It's been a kid-activity packed weekend: cub Scouts, school carnival, birthday party, Renaissance Festival.
Highlights from the carnival include pace and hair painting and a collection of five pieces of gold on the walk there. (We collect the road reflectors when they come off. These look a bunch like bars of gold and make for fun playtime in the backyard burying them and digging them up).
Highlights from the Renaissance Festival include sausage on a stick and Guinness beer (though drinking it while pushing the stroller and holding the sausage on the stick can be a challenge).
Highlights from Cub Scouts was a trip to the Cedar Park Waste Water Treatment Plant! I've been itching to visit a sewage treatment plant, and was not disappointed! What happens after the flush is truly fascinating!
Aside from my faithful Yorkie, I have another companion who stays with me every night when I write. At first I noticed him once or twice. Now I look for him every night, and he's almost always there.
(The reflection is a bit bad, but somehow he climbs up to the second story front window to hang right by my office).
A piece of good news:
The Emerald Tablet received one of my favorite reviews so far from The Story Siren. Why? Check out the first line from her review:
"What a fantastic debut novel! I really can’t wait to read the rest of this series."
Thanks, Story Siren!
Another piece of good news:
Last I checked, The Emerald Tablet was in stock on Amazon!
For those interested in the more paranormal side of all things Emerald Tablet, check out this awesome link sent to me by someone in Australia on a crop circle formation in the shape of a seven-point star associated with The Emerald Tablet.
I finished Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey this morning (via audiobook on the way back from the post office). It's a great read and certainly leaves things wide open for the series. Which is actually really interesting. Nothing is resolved. It ends more like a part of a larger book. But I'd totally recommend it to anyone interested.
And I've started City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. So far, it's great. Also on audio I'm about to start The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott.
Post Halloween fun! I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving already. This year I'm making pies with the kids. Rhubarb, Apple, and Blueberry. Though we have a Honey-baked Ham gift certificate which we may use for the main course.
Reminder for those in Austin: SCBWI is having a holiday party at BookPeople this Thursday night, 6:30-9. Aside from me on a middle grade panel, there's other amazing panels, a picture book reading, and tons of book signing / networking opportunities! Please come by! It'll be a ton a fun. Check out full details here.
Also up for the weekend ahead, though I'll be at CLA this weekend: Austin Shaolin-Do Kung Fu Open House. If you've ever thought about joining Kung Fu or just are curious, come come this weekend and check it out!
Hope everyone has a fantastic week ahead!