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A Lunar Month of Significance

Summer                                                                     Woolly Mammoth Moon As the Woolly Mammoth Moon phases away toward a new moon, its month, the same lunar month we always have, yet also a different lunar month from any we’ve ever had, all spiraling through space as we follow the sun while orbiting it, I just wanna say thanks for what happened […]

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Fangs and Claws

Summer                                                                     Woolly Mammoth Moon Modern technology is so wonderful. Over the last few days I watched all five of the much maligned Twilight movies. You might ask why, at 71, I would subject myself to all those teen hormones, questionable dialogue, and odd acting. First answer, I’m easily entertained.  Second answer, I’m revising Superior Wolf […]

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Frog. Boiling water.

Summer                                                                 Woolly Mammoth Moon Life changes in subtle ways, sometimes sneaking in a new way of being so slowly that like the proverbial frog we don’t notice. Piles of manuscripts sit on the table I’ve moved next to the computer, for example. They sit like I’ve always had revisions as an important part of my […]

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Fear and Bitachon, trust

Summer                                                                     Woolly Mammoth Moon Spent most of yesterday on submissions. I revised School Spirit, taking 2.0 down to 2,700 words from 4,800, and submitted the revision to Mysterion. I developed a table in Word to track my submissions. It has these columns: submission, work, publisher, response, rejection, acceptance, contract, published. Later on today I’m going […]

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99 to go

Summer                                                                              Woolly Mammoth Moon Ouch. I got this note back: “Dear Charles,  Thank you for sharing your writing with us! We received a very large volume of submissions and can only accept a small number; unfortunately, we are going to have to pass on your work this time. We wish you well as you continue […]

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Face the Fear

Summer                                                                            Woolly Mammoth Moon At the Mussar Vaad Practice group we all come up with a practice for the coming month, a practice based on that month’s middah or character trait. Each month the congregation has a middah of the month. Emunah, or faith was the middah last month. My practice focused on sharpening doubt, […]

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100 no’s, 5 days, and life grounds

Summer                                                                       Woolly Mammoth Moon After the Durango trip, during which I read three articles I’d saved for down time, I made two decisions. First, I would shoot for 100 rejections in 2018. I just submitted Missing to Parvus Press and School Spirit to The Metz Review. Since I’m starting with the year almost half done, […]

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Cleaning the Pine Pollen Off Our Solar Panels

Beltane                                                           Woolly Mammoth Moon According to my weather system we’ve had 1.5 inches of rain this month. That’s 6.8% of  our annual precipitation total of 22 inches. (Conifer does better than the state, precip wise, 22 inches on average with 105 inches on average falling as snow.) And most of it came over the last […]

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Get Ready

Beltane                                                                                 Sumi-e Moon So. Couldn’t get the mower started. Last year’s fuel still in there. Don’t know how I missed that, but I did. Gonna have to siphon it out, didn’t feel like it yesterday. I did run the snowblower out of fuel last week, so that won’t be a problem come winter. I also […]

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Yellow Cloud

Beltane                                                                              Sumi-e Moon That old debil clutter got another whack yesterday. The garage. Two bays cleaned out, a third organized. All that remains is the tool and work area. The most detailed and picky work of the four. Jon’s got almost all of his stuff out plus it warmed up a bit. Feels good. Today. […]

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