August 4th: Gonna try a morning without breakfast. You know when I was a kid, or maybe it was before I got pregnant with my first kid, I never ate breakfast. Never was hungry enough. Then I had a doctor tell me I'm hypoglycemic, and if I don't eat something in the morning I could get dizzy. Then I tried it and sure enough I got dizzy! So I'm gonna see how long I can go on just liquid, see if I make it to lunch. I'm not at the weight I want to be, and think I just eat too much. No, no, I won't become anorexic but the body just feels sluggish. Now I got some kind of painful lump on this front right shoulder bone, whatever that's called. The clavicle? Did you know I aced college biology? Me, of all people. I got my PT today so maybe he can tell me to lay off these exercises. Yesterday we saw the movie "Pig" and there's a really good reason why you don't hear more about the plot. Well, you're not gonna hear it from me, either. But I was mad I went without my hearing aids. Has anyone told you getting old is fun? Don't you believe it.
I'll be working on my next history lesson today. One of these days I'll write one good enough to send somewhere. Got my novel off to the exclusive publisher yesterday, and now taking my time to work on 10 pages of Journal of an Undead: Love Stories, which I'll have workshopped in September, and will seek an agent for at that conference.
My brother's birthday today. Will call and sing to him. Never did that before. He's a bit of a recluse, probably hoping the Pillow Guy is right and trump comes back on the 13th. Has refused the vaccination, of course. Says God will save him. He's the only one on my family's side like that and refuses to talk to any of us. I feel bad for him.
August 3rd: Maybe it's a good thing I wrote an archaeology novel based on my experience with the CAMD because I'm getting no love at all on this work I spent over a decade on. That's too bad, too. I mean, seriously, where else are you going to find anything like the CAMD? Go to my copper page and watch the five minute video I made talking about what led me to begin this in the first place. Definitely a labor of love for those people in the long-ago. Yesterday I spent hours that my back can no longer afford in the Peabody Harvard online collection just looking for a couple of things I needed, and Oh! I found a piece in Douglas County that I never saw before! Jeepers, I do not have time to go through that whole database again to make sure I got everything but it does appear they've made some changes since then. Yes, the CAMD is static in that regard. I guess I should have noted when I visited each of these collections. Not much I can do about that now. And then there's the guy who told me I didn't have everything from this one county in Michigan, but did he offer to give it to me? No.
August 2nd: Going to pick up mail this morning and some new cushions for porch furniture, to settle back into routine. Nubi has decided he likes sitting with me on my porch swing, so new cushions are in order. Yesterday was chatting with kids and catching up on stuff like paying bills, making sure I had all the entries in the checkbook, and filing my receipts because I can now claim some of that trip on my copper expenses. I know the book isn't selling but that doesn't mean it won't. And at least the copper artifacts are for the book I'm currently working on. That's the only way I'll spend money gathering more materials. I have an email request to Douglas County Historical to see if they have anything. I have nothing, otherwise, from that county at all. And I am especially happy that I can now go to any Wisconsin state park free of charge through the rest of the year. So, where should I go?
Added the updated Wittry typology with changes made dated today (last one was in March). Got the next history lesson picked out. Hopefully will get it posted later this week - on Haiti and the effects of colonialism.
August 1st: I feel rejuvenated, somewhat. It was definitely a trip I needed, even if hubby could have done without. On Saturday we stopped at Copper Falls State Park. i bought a sticker at Madeline Island's state park and felt so happy they gave me a tool to remove the old one that I had to put it to another use. Asked the ranger there, once he saw we had a pass, if they had a visitor's center, said I was looking for copper artifacts. He said they had float copper. After he tried to inform me about copper, I told him about the CAMD and then he gets this "oh," look and proceeds to tell me that the missing copper must have gone somewhere. Oh geez. It's a nice park but the walks to several falls there were too long for Joe. They had a working water fountain, which is rare. Worth your stop if in that area. One museum closed, another had no copper. Home without further incident, where the cats were pleased to see us.
