Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving – at least, those of you who celebrated it last week. My Canadian friends are likely looking down here to the US thinking, late to the party again, eh? (Heavy emphasis on the “eh”.) But for those of us here in the US, we just finished our Thanksgiving, and immediately began the after-party madness that is Christmas decorating.
Yep, MBH is a traditionalist. The day after Thanksgiving is always the day we put up Christmas decorations. Honestly, I would probably be a bit of a Scrooge if not for her, but I love seeing how happy it makes her to put up the tree, and garland, and the lights and all the admitted cheeriness that also is Christmas decorating. And she does a great job with it (and I’m not just saying that because I know she’ll read this later.) I mean, just look at the tree!
Of course, for the girls, the tree is just something new for them to sniff at and figure out. Is it an intruder? A piece of furniture? A chew toy? And evidently, at least part of it fell into the latter category. I had to take MBH’s car into the dealership yesterday to address a recall on the rear suspension. Five hours after they started the two and a half hour job, I finally got out of there, only to come home and find that some of the insides of the new tree skirt, had mysteriously migrated to the outside of the new tree skirt.
Yeah, see that puff of white in the bottom of the pic there? And if you look closely, you’ll see a little more back behind the tree, and the little tear where the skirt spontaneously erupted, spewing its guts onto the floor. When I walked into the house and saw it, of course I wondered aloud what had happened.
And for some strange reason, when I asked Cricket about it, she immediately rolled onto her back. I could almost hear her telling me, “Really Dad! It jumped up and attacked me! It was all self-defense! Honest!” It was all I could do not to laugh at her attempts to apologize.
As for writing news…
Y12 – Year 12 has gone through two rounds with the editor and it off to the final proofreader. After that, it comes back here, where I add the front and back matter (dedication, acknowledgements, etc.) and then send it off for formatting. And at that point, it should be ready to publish. Woot!
Oh! And speaking of Year 12, I let those of you on my mailing list get a sneak peek at the cover a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who aren’t on the list, I guess I can finally let you take a look, as well. Here are all three titles in the Half Past Midnight universe, so you can see them all together.
Hat tip to Glendon Haddix at Streetlight Graphics, for the outstanding cover work. He did all three covers here, as well as much of the work on my Streets of Payne covers.
EPP – End Point Pangaea is back on the front burner as my primary WIP. I stumbled for a few days after being away from it while working on Y12 edits and then the holidays. When you’re gone from something like that for a while, you tend to forget the characters and plot twists that you’re trying to weave through the story. So it took me a couple of days to regain the momentum. But I’m back in, and the story is flowing well, once more.
CL – Crazy Larry is a planned novella I’m working on. It’s another HPM title – the story of what happened to Larry Troutman after Leeland left him on D-day. So far, I’m about 8000 words into it. And while it’s planned as a novella, it’s beginning to feel as if it might just be a bit shorter. I’ll just have to see where the story takes me.
And that’s it for now. Time to get back to work. So stay safe, and I’ll talk to you next time.