Sorry, I tried to post yesterday and my site wouldn’t let me on. Yes, I’m still having technical difficulties. I will get them taken care of soon. 🙂
Had a good/hectic time while home visiting. My Aunt’s 90th birthday party went off without a hitch, though it did tire her out quite a bit. I don’t think she expected to have to take so many pictures. 🙂 If I showed you her picture you’d NEVER believe that she was ninety. Seriously. Very few gray hairs on her dark head and not many wrinkles. We’re talking terminator genes. Like any visit back home, the trip had both highs and lows. We went to the graveyard to visit my aunt who passed a few weeks ago. I couldn’t make it down for the funeral, but I was determined to pay my respects. We drove a few hours to get there. It turned out to be a really wonderful day despite the sadness that surrounded the trip. We had a nice lunch with her daughters, then went to visit a river that I grew up playing in. This particular river has cradled my family for generations. It feels alive to me and will always be part of the ‘family’. It’s my Chattahoochee.
While I was home I found out that a friend of mine killed himself back in May. I’ve been trying to get in touch with him for the past several months and now I know why I haven’t been able to. This marks the third suicide that has struck close to home. The one thing I hate more than anything about suicide is never having answers. 🙁
I managed to edit a couple of times while I was visiting, but I didn’t get far. It’s hard to do that and visit with folks. I really need to learn how to balance both, especially since dh and I are looking at staying places for longer periods of time.
I have exactly four weeks before I head off for the Novelist Inc. conference. In that time, I need to finish edits on my YA, edit Phantom Warriors: Bacchus, edit Phantom Warriors: Saber-tooth, and Hot Shot. It’s a LOT of work to get done, so I will be putting my head down/nose to the grindstone, etc. until I leave.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on two of my new covers: