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    Bridge Ladies When I set out to learn about my mother's bridge club, the Jewish octogenarians behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, their gen, and the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
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You’re a Cowboy Like Me Perched in the Dark

Day 26. Pound it out, guys. This is the big finish. We are facing the Macy’s Day Parade, your ego floating high over Fifth Avenue, crowds cheering, lips synching. We are almost there. I am so insanely proud of myself. I jump started an old jalopy and got her driving again. Will I finish, will it work, can I drive stick? We will see. Thank you for coming on this adventure. Let’s make the last days count.

What’s your writing plan for the next three days. Commit!

14 Responses

  1. This has been so much fun!

  2. All I can say is that it took me to day 26 to finish the nit picking and break the deadlock between me and Chapter 7. One page in front of the other, straight to the finish line.

  3. I’m gonna ride that horse till it dies!

  4. I’ve got a short essay I need to expand. It’s gotta be pretty enough to show my writing partner. I have until December 6.

  5. “What’s your writing plan for the next three days.”

    Steady at the helm. Maintain course.

  6. Same old, same old, edit, edit,edit.

  7. Despite determination, the grandchildren and overall travel fatigue had me miss my first writing day on Sunday. Oooffff … about to start the dirty thirty for Monday right now. Tomorrow should work well … just hoping I’m able to manage the final day. Grandchildren and my son himself, whom I hadn’t seen for 6 months, takes priority. I don’t think it matters (I tell myself) since once home again I will restart my regime. Fucking fingers crossed!

    • Turns out not to be that easy to concentrate when your granddaughter feigns illness in order to stay home from school with you. But I’ve nevertheless written 1.5 pages. Trying to end the chapter and feeling stuck.

      • Sounds like your granddaughter is happy to see you and that tops school any day.

      • I’m dying for one of my kids to produce a grandchild so I can stay home and play all day. Blanket forts and chocolate chip cookies, and maybe we break out The Lorax for story time, or if it’s not raining we could take the dogs to the park and check out the new slide, which has a fun looking twist at the bottom…

  8. Editing and rearranging. The past few weeks have been chaos on paper and now it’s time to start making sense.

  9. This seems surreal in a way – almost at 30 days. Wow, it has been FAST.

    I’ve been cutting and pasting and rearranging some parts of a chapter, and then having to dip into other areas of the book to ensure a historical fact isn’t screwed up by my characters being the wrong age. Facts have a way of doing this.

    Other than that, my writing to The Finish Line will have to be EARLY, b/c this week I am the chief cook/holiday wrangler.

  10. Plow ahead, fix the TOC for what I did. Then wade into the next two chapters after Thursday (another 30/30 to end at Christmas?)

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