• Cheryl

Friday Night Happy Hour: "Beached" Is On The Move!

As I’m writing this, the rain is coming down hard and blowing against the windows. I’m waiting for the first sign of snow, because supposedly that’s on its way. This is most definitely an “anything but routine” weather event. When I worked in higher education in DC, Mother’s Day weekend was our graduation weekend, and every year except for maybe one, we MELTED. This is the first I can remember ever having snow in May!

So today was a big day: My completed novel, my first book, my BABY left my hands and went to my Beta reader this morning. For the very first time, someone who’s never seen it will read it from start to finish and give kudos and criticisms and make suggestions. It’s both exciting and nerve-wracking; I’m trying my best to just go with “exciting.” This is a huge step, because it’ll give me an idea of how well it’ll stand up to the general public. And if there are things to be fixed, this is the time. Whatever happens, I’m this much closer to publication and launching the writing career I’ve dreamed of my entire life, and that is definitely something to celebrate!

This was definitely a more productive week than last week, and I’m glad. Besides my encouraging visit to my radiation oncologist, which was summed up in Wednesday’s post, I had the pleasure yesterday of “meeting,” via Zoom, a breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy and aggressive chemo less than two years ago and is now in training for the Boston Marathon (postponed from this past April to this coming September). Her upbeat personality and positive attitude are so inspirational, and I really enjoyed chatting with her. I’ll be working on the editing of our talk, which I recorded with her permission, and I hope to get that posted to share the week after next.

In other news, we learned today that our county will soon be moving to the “Yellow Phase” of Pennsylvania’s reopening. I was glad to hear it; for me, it’s more of a mental relief than anything - it’s nice to know that even though we still have such a long way to go, we’re finally taking a step toward normalcy. Yes, I need a haircut and color, and yes, I need new glasses, but I’m okay with taking the reopening slowly, so long as we keep moving, and so long as we do it carefully and with common sense. I know there’s another wave coming, and I hope that we can apply everything we’ve learned so far to keep things under control.

My weekend to-do list is a mile long (although my big plans of getting into the attic to clean out and reorganize will likely wait till a warmer weekend!), and I recently downloaded Jennifer Weiner’s newest book, “Big Summer,” which I’m looking forward to reading. The cold, raw weather promises a cozy weekend. I’m looking forward to it.