I’ve been living the life of a Go-Go Girl.

They look very busy, wouldn't you agree?

They look very busy, wouldn’t you agree?

Okay.

I’ve been a girl on the go-go.

The other way of saying it sounded much more glamorous.

That’s why I’ve been persona non blogger around here.

I can hardly keep up with all of your blog posts. Are you, like, all on vacation from work and attending some summer blog-till-you-drop camp? Sheesh! Slow down people.

The many moods of Lorna...

Just some of my faces as I try to keep up with your blog posts.

Here’s a partial list of the things (other than worrying about blogging) keeping me busy these days:

  1. I’m taking an online certification course in editing. Yup. I suck lemons at editing my own writing, but I’m pretty good at editing other writer’s, well, writing. I’m nearly finished with the course and might try my hand (or eyes) at becoming an editorial entrepreneur.
Someone needs to make guys like him look, er, um, sound good. I can do that, right?

Someone needs to make guys like him look, er, um, sound good. I can do that, right?

2. I designed a whole website for my local library. I’m also the VP for their Friends group. They (we) are becoming better fundraisers than greedy politicians as we try to raise money for our new $4 million library. Coincidence that I landed here at exactly the same time they needed new, tech-savvy blood to help them? I think not! Here is the link in case you’re interested.

3. I’ve been trying to get some writing “street creds.” Apparently, two self-published books aren’t that impressive in the writing world. So I’ve been submitting myself all over the place. And I’ve paid off! I just got news that a short story I submitted for a contest won 2nd prize and will be published in a journal. The contest was sponsored by the Women’s Story Circle. The theme for the contest was “failure,” something for which I have a lot of material. Here’s the link they gave me to see my story on line.

4. I will also have a short story published in my local newspaper, The Columbian. Yup. The same newspaper that provides me with all that fun Portlandia newsy fodder for this blog. I’ll share it when it comes out in early September.

5. Phil and I escaped the heat and went to the Oregon coast for the weekend a while ago. Here are some pictures.

Ah, the coast! 30 degrees cooler and cloudy. Also, quite dramatic.

Ah, the Pacific coast! 30 degrees cooler and cloudy. Also, quite dramatic.

And you never know what manner of blonde sea creature you'll find in the sand dunes...

And you never know what manner of blonde sea creature you’ll find in the sand dunes…

6. Phil and I also just had to go to the local county fair. We rode a ferris wheel on steroids, strolled through the exhibits barns, avoided the greasy “fair food,” and attended a concert. We saw the Guess Who? No, I’m not asking you to guess who we saw, we saw the Guess Who? I danced off to the side of the show, so I guess you could say I was a Sideshow Go-Go girl that night. I should have sold tickets…

No, I'm not a little person. I'm 5'6.5" tall. This is Count--one huge, friendly Belgian with whom I made friends at the Clark County Fair.

No, I’m not a little person. I’m 5’6.5″ tall. This is Count–one huge, friendly Belgian with whom I made friends at the Clark County Fair. No wonder we’re such good pals, we have the same coloring and profile!

7. The walls of our house need some color, so I’ve been working on that. No, not painting!

Don't think I'm so skilled I can do a three-dimensional quilt. It's draped on the sofa so I could take a picture of it. Each panel is of the same tree...only different.

Don’t think I’m so skilled I can do a three-dimensional quilt. It’s draped on the sofa so I could take a picture of it. Each panel is of the same tree…only different.

See? It's made from different batiks and I hand-appliqued all the panels.

See? It’s made from different batiks and I hand-appliqued all the panels.

8. And my niece is having a baby, so there is a baby quilt in her future. Mine, too.

9. Phil and I have been exploring Portlandia. We even tried to see Bernie Sanders when he stopped in for a rally. Given that the media has been ignoring him and we knew him when he was the mayor of Burlington, VT, we figured we would show up and let him know at least a few people remember him. Well, we didn’t even make into the Moda Center even after the fire marshall let in an extra 1,000 or so people above the 19,000 capacity. Oh well. Good for him; early night for us.

This was while we were still hopeful...

This was while we were still hopeful…

This was the crowd we had to traverse to get to the train home.

This was the crowd we had to traverse to get to the train home.

10. I’m doing some beta reading for a couple of blogger buddies.

11. Oh, and I’m seriously considering writing another book. I’ve been reading several books about plotting and structuring because this is going to be a thriller based on true events. I guess you could say I’m in the research phase.

Do you see why I haven’t been around here much lately?

And I have to go now. I told the folks at the library that I would make three dozen rolls for an event tonight…and bread doesn’t make itself! Although it does rise by itself…

Down boy!

Down boy!

So forgive me if I’m rather scarce around here.

If it helps, I’m thinking about you!

What, I could be thinking. Thinking very deeply.

What, I could be thinking. Thinking very deeply. And I need all that deep thinking time, what with the hectic pace I’m keeping.

 How about you? What have you been up to (besides blogging like a pro)?