More Wind, More Rain (Less Mail), Now is the winter of epic redundancy...

By: jitterymoose , 6:59 AM GMT on January 26, 2013

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Oh, it's raining and the wind is blowing. I wish I could say "again," but that would mean that it had stopped for more than three hours. I guess I'll have to say "still." It did stop for several hours here today, and yesterday there was blue sky for a little bit, but, mostly, it's been a rainy, chilly, dreary winter with not much snow, but plenty of RAIN. But then, I hate complaining because there's some ice/snow/bone-chilling monster named "KHAN!" hammering the east coast where friends and family live. At least, that's what I think is happening. It's pretty surreal to be in sorta-kinda Alaska (not nearly as brutal temperature-extreme and snow-wise as the Interior) and hear all your friends down South tell you how much colder it is where they are....

Which also brings me to this:
A Friend Who'd Read My Book: "Do they call it 'Breakup' here?"
Me: "What?"
A Friend: "Spring -- do they call it 'Breakup' in Southeast?"
Me: "Wow -- you know what? I can't remember hearing them call it that..."
But that's my Interior slip-up and bias. I called March "Breakup" in my story set in Southeast.
I also said Brett was from "Outside."
That's not a term used in Southeast either. If you're not from here, you're not from "Outside," you're from down South, as in "I'm going Down South [Seattle] to go shopping [or for medical or for a break to get off The Rock that doesn't involve getting on ANOTHER rock--that being Ketchikan]."
You can take the girl out of the Interior, but you can't take the Interior out of the girl --
Eww.
Sorry.
eBooks are easily edited....
So, wind and rain and that oozing, seeping cold that threads through the viscera and folds in among the blood vessels in your fingers (but isn't enough to make your eyeballs sticky -- I miss THAT kind of cold!) has kept us mostly inside with only the odd walks to keep from going insane. I wish I could say 2013 has calmed down, but I can't....

I released a book. You know, that one I'd been threatening to release for three years now? Yeah, I think it's finally done. I think. I hope. Well, done or not (15 edits, 80 beta readers in 14 countries giving me feedback, and on and on), it's up on Amazon. *cough* The Fishing Widow *cough* so I just thought I'd share that. A Paranormal Sea Story. Right now, it's only an ebook, but plans are to have it in physical form by March -- in time for Sitka Herring. And I'm planning on being there this year (she said with fingers crossed).

The flurry of emails, both good and bad, after the article in the Lawrence World-Journal (which I WILL share here and which hit the wires and not necessarily in a GOOD way (as in: "she forgives her mother." What?? What kind of crap (sorry) was THAT?!?! You know, to "forgive" someone implies that that someone willfully wronged you. What the woman did for me was the best she could think of under the circumstances. There was nothing to forgive! But I digress) ... had died down. I got a funny one today. It was meant to be a slap, but it made me chuckle and look all O_o at it. I've been getting mean emails from people I don't know. Can you imagine? Most are along the lines of "Better timing of Roe v. Wade could have fixed your mother's problem sooner." Seriously? You're going to say that to an adopted person? Whoa. But, they had died down ...until I got one today that I didn't open, but the subject line was "Happy 40th Birthday Roe v. Wade." Um ... if you don't get the irony of that statement, I can't help you. [DELETE]

Wind and rain, while it affects the mail (as in, where's that Amazon order??), it also affects the way we think ... I think. After days and weeks of it, and after all that's happened so far this year, it's kind of made me a little TOO reflective. I mean, the earthquake, the book, the whole story of the abandonment ... then meeting the kids of the people who found me ... it's been a lot. I should share this story -- about meeting the kids, though, because you never know what life's going to hand you. The Houses had a son (13) and a daughter (11) at the time they found me in 1964. I talked to the daughter who lives in NC.

After about 20 minutes, she said, "There's something I have to SAY to you. I didn't want you to read it anywhere, I had to SAY it. Are you sitting down?"
"Yes" (and I was)
"You were born on the floor of the bathroom at the Grover Bungalo Laundramat in the early morning hours of November 16, 1964, right?"
"That's what they tell me," I replied.
"What you need to know is this. My mom's father, Wallace E. Grover owned the laundramat. In the early morning hours of November 16, 1963, he went in to work, walked into the back, hung up his coat, and died instantly of a massive heart attack about two feet from where you were found."

O___O (and I couldn't speak)

Yes.

I've been staring at the sea a lot these days.

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6. palmettobug53
1:11 AM GMT on January 30, 2013
Finally got around to reading that article. What an amazing story.

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5. calpoppy
8:49 PM GMT on January 28, 2013
Hi JM! What a story to be born in a laundromat! The e-mails you got are just plain ridiculous. People can be just plain mean, especially when they are in the virtual world!!

Kodiak Island is having a blizzard today, my son is supposed to fly tonight, hope he doesn't!!!!
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4. palmettobug53
10:24 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
I just checked out the Craig Public Library website.

The library has an interesting history. Those women in the mid-30's were a determined bunch, weren't they?

Our lending library was established in 1930 and was formally opened in 1931.

I'd never really checked out the history of our library before. I had no idea it was first opened in the Charleston Museum. I recall visiting it at it's second location on Rutledge Avenue. It was a grand old mansion, which had been the home of one of Charleston's mayors in the early 1900's. It was just a couple of blocks from our apartment and where Mama would take me for story hour and to get books. Mama and I spent a lot of time in the Charleston Museum, too, which was just a couple of blocks further away.

We moved out of town to 'suburbia' in 1959 and a new library building was dedicated in 1960. In 1998, they moved again.

History of the Charleston County Library

Oddly enough, the private Charleston Library Society's collections were the beginnings of the Charleston Museum but our county lending library doesn't seem to have had any association with the Library Society, other than being loaned space in the Museum. They may have had more to do with each other than I see on their websites.

Charleston Library Society
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3. palmettobug53
5:44 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
LOL... Had no idea that you lived that close to town. Somehow, I pictured you further out. Why, I dunno.

Yeah, the ebooks are great for anyone who loves to read but has space limitations. Or lives/works where they can't easily access a library.

Mama's family were big readers. Books were given as gifts on birthdays and at Christmas. Reading and books are part of who I am and always will be. I feel kind of sorry for folks that say they don't enjoy reading.
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2. jitterymoose
5:04 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
^__^ Your library LOVES you, Bug! I'm my town's librarian, so I get to be there every day. The ebooks, tho, are great for the fishing guys because there's not a lot of room in the foc'sles for books, and trust me, the fishing fleet is INCREDIBLY well read. I'm a physical book fan, too. I forgot how much until yesterday when we were moving box after box after box of books to the new place. Boxes we haven't opened in nearly 3 years. It's a lot like Christmas (again!) at our house. It's also like seeing old friends whom you haven't seen in years. Have a great Sunday!
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1. palmettobug53
4:25 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
A book? You've got a book out? Well, congratulations!

I'll have to wait for a hard copy version, though. I'm still in the dinosaur age, book-wise. A stubborn hold-out!

I suppose I'll break down, eventually, and get some type of ebook reader.

Our local library does offer digital books. After you asked, I had to go look. I just hadn't paid any attention before.

I'm sure they've been a boon for you and others that can't just pop into the local libary, whenever you're in the mood for something to read.

Me? My local branch is within walking distance. Or it would be, if I didn't have the tendency to check out 10 books at a time! I can see myself trying to stagger home with my usual arm load. lol
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