I was volunteering at the zoo and I passed this woman pushing a stroller and she had “Thug for Life” tattooed to her upper right arm with a hand that was probably making a gang sign. I won’t lie, I’m terrible at distinguishing gangster hand signs, though I know I’m not too impressed when people post selfies with west side or east side, etc. I wonder if there is a hand signal for the valley? My favorite hand sign is Vulcan, “live long and prosper.” Booh-Yeah!
Anyway, it made me wonder about this Thug for Life woman. Wouldn’t that be a hard life, wondering if your husband was going to get shot that day or knowing you might have to deal with a home invasion? As a writer, it’s easy for me to build her into a character. Before I know it, I have imagined her entire back story, but I can’t picture any of my characters having a badly drawn, blue ink tattoo of a gang sign. The tattoo killed the story.
Then I pictured a new story; one with a rich, high class woman who loses a bet and has to go get a tattoo that her friends picked out. Now that, my friends, is a funny story for such an awful tattoo. I’m not actually going to write it. I’m still working on my assassin novel and 2nd project with my co-writer.
I’m pretty bummed that I missed the Boot Scooter picnic. This is the second year in a row that I didn’t go. I missed the Halloween party and last year’s Christmas party. I plan to go this year to the Christmas party. The club has a lot of members and there are three things the group loves as a gift for the White Elephant game: Disney anything, Snowmen anything, and booze. At the end of 50 people playing this game, Emory had the NEAR to last number. I was somewhere in the middle and I won this singing antler hat that I really loved! Two years ago, I bought Frosty the Snowman glasses for the party, which I never ended up going to. So this year, I need to wrap those glasses. But I still need to find something for Emory to throw into the pot. I have two Mickey and Minnie Christmas dolls. I need to get Disney mugs to put them in. I’m not sure what the budget is for the game, but people tend to bring nice things.
We have a few new people in the club, Elizabeth, Barb and Tigger on the woman’s team. Elizabeth’s husband joined the couples, so she can dance both on the couples team and on the women’s team. Jackie (our resident snow bird, which is what we call people who come in for the winter and leave during the summer to escape the 110+ weather), is back in town and her new husband has joined the couples, so she can dance both. Tigger and Barb only dance on the women’s team. We had two other women, but they disappeared. It’s a huge commitment to be on a demo team, because you practice 2 nights a week and perform on the weekends. Some people just don’t have that time, but I enjoy the company and performing.
HBA: Book one: Working on the cover art with an artist. Waiting to get the book back from 2 readers and one editor.
Novella: 11,168/25000 words completed on project.
HBA book 2: 5/30 chapters completed, but going back to rework sequence of events: 1/30 momentarily complete