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  • The Pandemic Diaries - Week #2 in Lima, Peru

    3/30/2020 6:32:09 PM, by PHEBESS

    Two weeks of national quarantine in Peru down. Two weeks to go. And then, probably another two. Or more. Here you go, The Pandemic Diaries Week #2.
    eek-2.html One of my painting projects: ... Read more

  • Working On A New SF Story

    3/25/2020 3:20:03 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I've started working on a new science fiction story that I plan on sending to Asimov's. It's going to be about 25 pages. I'm working on the outline right now. I have the characters figured out and the basic plot, but it's taking some time to figure out the details. I'm working really hard on this... Read more

  • Wrote Another Chapter

    3/25/2020 9:21:59 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I did pretty good today. I wrote another chapter of my book (10 pgs) and it turned out pretty well. I'm not sure if that's all the writing I'm going to do today or not. I'm going to probably work on my outline some more, as I have some more revisions to do now. I'm starting to feel better, so I'm... Read more

  • Day 104: Lost Some Weight

    3/25/2020 12:39:35 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I may not have made a lot of progress in other areas lately, but I have lost a lot of weight lately, so that's one bit of progress that I've made. Fritzy came home Sunday night and we've mostly been watching videos, but tonight I was feeling good so I've decided to do a bit of work and some other... Read more

  • Weigh-In #79

    3/24/2020 11:45:22 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Decided to just keep moving forward rather than starting over. Seemed to make more sense. So here's how I've been doing lately. Starting Weight: 296.6 Last Weigh In: 283.8 Current Weight: 272.8 Weight Lost This Week: -11 lbs Total Weight Lost: -23.8 lbs so almost back to a 25-lb loss ... Read more

  • The Pandemic Diaries - Week #1 in Lima, Peru

    3/23/2020 2:47:33 PM, by PHEBESS

    I figured while we're locked down in Lima, I might as well blog about it. So, I present a short journal I'm calling The Pandemic Diaries. Just short entries of what strikes me each day - not much. And not many photos, because our view is just the of Lima, in the Miraflores neighborhood. But, wh... Read more

  • Working on a (sort of) Horror Story

    3/22/2020 5:33:55 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Right now I've got 1000 words on a new story and it's going pretty well. It's kind of a horror story, although that may not be totally obvious in the first few pages. I'm trying to write this story for a particular magazine, one that features just a single story in the magazine and gives a bunch of ... Read more

  • Day 102: Not What I Expected

    3/22/2020 2:37:41 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    This weekend was not what I expected it to be. I thought I would get a ton of writing done and a bunch of other things, but that didn't happen. Instead I didn't feel well and just watched videos. I'm trying to make up for it a little bit this morning. Still not feeling super great but I at least wan... Read more

  • Just Thought I'd Share This

    3/20/2020 8:21:14 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Here is a screenshot of my newest story in the ezine it was published in. It is also going to be in their print magazine in September, but anyway, here it is. ... Read more

  • Day 100: Spending Time With Fritzy

    3/20/2020 7:36:51 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I spent this week watching videos with Fritzy. I wasn't feeling great so didn't get anything done otherwise, but it was a nice week nonetheless as I got a few things published. He goes to his dad's tonight and that means it's time for me to start working on everything again. I want to work on sho... Read more

  • More Published Work

    3/19/2020 10:02:09 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I got another story published, my story called "The Sound of Suicide" and it will be in the online and September 2020 print version of Down in the Dirt Magazine. I don't really have much to say other than that. Haven't been feeling great lately so just watching videos with Fritzy. I suppose I'll... Read more

  • Stuck in Lima, Peru

    3/18/2020 4:31:26 PM, by PHEBESS

    We don't speak enough Spanish to listen to the Peruvian local news. We missed any kind of advance warning of the lockdown here - closed borders, closed restaurants and caf├ęs, last chance to book a flight and go anywhere else. So, okay. A new kind of adventure - self-isolation in Lima. r... Read more

  • Why we only spent one week in Chile

    3/16/2020 7:12:45 PM, by PHEBESS

    We're in Lima, Peru - woke up to a national lockdown. That's the bad news, I guess. So the good news is that I finished the blog about Chile: https://rollingluggagers.blogs
    of-valparaiso-talk.html I did find two murals in Valparaiso: ... Read more

  • Forthcoming Published Work

    3/16/2020 12:06:44 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I got an email from my editor this morning with the schedule for my newest work. He has published a poem and a short story of mine and they will be coming out in the March and April issues of Conceit Magazine. My poem is called "Picking Up the Sword to Keep the Peace" and the short story is calle... Read more

  • Weight & Stats #1

    3/16/2020 2:02:41 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I've decided to start over. I've been off track for so long that it doesn't pay to keep going down the road I've been going down. So I'm going to take a new highway. And see if this doesn't take me somewhere better. I know I'm capable of splitting my time between writing and fitness, so I'm going... Read more

