So besides the reading and the movie watching, what’s been going on?
I’ve been working a lot the last few weeks, getting a few projects ready to go. Things should start slowing down in mid-July, if we can get a few things out the door. The company is growing, and that’s a good thing. It also seems like the economy is coming back around, and that’s good as well.
I have started working on a new series of books, while taking a break from the Jake Clarke Series. I’m waiting for a book doctor I know (a freelance editor) to free up later this spring to take a look at ‘The Forgotten Road’ so we can polish ‘one-last’ version. Then it’s back to looking for an agent. But until book one in the series has stabilized, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to work on book 3+4. So I jumped into another series that I’ve been working on in my head since before I’ started telling Jake’s story. This one is epic fantasy with a Twist. Every author has to write fantasy at some point in their lives. I like this story, and I’ve got it well plotted out, and I think it’s sellable, though I have broken the cardinal rule and not spent a lot of time reading fantasy. Maybe someone else has already done this story, but I’m not going to worry about that until the first book is done and I try to market it. This isn’t fluffy fantasy with elves and magicians and dragons, so no use in polluting my mind with that.
The kids are doing great. We’re still potty training Reece, or rather he’s training us to accept that he will potty train himself at his own pace, not ours. We’ve corrected some of the bed time behavior (thank you Super Nanny!), so we are all getting more sleep now, and we actually slept in till 8:00 AM this morning. Of course we didn’t get home until 11:30 PM last night, but at 8:00 I was actually ready to get up.
The two of them love playing with other kids now, and we can turn them loose out in the cul-de-sac with the rest of the neighborhood kids and no one is coming in bleeding or crying with any regularity.
My sister was out for a few days last weekend, and the kids had a great time with her. They don’t often get that kind of dedicated attention, and it was good for all of us.
We took a long road trip this weekend to Ephrata, WA to see Lisa’s Mom on Friday night, then from there to Richland, WA to see Lisa’s brother Eric and his family. A lot of driving, but well worth it. Eric bought a house a month or so ago down there, and it’s a really nice place to raise a family.
Lisa is doing well, and getting ready for the dance competition season to start up. She’s been practicing a lot, and I’m hoping she brings home wads of cash so she can be my sugar momma while I retire and write for a living.
We’ve had a little problem in the garage the last few nights with stuff getting knocked over. We knew something had snuck in. We hoped it was a neighborhood cat, but after 4 night’s I finally discovered it was a possum (a big one), and it was hiding between the wall and the furnace. We left the garage door open a crack last night, and it was gone this morning. Hopefully it stays gone. Kind of a freaky thing to see staring back at you.
The garden is planted, and things are coming up, though the cold start to the spring has severely affected the tomatoes and the squash. I may have to replant some plants. The garden is a lot easier this year, since I did all the hard construction last year. This year it’s plant, water and watch grow.
Okay, time to make dinner! Gotta go!