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April 16 – Working Overtime

Ok, I didn’t REALLY work overtime. It was nice to have time that I could focus on my editing. I wrote my devotional this morning – 494 Words and then went to work on a course I’m taking in descriptive writing from Kelly Blanchard-Dale. Even old folks like me can learn from young folks like her. This week’s focus is on active voice, as opposed to passive voice. The writing sample I looked at made me realize that I use the passive voice more than I thought. I did a little bit of housework after that and then went back to editing the devotional book. I got 15 days worth done. I hope to finish June tomorrow and begin the final process of sending it to the publisher. I had chess clubs today and then cooked dinner in the middle of the editing times.

Today’s devotional – April 16 – Forward the Light Brigade

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April 10 – Yes, I’ll Wear Pink

Today began, as usual, with the devotional. It ran longer today – about 603 words. Then I got ready to go to the school I retired from and volunteer. Today was the beginning of State Testing and I go there to help serve lunches. They feed the kids in the classroom on testing days to cut down on opportunities to converse – because conversations at lunch might naturally gravitate towards the test. They had a shirt for the volunteers. A Pink shirt. They asked me if I’d wear pink. Pink is used for breast cancer awareness. I have no problem wearing pink! Teachers have a difficult time during testing. They can’t help, they can’t give hints, they have to walk around and monitor. It may sound easy, but it ain’t. If you know any teachers, give them some extra love during state testing time. After testing, I got ready for a chess lesson…but we had a bit of miscommunication and I wasn’t needed to teach today. This student is sharp! He discovers things on his own, he remembers the concepts I teach. He’s probably close to the point where he’s beyond my ability as a teacher. I should have used the extra time to write, but I decided to play instead.

When my wife got home, I cooked supper and THEN did my editing. I need to work on the May June Devotional book and get the final formatting done for that one.

I haven’t mentioned this in a while, but Driftwood Coffee Company is trying to help us get to Rwanda. They’re dedicating profits from web sales this month to help us go on a teacher training trip working with Africa New Life Ministries. If you buy from them, you can help us. If you want to make a tax-deductible donation, then you can go to The Africa New Life donation site and click on Mission Team Members. Scroll down and look for Lucy and Bob James. This organization does an amazing work in Rwanda.

Today’s Devotional – 603 Words – April 10 – Be a Neighbor…But Wait! There’s More!

Today’s Reading: Began looking at The Venom Protocols.

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April 4 – Finished

I got my devotional finished fairly early today – 514 words. I got some walking in early. Today was cold for April in South Texas…lower 60’s and wind…it’s a wet cold. Then, I mixed editing time and housework and finished the final 6 days worth of the May/June devotional book. I’m going to let it sit a day while I work on some other editing projects, then format it for paperback and eBook status. I got official news that my short story has been accepted for the local author anthology….a very patient editor/publisher. When I finished the editing….I took care of the dog. (Which is our way of saying, I didn’t do anything.) I did begin the process of learning to play Splatoon 2. I am not a gamer….just sayin’. My daughter enjoys laughing at me. Church tonight touched on one of the devotionals I had edited earlier today – different Scripture passage, but the same idea. Overall, it’s been a good day.

Today’s devotional: April 4 – Understanding Begins With God

Fiction reading today: Someday I’ll be Redeemed: Chronicles of Lorrek by Kelly Blanchard. Fantasy is not my preferred genre, but I’m enjoying this book.