And it lives!!!!

Grace under pressure copy

 What lives you ask? Several things actually. First and foremost, my dishwasher!

We had to call out a repair man, but were blessed with the world’s best repair tech.  He’d been doing it 45 years, since he apprenticed at age 14! He showed us the part (a little electronic thingy on the digital control panel) told us he could replace it for $240 or we could buy the part at a store he recommended for $35. We opted to buy the part.

Then he proceeded to fix the arm on my freezer ice maker that had bent so we couldn’t open the freezer-on-the-bottom drawer without major headaches. He pulled the part out, ran it under hot water and bent it back into shape! No replacing the expensive ice maker. And he found the sensor that was unplugged, resulting in an undecipherable error code, plugged it in and poof, no more warning light!

Then he told me what part was in need of replacing on my cook top (and where to buy it) where the temps weren’t running properly and stuff kept getting burnt.  The parts came in yesterday and the dishwasher took about 15 minutes to get working. My guys will get my cook top back in order in the next day or two.  Our repair tech, Allen, is my hero, seriously my hero right now.

Also working, a new feature on the website! If you look in the top menu you will see a new addition: ‘Jane Austen Reading Room’.  Thanks to Open Library, you can now read all Jane Austen’s novels right here, from the comfort of Random Bits of Fascination!  I will be adding her letters as well as family memoirs and biographies soon. I’m very excited about the new feature. I’ve also cleaned up the side bar and footer to make things a little tidier.

Finally, The Eccentric Bookworm has posted reviews for All the Appearance of Goodness and Twelfth Night at Longbourn. She had lots of warm fuzzies to say, so hop over and check her out. She has great taste in books!

Oh, almost forgot–started a new WIP, Mrs. Drummond’s School for Girls. I’m trying a first person version here and a third person version at Austen Variations.  The jury is still out, so please comment and let me know which approach you like best!

 All told the writing week was better than I expected. 

Words of Fiction Written:   9100 words on 2 different fiction projects

Words of Nonfiction written:  700 words

Blog Posts Prepared:   3 posts for 2 different sites

Emails written:  50 emails, about 3000 words 

Social Media Interactions:  30, about 650 words

Articles Read (Research and writing craft/business):   15 research and 50 craft/business  

Read the first half of Wholly Unconnected to Me for the first rough editing pass. 

More website updates and additions. 


This weeks total words: 14,500  


writer's sketch book

I’ll leave you with a new entry from my Writer’s Sketchbook. This one could get interesting…

He sat in the meeting, hands clenched and sweat trickling down the back of his neck. He must not twitch! But his feet and ankles crawled with the knowledge that his socks did not match. How could she do this to him when she knew how important this meeting was? But if this was the game she wanted, he knew the next move.

The meeting ended, not a moment too soon. He ripped off his mismatched socks and rushed home to her closet. Oh, yes, her closet, her pride and joy where hangers perched, holding garments, dresses on one side, tops on another rack and bottoms below. Each tidy rail arranged in rainbow color order…ahh…where to begin?

I would love to hear what you think. Please have your share of the conversation in the comments!





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    • Deborah on September 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm
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    It is so nice to have the appliances working again, and fixed at so little expense is even better…YEAH!!! It makes you feel that much if not all is right in the world. Loved your new post on AV….it made my Saturday morning. What a find when I felt so under the weather! I love the little sketch book and it’s making me feel quite evil…..he should take the bottoms and reverse the order…then take every third bottom amd move it up to the blouses, but move it forward one space….then take every fourth top …..and move it to the bottoms, but move it back one space…..Don’t touch the dresses…this will freak her out…..and as for being so severe on my own sex, (guess where I got that from) it is so deviously fun! Thanks for a great post, Grace. 🙂

    1. I love the ideas about the closet! That’s absolutely evil! I hadn’t expected this couple to be so much fun, but they have take on a life of their own, haven’t they?

        • Deborah on September 26, 2014 at 11:04 am
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        Yes…it’s fun to be evil…..when you normally aren’t. 🙂

        1. Yep!

    • Agnes on September 24, 2014 at 2:22 am
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    I’m so glad for you – it is rare to see real expert repair technicians who actually know how to fix broken things instead of just changing whole panels at a high price. They are almost relics from the past. I hope he will have a chance to pass on some of his knowledge and that his younger colleagues are even interested. This Writer’s Sketchbook entry makes me really want to know more of them and their conflict (although with my disordered life of a working mom with 3 kids, the idea of a thoroughly arranged closet that the need to actually search for clothes upsets them seems so far away…)

    1. It was a breath of fresh air having that tech come in. He was a total gem!

      I’m glad you liked the sketchbook. That’s just a little bit of fun, isn’t it. I can relate to working with three kids, it does leave little time for ordering a closet, doensn’t it? Thanks, Agnes!

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