Shame on me. Two weeks without a blog post. But it’s been a busy two weeks. We’ve had storm after storm here, one of which actually had me grabbing the dogs and ducking into a neighbor’s storm shelter. You may have seen the news about the tornadoes in the Tulsa area. This makes the second year that we’ve had to take shelter, although this year was admittedly much less dangerous. We got plenty of rain, hail, and high winds, and I heard that a couple of small tornadoes touched down within a few miles of the house. But it was nothing like the one last year, where we actually saw a tornado as it made its way past us.
Still, when those warning sirens started going off, I was considerably less inclined to wait until the last minute this time. Even then, I got completely soaked going from the front door to the car… even more so going from the car to the storm shelter. For the most part, the storm blew through pretty quickly, though. The picture here is of the mammatus cloud formation (see Suzanne? I remembered!) that was on the trailing edge of the system as it left our area to terrorize other parts of the country.
In other news…
EPP – End Point Pangaea is pretty much done. To be honest, I thought it was complete until I got these last few beta reads. Some of the readers had some very cogent comments that I really have to address. The biggest issue is going to require an additional scene that I hope to complete writing tomorrow. I’ve spent the last few days clarifying other problems. But the end is approaching rapidly.
Y12 – And I’m excited to announce that Corey Snow has tentatively agreed to put his voice talents back to work in the Half Past Midnight universe. Corey is the voice actor who did the audiobooks for Half Past Midnight, and The Road to Rejas and his work was so fantastic that it was hard for me to imagine anyone else voicing Year 12. So imagine how disappointed I was when I found that he no longer did royalty share jobs. And after having taken so long between books, I was in no financial position to pay up front for him. But after exchanging a few emails, he has agreed to make an exception. If all goes according to plan, he will begin work on the audiobook version of Y12 next month, as well as Crazy Larry when it’s done. Watch for future updates.
That’s all for now. Time to get back to writing. So stay safe everyone. I’ll talk to you again soon.
For this week’s Random Pic of the Week, let’s go less random and more thematic. Since I’ve already posted a picture from the back edge of the storm system from last week, let me post another from two days before that storm. Details on the pic tell me it was 7:10 PM on May 9th. MBH and I were walking the dogs, and we commented on how pretty the clouds were at the time. Pretty, but also a bit unusual. As you can see, the day was beautiful and I mentioned that the clouds ahead of us looked like a giant thunderbird.
Hmmm… in retrospect, maybe it was a giant thunderbird, and he was a warning of the storm to come. Yep, there’s the old writer’s brain kicking in again.
For a better look at the formation, click on the picture.