Friday, July 24, 2009
I had no idea (or had forgotten) how much it can wear you out to have a garage sale! Mine was only open for six hours today because it got too warm to continue, but I'm wasted as a result of sitting out there the whole time waiting for people to drop by.
And drop by they did. I guess about 20 different people visited -- pretty good for a work day and with only two small signs out to tell the tale. I didn't make much money, but no more Elance work came in today, so I didn't waste a day and actually made about $50.
At first it was so slow that I started to re-read the first book I wrote about De, A HARVEST OF MEMORIES. What a hoot! It's very bizarre to pick up a book I wrote almost a decade ago and start reading it. I mean, I was slightly impressed by the way it holds together, even as much as it had to be edited (by almost half; thank you, Terry Rioux!)
I thought, "I'll read till I get tired or bored," but I never got tired or bored!
I got about 150 pages into it today -- and it's all still really a lot of fun! (No one has fallen ill in the story yet.) My serval is alive, my mom's alive, De and Carolyn appear robust and sassy... it's just really fun to re-visit the good times.
I always wish the book could have ended on a happier note -- you know, a miraculous recovery for De, complete healing of Carolyn's broken leg... and even though I wrote it, as I read it I still experience the hope that this time it'll work out better, with a happy ending. Alas, it never does.
But 3/4 of the book (the first 3/4) is so much fun! It was such a blast having them as friends..
... and they will be again... that's the beauty of it!!! (Did I just steal a line from Captain Kirk?! That's a first for me! HA HA HA HA HA!) (Didn't he say something like that about the glasses McCoy made him that he traded in for cash in SF in The Voyage Home? Yes, I think he did!)