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* Mellow day here and haven't had one of those in months. So, I'm trying to enjoy it and not spoil it with overthinking/overfeeling, although I am also writing because this week therealljidol is all about two prompts for two separate entries. I'm enjoying the challenge even if at first I wasn't keen on either prompt. But then I got hit, last evening, with a strong idea for one and will backburner the other because it has dark possibilities and I want to get the first one out of the way before delving beneath the surfaces for the other.

* My father is looking very ill and others are noticing it. And that's very frightening. He had a pet scan on Monday so we should know more by the end of this week. I don't understand why a vibrant, strong human with a lightning fast mind has to be reduced this way. A year ago, my father would wake every morning at six and walk three miles listening to the news on his walkman, return to the house and brew a pot of coffee, then he would change into his "work" clothes and spend the majority of the day outside tinkering around on his "gentleman's ranch". All with a song. Now he sleeps terribly, rises around eleven, and barely has enough strength to move far from the couch.

* Sigh.

* I'm reading SouthernGoth Cormac McCarthey and I do mean his SouthernGOTH phase...the 60's novels full of vernacular and symbology and hillbillies. This is comfort food for me. Great heapings of it and I can't shovel it into my mind fast enough.

* I'm also revisiting my Vampire Diaries rewatch which I've had to take a break from what with LIFE. And...I know I've only got two or three TWD fans on my flist...but WTH Season 6??? I just can't with this. And I won't. I'm debating going into the wiki and spoiling myself just so I can get through this heartbreak of a show. Two episodes in and I've had enough. Maybe I'll switch over to The Originals, of which I was only able to handle two seasons while it was airing live.

* I hope my Idol flisters are writing! And my eliminated Idol flisters *hugs* are healing from tha blow. And that the rest of you are well.


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Jul. 12th, 2017 10:20 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear about your entry, but I'm sorry to hear about your father. My mother was similar, before her age started catching up with her. It's sad.

I will probably be taking a bye this week. I don't think I've done that so far, and I'm tired and need a rest.
Jul. 12th, 2017 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, G. It's a sad and bewildering thing. And it's funny how every year older we grow we don't think it's "that" old...

I'm relieved to hear that you will be taking a bye. YOU, sir, deserve this break, especially on a two entry week. Do this without thinking twice and ENJOY the time off! You really should be able to take one of your spirit byes with utter conviction of self and let your muse rest. I applaud and encourage this decision.

Did you see this?? - http://abovethelaw.com/2017/07/california-bar-examiners-stripped-of-authority-to-determine-passing-score-on-state-bar-exam/
Jul. 12th, 2017 10:35 pm (UTC)
No, I hadn't, and thank you. My first reaction was on the "dumbing down" of the test. It would be interesting to see what percentage of individual law schools pass. If the pass score is low because of certain law schools, then the problem is with the law schools. I'm sure your daughter will pass. She is exceptional.
Jul. 12th, 2017 10:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs you*
Jul. 12th, 2017 11:11 pm (UTC)
*hugs hard*
Jul. 12th, 2017 11:38 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I saw this with my own parents. One day they're fine and the next BAM! Age happens. I'm still in denial re: my dad.

I am not writing. I am trying to find time in my day with my new schedule.
Jul. 13th, 2017 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, ryl. *hugs* It does happen...not sure what it all means, though. In his case, it's more cancer than age. But still..same diminishment.

Oooh! You're busy then? Is that good? Sometimes schedules can help you get MORE done!

I found a book that I think you would love love love -

Jul. 13th, 2017 11:25 pm (UTC)
My new work schedule. The commute home is messing with my sense of timing because it's rush hour traffic and I'm not used to that.

Oooh, new book! *adds to Mt. TBR*
Jul. 12th, 2017 11:50 pm (UTC)
So sorry about your dad. My heart aches for you, and for him.

This flister is taking the day off. I should have gone for X-Rays, but I can go tomorrow. No rush. I don't even know if I'll go for my walk this evening. :-)

I'm thinking of reworking some of what I wrote for Idol, there are a few might be worth it. Any suggestions?
Jul. 13th, 2017 07:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, M. It's certainly changing so much of my own life...

Reworking for what end? Tell me your goals and I will spend some time going back through your entries!
Jul. 13th, 2017 08:12 pm (UTC)
Well...perhaps to attempt publishing online. I have been told there are magazines and sites that publish. But honestly, I think most of them need work, to be filled out because there are key bits missing.

What am I thinking?! :-O
Jul. 13th, 2017 09:02 pm (UTC)
Those are good goals! I will look through with that in mind. And what about fleshing out your "family" story?

I just went through your journal - I'm not seeing your entries? Do you have tags?
Jul. 13th, 2017 09:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry! My bad! I switched from public to private. I'll go switch to friends. Sorry!
Jul. 14th, 2017 06:52 am (UTC)
I have tags now, and friend-locked instead of private. And I printed all my Idol entries for the past two years. :-)
Jul. 13th, 2017 04:00 am (UTC)
So sorry about your dad! *hugs*

I think TVD season 6 was the season before this last one. I didn't mind it so much when it started, but by the end of it I was kind of done and still haven't watched the final season.

Jul. 13th, 2017 07:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, S. *hugs*

This season is so brutal, it's unwatchable, really. Sad.
Jul. 13th, 2017 04:51 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're enjoying the Idol challenge.

So sorry to hear about your father. *Hugs*

With TVD I would suggest maybe skipping to the final season. And also yes, switch to The Originals, that is far, far better.
Jul. 13th, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, J. *hugs*

Okay, so WHAT THE HELL??? Why did TWD do this??????????? *wails* It's so hurty and so terrible and it's as though they are fucking with the fans, too, with all this memory erasing and changing. It is pain pain pain and I don't want it. I am definitely switching back to The Originals, but I really wanted to finish TWD. So you feel the final season is worth watching? Is there anything redeeming in this Season 6?
Jul. 14th, 2017 07:27 pm (UTC)
I don't know, I don't even remember the season, I think I blocked it out. But yeah, the last season really brings everything full circle. The Originals is even better.

Jul. 13th, 2017 08:15 pm (UTC)
I love Cormac McCarthy!

Just got my library card updated, so maybe I look for some of his books next time I am there. Any recs?
Jul. 13th, 2017 09:04 pm (UTC)

Well what "phase" of his do you prefer? I really do love the early SouthernGoth stuff best but it is dark...
Jul. 13th, 2017 09:33 pm (UTC)
I've read The Road, and I have seen No Country for Old Men, and All The Pretty Horses. Loved the book, didn't like No Country, but liked Pretty Horses. Saw him on Charlie Rose years ago, when The Road was coming out and found him interesting, a bit intimidating because of his intellect, but his writing proved what I have always believed about true genius: the higher the intelligence, the more humble the spirit.

I love the idea that like Picasso, McCarthy has "periods." Maybe I should try to read something from each to get the flavour of each one.
Jul. 14th, 2017 12:48 am (UTC)
Outer Dark!!! This is part of his early SouthernGoth work.

The cowboy period is dark and violent.
Jul. 14th, 2017 01:38 am (UTC)
"Outer Dark" it is!

Thank you! Hugs
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