Bask, dude

If those boards weren't so hard, I'd totally be out there basking with archie

While Archie’s out there acting like there’s nothing to do (and there’s not.  not really.  He’s a DOG), I thought I’d record what’s happening here in the bloglily house at 2:58 p.m. today.

First, though, I thought I’d mention that I have, in fact, been reading.  A book called  The Information Officer.  It’s set in Malta during WW2.  Pretty good.  Every once in a while you get a couple of pages written from the point of view of the murderer, who’s very creepy.  I don’t think I’ve seen that ever.

Speaking of narrators, the novel I’m writing has a first person narrator so I’ve been thinking of who’s written a book that has a worthwhile (as opposed to creepy or, worse, boring) narrator.  Which means I read some of Huck Finn.  I love this, from the last paragraph of Huck Finn:  “there ain’t nothing more to write about, and I am rotten glad of it, because if I’d knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I wouldn’t a tackled it and ain’t agoing to no more.”

Me, I’ve got to tackle it.  It’s too late to do anything else.   I’ve written 30,000 words or so and there’s no going back.  This is all part of my goal this year which is to earn some money from writing, and I’ve got to SELL SOMETHING to do that. Stay tuned.  My agent is going to be sending me some notes one of these days (like soon, he says), and I’m going to make every change he wants (even sooner, I say), and then …. hold your breath here …. maybe he will SELL IT!

when they lit out for the territories, did they already know how nice it is here? Well, it is. It is spring, baby.

And at 2:58 I was listening to Shakira who is, in addition to being an ambassador of good will around the globe, wakes up 2:58 like nothing else.  Particularly, after Matt Nathanson who is so sad, so very, very sad.

2:58. Shakira. And right after that, the f* you song, which I love and will not apologize for loving.

Let’s see.  In addition to dogs, literature and music, we also have ART in the bloglily household.  Okay, not exactly art.  Decorative art.  (Isn’t that what they call rugs?)  So, my current big project involves making our house look relatively normal, a place where we can actually be comfortable, which, I will admit, we often have not been.  Presently, I am tackling the room formerly known as the-storage-closet-where-mom-and-dad sleep, a room I have now taken to calling “my bedroom.”  We have lived in this house for almost 15 years and I finally put curtains up.  Also, I ordered a rug.  And it came today.  And it is going in my bedroom.  Yup.  The same place where the stuff on a stick lives.

curtains on right; and yes, the stuff on a stick has so weighed down the stick that it looks like a safety patrol captain telling everybody to stop right there so the earrings can cross without getting hit by a truck

It’s now 3:16.  The river that is life continues to flow.  Only Archie knows how to stop it, because he lives in the timeless place where all dogs live on sunny days.


14 thoughts on “Bask, dude

  1. I love that doggy attitude, that anyone they happen to accidentally encounter on a walk is worth the same level of interest as if it was a bff you hadn’t seen in years.

    I’m sending $$$ vibes your way. Earn, baby, earn. You deserve it!

    • Hey there, IM. Archie has no BFFs. He believes everyone he encounters must be dominated. It’s so embarrassing — he looks like a sheep. A sheep barking away at these huge, fancy, well bred dogs walked by well dressed people. We have to walk him in the dark. (Just kidding. Well. Sort of.) And thank you for the cash vibes. Stay tuned.

  2. Sometimes I’m envious of the Archies of this world. Just to be in that timeless sunny spot for an hour or two would be wonderful.

    Meanwhile, good luck with the new novel and the revisions. I’m still revising too and finding it hard slog – am tempted to swear but this is a family blog, so I won’t, but you know how I’m feeling!

    • I’ve been following your revisions with much interest, Charlotte –your process seems so speedy from where I sit. Still, it IS indeed a slog. The ceelo green song might come in handy when it gets too slog-ish.

  3. Yay! Lily! You are back – my life is complete again. I also unashamedly love the f** you song, and really think I should tidy the house (isn’t going to happen) and wish with all my heart I could bask like a dog. I know exactly how you feel about actually, finally selling some writing but have decided to embrace apathy and failure as the far easier options. But you go, girl! You, I have every faith in.

    • I cannot imagine you embracing apathy and failure, Victoria. It does seem like way too much sometimes, though, doesn’t it? I figure if I do what seems most entertaining, maybe that will work. Which is why I write the kind of fiction I like to read when it’s pouring outside, as it is this afternoon. I have every faith in you too, you know. And when the time is right…

  4. Goal for 2011 will be limited to AGENT! Though that actually sounds a bit unlimited. And maybe 2011 is a tad optimistic.

    What’s the picture near the Stuff On A Stick? I like the look of that.

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