When Did July Disappear?

I was just about to write a blog entry when I realized I missed a month. Again. Summer seems to do that to me, even at this age. I haven’t dealt with ‘summer vacation’ for a very long time, but I seem to still take the middle months of the year ‘off’. Not from writing, but from other routines. For instance:

I went back to work
I had a special need for extra cash, so I took a job, worked a month and now, with the money in the bank, I’m again retired. I learned as well as earned. First, I learned that I can still work, at ‘this age’. It’s been several years since I gave forty hours in exchange for a paycheck, but the spending/saving is nice. The lack of time is not. Nothing really new there, but a good reminder. Second, I can save while I work. I didn’t save every penny of my extra income, but I did save most of it. I will spend it all in one week, but that was the purpose for earning/saving it. So, mission accomplished.

I began a new Work
What was supposed to be a flashback in the middle of the UpStairs novel, has become a serious historical novel itself. My mafia character was supposed to give rise to the golden still in the wall, and a grand shootout at the end of the book. Instead, he has become the protagonist in a well-researched, completely serious work of his own. I’m not sure I can town down this guy to fit into a much lighter work like Upstairs. Time will tell.

I’m traveling to New York State
This August my oldest is marrying the love of his life. I am traveling there to be part of the experience as well as participate in a small way. (hence the need for extra money!) It will be chance to reconnect with family from all over, as well as make a stop to see my co-author Abby Cortez. (@missabby4653 on instagram) Sadly, my time will be limited, but I will be planning to make the most of it.

That’s all for now. I will update before the end of the month with more news and pictures.

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About Gordon DeLand

Author, speaker, ex-Navy and ex-preacher and ex-several other things. Grew up in the wilderness of Madison County, New York State. Officially retired, currently residing Chicago but have lived on all four coasts and Hawaii. Maybe someday I'll retire back to New York. But not yet.
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