Monday, May 30, 2011

The Power Outage, the Edits, and the Holiday

The Power Outage

As last week’s storms rolled through my neighborhood, one storm took out 1/3 of our mature pear tree (we’re waiting for the tree guy to visit to see if we can save the pear tree - please oh please), lots of little branches from the ash tree, knocked out our power, and revealed all kinds of issues we need to take care of ASAP. Like the fact that our gutters were clogged (no longer), that the broken spring on the garage door made it impossible to use during an outage--leaving cars stranded inside (also now fixed), and the fact that we need to get a battery-operated backup sump pump (still need to do). Poor Mr. W was bailing water for hours.

But one gift from the power outage was the quality family time we were able to spend together. There’s nothing quite like playing flashlight hangman! We had a blast and spent a lot of time laughing. So, if another storm comes through, I actually wouldn’t mind the power going out again—as long as we have that back-up sump pump in place!
Hangman by flashlight

The Edits 

I’m working on the editorial edits of IT TAKES A WITCH. I’ve also seen the cover—will share as soon as I can. I love it. :) The edits are my first using the track changes program on word, so it’s taking a little getting used to... but as I go through the manuscript, I’m remembering how much I love this book. I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

The Holiday

Both Mr. W and I come from military families—our dads, our grandfathers, our great-grandfathers...lots of history there and some good stories that will be passed down through generations.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day, and a big thank you to all the members of the armed forces who keep our country safe!

This is a picture (circa 1981) of me with my great-grandfather, who served in World War I. I’m in my Girl Scout uniform and wearing his service hat—I think it was Veteran’s Day, and I’d just come from marching in the local parade. We're kind of cute, aren't we? :)

Today, Darcy Merriweather, the main character of It Takes a Witch is blogging at Killer Characters. I hope you'll come on over and say hi.


  1. Sometimes the best fun to be had is when we get back to basics.

    Good luck with your edits.

    Happy Memorial Day!

  2. You're so right, Dru! We had so much fun.

  3. I hear you on the sump pump issues. Everytime we have a hard storm that's my #1 worry. My basement is my main storage area. Last summer the switch on the pump broke and I about had heart failure.

  4. Melissa, it's terrible, isn't it? Not sure why we've never looked into the back up before. We are now!

  5. What a treasure that picture is!

    Saw your twitter feed there on the side and submitted a bid! :) Crossin' my fingers!