Joe has decided he doesn't like hotels. He "can't read or watch TV there." I took him back there by about 3 p.m. yesterday because I knew he was getting tired and thought he'd appreciate hanging out. We sat in the hot tub for a while but the pool area was overrun with several families who let their kids jump in and out and they were all very glad when we left again. We had leftovers for dinner in the room and I tried to get Joe to take a short car ride to a park I saw on the way but he refused. The next morning I dragged my feet leaving because, and he knew this, I wanted to time the drive to hit that one museum that would be open on the way. So no, Joe is not a traveler, and he never will be.
July 29 - 31st: Talk about luck! We drove right to the car ferry in Bayfield and drove right onto the ferry - we were the last ones on! And lucky too, since it was already after 2 in the afternoon. Time on Madeline Island goes fast. Went to their museum right off because that's where a restroom was and they have copper artifacts! Perfect for the next book I'm releasing, some historic but definitely some pre-contact. Then to the state park so I could wade into Lake Superior. Cold! No place that we could find for dinner, had to eat back in Ashland. But what a sunset over the lake! Well worth the price at Americinn.
Today was maybe just a tad less successful. Oh, we got to our 10 a.m. boat tour in plenty of time though I had to park four blocks away. It was a wonderful if a bit chilly ride. I humored the people behind us in trying to get this photo. I neglected to notice that the only part of me not covered was getting sun burned. Ouch! Afterward, Joe had a terrible time walking up the ramp. For the first time ever he leaned on my shoulder. (Never mind my health problems, at least I can walk!) Lunch was just a block further up the walk at Pier Plaza and though we had to wait 15 minutes, it took that long to get drinks and use the restroom. I had a salad with turkey and no dressing, but the turkey was crappy luncheon meat. Joe opted (I wish I could have) for the locally caught fish and chips - whitefish and trout. At least he had a good eating vacation. (I decided to reject the FODMAP, it's stupid. Think I need a new health clinic.) Niether of us felt up for anything else so we want back to the room to rest up for the drive home tomorrow, on the way stopping at a state park and a museum or two. I wanted to get another photo of us in the sunset tonight but we couldn't find a good location.
July 28th: Another new diet to try. This is what I get for insisting that food will cure me, not medication. Who would believe, as you get older, your body becomes less tolerant of the foods you eat. I mean, yogurt and cranberry juice are both medicinal to me, and now I can't have them? An apple a day makes me visit a doctor? Plums don't keep you regular? Okay, okay, I get it. They're just messing with me. But this Low FODMAP diet is something else again. Hopefully it's not permanent.
July 27th: Great day at Milwaukee Public Museum yesterday. I forgot how quickly I can eat up data on 35 artifacts! Well, it helped that I only needed to type them, they were already in the database. And so grateful to Dawn for her support. New types found are going to create a rework on the Wittry Updated, so look for a new edition to be uploaded sooner than anticipated, one that will impact the already published book in such a way that I will have to refer to the old type in the updated, as well as the new, so that people don't get too confused. Decided officially that my edition after WI Northern Third will be Illinois. Only for the reason of it probably having the oldest material.
July 25th: Bike ride yesterday inspired a new literary short story idea, which is always fun. Rode down to the farmer's market in the early a.m., well, early for me, because traffic on a Saturday morning before 9 a.m. is always easier to negotiate on these no-bike trail routes. I got to farmer's market shortly after it opened and discovered that people do get there early! It helped my hip pain but the shoulder pain came back, though not as bad as before, so hopefully PT is working. I was home by 10, and the 32 oz water bottle only lasted half the way home. As i expected there was NO place to fill it up again. The only reason they don't close restrooms is because they don't want people pooping in the parking lot.
Just to be sure, I did a little research. Here are four tips when using a fountain: Run the water a little bit before start drinking it, because you don't want to contaminated the illness by someone else; Your mouth shouldn't touch any of the surface areas; Do not touch the base of the drinking fountain; Wash your hands after using it would be a good idea to remain sanitary.
