Unwriting, unwriting, and more unwriting!

Editor Patricia is finally getting around to giving me some more feedback.  Big Creek is WAAAAY too long.  I knew that.  Two days ago, Patricia told me to cut 20,000 words.  It’s not really too hard as I had so much material.  It is time consuming though. So that is what I have been working on the past few days.

I am a compulsive volunteer.  At our first Middle Keys Concert Association performance, they announced that they needed a volunteer to help with some record keeping.  It turned out that they needed someone with spreadsheet experience and I am the spreadsheet Queen. It was a perfect match.  The concert, by the way, was The New Xavier Cugat Orchestra. It was a great Latin music performance featuring the music of Cugat and Desi Arnaz.  They even wore those huge frilly sleeves. We were also treated to some Latin dancing. Very sexy.

We have been affected by the great blizzard.  The second week our performers, Trio Solisti, were unable to fly out of New York.  They are fabulous and I am sorry that their schedule will not permit them to appear this year.  All was not lost.  Violinist William Hagen, scheduled for the third week, was already in the south and was able to come a week early.  He played some amazing Mozart, Prokofiev, Tartini/Kreisler, and Ravel.  The whole audience jumped up and cheered when he finished “The Devil’s Trill” and again after “Tzigane”.

We’ve still been taking our walks, which refresh me.  I’ve taken some pictures too. We’ve had some brilliant blue skies obscured by clouds.

b Blue Sky Obscured by Clouds
Blue Sky Obscured by Clouds

We have a lot of cats in the RV park. They stare at us as we walk by.
b Cat 1

I don’t know why I have not taken pictures of them before.

b Cat 2

The hibiscus (or is that hibiscusi? No, it is hibiscuses. I think you can also just say hibiscus.) have burst into bloom again.  Many RVs have some blooming in front of them.

b Pink Hibiscus

I don’t mind the clouds; they keep it cooler for walking.
b Clouds Over Water

One windy day, we had a flock of birds at the end of the canal.  Here are a Great White and a Snowy Egret. I noticed that the Snowy did not chase away his larger cousin.    There were also two pelicans, but their photos did not turn out very well.

b Great Egret and Snowy Egret

We took a short walk at Sombrero Beach the other day.  It was cold and windy.  I was wearing jeans and my new “dark orchid”, fleece-lined, raincoat as a windbreaker.  I could not believe all the people lying on the beach with nothing on but swimsuits. They must have been Canadians or Germans, or English. Those folks are tough.

b Sombrero Beach
Sombrero Beach

We came across a man blowing bubbles with one of those wands made with two sticks and some twine. It was too windy and most of the bubbles burst quickly. This one was huge!!

b Huge Bubble
Huge Soap Bubble

This one stayed together longer.

b Bubble
Soap Bubble

The heron was close to the seawall, so I got a portrait. The float in the background is not so great.

b Tricolored Heron Portrait
Tricolored Heron
b Desert Rose
Desert Rose

Martin and Betsy suggested having lunch at the Marathon Ocean Park.  We ate in this tiki.

b Lunch Tiki
Marathon Ocean Park Picnic Pavilion

I don’t know why I even noticed this iguana basking in the sun near the peak of the roof.

b Iguana on Tiki Roof
Iguana on Tiki Roof

Martin and Betsy posed for a picture for me in a smaller pavilion at the water’s edge. We sat and chatted for a long time and it turned into a very long lunch break.

b Martin and Betsy
Martin and Betsy
b Orchid 2
b Orchid


47 thoughts on “Unwriting, unwriting, and more unwriting!

  1. Neil Jordan February 1, 2016 / 12:15 am

    Good luck with your unwriting. The alternative would be for your editor to say you need 20,000 more words.

    I have been using Scrivener ($50, or $25 for NaNoWriMo winners). Like you, I use two spaces after a period or other stop. Scrivener has a search and replace, so I just search for [enter two spaces] and replace with [enter one space]. You can do the replace one at a time, or do the whole thing.

    I have been doing most of my writing with a typewriter, then scanning and doing an OCR conversion in Adobe. It’s very slick. The spacing problems are easy with search and replace. A bit tougher are the quotes. Typewriter double quotes are not open or close, so OCR gets creative with them. Some examples: H, TT, II, 11, !!, and , , with an “n” superscript.

    Best of all is the simple W. Some examples: 1f, \</, and -,.ro with the o in superscript.

    Rebecca is back at Olin College. Marion is waiting for her second knee replacement on February 16th.


    • Dinata Misovec February 10, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Thanks Neil. I’ll have to check it out more thoroughly one of these days.


  2. M. L. Kappa February 1, 2016 / 12:53 am

    I usually see your photos first thing in the morning- a lovely way to start the day. Good luck with the editing!


    • Dinata Misovec February 10, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you. You are motivating me to stick to the daily routine. I will when THE BOOK is done.


    • Dinata Misovec February 10, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      I’m glad you enjoy them. It makes me feel good to think I may have brightened your day just a bit.


