I wrote the entire weekend, and as it was one of those occasions when it was like pulling teeth, I had to struggle despite knowing exactly what I needed to write. But triumph I did! Sunday evening, I typed “The End” and went to bed to read. The first draft of Transgression is complete.
Yesterday, realizing one of our computer stations was too close to the living room radiator, I took the day off to swap it with a bookcase in the bedroom. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Ten minutes, right?
It took me three hours. I had to change the way the cords were plugged in, so as not to overload one outlet and blow a fuse. They were also tangled, because I was moving the desk without stripping everything off it. But I got everything back together before AJ arrived from work, at which point, I started drinking scotch. If you follow me on FB, you know I got a little drunk, and we had a blast in one thread. 🙂 AJ loves it when I drunk tweet, which this was the equivalent of. And no hangover this morning, either. Excellent!
On to photos! I’ve been sitting on these for a couple weeks, but they’re still worth posting. I took this one the morning after a nice rain. I like how it makes the leaves sparkle. Photographer’s trick: if you want to add instant drama, employ a spray bottle on plants before shooting. Works every time. However, in this instance, Mother Nature did it for me. I like the contrast between purple and green.
Ever since writing the Precog series, I notice houseboats everywhere I go. The Mississippi at St Paul is loaded with ’em. Here’s the first shot of a boat called The Patti-O. It does, in fact, look very much like Gray and Cooper’s old 1973 Gibson, even to the canopy above the forward nav area. The close up, which shows they were enjoying the river on someone’s birthday, follows the first shot.
Speaking of this first photo, the bridge is not a drawbridge, but someone in the control tower can open and close it by swinging it hard to the right so tall-masted ships can pass through. The picture is taken from a favorite road along the river, which only recently was opened after much construction. They’re still dicking around, but it’s going to be gorgeous when they’re finished. I just wish it was ten miles longer.
Farther west on that same road, I got a shot of a parked oar boat. It’s been sitting here for weeks, and I keep wondering why. Are they waiting for something? No idea, but if you ever get to MN, drive the Great River Road to see the locks in operation. I write about them in the first Precog book, Three of Swords. It’s an amazing system, and keeps river traffic flowing no matter how low the water is.
Time to begin editing Transgression. See you Friday.