Vacation in pictures

Our itinerary:
Pennsylvania to Madison, Wisconsin, overnight stop in Elkhart, Indiana
In Madison for a few days with my mom and younger brother and his fiancée
Madison to Fort Collins, Colorado, overnight stop in Nebraska
In and around Fort Collins for a few days with my in-laws
Fort Collins to Pennsylvania, overnight stops in Lawrence, Kansas, and Lexington, Kentucky

It’s a lot to pack into two weeks, and it was wonderful. (Click through to see pictures up to our arrival in Fort Collins. There are a lot, but even this is just a subset of what I took.) Continue reading

Not a good shot

score cards from laser tag

In addition to lots of copyediting, I played laser tag today. Our friends had a birthday party for their son, and they wanted it to be for families. Rather amusing — our son, our daughter, and I wound up on the blue team, and my husband was on the red. Our daughter was quite indignant about the fact that her dad shot her.

On the blue team, our son was the high scorer two out of the three games. On the red team, my husband was. Me? Well, I scored better than our daughter and her best friend.

But it was a lot of fun. We all enjoyed it, which was the point.

Oh, and I managed to squeeze out 481 words at some point here. We’ll say they were Sunday words.

Now to go grab a few hours sleep before getting kids off to school and starting the last round on this manuscript!

I’ve got this

Well, maybe. Mostly, what I’ve got is deadlines that I’m determined to meet.

Also 542 words today.

Debating between copyediting another chapter and getting some sleep to have fresh eyes and brain in the morning. Truthfully, pretty sure I’m going to have to give up sleep either tonight or tomorrow to get this done. But (as I said) I am determined.

decorated pumpkin on a post

One of the neighbors always has pumpkins out that they decorate seasonally. Or just leave out all winter for the squirrels. This one’s ready for summer.

Strike that, reverse it

Beautiful weather the past couple days — mid to high 70s, with enough wind to keep it bearable. I even went for a walk yesterday.

Today was mostly focused on freelance work, and I’ll be doing that through the weekend to finish up for my deadline.

Did get 128 words and started poking at the plot for book 3.

This red Japanese maple is down at the end of the block, on my way to the girl’s bus stop.

Happy June!

Can you believe five months of the year are gone already? They are just flying by!

Words written today: 1,008
Words written this month: 1,008
Words written 2017: 127,450
Average words/day 2017: 838
Books completed 2017: 1 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: 11

I have a freelance deadline, so I’m putting the work first. That means the words stay on the low side because I’m doing them at the end of the day when my body’s telling me I should have been asleep two hours ago. However, I wanted to start this month with more words than I’d averaged last month (which involved staying up later). Hooray, a thousand words!

weed in bloom

This picture is a weed that’s growing at my daughter’s bus stop. It’s almost as tall as I am, but after next week, I won’t see it again (at least not up close) for a few months (and hopefully, it’ll get cut down before then).

Surprise gaming!

We had no real plans for the day — Memorial Day doesn’t always go well — but our friends e-mailed to say they had a new game, and did we want to come play? Of course we did!

The game is called Bang!, and it’s a spaghetti Western card game. We played twice, and I was an outlaw both times. In the second game, I was the last person the sheriff took out. Lots of fun.

Other than that, I made a pass at cover copy for Siren Circle, and I wrote 166 words.

Also took a picture of the current physical TBR pile, many of which I got at the Nebula Conference. (Not pictured is Todd Lockwood’s Summer Dragon, which the boy is reading.)

The day goes swiftly 

I slept in this morning, then spent the day between writing, reading a novella, and watching my husband game.

A good day, and one I might mostly repeat tomorrow, except with some time for the kids as well.

Today’s word count: 2,032

The rain in May stayed away for the day

It rained yesterday. It rained last night — I woke up a couple of times and heard it on the roof. By the time I got, just after 6, however, sun was pouring through the living room windows, and it promised to be a balmy day. And what I saw of it was nice.

Wrote 2,030 words today. Happy about that. Tomorrow, I’ll get back to the stat block. Tonight, I’m too tired.

Was supposed to finalize back-cover copy for Siren Circle today but did not. Rather unhappy with myself about that.

Anyway, off to bed now.
tea cup