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Friday, January 1, 2010

Email Mountain

I am never going to catch up on these emails. Even when I was whittling them down, more kept coming. But I think I answered all the important ones. If you wrote me and I haven't answered, please write me back.

Believe it or not, sometimes cyber space will eat your email. Two weeks ago, an editor emailed me AGAIN to remind me she still wanted to see my science fiction manuscript. God bless her for checking up on me. I never saw her first email.

I still don't have heat, but I'm on a list. I can't complain. It's not that cold. This house is pretty well insulated. Greg offered to drive up here to fix it, but this is why we have warranty insurance. He'll be back in another week anyway.

Ironically, the last time he was here he was going to test the chimney but he never got around to it. I don't feel comfortable starting a fire without him checking it first, and I don't know the first thing about fireplaces.

Today I made a list of all the things I'd like to get done at this place and at Zannini south. It's a full load, but I think I can swing it. The hardest job and the one that requires Greg's participation is the fence. Man, I am not looking forward to doing that job. It's miserable work when you're an old lady.

Come to think of it, I didn't like it much when I was young either. LOL.

I am looking forward to gardening this year. I'm anxious to see if the new compost and raised soil level will give me a better yield.

So what are you looking forward to this year?


Dru said...

I think what I'm most looking forward to in 2010 is new beginnings.

Have a good Friday.

Maria Zannini said...

I like beginnings, myself. It's always so hopeful.

Carol Burge said...


Thank goodness it's not that cold where you are. I hope you don't have a relapse (you were sick a couple of weeks ago, I think?) Here in Michigan it's 25 degrees (which is kind of a heat wave) :) And don't feel bad, I don't know squat about fireplaces, either.

Good luck with getting you fence done. My husband and his family have been in the fence installation business for over 30 years, so I know how miserable a job it is. Too bad you're not in Michigan, I'd have him put it up for you. :)

Maria Zannini said...

You're so sweet, Carol. I wish we lived closer. I'd dearly love to give that fence job to someone else. LOL!

Sherri said...

The garden is up there for me too but I think the main thing I'm looking forward to is a better year all the way round. Way too many downers in '09.

Maria Zannini said...

Hi Sherri,
The nice thing about having a bad year is that you can only get better after that.

I hope 2010 more than makes up for your 2009.

Liane Spicer said...

Maybe it's because so much gloom prevailed in 2009, but I'm really optimistic about 2010. It's new, unsullied, and just crammed with possibilities.

Our fence problems are somewhat different here on the equator. Neighbors on one side don't keep their lot cut so it's a constant battle to keep the jungle vines on their side from overrunning our fence. Cut it back one week and there it is the following.

Good luck with all your goals, especially the garden, and may 2010 be the best ever writing year for you!

Maria Zannini said...

Thanks, Liane! I'm looking forward to hearing more stories about the islands--even about your sloppy neighbors.

Heather B. Moore said...

I'm glad your editor emailed you a 2nd time as well! And it seems you are feeling better :-)

I'm looking forward to 2 book releases this year (which was totally unexpected), and writing one book for sure, and possibly two.

Maria Zannini said...

Hi Heather!

Ref: I'm glad your editor emailed you a 2nd time as well!

Just proves God looks out for fools and luckless writers.

Ref: 2 releases
I know! You are smokin' woman. I've been following your posts --rare as they are, missy.

LOL! I hope you have a wonderful 2010, Heather.

Shelley Munro said...

I must be one of the few who are still feeling a bit "bah-humbugish". It's followed me from Christmas. I'm hoping our upcoming holiday will do the trick and put me in a more optimistic frame of mind.

I have to agree about fencing. So not fun. My father used to do a lot of contract fencing as well as sheep shearing in his younger days. It's hard work.

Good luck with your sci-fi sub. It's great that the editor followed up.

Maria Zannini said...

Shelley, I get the humbugginess every so often when the world seems too shallow or commercial.

Thankfully, it's always temporary.