December 14, 2015 – I Hope I Am Past Tense

It has taken me four days to read through Big Creek and change many of the present tense verbs to past tense.  It has made me tense, mostly in the neck and shoulders. Of course I wasn’t at the computer the whole time during those four days.  I spent at least one whole day at Andy’s computer on the phone with tech support. And, there was some laundry to do.

We went to a nice Christmas party aboard Jerry and Marti’s boat, Monarch. And, one day we went to Bahia Honda State Park to walk on the beach in the afternoon.

I have read through the thing so many times that now I find it quite boring and not worthy of trying to turn into a book. I also don’t feel that I am making much, if any, progress. Each time I go through it making changes, I introduce errors. You might guess that I am a bit frustrated.

So, here are a few pictures from our beach walk; that was soothing. I had checked the tide tables the night before, so we got there a bit before low tide and had some beach to walk on. It was the first time this season that we were able to get to the north end of the beach. I was sad to see the two palm trees, subjects of many of my photos, lying across the beach.  All the recent storms have eroded much of the sand away and there are a number of other trees fallen over as well.

b Downed Palm Trees
Downed Palm Trees

Andy spotted a Great Blue Heron around a point at the south end of the beach and motioned for me to stop.  We crept around the point, but did not see the heron until Andy saw its head poking up behind some bushes.

b Great Blue Heron Head
Great Blue Heron Hiding

We moved down slowly down the beach until we could see the full heron and I took a few more pictures. It was a large specimen.

b Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Since the tide was low, I was able to get a nice picture of these snails in the afternoon sunshine.  They are in the nooks and crannies of many of the limestone rocks on the beach.

b Snails on Rock
Snails on Rock


I decided that Big Creek Journal was not very description and changed the title to:

Big Creek

A Closer Look at a National Park

as Told by Campground Hosts

in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Of course that will probably change again before all is said and done.

10 thoughts on “December 14, 2015 – I Hope I Am Past Tense

  1. Debbie December 14, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    So sad about the Palm trees, your pictures are great! I am sure your book will come together!


  2. Little Voice December 15, 2015 / 1:31 am

    I admire your tenacity with your book. It gets better with each word you change.


    • Dinata Misovec December 15, 2015 / 9:31 am

      Thanks for that encouragement. I suppose if I stand across the room to look at the easel, so to speak, I would see that it is much better than when I started this project.


  3. milliethom December 16, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you are becoming discouraged with your book, Dinata. Constant editing does tend to make you feel like that, especially when your neck and shoulders start to complain. It seems a thankless task, at times, but each time you sit down and set to work, a few more changes are made, and you make progress. It is slow going, but very necessary.
    I’m glad you managed to get out and enjoy a Christmas party – and to take that wonderful beach walk. It’s so sad to see palm trees destroyed by storms, but when the soil becomes eroded away, I suppose little can be done to save them.
    Stunning photos, as always. I love the one of the ‘peeping’ heron, and the snail photo is excellent.

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    • Dinata Misovec December 16, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      I guess getting frustrated is just part of the process. The next day I was ready to keep plugging away at it.I am mostly anxious to get the thing done.Of course, then I’ll have to start thinking about promotion.

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      • milliethom December 17, 2015 / 3:57 am

        Yes, I think it’s just a case of ‘join the club’. I’m of the opinion that being frustrated is part and parcel of an author’s job description. We just have to grin and bear it, have a little break, and come back to it all refreshed and ready to start again – as you have done.
        Promotion is my least favourite word at the moment! If you have any advice to pass over on that subject, Dinata, I’d be ‘all ears’! 🙂

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