Good morning, Everyone. It is brisk on the South Shore of Long Island, but the trees are budding and early spring flowers have bloomed. Color returns. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Let’s catch up.
If we were having coffee together, I would want to talk about garages. My sisters, mother and I are preparing to clear out my dad’s man caves. It’s been an emotional slog, sorting tools, fishing gear, and boat stuff. Everything was important. Dad was a man who could fix almost anything on a shoestring budget, which means he collected a variety of tools and had boxes and cans filled with hardware of varying sizes and shapes. He planned on using leftover pieces of aluminum, wood, tiles for future projects. He wasn’t sure which project but what a celebration when he could find the just right scrap to do a job. In the 50+ years of living in the house, one car seldom resided in the two-car garage.
All the collecting and gathering would have been fine if he had an organized system. Dad did not hang a pegboard wall with silhouettes to show where drills and screwdrivers and hammers belonged. Jars or cans of hardware did not have specific shelf positions or labels. Dad had a few good guesses where he last saw something, but frequently found it easier to visit the hardware store for needed washers and certain sized bolts. While browsing in the store, he found bargains too good to pass up. Dozens of hammers and drill bits clutter tool drawers and benches.
If we were having coffee together, I would announce that my niece had a baby girl last week. Of course she is a beautiful addition to the clan. Her name is Trulee Ann, in honor of my dad’s, her great grandpa’s, favorite family boat. It’s a different name, but once you start associating it to this sweet baby, the it fits.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you about my writing progress. This week I sent out a much neglected Stories Served Around The Table News to Nosh Letter. You can open your copy here. I added a survey so I can learn about who is following me and what they are looking for. You can fill out your survey here.
If we were having coffee, I would report that Book 2 in the Becoming America’s Stories is almost done. I thought it was done, but my beta readers differed, so I am focused on digesting their suggestions and working on a better story and a better title. Almost there.
In other writing news, I am preparing for a launch campaign. A launch campaign involves getting readers excited about the new book coming out as well as the previous book, Daily Bread. Stay tuned for added content, activities, and hopeful interviews, newsletter swapping, and guest blog postings. Although I’d rather write stories, getting the launch right only makes it more possible for me to put out more stories in the future.
That’s about it. Great big thank you to Natalie the Explorer, the incredible host of Weekend Coffee Share.
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