Life: I woke up this morning feeling pretty blah and wanting to just stay in bed. I'm a little more energetic, now that it's lunchtime. I still think I'll take a nap when I get home, though.
I'm not coughing nearly as much, which is nice, and the runny nose has almost completely gone away. I just still feel drained.
I'm having one of Rose's baked potatoes for lunch. It's loaded with everything, including chopped barbecue. It's delicious!
Work: B. and F. are both back! B. looks great! She says the baby is doing fine, still being spoiled rotten by his sisters. (g) We'll see how long that lasts.
Writing/Books: Last night I began reading Mercedes Lackey et al's Shadow of the Lion. I read it in hopes of studying its beginning, to get some inspiration for a better way to start The Boy from the Sea. But Lion is no help, there. For one thing, despite it being a large book, it is the first of a four-part series. It intertwines four or five different plot threads, giving each of them a separate beginning. It also has the characters talking blithely about their world as if the reader is already supposed to know what's going on, and you have to just pick it up as you go.
Granted, I don't want to write an info-dump, but for a book series this complex, something along the lines of, "Rukbat was a golden G-type star..." would be very helpful in enabling the reader to keep score. All I've really learned from it is that I don't want to start Boy from the Sea that way.
It is getting me to think about subplots, though. I really do need to work more on those, but I would rather flesh out the main story first. I feel as if there are many different ways I could go with this story; the problem is deciding which of the many paths to take.
If I'm awake enough, I'll read more this evening.
Weird URL of the Day: Dude, there is a website called Find a Grave.com.