Jun 172013
my girls

Some of the family

Hope everyone had a great Father’s Day.  I know I did.  Of course, mine started a bit early… actually, a LOT early… like the week before.  It started Friday, the seventh, to be exact – when I got home from work and found my younger daughter’s car parked in the driveway.  A few hours later my wife walked in the door… with our older daughter and granddaughter.  My better half had arranged to fly them in from Utah in secret.  Later still, my son and his fiancé came by, and THEN my parents showed up from Oklahoma!  They had all managed to pull together a fantastic birthday for me without my knowledge.

I remember at one point I was sitting on the couch, just absorbing the fact that so many of my loved ones were sitting around me, talking, joking, laughing… it was almost overwhelming.  Then my mom saw me and leaned over. “As you get older, you realize more and more that this is the best gift you can ask for.”  Let me tell you, Mom is a very wise woman.  :)

I won’t bore you all with every detail of the next week.  Suffice to say, I had a birthday that I will remember for a long, long time.

And then came the Red Adept-a-con.  Lynn McNamee, founder and overall head-honcho of Red Adept Publishing, hosted the RAP-a-con-01second annual Red Adept event.  I got to meet some folks that, until then, had been nothing more than faceless names and Facebook posts.  Let me tell you, these are some pretty amazing people, full of hidden talent – a homesteader, a trained opera singer, a combat veteran, a young woman who entered college at the age of fifteen, some great guitarists, and karaoke singers… these people were incredible.  Conversation ranged from nerdy grammar jokes, to the latest political scandals, and I am honored to have been a part of it.

Which brings me to the writing report.

Streets of Payne – Stick a fork in it. It’s done!  No more editing.  No more proofreading.  All that’s left to do is the formatting and cover art, and that is being worked on as I type this.

Chucklers – Of course the completion of SoP means that I’m back on Chucklers, the post-apocalyptic horror that Edward Lorn and I are working on.  I’m having a little bit of a problem getting back into my character’s head, but once I find the right voice again, I have little doubt that it will flow for me again like it did when we first began.

Y12 – The promised sequel to Half Past Midnight has been percolating quite a bit lately.  In fact, I recently had a bit of an epiphany on some of the plotting elements, and am chomping at the bit to get to work on this one.  So Chucklers first, then Y12 immediately after.  I think I have my projects lined up for the rest of the year.  :)

That’s it for now.  It’s past time for my beauty sleep… by a few decades, but still.  ;)

Take care everyone.  And oh!!  Love you Dad!   :bye:


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