Thank you all for your well wishes about our recent fire. This has been the worst fire Flagstaff has ever known and I’m sad to say that the whole half of the mountain that faces me has almost all burned, most of it old growth Ponderosa Pine. I knew that this kind of fire was inevitable and in normal circumstances healthy for the ecosystem, but I’m sad it’s at this moment in my life time—so many places I love exploring. All because some careless person didn’t put out their campfire. On the upside, the fire is 55% contained and the wonderful fire crews on the job have managed to save some really unique areas. So far it’s taken about 16,000 acres.
This video is heartbreaking...
2. I haven’t heard from agents.
The publishing business definitely has a hurry up and wait system, as many of you know, and I’m being patient. I’d love to hear something, but I’m going to hold off from asking for a status update for at least a couple more weeks.
In the meantime…
3. I’m in the middle of writing the climax for my Jedda Hitler book!
So very fun. It’s invigorating to know I’ve now created a third full novel. Granted, it’s a skeleton of book. And it’s ribs are all out of place, but at least it’s something tangible to beef up.
4. Dragon Books.
My oldest daughter is crazy about dragons and books about dragons. She loves Shelley’s Happy Birthday, Good Knight and reads it over and over again along with her other Good Knight books. She also loves the How to Train You Dragon series. But I’m kind of running out of lively dragon books like these ones. Does anyone have book recommendations? She prefers early readers with a couple paragraphs and a picture every page.
5. Sugar Free Month (aka June 2010) has been hard!
All month I’ve only allowed myself honey and fruit. It wasn’t even a challenge for Steve (a.k.a. The Husband). He’s not even looking forward to its end in a couple of days. I can see where this challenge has been beneficial for me in some respects. I still crave sweets, but not to the extent I was before. On the downside, it did not improve my energy like I hoped and I only lost a few pounds. Then again, I’ve never dieted or cut back before so I might have had too high of expectations for what would happen.
And as the perfect ending to the no sugar month…
6. I won Jessie @ Louder than Noise’s recent drawing!
I’ll soon be rid of the challenge on a high note, eating all the Gourmet Oreos I want and reading debut books purchased with my lovely gift card. Thank you, Jessie! You are so generous! :o)
But enough about me. What about you all? How was your weekend? And for those of you in the US, any big plans for Independence Day Weekend?
Here’s what I’ll be doing… hanging out in Silverton, Colorado. It’s one of my favorite places ever and fortunately we have a cabin there. Here’s a picture of our hundred year old mining bunkhouse we’ve renovated. Yeah, that really is an avalanche shute above the roof. And yeah, I’ve seen it work.