Figured I'd give the journal thing a go. Usually I'm pretty focused and good at prioritizing mission objectives but I've been drifting a bit lately. This typically involves me staring out my office window and watching the river rise to apocalyptic levels as the snowmelt from the mountains rushes into the valley. According to the local USGS flow rate station it has risen 13 feet in the last two weeks with more to come. Any higher and it starts to threaten the tree line. My side of the bank is about 90 feet up but the far side is much lower and conceivably flood-able. I saw some dude in a kayak and full frog-suit zip past the house yesterday. Brave soul right there. Also I watched my puppy chase a fly around the living room for about a half an hour. He's never seen one before and kept catching it, spitting it out, and running away from it before mounting a fresh assault. Turning away from the window my proverbial plate looks like this: 1. Dust Steel Bone, my sci-fi/western/pain in my nuts has gone to an editor and come back. Overall it's in decent shape but there are several major issues. Nothing catastrophic but not best-foot-forward either. Some things I can clean up with a few surgical additions or deletions, others are more rewrite territory. I did pretty well with that for a while but hit a snag regarding one of my MCs (I have four with their own POV) and am considering deleting his ass altogether. This will not be easy and my enthusiasm regarding extensive rewrites is at an all time low. Honestly, I can't look at this manuscript any longer without wanting to smash my face into the keyboard, but I haven't come this far only to come this far.... 2. Club Eternity, my WIP, is standing pat at about 12k words. I have no idea what genre this will fall into. Somewhere between romance, comedy, mystic realism, and horror. I haven't cracked this open since I got DSB back from my editor but I'm itching to get back into it. I've been through this before. The grass is always greener regarding the other WIP, but I think this one might have smoker potential. Definitely the most commercial and easy to pitch idea I've ever come up with. No query letter anxiety with this one. Not yet anyhow. 3. Blogs and Platform -- I have a nice idea for a blog and have the domain and hosting setup already but haven't started construction yet. This will be a platform for my shorter flash shit and a storefront for any self-publications I do. More details to come on this later but I don't want to get ahead of myself. Twitter is on the horizon too but haven't gotten into that yet either. I also want to take advantage of local resources but there aren't many where I live now. Honestly, the deeper I get the more I wish I was back home in Rhode Island with its thriving local artist community. And the legions of people I can turn onto my shit after a couple of drinks. Mrs. Homer and I were talking about this the other day and a move home might be in order sooner rather than later. I'm ready to whore myself out but I'd prefer to do it on a familiar corner. I think I'll update this every day so I have something I can reference later. I really like reading everyone else's journal so I'll try to have fun with it. Also happy Patriots Day and a special shout out to all the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing four years ago. That feels like yesterday. I wasn't there that year but easily could have been.