1. Yesterday evening, on the bus ride home, I finished drafting Chapter 14 of Go Home, Miss America. Two final chapters to go! That's still about 10K words, but I think I can finish this book by the end of July, which would put me Ahead of Schedule.
2. Next week I'm reading Gustave Flaubert's 19th-century sexy novel Madame Bovary, and a few other people will also be reading that book. You too should join the fun, whoever you are. There's a recent translation by Lydia Davis. You could sing the Lydia Davis translation song.
3. It's raining in Seattle! On the second day of Summer! Who is surprised by that?
4. In August I'll be revising Cocke & Bull. Maybe in September, too, depending on how much additional material I decide to add to the narrative. I look forward to this. Fingers crossed that the folks at Rhemalda Publishing will want the book. (Aside to Diane, Emmaline and Rhett: You will want the book.)
5. Sometime in the coming months I should have cover artwork for The Astrologer to share. That'll be fun! That'll also mean that I can actually do something useful with my vanity website scottgfbailey.com, which has been sitting ignored for a long long time. Poor little vanity website. Soon it will contain artwork, maps, illustrations and excerpts from the novel. Won't that be exciting! Yes, it will! Will it drive sales of the book next year? Oh, we doubt it, but it will still amuse me and that, really, is what art is all about: the amusement of the artist. I swear I read that in one of Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks. Backwards, in Latin.
6. This weekend, maybe, we'll buy lumber and pour concrete! If it ever stops raining and if we don't decide to go canoeing instead. Canoes are cool. Hell, I'm now hoping for the canoe option.