So happy Saturday evening. It’s been a long time since I really felt like I wanted to blog, but tonight I feel like doing so. I’ve been making a lot of changes lately and you, as my readers who hang out online, will begin to notice those if you haven’t already. For a long time now I have limited my amount of time on Twitter, and finally — when a few things blew up there recently — I realized I was done. I’m not going to tell you what it was all about. I wasn’t even part of it, but watching it? Made me tired.
And I sat there, watching people melt down right and left, and realized “I’m tired of this.” It’s been a long time since I felt peace of mind when hanging out online. I used to have a lot of fun but now I really don’t. And with my new schedule, I don’t have a whole lot of time, either.
So I took a break. The past couple weeks I have backed away drastically except for the necessary promotion for Flight from Death. And you know what?
I felt better. I have been decompressing. I’ve had more time to read and to talk to friends. I feel less frantic. So I guess what I’m saying, is that I need to be off-line more. Twitter will remain an admin account, so please, don’t post questions for me there because I won’t be seeing them. You can always post questions on Facebook/FB group/Forums, and my mod Jen will bring them to my attention if she can’t answer them. You can post questions on the blog and I will see them here.
Tonight we had our first harvest from our garden. Here’s a picture of the first ripe tomato! YAY!
This heat wave we have been having finally broke yesterday — yesterday and today it has been at the most 70° and we have been rejoicing. We need rain desperately, but the cloud cover and cooler temps help so much. I have had major headaches thanks to the sunlight and heat even though we have air-conditioning.
We’ve managed to save the tomatoes, zucchini, and the cucumbers. I think my blueberry and raspberry crops are toast. Same with the lettuce and cauliflower. But the hummingbirds are coming in and they have discovered the flower baskets, and they’re happily buzzing around them.
I’ve also been instituting an eat at the table rule. At least three times a week we will eat at the table and not our computers. I’m finding it also brings me a piece of mind to sit and look outside at the backyard while I eat. I tend to eat more leisurely, and I relax better. And with that rule, I am also instituting a no phones at the table rule. I guess what I’m doing is unplugging and I am the better for it.
I am typing this using Dragon software, with little Apple is curled up in my arms licking his blanket. He has fit into our family quite well, and now Brighid is only mildly disgusted by him. I caught her chasing him the other day — playing. A good sign.
Today I signed all the preorders of Flight from Death over at Seattle Mystery Bookshop. I know I’m going to hear from some people, “I wish I would have known that you were going to sign preorders.”
So I’m just going to say this: if you follow my FB and blogs, how did you miss our constant reminders?
So, here’s a reminder for Autumn Thorns: if you want to preorder a signed copy of the book do so from Seattle Mystery Bookshop by October 27 to ensure that they have enough copies.
And on this note I’m going to say good night. Tomorrow I will be putting up my Year of Trees blog. It’s hard to believe I’m almost at the end of the year with it — I believe I have eight weeks left and I have only missed three pictures.
Apple is now asleep, and I am going to go watch some TV or read a book. I start writing Flight from Mayhem — the second Fly by Night book — on Monday. And I’m looking forward to it.
Bright blessings and sleep well.