Birthday girl, with string

Calvin & Hobbes happy dance

Topping off the holiday weekend is!

The second natal day of Jasmine Sprite, Princess of the Night, call-name Boopsie.




Sprite's second birthday July 6, 2014 Photo by Sharon Lee


Sprite's second birthday
July 6, 2014
Photo by Sharon Lee


Books in Boothbay! 50 authors, no waiting!

tortoro

So, where are you going to be next Saturday?

We're going to be hanging with the cool kids in Boothbay Harbor.

Look!
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Carousel Sun narrator revealed!

Carousel Sun
Elisabeth Rodgers, the artist who narrated Carousel Tides, will be narrating Carousel Sun.  She writes that she's preparing to go into the studio, and is listening to Carousel Tides to refamiliarize herself with Archers Beach and all the characters who live there.

Trooperversary!

Calvin & Hobbes happy dance

Today, we celebrate the fact that Kelimcoons Sooper Trooper has been a busy, practical, silly, and kind member of the Lee and Miller Cat Farm for exactly. . .

One year!

Yes, on this day in 2013, we picked Trooper up in New Hampshire and brought him back to the Motherland.  Boy, were we lucky.

Trooper's already celebrating:




Trooperversary celebrations are starting early. Photo by Sharon LeeTrooperversary celebrations are starting early.


Photo by Sharon Lee


Books read in 2014

readbooks from furriboots
25. The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
24.  The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
23.  The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
22.  Cuckoo's Egg, C.J. Cherryh (re-re-re-&c-read)
21.  The Windflower, Laura London (Tom and Sharon Curtis) (re-read)
20.  Sparrow Hill Road, Seanan McGuire (e)
19.  Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan
18.  Refining Felicity, Marion Chesney
17.  Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury (re-read aloud w/Steve)
16. The Vanished Priestess, Meredith Blevins
15.  Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny (re-read aloud w/Steve)
14.  Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
13.  Ghost Point, James A. Hetley, manuscript (read aloud w/Steve)
12.  Peacemaker, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
11. The Red Hot Empress, Meredith Blevins
10. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
9.  Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, Marjorie Liu, Daniel Acuna
8.  Agent of Change, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e)
7.  The Emperor's Agent, Jo Graham (e)
6.  Eternity and a Day, Aline Hunter (e)
5.  Kindred Rites, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (e)
4.  Billy the Kid, the Endless Ride, Michael Wallis
3.  The Steerswoman, Rosemary Kirstein (e)
2.  Uncovered, Jordan Matter
1.  Dancers Among Us, Jordan Matter
view from space by rainbow graphics

So, it's been a Day of Parts.

First part -- Steve and I decided to go out into the world and Be Among People, so we went across the bridge to the Hathaway Creative Center and had breakfast at the Button Down Cafe.  I had a cheese and tomato omelet with whole wheat bread; Steve had two eggs over easy, red potatoes, bacon, and toast.  He shared his bacon and potatoes, and we both had coffee.

Sated, we drove down to Augusta, and in the fullness of time achieved Bed, Bath, and Beyond, where I learned that a word from my youth -- specifically, the word "spread" and/or "bedspread" -- is no longer in currency.  The thing that you want to ask for, if you don't want a quilt, which I assuredly do not when it's a summery 82 degrees F/28 degrees C  outside, is a coverlet.  Who knew?  The nice man we turned to for help was also a little rocky on the concept of "chenille," not that I wanted chenille, either, but I thought, if BB&B stocked chenille spreads, it would at least get us to the right corner of the store.

But! In the end, we found a very nice woven blue cotton coverlet on sale, to replace the one that's at least eight years old and is starting to go all ragged along the edges, but the whole episode was so exhausting, I didn't even try to buy sheets.

Since we were in Augusta, we stopped at Barnes and Noble and wisely spent the gift card a kind reader was generous enough to give us on books and the new Lindsey Stirling CD, "Shatter Me."  The books are:  The Night Circus, Memory of Water, and Meatless.

Returning home, we found that we had missed the mailman and the delivery of my socks which, yes, really did need to be signed for by an adult -- what's with that, exactly?  I received an email letting me know that J Peterman had decided to refund the cost of my wonderful coat, rather than repair it or replace it*, which made me sad.

