I am having a hard time believing that I’ve been out of the office for two entire weeks, and my vacation is almost over! (pout) Guy, I, and Thing Two have had a great time enjoying the cooler, drier weather that Michigan has to offer, and I again remember what real grass is supposed to look like. Though we have a couple of days left, it feels like the end for me since we topped off the visit with my mom and dad with a spur-of-the-moment family get-together.
I likely won’t be posting again until Monday, but I did want to tell you about Richard Kadrey’s newest release, SANDMAN SLIM, which I had the chance to read in manuscript form and loved it. There is more over at the Eos Blog–including my official blurb–but here’s what Eos had to say:
Life sucks, and then you die. Or in James Starks’s case, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles. Now Stark’s back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But first and foremost, getting the bastards who killed him in the first place. But when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than you’d expect, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future…
I couldn’t make Guy spend our entire vacation playing in the dirt, so we took a couple of days, left the puppies with “grandma and grandpa,” and headed on up to Mackinaw!
You might notice the different spellings between the city and the bridge. When I was growing up, they were the same. Somewhere along the way, they decided to use the French spelling for the bridge and the island, but they are pronounced the same. Here’s a link to the bridge cam on the St. Ignace side of the bridge. I like looking at it on the solstices so I can see just how different the sun patterns are when you consider longitude, not just latitude.
Though FOR A FEW CHARMS MORE never went to Mackinac Island, we did, Continue reading
As some of you might know, I’ve been visiting my folks this week. My mom is where I got my green thumb, and my dad is where I got my lack of fear to try stuff and see what happens. I got my stick-to-it from both of them.
When you get all three of us together, and then Tim (Guy) is there with his expertise, there is bound to be trouble. Fortunately I brought my shovel, bucket, work gloves, and my clippers, and instead of trouble, we worked on one of their landscaping “issues” that they inherited with their new house last fall. It was a true joint effort, and three days and two trips to the home improvement store, and we are DONE! (big grin)
We got the back part done so quickly that we tackled the side yard, too. More pictures after the cut. Continue reading
So . . . this year for vacation, I’m visiting my folks. I packed two shovels, a bucket, two pair of gloves, a saw to cut roots, and my big yellow hat. And some clothes, I think . . .
They recently purchased a nice home in need of some landscaping. You see where this is going? (grin)
So we get there a few hours before sunset, and by the time the sun goes down, we not only have a plan, but we are about a third of the way done. We finished today apart from the plants (after picture tomorrow) and Tim and I are eyeing the side yard. (big grin) We’ve got tons of time, and there’s stuff to do. Time to go shopping!
Big news today is Jocelynn Drake’s give away extravaganza! She is giving away a book a week until she runs out, and Dead Witch Walking is the first one up! You have until Saturday to buzz on over to her blog and make a post to put yourself in the running. More details at her blog. Good luck! This is a great way to start your hardcover collection of the Hollows or get your friend hooked if you already have a signed copy. (grin)
As for my vacation? We passed the Pioneer Sugar factory yesterday. If you live in the north, you probably get your sugar from sugar beets, which look like huge, ugly beets and will often be found on the side of the road when they harvest them, but the sugar tends to dissolve better than sugar from sugar cane in my experience.
We also arrived at our final destination, which is not the sugar beet factory, but my parents’. (grin) There are a couple of major landscaping projects I want to help my mother with, and sure enough, I got dirty yesterday clearing out where we want to work. Today I’m going to divide my time between playing in the dirt and planning out the rest of our time, because there are a few other things to do at my folk’s house other than dig in that wonderful dirt they have there. 😉
Last night we had dinner with one of my writer friends, Jocelynn Drake, where I signed a couple of books for her GIVE AWAY EXTRAVAGANZA! Dudes, she finished her editorial rewrite, and as promised, she’s giving away signed copies of a bunch of urban fantasy authors. I’ll have more tomorrow, but my give-away runs only until Saturday, so buzz on over now if you’re interested.
Jocelynn and I had a great time, managing to take thirty minutes to get to the restaurant across the street. Don’t ask. But we were up bright and early this morning and headed for . . .
The Cincinnati zoo! Yup, I, Guy, and Thing two spent the day at the Cincinnati Zoo, and did we get tired!. We ate too much zoo food, but I think we walked it off. Cincinnati has a world-class zoo, so if you ever get the chance to go, go!
We parked on Vine and used the new walkway. Very cool. The Vine Street entrance is still under construction, so I guess I’ll just have to go back next year when it’s done. (grin) First stop after the elephants was the bird zone, where we fed the lorikeets. Next door, I took this shot of the scarlet Ibis
More pictures . . .
Okay, campers! Day one of my vacation, and our first stop is . . . Cincinnati!
I swear, I just can’t stay away. I’ll be doing some research for a few days, and then I’ll move on to the next stop, but for today, I’ll be having fun in Cincy
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