I revised the first version. As I like to say, revising is something you do with a meat cleaver. Rewriting is done with a shoeshine rag. The second version was no better than the first.
I’m now starting over, coming at the story from a different point of view. So far it’s better. We’ll see.
Today is my birthday. I’ve been getting a lot of lovely wishes on Facebook and I thank everyone for them. Tonight we’re grilling steak and adding baked potatoes, salad, and rolls. Chocolate cake for dessert, of course! Tomorrow it’s on the road again. This afternoon I may try again to catch a fish.
This year’s version of March Madness starts next week. I’ll be in Warrensburg at the Children’s Literature Festival when I get my first word. Whether I survive the first round remains to be seen but I’ll explain to the kids I see all day on Monday and Tuesday about the poetry contest and try to get the teachers on board to generate interest among their students. The timing isn’t good for my writing effort but it’s wonderful for exciting students about poetry!