A balmy wind and gratitude

A balmy wind blew here today, making the black walnuts rain down like artillery. You won’t hear any nuts landing in this clip, but the wind shows up.

After four days of enduring an under-the-lid stie, I am beyond grateful — and not just to be better. I am grateful for how K put up with my whiny helplessness. Grateful for good medical care even if the doctor seemed to minimize things a bit. (“I see a little stie,” he said. Since it felt like a toothpick was lodged under my eyelid, I responded, “don’t you mean a giant stie?”) I’m grateful my brother could come through with a script for antibiotics even when the “little stie” local doctor wouldn’t.

But mostly, I am grateful for my vision.

Otherwise, I wouldn’t have seen this dead snake out and about with Finn this afternoon, would I? Or the morning sun shining through the bromeliad.

Or been able to stitch and type and make soup.

Today — TA DA — I finished font conversions and created a single document holding the entire novel. Word count: 315,000 plus a little. That’s about 650 pages. Not ideal, but I’m starting on my query letter.

I can’t tell you the relief at moving on!

21 thoughts on “A balmy wind and gratitude

    1. deemallon Post author

      Yes. My brother when he was little used to catch them. So did my husband. I learned not to be afraid of them (the snakes, I mean).

  1. ravenandsparrow

    Ugh, sties are so painfully distracting. I’m glad you are recovering all the gifts that your sight offers. You certainly have beautiful trees in your yard…

    1. deemallon Post author

      I had never had one before. It was truly awful. Two house owners ago, we’re told (or maybe three) was a professional landscaper. We have benefited from his efforts for more than twenty years.

  2. Tina

    Oh I’m glad your eye is better .. crazy how easy it is to take stuff like seeing for granted. I’ll be looking at things with a more grateful eye in the days to come.

  3. RainSluice

    Congrats, Dee! You’ve reached your goal and you’re writing your query letter!! Tremendous milestone.
    and so Glad your eye is all good again

    1. deemallon Post author

      Thanks, Maggie! No guarantees of course, but so happy to be onto next things. A neighbor writer has offered to read the whole thing, too.

  4. Mo Crow

    (((Dee))) congratulations on getting your book finished! Do you have an agent yet? There’s a terrific interview with Andrew Davidson who wrote ‘The Gargoyle’ when he was out here for the Sydney Writers Festival in 2009.
    Here’s the link to part 2 of the interview where he talks about first contacting his agent

    1. deemallon Post author

      Thanks Mo. I’ve been reading about the process of getting an agent off and on since the spring. I’ll check out the link. I appreciate your sending it.

  5. Liz A

    cool winds here in Texas (finally) and tiny live oak acorns are falling, nothing like the black walnuts that used to bombard us in Virginia … it’s been ten years, but I remember the sound like it was yesterday!

    and 315,000 words … plus all the others that appeared and disappeared through all your revisions … epic … congratulations!

    1. deemallon Post author

      We have epic acorns this year too. You almost need a helmet out there. Flour forming along the curbs where cars have crushed them!

  6. Marti

    The words came,nudged by history, from an idea, a thought, a need to tell, from research and wondering and connecting to so many emotions, from wanting to bring this front and center…the story fleshed as the words multiplied, probably moving from fits and starts, to a flow.

    Dee, through it all, with all that life presented in the last few years, you continued. The words have become chapters, the story becomes a novel. The chapters will be bound with covers, an image will be brought forth on the front cover, an author bio, perhaps an author photo. This is such a monumental achievement, I cannot even begin to imagine how it must have been, how it must have felt when you knew that you could symbolically say, “the end.” 315,000 words pulled from your knowledge, your heart, your sweat, your intuitive sense that this story needed to be told…

    and you have…

    and we await…

  7. Liz A

    I can’t find a comment box on your image transfer post, so I’ll comment here … thank you, thank you, thank you … I have a crazy new idea in my head and this was just what I needed to know!!

      1. deemallon Post author

        I’m not sure about any oil, but someone who follows me on Instagram tried lavender and said it worked. To start, I would use eucalyptus, citrus, or lavender until you determine whether your black and white copies have the right kind of toner. Then you could experiment some more. I have lavender oil in the house. I’ll give it a try today, too.


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