The Butt Master

Revision Cave was interrupted. I mentioned to my husband that I needed some sort of workout boot camp and he came up with a brilliant idea. I’d go to work with him a few days. (He’s also working alone on a job in the country and was feeling lonely.) My husband remodels homes now–he used to be in land development but that’s a long story that can be explained away with one word really-economy. So, he’s doing what he used to do and he’s seriously good at it.


I understand why he’s so thin now. He’s building a monster deck onto a 1600 square foot garage he just built from ground up onto a house. Yes, you heard me right. 1600 square foot garage. The woman collects cars and needed a roomy place for them. He also turned the old garage into a wonderful family room with a fireplace.

This is just part of this deck.

Anyway, it’s been around 100 degrees and the sun beats down on that deck like it has an agenda. You have to cut each board to fit, then glue, drill holes and screw it down. Onto EVERY SINGLE JOIST so the boards don’t warp. The part with the stairs over there didn’t offer easy access to the “walking parts” of the deck for a long time, so we had this two huge step access. I named this area the butt master because I carried boards, tools, etc up and down those huge steps over and over. We worked from 8 in the morning until 7:30 and 8 at night both nights.

I am walking pain.

But I decided to go in with him a couple of days a week while he’s on this job. For the company and for the exercise. I will be revisiting my revision cave on the days I’m home.

Funny thing… I was so hot and so exhausted, I almost didn’t think about the books on submission. Almost.  <g>


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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