Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Presence In The Present

Here's what I should be writing about.

I should be writing about Borders Bookstores filing for bankruptcy and how I'm relieved that the Borders near me doesn't seem to be on the list of 200 stores they're planning to close.

Or I should be writing about how it's mostly a moot point because thanks to people stealing books by way of the internet, writers can wave bye bye to earning money.

Or I should be writing about how I just signed up on Twitter (under the name of susanbpfeffer because for some reason why I tried to be susanbethpfeffer, it came out as susanbethpfeffe and I figured it was better to sacrifice beth than sacrifice the sacred name of pfeffer), but can't get the link to link properly which is why there's no link (not that what I tweeted was particularly interesting).

Or I should be writing about how I'm not going to get the first draft of Hart finished today because, among many other reasons, I discovered an important section I'd thought I'd written I hadn't, which is what happens when you write a book in bits and pieces and don't pay all that much attention to what you've actually gotten done. Other reasons include constantly changing motivation and events and lots of other stuff that should have been worked out before I began writing.

Instead, I'm going to write that tomorrow is my birthday and I bought myself a pot of tulips (which Scooter already knocked over) and a copy of Death and the Virgin Queen by Chris Skidmore. I'm not a big Queen Elizabeth The First fan, but this is one aspect of her reign that has always intrigued me, so it seemed like an ideal present to give myself.

Unbeknownst to him, Scooter celebrates his birthday on Feb. 17 also, and he treated himself to an early birthday present (no doubt his early birthday celebration was knocking over the pot of tulips). Yesterday, by happenstance (let's pause for a moment and admire a paragraph that has both unbeknownst and happenstance in it), I located a bag of old cat toys (most likely belonging to my late old cats, Alexander and Emily) in the outside storage closet and brought the bag in, intending to go through it for possible Scooter usage. Scooter saw no point in waiting, and went through the bag himself, picking and choosing amongst the many goodies. I came home from errand running to find quite a number of the old toys scattered around, and Scooter madly in love with one in particular.




Last year, when I had the best birthday ever, it snowed. Tomorrow, when I'll be celebrating a very low key birthday (lunch at Charlie Brown's with Marci and Carol and maybe Pam), the weather is supposed to be February lovely (temperature above 50). Maybe I'll spend my birthday trying to figure out the Twitter link, or writing some more in Hart.

Or maybe I'll just watch Scooter enjoy his presents!

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16 comments:

Nora Durbin said...

Happy Birthday to you and Scooter! Hope it is a good one!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Nora Durbin!

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Happy birthday to you both! And, I'm following you on Twitter! Have fun tweeting!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thanks Lisa-Marie Jordan-

I'm going to spend at least some of my birthday following people on Twitter.

That should keep me pretty busy (but I'm sure I'll find time for some birthday cake!).

susancolebank said...

Happy birthday, you two! Let us know how Twitter goes. I'm still a holdout myself...

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Susan Colebank-

I know you're a Twitter holdout. When I was trying to decide whether to try it or not, you were one of the writers I looked up.

Only I didn't find you!

Janet said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to the two of you!

Love, Janet

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Love right back at you Janet!

Librarina said...

Happy birthday!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Librarina.

So far, it's been a very happy birthday!

Wanda Vaughn said...

Hope you've had a most wondermous day! Sending you cyber cake 'cause otherwise the U.S. mail folks might complain. :)

And rub Scooter's ears for me. Happy birthday to you both!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Wanda Vaughn-

Cybercake doesn't taste quite as good as the real stuff, but it's a lot fewer calories.

I worry about that sort of thing even if Scooter doesn't!

Linda Jacobs said...

Happy B-day! I tried to leave a tweet for you but it's not showing up. I've had an account for ages but have only used it twice. I don't really get it. The tweet I left you is on my site but doesn't show up as a reply to your tweet. It's just plain weird!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

A Twitter free hello to Linda Jacobs-

I have no idea how Twitter works. It's on my to do list for next week (well, it was on my to do list for today, but I'm tossing that to do list out in a fit of post birthday I don't wannas).

Anyway, thank you for trying!

Lee said...

Happy belated birthday Susan to you and Scooter...

Resist the twitter!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Lee-

It's not all that belated. I'm a firm believer that birthdays last for weeks (even months if need be).

My guess is Twitter is a lot more likely to resist me than I it!