Then, Steve and I sat down with the budget and the adding machine, and other variables, including the fact that we're about to put our house up for sale, and therefore will need to be buying a house very shortly thereafter, not to mention paying the wergild demanded by banks, assessors, real estate agents, and other suchlike folk, and holding ready a down payment; that we have this year already had extraordinary expenses not accounted for by The Budget, including various dental adventures, Mozart's on-going medical expenses, replacing my desktop, and! the surprising necessity of replacing my car. . .

We will not, after all, be attending DetCon in July.

We're very sorry to have to cancel, we were looking forward to seeing y'all in Detroit, but there just isn't an endless bucket of money to draw from, and. . .something had to give, and the convention had the most flex.

So, indeed, a day of parts, and tomorrow a day of sifting Stuff, and writing.

Hope everyone's set up for a super weekend.

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*I don't think I mentioned here that my coat did not survive the Portland award ceremony intact; one of the frogs became unraveled.  I thought about gluing it together (which, in hindsight, if I had done, I would still have the coat, dammit), but then I thought perhaps better to write to Peterman and see if they could do a more professional repair.  After some emailing back and forth to customer service, it was determined that they might be able to repair it, or, if not, to replace the coat.  So I wrote a letter, explaining what I wanted, enclosed it with the coat and sent it back to J Peterman, confident that the coat would be repaired and soon be home with me.  Sadly, as reported above, customer service decided, as is always customer service's prerogative, to simply refund the money and have done.  I am sad; I liked that coat.

Books read in 2014

readbooks from furriboots
24.  The Queen of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
23.  The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
22.  Cuckoo's Egg, C.J. Cherryh (re-re-re-&c-read)
21.  The Windflower, Laura London (Tom and Sharon Curtis) (re-read)
20.  Sparrow Hill Road, Seanan McGuire (e)
19.  Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan
18.  Refining Felicity, Marion Chesney
17.  Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury (re-read aloud w/Steve)
16. The Vanished Priestess, Meredith Blevins
15.  Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny (re-read aloud w/Steve)
14.  Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
13.  Ghost Point, James A. Hetley, manuscript (read aloud w/Steve)
12.  Peacemaker, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
11. The Red Hot Empress, Meredith Blevins
10. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
9.  Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, Marjorie Liu, Daniel Acuna
8.  Agent of Change, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e)
7.  The Emperor's Agent, Jo Graham (e)
6.  Eternity and a Day, Aline Hunter (e)
5.  Kindred Rites, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (e)
4.  Billy the Kid, the Endless Ride, Michael Wallis
3.  The Steerswoman, Rosemary Kirstein (e)
2.  Uncovered, Jordan Matter
1.  Dancers Among Us, Jordan Matter
Necessity's Child

We've got some catching up to do here, so let's get to it!

First!  Quicksliver Chapter Five is now on the web, for your perusal.  Here's your link.

Second! The Science Fiction Romance Brigade Summer Blog Hop is on!  Talk about your favorite Science Fiction Romance, get suggestions for lots of great reading, and maybe win an Amazon gift card.  Here's your link.

Third! AsyouknowBob, Steve and I are looking to move out of our house here in the country (which is harder to contemplate in this season than in, oh, Deep Winter), and Into Town. Which town is still up in the air.  We have to seriously consider Waterville which is, after all, where our doctors and the vets and most of the people we know are.  On the other hand, I'm still trying to finagle, if not a $400,000 condo oceanfront, at least a move that gets us closer to Old Orchard Beach, Portland, the train outta town &c.  So, it's being a dance.

We have been talking to a real estate agent, who kind of ran us through how this was going to go, from the buyer side and the seller side.  One of the things she went over was putting down earnest money, when we found the House of our Dreams (which, honestly, we're not likely to do, but give her a break; she's never been to Liad).  And she said something like, "So, you'll put down a couple hundred dollars in earnest. . ."  At which point I looked at Steve and Steve looked at me and we did not laugh, even though we were recalling that when we found this house, we put down two dollars in earnest money.  Steve put down his silver dollar that he always carried, and I put down mine.  Our agent at that time had been a social worker.  He took the coins, and wrote us out a receipt as it it were perfectly unexceptional.  Shame he's long retired.

One of the things this agent said to us, when she came out to look at our house was something to the effect of how much STUFF we had.  A couple weeks later, the contractor echoed that.  Now, I don't disagree that we have stuff -- books and papers, mostly -- but I didn't think we were out of line for writers, really.  I said something to the effect that creativity is messy, and kind of got a Look.  Today, however, Trulia search service sent me this house as possibly of interest.  It's in Rockland, which isn't actually near Portland, or OOB, or the train, but does abut the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to several museums, and has a robust summer music program.  Here's the link.

