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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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Don’t Underestimate the Things That I Will Do

Today I was a jumping bean. Could not work on more than a few sentences before I had to empty the garbage, clean out a desk drawer, measure for a new faucet, think about doing laundry, transfer blueberries, wash dishes, file my fingernails, make a to-do list, make the bed, and look at a billion clips and pictures of Harry Styles on Instagram, My company is converting to a new data base and I did some contract entry. Very satisfying.

What do full time writers do all day?

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  1. “What do full time writers do all day?”

    I drank. After five years of excessive drink, hangovers, bad writing, and other missteps, I had frittered away unrecoverable time and opportunity, not to mention my wife, my family, and my home. It is not a course of action I recommend.

  2. I have found a rigorous routine helps. First exercises. Toilette. Walk 12 -15 minutes. meditation 13 minutes. breakfast and spiritual journal (read 1 Chogyam Trungpa and Pema Chodron Lojong Card). Write on book A (while listening to soothing music…new last few days). Nap (read to fall asleep), lunch in any order. Workout bicycle and new step 40 minutes, listening to audio book. Work on Book B. A and B alternate: A in am, b in pm, b in am, a in pm, etc. Currently, weekends a play outline and if I can still sit upright, some marketing…looking for an agent for books A B, and C. Subject to change at any time to allow for annoying interruptions, i.e. dr apptmnts/ migraine/ etc.

  3. “What do full time writers do all day?”
    Well, I’m not a full time writer, I just wasn’t doing time for anything else, until 2 weeks ago when I fell on the walk and dislocated my right shoulder (cracked a few bones too).
    Now I’m adjusting to doing everything left-handed; cook and eat (using a knife with 1 hand), brush my teeth (1st time left-handed ), dress (tuck-in a shirt with 1 hand), numerous Dr. appointments (can’t drive my stick-shift, Uber is making a fortune off me), shopping (Amazon and Instacart essential).
    But writing? Of course, type (1 left finger), mouse (damn keys are backwards), prose (very slow), rewriting (more thinking than fixing), reading (no comfortable position and tough to hold & page the book)…
    But I’m doing it (it only took an hour to type this).

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