  3. leggypeggy February 1, 2016 / 2:52 am

    Good luck chopping 20,000 words. The pics are great.


    • Dinata Misovec February 10, 2016 / 10:28 pm

      Thanks Peggy. It really wasn’t too hard. I had so much material.


  4. Bernadette February 1, 2016 / 7:52 am

    You should post this on Wednesday at the Salon. the photos are fantastic.


    • Dinata Misovec February 10, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you. I’ve thought to share them on some photo sites, but am too busy with THE BOOK to take time right now.


  5. Anna February 1, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Beautiful pictures. You don’t have winter around. That’s nice. Here Spring was on its way, but tonight the snow came back.


    • Dinata Misovec February 10, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      I love the snow – in your pictures. Actually, this is the coldest, rainiest winters we have experienced here since we first came in 2002. But, we really can’t complain about a harsh winter in the 60s, can we?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Anna February 11, 2016 / 1:31 pm

        Maybe not, but we seems to have Spring coming very soon here. No snow left and plus degrees C and green grass. Spring birds have started to sing too. It’s early. We had a short winter, but it can come back before we know. But I hope not 🙂


      • Dinata Misovec February 11, 2016 / 11:34 pm

        Yes, it is too early to think spring. By the way, I liked your torn paper art project very much.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Anna February 12, 2016 / 11:08 am

        Thank you. That was a fun way doing pictures:)


      • Dinata Misovec February 13, 2016 / 10:31 pm

        I still remember an artist (maybe it was a teacher) I watched as a student who made a painting with tissue paper. He painted the tissue right onto the canvas and it squished up and made texture. I’m pretty sure it was watercolor. Your work reminded me of that. Sure enough, after Googling, I see that it is a common technique.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Anna February 14, 2016 / 1:58 am

        What a great idea you gave me. I have to check that technique up.
        That’s a great thing with art, watching art can make memories for a lifetime. Thanks for telling about your artmaking teacher. Lovely story 🙂


      • Dinata Misovec February 15, 2016 / 6:23 pm

        I Googles some images with “watercolor painting with tissue paper” and got all kinds of paintings, mostly flowers.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Anna February 15, 2016 / 11:47 pm

        Thanks. i will try google 🙂


  6. Little Voice February 2, 2016 / 1:06 am

    You picture are great. Keep unwriting. The end product will be worth it.


    • Dinata Misovec February 10, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      I sure hope so. When I decided to write a book about our adventure, I had no idea it would be such a long and tedious process.


  7. kritsayvonne February 2, 2016 / 9:08 am

    Wow, I could have written much of the above about this week in Crete, Greece including feral ally cats that look like those in your RV park, hibiscus and orchids, egrets and blue skies, lovely walks and lingering lunches, even a few hardy swimmers. However, the part that got me nodding was unwriting, what a fabulous term. Up until now I called it snipping, embroidering and polishing but you’ve really hit on the right word. Good luck with it. X


    • Dinata Misovec February 10, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      I hadn’t thought about it, but unwriting is rather descriptive of how it feels. I would love to be in Greece to check out the cats, birds, and skies there too!

      Liked by 1 person

      • kritsayvonne February 12, 2016 / 2:55 am

        Hi, I just thought I’d add that with the increase in self publishing, in all its different guises seems to be a death knell for the weighty sagas I used to read. Payig for publishing by word count drives each author to find an acceptable price point. I unwrote my novel from 120,000 words to 80,000 and feel the tighter story works. I cut a big chunk of material about what would have been a key character and that gave me a head start for the sequel. X


      • Dinata Misovec February 13, 2016 / 10:38 pm

        I have noticed that some books are getting shorter, but sometimes I feel I didn’t get my money’s worth when the book ends before I am ready for it to.


  8. Anna February 5, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Always enjoy your lovely posts and photos, Dinata! 🙂


      • Anna February 10, 2016 / 8:37 pm

        Excited about your book! 🙂


      • Dinata Misovec February 11, 2016 / 11:55 pm

        I am too, but don’t know how many people are the least bit interested in what goes on in a national park.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Anna February 12, 2016 / 1:03 pm

        I think it sounds very interesting! National parks are such a wonderful part of our heritage. 🙂


      • Dinata Misovec February 13, 2016 / 10:19 pm

        I think it is fascinating, but then, it is our adventure and might not be so interesting to anyone else.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Anna February 14, 2016 / 9:33 pm

        I’m certainly looking forward to it! 🙂


      • Dinata Misovec February 13, 2016 / 10:53 pm

        Thanks, I hope other people find it interesting enough to buy and cover my cost of publishing!

        Liked by 1 person

  9. Miriam February 11, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    Your photos are just stunning. Looking forward to sharing many journeys with you.


    • Dinata Misovec February 13, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      I’m just a snap shooter, but love to capture what I see and to share it. I’ll try to post every day.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam February 13, 2016 / 11:09 pm

        I’m a snap shooter too, nothing wrong with that. It’s all in the subject.


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