Overall they have no clear link between drinking out of a water fountain and disease. Here's another link to check out: https://pacinst.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Drinking_Fountains_and_Public_Health_Feb_2017-1.pdf. I think it's more hazardous to use a restroom, and that's where I also often get water to put in my water bottle, since I have few other options. Kohls Department stores have turned their fountains back on. But I suspect that the plastic bottles industry had a hand in having these turned off, the same way they encouraged grocery stores to reject bagging in green bags.
July 22nd: My PT needs another call, I can't do his exercises anymore because of my sacroliliac. Isn't that a weird word? I always wanted to use it. What is it, anyway? Actually it's spelled sacroililac, so I've even been pronouncing it wrong. It's down in the lower back/hip area. What's funny is that prolonged sitting doesn't cause it. I thought it was because of all that deadline editing I had to do. Anyway, I'll just see if there's anything PT can do, because I don't want to cancel Apostle Islands next week. My Calm medication isn't even kicking in, darn it. Was looking forward to a little non-alcohol high this morning.
July 21st: Good news - there is another opening they gave me at Soft Skull, so I will have to be sure to be at the beginning of that and not the end - if I don't hear back from the other publisher. Lovely rejections today - one rejected a short story based on my series and then said they'd look at the series. I don't think so.
Right now I'm listening to Paul Minnis, archaeologist, talk about one of my favorite sites, Paquime. I've been hanging onto this for a while because it'll be part of my Mexico copper book which I'll probably never get to. But I could maybe do a border article, you know like from Silver City to Paquime - or something on the smelting found in New Mexico. I love a couple of his comments. One he verifies that there is difficulty crossing the border of U.S. to Mexico with research but at Paquime, the problem is NOT on the Mexican side. Two, he described Di Peso's work there as being interpreted in his own unique way, and he put it out there (in 8 Volumes!) for people to disagree with. That's exactly what all archaeologists should expect. I can see why they'd get mad at someone like me, no archaeology degree, traisping on their ground. But the point of my work was that I wanted to work with someone and no one came forward, leaving me to struggle alone. I'm only doing with this work what any historian (not archaeologist) would do. I interpret as a historian. I view my data as another written record to interpret.
Had a tough day yesterday. I do think my "dehydration disease" is causing me all kinds of aches and ills that doctors simply cannot intepret. And it's something I inherited from all my field research. So thank you, people who look down on my work. It's not for you I do anything, but it is in the trying that I am now considering myself "disabled."
July 20th: Did you catch my new blog on archaeology? I think it turned out well. Well, yesterday had the makings of a disaster when I finished my novel and Soft Skull said submissions were closed. Good news is that I sent two chapters to another publisher and within an hour they requested the whole book. Sounds good, right? They sound like a good publisher and they have nice covers. I don't have cover created for this one. This whole 'get it done and submitted' idea came up rather quickly. I'll have to see what Adam thinks. Now fingers crossed. It would be a fun boost to my ego to have the first publisher who sees it send me a contract. Putting that lesson of focus on one at a time to good use. I will now finish Boone before doing anything else. It is ready to go right to SP, but if I get a contract on this, maybe the publisher will also look at Boone? I hope that timing works. And, sadly, no further word from Soft Skull. I also got another audition in, for a film this time, and signed up for the WD writing conference with the goal of finding an agent for my vampire series. Busy day yesterday. Finally made time once again for Bonanza at night, starting season 12. Ugh, why DID they change that music?
July 18th: Yesterday I put the closure on my experiences with the excavations at Portage. I will write up the entire sessions as a blog sometime today because my next history lesson is going to take some work and the "Portage Indian Reflections" can be based on what I experienced over a three-year period. Yesterday's one afternoon event led to heat exhaustion that I now suffer, I can't be out in the sun for much longer than 10 minutes at a time anymore. Wasn't even as hot yesterday as it was the last two summers I worked out there. Yesterday did revive my interest in getting Red Bird's War published, and I might even join a history organization again. I also bought a map dated 1719 that I'll scan and use in the Pensaukee book, which, after Saving Boone, will be the next one self published.
