There are leaves on my lawn this morning. Yellow and gold against a bright green. The best part is that the lawn isn’t that deep, so it’s going to take like five minutes to brush them to the curb. I think I’m going to leave them there for a while. It looks nice. ;-)
I spent the weekend with a pleasant mix of shopping for necessities and working outside to prep the yard for fall. I promised myself I wasn’t going to put any bulbs in the ground–because the yard is loaded with them already–but I couldn’t help but buy two bags of crocus bulbs. I’m still not sure where they are going to go. Somewhere I can see them from my office window, I’m sure. There were no yellow flowers on the package picture, which I thought odd. It will be a surprise next spring as to what I get. I thought yellow was a standard color in a mixed package.
Friday I finished all but one item for the world book, which means I have probably made my deadline. I’m still not going to count it done until I mail the sucker off. Everything is there, but I’m not yet satisfied. There is one background piece that I use a lot, and I might want to tweak the image. That will likely soak up an hour to an entire day if I can’t remember what I did in the first place. -laugh- But in any case, it’s going to be a much easier week. I can just hear the stress slipping from me as I find the first chapter of book ten running through my head as I finish this last one up.
Ohhhhh, the next book is going to be a good one. PALE DEMON is far-reaching in scope, but the one following is very personal to Rachel. The shift is going to feel good after the wide horizons feel of the previous. It’s already written, but I’m making some major modifications. That’s why they call it a rough draft and I don’t make every page-every chapter-perfect on the first run through. Just get the story down so I can see what needs fixing.