Feeling the Love

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all you mothers out there, today is your day.  Don’t be afraid to celebrate it.  Today, my daughters woke me up with breakfast in bed (which consisted of a peanut butter covered rice cake, sliced apples and turkey sausage) and thrust about twelve different pieces of paper at me.

So, I discovered that my oldest daughter believes that the best part of herself is her ears and she is extremely pleased that they resemble mine.  Also, I found out that my youngest daughter thinks the best thing I do is cook.  These things are adorable and I will remember them for a long time to come.

And it hasn’t just been today.  The girls started off celebrating Mother’s Day by coming home on Tuesday and vacuuming the house for me.  Almost everyday since they have offered to do something  I would normally do.  We went to Red Lobster yesterday for my Mother’s Day meal, but today my husband is going to make the dinner and dessert of my choice.  I feel like I am a pretty lucky lady right now.  I must have done something right, you know?

Neoverse Anthology Update

Speaking of doing things right, this week I got to see the future layout of my story in the Anthology I am being published in, and I am pretty stoked about it.  It looks like the paragraphs will be formatted much as they are here: no indents with spaces in between the paragraphs.  For a short story it seems like a good way to go, not sure I would be too keen on it for an entire book.

I also received my copy-edit notes this week, which were much less harsh than I anticipated.  I guess I am my worst critic.  I actually sent in further changes they should make because I just can’t help myself.  Honestly, I am not sure if that makes me look better or worse in their eyes, but I can’t help it with my perfectionist impulses.

A couple weeks ago, I got to send in illustration ideas, so it feels like the project is coming along quite nicely.  They haven’t told us what the updated publication date might be, but I am crossing my fingers for June 1st.  That feels like enough time, but then again I am not dealing with all the behind the scenes stuff, so don’t quote me.  My impatience is probably getting the better of me, so it really is a wait-and-see situation.

My Oh My!

What doesn’t appear to be a wait and see situation is how well the Mariners are playing.  I am trying not to get my hopes up, but gosh darn it!  We are doing fantastic right now.  Never in a million years would I have dreamed we would be 18-12 and leading the American League West by 1.5 games right now.  Needless to say, I am thrilled.

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

I just finished reading this book and I wanted to recommend it to anyone who is interested in expanding their reading repertoire.  It seems to be geared towards a teenage audience, but is definitely worth reading even if you an adult.  It is one of those books that should be read at least once in your life.  I should probably make a whole separate list of books that I feel fall under that category as I have read quite a few.

I don’t want to give a summary of the book, necessarily, because I feel like the book’s blurb does a fairly good job of that.  I will say that I did find the narration by Death to be a little odd.  Also, I did really dislike that the ending was stated fairly directly both at the very beginning and throughout the book.  Despite those things, I feel like it is worth the time it takes to read it.

Well, I think that is it for this week’s round-up.  Enjoy the coming spring and happy reading!

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