Also found out that Medicare will cover MOST of my medical treatments this past year, freeing up some of my savings for the Writers Digest Conference in September - so I better get that booked today! Plan to have my Journal of an Undead series analyzed.
Monette Bebow-Reinhard spent years, while raising children, satisfying her artistic bent by acting, directing and writing plays. She wrote her first movie script in 1975 but author William Peter Blatty said it was already a movie. In 1993 she gained access to the world of Bonanza through contact with its producer/creator, David Dortort. After three years, during which she promoted a script she wrote, she met with him in LA and convinced him she could write Bonanza material. After the Calder contract ended, she became the authorized Bonanza writer with two novels published, now in 2nd and 3rd editions. She continues to write movie scripts and has won several minor awards. Her first Bonanza novel, Felling of the Sons, won two awards; a first and a second place. She earned a master's in history in 2006 and Dortort felt her vision of the Civil War, and of Lincoln, was the same as his. She picked up a co-author for Dancing with Cannibals, an African historical in 1906, using his research and vision to help him make it a controversial and exciting adventure. Between 2016 and 2017 three novels got contracts but all are no longer available, due to her disappointment in these two publishers. She has done a lot of film acting in recent years, is agented, and filmed a local commercial that aired, even in prime time, in 2020.
Bebow-Reinhard’s most recent publication is Michigan: A Copper Artifact Resource Manual; This would be appropriate for anyone who enjoys reading about the ancient past and their first metal technology, with lots of fun insights from professonals and a few theories of my own.
FROM LINCOLN TO TRUMP: A Political Transformation, 2nd edition: Added features include a look at ALL presidential elections, and finishing Trump's presidency with much of his own words. You'll see more dedication to issues of economics, the Supreme Court, and women's rights, along with some cleaner text and less of my intrusive thoughts.
CIVIL WAR & BLOODY PEACE: FOLLOWING ORDERS, 2nd edition – a soldier's orders that are followed between 1862 and 1884 show relevance to today's world. Divisiveness today is easier to understand, and maybe even to deal with when we see the similarities related to race and equal rights. How did we get this way?
FELLING OF THE SONS – In 1860 Nevada, after the Paiute War, a father fights a nemesis out to destroy all he loves. His dilemma, when all three of his sons are in danger in different directions, which one does he rescue first?
MYSTIC FIRE – The Civil War in the East reaches Nevada when runaway slaves are sent to find a Cartwright to help stop Lincoln and end up tearing the family apart.
DANCING WITH CANNIBALS – Are cannibals monsters or real people? You might be surprised. Follow the adventures of two colonists to the Belgian Congo in 1906 and discover the reason some cultures eat human flesh, and how they struggled in this historical fiction to keep their world from being decimated.
GRAVEYARD: A dead woman chases her identical twin to a new town in a comedic attempt to claim her husband and her children, getting them mixed up in some afterlife hi-jinx.
THE BIGHORN DECEIT: An infantry soldier in 1876 feels torn between duty and what's right. A FINALIST IN THE 2020 CREATIVE WORLDS AWARD COMPETITION.
AWAKENED: In 1503 Greece a cowardly soldier loses control of his demons after enacting vengeance for his undeath.
THE MEXICAN WALL AFFAIR: A Mexican woman gets rescued beyond expectation when she calls to her gods for help. ENTERED INTO CINEQUEST 2021.
DEAD MAN'S PASS: A cattle drive turns deadly when the drovers are forced to take on an obsessed drifter.
IF IT RAINS IN PARIS: Secrets tear apart a mother, daughter and granddaughter while on vacation together far from home.
DEADLINE: Envisioned as the afterlife of assassinated people, and a play that the characters can be cast as any age and any sex.
SAGA OF THE BUTCHER BROTHERS: Fun in a saloon when one of three "brothers" turnsout to be a sister.