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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: 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 sff.net. 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 SFF.net 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 SFF.net)
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