know if I’ll get myself into a muddle because I’ve taken the wrong turn with the plot and need to backtrack. But I think it’s worth a try, and I’m going to post the first chapter next Thursday. Feel free to throw plot ideas my way!
And then I’ll probably get back to non-fiction, which fits much more comfortably.
So my goal this summer is to post fiction on my own blog; and I’m also going to be posting more recipes to Queen Latifah’s site, which means I need to do more recipes here. And somehow through it all, I need to rest my carpal tunnel-related problems again. I’m off to the physical therapist in ten minutes to see what miracles she can do to begin the healing.
I can’t remember if I told you this (I hope not) but my book got an honourable mention in the New York Book Festival. That was a nice ego-booster. I submitted it to an embarrassing number of contests so we’ll see how it does overall.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep writing, keep recovering, keep cooking, keep relaxing (oh Lord, let that be the case), and keep sending snippets of news and photos. Our school lets out in two weeks. I hope you’re having a wonderfully happy summer so far. Mwah!