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Martha Wells

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State of Me

I feel like I need to write a post about what I've been doing, but it's mostly been writing and managing household difficulties.

Writing: I'm on the last chapter of The Harbors of the Sun and also inserting some earlier scenes. I've finished all the action arcs and now need to complete the remaining emotional arcs, plus give closure, but not go on too long, which is tricky. I'm not into "they went out to lunch and felt better" territory yet. (This is from MST3K, where in one episode they rewrote The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald so the boat got back to port and everybody lived, and it's always seemed to be a good term for trying to end the story at the right spot.) The book is due June 1, so I should have a complete draft by then.

I've seen the cover art with the titles on, and it's stunning. The art is by Yukari Masuike again, and beautiful.

Household stuff: On Saturdays I've been helping a friend with the ongoing project of cleaning out a storage shed so she can get rid of her storage lockers, so it's a lot of moving boxes and unpacking but it's going way faster than we thought it would. A few more hours at it this weekend and I think we'll have it done, or at least all the outside work done, so we can sort stuff inside the house.

Then Sunday I ended up washing the siding on the front of the house and the porch, which you have to do, because it gets moldy and gross, and it's a two story house and we can't afford powerwashing, so I use a hose with an attachment and a nineteen foot pole with a brush on the end. I still need to do some other bits of the house but it's mostly done for the year now. I am trying to lure a company out here to clean our gutters, but hopefully that should be affordable. (They're supposed to have screens on them, but the stupid squirrels keep pulling them off and throwing them down in the front yard.)

Then last night our air conditioner broke, and the company is coming today to fix it, so hopefully that won't eat up all the gutter money.

The good news is we've had a lot of rain and the house doesn't seem to be leaking anywhere anymore. :knock on wood:

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