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April Already? [Apr. 7th, 2017|11:10 am]
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Yup, and the release of COLD WELCOME is April 11.   Next week.  Yeeps!  For more about COLD WELCOME, visit the description (with cover!) on the Universes site or wander over to the Universes blog to see how its sequel, INTO THE FIRE is progressing.

It's been a busy month, a confusing and difficult month, since my birthday, and next week is Holy Week plus house guests.   I'll be singing on Palm Sunday, of course, and on Thursday and on Friday and then on Easter.   We had a bee invasion, then a bee removal that left a hole in the side of the house and no power to the utility room where the washer, dryer, and freezer are, then the electrician to fix the cable, and then the carpenter to fix the hole (and many other things!) and then the painting to cover up all the repairs with nice clean paint.

Though today I can't open any windows.  I need to open the windows to put the hooks on the screens through the eyes on the windowsills.  Oh, and do washing.  And other stuff in preparation for the house guests.  We shoudl have a putty knife somewhere, to stick under the windows and along the side, but...where?  Someone Else in the household has moved a lot of the tools around since I last had time to do more than hammer in a nail here and there.

INTO THE FIRE is with Editor, who hasn't commented yet, and Agent, who has.   It's never a good sign when Agent asks, "Well, do YOU like this book?"  (Of course, or I wouldn't have sent it in.  But it happens, and writers have be resilient enough to deal with negative comments.  We don't have to like them, but we do have to survive them.)

It's been a very early spring after a very warm winter.  Wildflowers started blooming more than a month early, and peaked a solid 3-4 weeks early.  Bird migrations were early, too.   No bird pictures yet this year (no time) but crawdads (crayfish) pictures follow, along with a few flower shots.

From a ditch in a vacant lot, only about 2 inches long  (5 cm)

Entering burrow near seasonal creek: red claws & tail, greenish body and head

Indian Paintbrush and Field Mallow (white flowers)

Blue water iris


[User Picture]From: thewayne
2017-04-07 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yay! I just started re-reading the first Vatta book (it was discounted as an ebook recently) and am really looking forward to the new one(s).
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-10 02:22 am (UTC)
The book coming out Tuesday is set after the end of the fifth (it starts a new group, so you don't *have* to read all the first group before the second) so if you go straight from the first to the sixth there will be stuff you don't know...not critical to the story, probably (at least we tried to ensure that it wasn't.) But the Ky of COLD WELCOME is years older and more mature than the Ky of TRADING IN DANGER. (And, shameless self-promotion: if you end up really liking the first book, it won't hurt my feelings at all if you go on to read the first group.)
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2017-04-10 06:00 am (UTC)
Gee, thanks. NOW you tell me that I didn't need to repurchase your books as ebooks and re-read them! ;-)

They're good stuff, I like reading, and re-reading, good stuff. I don't know why, but after finishing the first Vatta book I was a little confused as to whether the new one was Vatta or Serrano, but I quickly straightened that out (and decided that I should probably re-read the Serrano series). And that'll probably get me re-reading the Paksenarrion series. I like strong female characters, and you do a most excellent job of writing them.
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[User Picture]From: draconin
2017-04-08 08:45 am (UTC)
I sympathise on the bees. My house seems to be very attractive to them for some reason. I always try to call an expert who can re-locate a swarm rather than damaging it but one time that wasn't possible and I felt really guilty. Last time I managed to get the guy in before the swarm had settled (into the eaves) and he fortunately was able to spray something that made them go someplace else.

And I'm very much looking forward to the new books! :-)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-10 02:16 am (UTC)
Well, the bee-man is a beekeeper himself, not just an exterminator, so I hope they made it into a new hive. I do like the fact that the house has been repaired all around the outside now (there was other damage that needed work) and is freshly painted--and neither of us (somewhat shaky on our pins now when standing on a ladder and trying to work above our heads) was risking a back-breaking fall doing it. (Last fall a friend's husband, trying to install a security light while standing on a ladder, lost his balance and fell backward, and nearly died. And he's ten years or more younger than we are.)
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2017-04-09 12:48 am (UTC)
Yay! (the book.)

I love crayfish.

When a hive becomes unavailable for whatever reason, bees will swarm to a temporary place for ~4-5 days while their scouts go out looking for a new permanent home, then the scouts will come back and remove the queen to the new hive, and the swarm will follow. In short, they might have only stayed a week, and left on their own. Sorry you had to go through that though.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-10 02:05 am (UTC)
Bees had been in that wall of the house for over a year. No sign of leaving on their own. The gap they got in by posed other problems to the house structure and repairing it without removing them was...not a possibility, since they really don't like vibrations near their hive. Also other repair work needed doing, much of it involving loud saws, hammering, scraping, etc.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-10 02:29 am (UTC)
Oh, and on crayfish. I'm fascinated by them. When I was a kid, walking my dog on the margins of the town I lived in, where was a small lateral canal with some trees growing near it, where we used to rest in the shade. Unless a field or orchard was being actively irrigated, the water was still. Though it was a small lateral, still smaller laterals branched off of it, each with a little water gate; those gates were set in notches of the lateral. One day I looked down into the notch nearest our favorite resting place, and there was what I (ignorant of crayfish at that point) thought was a whole live lobster someone had thrown in the canal for some reason. (My mother had a rich friend who sometimes had lobsters flown in for a dinner, and she would bring the leftovers to us for the cat. Once someone hadn't shown up and a whole lobster was part of the leftovers. First time I tasted lobster.) Anyway--I couldn't imagine even very rich people throwing lobsters, a salt-water species, into a fresh-water (sort of) canal, and the critter, whatever it was, was clearly alive and healthy by the way it moved in its little corner near the water gate. So I asked my mother and she told me it was a crayfish and that when she was a child, they were in the river and sometimes in the canals but she hadn't seen one in years.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2017-04-09 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'm excited that the new book is coming out. And I have faith that the WIP will get whipped into shape. Sympathies on the difficulties in that respect.

Your land looks lovely, as usual. I fantasize about putting in a water feature like yours. Someday...

I miss the day-to-day aspect of I'll have to get used to checking in on my friends page, and posting in my LJ, more often.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-10 02:12 am (UTC)
I don't know how much time I'll have for LJ in the launch period around COLD WELCOME and the revision period for INTO THE FIRE. I am posting on Facebook now (I have a "group" there but have made it secret for the time being. Still not like the newsgroup, though. There's an group but it's not as active and it's a whole bunch--we're back to learning to be social in larger groups, not having the kind of space we had before. (One of the annoying things about Facebook is that it launches a pop-up window if someone comments on a post you commented in, which then sits on top of what you're trying to read or write. UGH. Bad manners, it seems to me, childish in the way of a little kid who comes barging into an adult conversation to announce that Buddy called her stupid.) Some people I used to communicate with here moved to Dreamwidth long ago, and I actually got an account there at a time when it looked like LJ might fold. Thinking of re-activating that or starting a new one just to get back in contact with those friends (since more are leaving LJ now, too. I've just been through being almost-nearly the last one standing at
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