  • Day 96: Almost There

    3/16/2020 1:19:05 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    I almost have it all together. I'm getting closer. I spent yesterday writing again, as I usually do, but I did make time for a few other things, so I think I am starting to get the hang of life of a little bit. Fritzy comes home tonight so my schedule is going to change a little bit for the next few... Read more

  • New Developments

    3/15/2020 2:37:36 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Today has been pretty good so far. I mentioned, I think, that I wrote my entire short story yesterday (10 pgs) and submitted it to december Magazine. So there was that accomplishment. Then I put together a series of kind of post-impressionistic absinthine poetry and called it "Drenched In Decadence"... Read more

  • Day 95: Finished My Short Story

    3/15/2020 2:01:27 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    I spent yesterday basically writing all day to catch up for all the writing that I didn't do lately. I didn't have a chance to really fit much of anything else in, so there's not a lot to talk about in this blog unfortunately, but I'll go over everything anyway. I did not exercise yesterday as... Read more

  • Back On A Roll

    3/14/2020 1:47:40 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    I am back on a roll with my writing again. I have the first (long) paragraph of my new short story written and feeling pretty inspired. I absolutely love how this story is turning out so far and feel like I have a great chance of getting it published with American Short Fiction magazine. It meets al... Read more

  • Day 94: A Lot to Catch Up On

    3/14/2020 10:25:10 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I have a lot to catch up on. I've been resting a lot, been really tired lately. I tried to get up early this morning and write but just ended up falling back asleep again. I have been feeling a lot better except my ribs hurt a lot and my allergies are bad. Otherwise not really coughing much. I ha... Read more

  • Day 93 (Early): Mostly Back to Normal

    3/12/2020 5:59:46 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    My internet is working well again and Google Docs is working again so I'm able to do everything I need to do. I'm also doing a lot better already from the antibiotics. My sides still hurt, but not as much, and I haven't been coughing very much (my cough also sounds better than it did before) and I h... Read more

  • My 30-Page Short Story

    3/12/2020 8:29:38 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I had gotten a call a while back for a "queer" short story from Open Minds Quarterly. I had been interested in doing a story for it, but I didn't meet all their criteria as a writer. Still, I came up with an interesting idea based loosely on those submission guidelines. So I decided to make it in... Read more

  • Day 92 (Early): Technical Difficulties

    3/11/2020 9:14:50 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Internet is not running super great right now so it's making it hard for me to accomplish anything. So I thought I would write my blog early and then try again to start editing my manuscript. The antibiotics are helping. I am a lot perkier than I was and doing a lot more even if I am still really so... Read more

  • Day 91: No Internet Again

    3/11/2020 2:52:55 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I had no internet again and missed a few days. I happened to be pretty sick for those few days anyway, but I have antibiotics again now, so already starting to feel quite a bit better. This time hopefully will get all the way better since it's the third time I've been on medicine for this, but my... Read more

  • Tougher Than I Realized

    3/8/2020 8:59:12 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I'm much tougher than I realized. You know how I've been sick for all these many months? How I've had this cough that hasn't gone away despite having antibiotics twice? And how my ribs have been hurting me so bad that sometimes I haven't even been able to lay on them? But yet I weathered all that... Read more

  • Day 88: More of the Same

    3/8/2020 1:26:04 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Right now things are pretty much exactly the same. I'm spending my time writing and my health is pretty stable right now. So I'm taking advantage of this and getting as much writing done as I can--but not much else. I just haven't felt interested in much else lately. I'm kind of on a roll right now ... Read more

  • Maybe It Won't Be a Typical Weekend

    3/7/2020 9:35:46 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Most weekends, I don't get anything accomplished. I'm usually sick and I spend the weekend watching videos with Fritzy. It's a nice way to spend the weekend but this weekend I might actually get some work done. I'm feeling pretty decent tonight and thinking about trying to get some pages written. I ... Read more

  • Day 87: Another Writing Day

    3/7/2020 1:15:07 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Fritzy woke me up two hours after I went to sleep, so I have been up ever since. It has given me a chance to kind of sort things out tonight and I will be able to get in some extra writing today, as I'm still feeling pretty good and haven't crashed yet this week. Usually by Friday I'm in pretty inte... Read more

  • Day 86: Finished My Story

    3/6/2020 1:33:32 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Yesterday was another writing day. I still feel good today, though, which is fortunate news. I will probably spend the weekend reading, though, just to catch up. But yesterday was another busy day, one that revolved around writing and not much else. I got busy yesterday and forgot to exercise.... Read more

  • New Short Story

    3/5/2020 3:52:50 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I touched briefly on this in my last blog, but I wanted to talk more about this now that I've fleshed things out a little bit. I'm working on a new short story for Agni Magazine. They pay $10 per page for stories and $20 per page for poetry plus contributer's copies and a subscription to the maga... Read more

  • Day 85: Still Waiting On Responses

    3/5/2020 2:42:30 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    I'm not sure what I plan on doing today. Probably writing for most of the day like I did yesterday. I felt good yesterday so I wanted to take advantage of it. Although I do want to catch up on my other goals as well. So we'll see how the day ends up going. I put a Powerade in the fridge that I'... Read more