By golly, creativity is messy.

Let's see, what else?

Oh!  I bought some socks (don't judge me! I had a coupon), which have, so Socks Addict tells me, shipped.  They have shipped via the United States Post Office second-day priority, with insurance, and will require an adult's signature when they arrive.  I mean, I knew they were stripe-y socks, but I didn't know they were as racy as that.

. . .I think that may be all the news that's fit to print at the moment.  Which is good, because I need to get to work.

L8R.

Today's blog title is brought to you by Escape Club, "Wild, Wild West."  Here's your link.

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Progress on One of Five
70,000/100,000 OR 70% complete

"Our Rys bids fair to become a poet."

He laughed again, feeling his cheeks warm.

"I fear I am eloquent only on subjects dear to me."

"Well, that's as should be, isn't it? But tell me now, Rys Silvertongue, are these grapes jam or are they supper?"

The Mozart Report and other Updatery

Mozart Easter 2009

So, Mozart's triumphant return home from the vet on Thursday segued into a Friday in which he would not eat, and would not drink.  Two tongue-laps of tuna juice was all that we could get into him; he was clearly miserable, and spent a good bit of the morning and early afternoon Under Things.  I called the vet to give the follow-up report, fully expecting to hear; "Bring him in; it's time."

But the vet had one more trick up his sleeve -- prednisone, which, he said, would calm Mozart's stomach, and also increase his appetite.  Asyouknowbob, it's also a steroid and very hard on the kidneys, and Mozart is in kidney failure.  Steve did go into town to pick up the medicine, since the run of treatment is seven days.  He may, says the vet, become seduced back to eating in seven days.

So, we're doing it, but I worry that we may have crossed a line.  We have, when confronted with The Choice in the past, always erred on the side of No Suffering.  We do everything we can during their lives to be sure that our cats live in a place where Nothing Bad Happens To Cats.  We try to be sure that they cross when they are ready; we haven't ever tried to prolong their stay into the place where there's no joy, just because it's hard to say good-bye.  In retrospect, I think we kept Socks with us a little too long.  Had we had the cancer diagnosis sooner. . .but the vets were -- as they should have been -- looking for horses instead of zebras, and we could only do the best we knew how.

Mozart. . .is fading.  We know he's not going to "get better."  I just wish I had a better handle on where he is, and how he feels.

So, that. . .

Writing is happening; and a book is taking form, a surprising book in a number of ways.  It always amazes me how logical my backbrain is, in its own chaotic fashion.

In Archers Beach news:  This is a Distant Early Warning for those folks who want to have a signed or signed-and-personalized copy of Carousel Seas to go with their signed or signed-and-personalized copy of Carousel Sun:  Uncle Hugo will again be taking preorders for signed books.  This is a DISTANT EARLY WARNING, not a Call to Action.  Actual pre-ordering will not open until after Labor Day.  We'll tell you when.

And?  I think that's all the news that's fit to print.

Books read in 2014

readbooks from furriboots
23.  The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
22.  Cuckoo's Egg, C.J. Cherryh (re-re-re-&c-read)
21.  The Windflower, Laura London (Tom and Sharon Curtis) (re-read)
20.  Sparrow Hill Road, Seanan McGuire (e)
19.  Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan
18.  Refining Felicity, Marion Chesney
17.  Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury (re-read aloud w/Steve)
16. The Vanished Priestess, Meredith Blevins
15.  Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelazny (re-read aloud w/Steve)
14.  Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
13.  Ghost Point, James A. Hetley, manuscript (read aloud w/Steve)
12.  Peacemaker, C.J. Cherryh (read aloud w/Steve)
11. The Red Hot Empress, Meredith Blevins
10. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
9.  Black Widow: The Name of the Rose, Marjorie Liu, Daniel Acuna
8.  Agent of Change, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e)
7.  The Emperor's Agent, Jo Graham (e)
6.  Eternity and a Day, Aline Hunter (e)
5.  Kindred Rites, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (e)
4.  Billy the Kid, the Endless Ride, Michael Wallis
3.  The Steerswoman, Rosemary Kirstein (e)
2.  Uncovered, Jordan Matter
1.  Dancers Among Us, Jordan Matter

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