Things you may not know about my M.O.W.

Hi everyone,

I kid about Sandy but I know you know that’s all it is. She does so many tasks around here that I don’t get around to because I’m writing and don’t want to have my concentration broken. Examples: I rarely answer the telephone, so she does. I literally never make reservations when we’re going somewhere, so she does. I never pay household bills. She does. If I need airline tickets, Sandy looks for best times, best prices, and buys them. If I need a new shirt, it appears in my closet though some sort of magic. Or else Sandy’s doing it. Wrinkles in my shirts suddenly disappear via the same mysterious process. Weeds also disappear from our patio. I have no clue how that happens. Only yesterday she bothered my concentration with the sound of her shop vac on the patio.

Last week part of a hackberry tree in our back yard fell over. It had been trying not to die for a while but finally gave in to illness and wind. I looked at it with sadness. Sandy looked at it with sadness, too, but also started making phone calls. This week we’ve had four firms come to the house to make bids. The high bid was six times more than the lowest one. Sandy came home from work or stayed home from work to meet and talk with each one. I was busy writing.

Did I mention that Sandy manages our gift store and works there five or six days a week? Of course I do my part. I stop by on Wednesdays at noon for twenty or thirty minutes to do some back office work. Exhausting. Sandy also did all these things during her career as a high school guidance counselor. She was a dynamite counselor! I can’t take her anywhere without being bothered by her fans when I’m trying to concentrate on a story in my head. She’s inconsiderate that way.

Well . . . I wasn’t sure you were aware of some of the things I have to put up with around here. I look forward to your sympathy. From time to time it occurs to me to thank my wife for saying, “Yes.” I think she has earned that.

P.S. Honey, I love you.

No complaints

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve had a good week. I didn’t get as much written as I’d thought I would but it was still a productive five days and I think I can wind up the long story by the end of next week. That would give me a head start on the new project I mentioned. Plus I got the blue ribbon and received all those clever poems and good wishes. My thanks to all for that! Sandy worked it out so she could get away to Chicago so it’s on for the award ceremony. I’m very grateful to her for that. I’m finally going to be there for one of these things.

Geezerhood

Hi everyone,

Today is the first time I’ve ever been this old. So far so good. Coffee tastes the same. Got up at the same time. Starting on a new collection of poems and am excited about its possibilities.

Later this week my trophy bride Sandy and I will be interviewed on a local radio talk show so that should be fun. Sandy will steal the show of course. I never stand a chance around that woman. If you are close enough to listen in, here are the particulars.
W-FACTOR RADIO SHOW (COFFEE TALK)
Larry Freund, Host
Jim Doran (Jimmy D.), Co-Host
On KWTO 560AM from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Thursday morning, March 16.

Otherwise not much planned for the week. Well, there’s a party tonight and another tomorrow night.

No travel plans until the Childrens Literature Festival in Warrensburg the 19th-21st. That’s always a highlight for me. This will be the 36th year I’ve participated.

Happy holidays

Hi everyone,

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My M.O.W. is also a babe. See why I’m so confused all the time?

She says she’s wearing hose but I tell everyone she sneaked out and got her legs tattooed.

She’s also quick to point out that I write fiction. Whatever that means.

But one thing we learn as writers is to always go with your best character. So I’m not so dumb after all.

From us to you, may your holidays bring pleasure and meaning to you and your loved ones this year.
David and Sandy

P.S. I tried to get her to wear red and green hose. You can see how far I got with that.