I spent the weekend finally feeling as if I was back at home after tour–again finding the patterns that keep me balanced with work and play. My big news is either that I purchased a new monitor (my old one was over ten years old) or that I got the leaves raked out of the lavender. I’m going with the lavender as my favorite task of the weekend even though pie was attached to the trip into town because while on my hands and knees picking leaves from the vegetation, I found this little guy all hunkered down and struggling to focus. Even though the air was warm, the ground was probably a lot colder, and he didn’t move, still loggy with hibernation. That’s got to be hard to shake off. The next day I saw him perked up, so I’m guessing he’s out and about by now.
I love toads, and have a long history with them and memories of my grandparents and uncle’s houses searching for toads in both their yards. They chirp at you indignantly when you catch them, and pee on you to convince you to let them go, but they don’t bite and have gorgeous eyes. If you ever want to see the glory of creation, just find a humble toad. A rough, warty exterior with eyes that hold the swirling colors of creation.
So anyway, I worked all weekend outside clearing out the last of the leaves and moving a rock edging in preparation for some new foundation plantings that have to go in to the spot we took the old porch off of. The ground is too wet to really plant anything, not to mention it’s too cold for anything but bushes and such, but now there are lines to stay within. I’m hoping that next weekend the ground will be dry enough to work. I have two trees that need to be moved.
I will admit that I’m concerned that spring is moving forward too fast. Oh, the puppies and I like the warm weather, and the bulbs that are springing up can take the snow, but the leaves are starting to come out on some of the more impatient bushes/trees. My cherry tree is going to be blooming by the end of the week, and the blueberry bushes are getting ready to do the same. It’s my lilac that I’m really watching as it’s an old bush and the leaves are already out. It’s an heirloom variety that has probably been in the ground for the last 30 years, so it may know what it’s doing, but it’s raring to go, and I don’t know how much reserves it has since it’s been stuck in the shade until last year. We shall see. I don’t think we’re done with cold yet. It’s only mid March.
As for the work, I’m currently breaking down my 4 page synopsis into chapters, and already things are changing. It’s good, and I’m seeing even more that I want to do with my next rewrite of the previous book, EVER-AFTER. And so it goes . . .
Also, if you haven’t taken advantage of the .99 price of the electronic version of Dead Witch Walking, you still have a few days to pick up a copy or use the promotion as a way to get your buds hooked on the Hollows. Barnes and Novel has Dead Witch Walking as their spotlighted book this week, offering the e-book version to you for .99 cents for a limited time. B&N Spotlight
And if B&N has Dead Witch Walking on sale for their Nooks, you know the rest will follow.
Kobo Kobo especially is kind of cool because you can read it on just about anything, so if there is someone you are trying to get hooked on the Hollows, this might be it. (The first one is almost free. -laugh-)