This Surprising August

After lots of preparation, on Sunday afternoon we took my ill with cancer mother-in-law to see my brother-in-law and his family. On the way home, about 7:40, I snapped a pic as we drove through the small town of Saffron Walden in Essex. Oh, and to be clear, I WAS NOT DRIVING:

[Saffron Walden, Essex. Also on my Instagram. Photo by me, August 29, 2021. I WAS NOT DRIVING!]

Because of her condition, she needs pretty much to be cared for all of the time, and really cannot be left in the house alone. She is essentially living with us, so we don’t get out much currently. Even a drive an hour away to visit relatives is a BIG deal – and something of a respite: it was wonderful to talk with others about things other than family troubles and cancer.

[A moment of quiet. Back door selfie. August 27, 2021. Potton, England.]

There has been really only one positive to come from us essentially being even MORE “stay at home” than we were at the worst of the pandemic. I cannot believe how much writing I have done recently. I suppose it has served as a personal escape for me of sorts from the day in and day out of always the same routine of medications and care and more medications and more care…

So the full draft that I had worried in July was NOT close to being finished, is, as August ends, NEARLY DONE

[A 1775 sneak peek from Capture The Cause. Click to expand.]

…including kinda fictionalizing my own (late) mother again as if she had lived in upstate New York in the 1700s. 😉

[Capture The Cause, to be released later (it is hoped) this year.]

I may indeed have the finished novel in plenty of time for Christmas, which is what I had hoped to do when I started to write it in early 2020.

Have a good day, wherever you are. 🙂

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