Life and Updates

file0001024202589Happy Monday, everyone!

I know it’s been awhile since y’all have heard from me. Life has been, well, crazy around here the last few months. So much that I can’t even get into right now. So, I thought I’d catch you up on some stuff . . .

  1. Yes, Bellanok 3 is coming out soon. Look for more information at the end of the week. I’m going to have y’all help me with something! I’ll just say for now that Bellanok 3 will be out in March and part 4 will be out in April.
  2. I am (finally) open for editing again. If you’re looking for an editor (or getting close to being ready), check out my editing services page and shoot me an e-mail! (E-mail is basically my name at gmail.)
  3. Two of my friends are celebrating some pretty amazing stuff this month.
    1. J.L. Mbewe is celebrating her birthday hobbit style–a birthday bash on her blog with fun prizes!
    2. Zachary Totah is celebrating his one-year blogaversary with some reflection and, of course, some prizes. One of which is ebook copies of both of Bellanok novellas so far.
  4. In April, I’ll be participating in a couple of Facebook parties with other speculative fiction authors. Stay tuned for more information to come! If you haven’t signed up for my blog/newsletter, do so now so you don’t miss out on all the fun.

In other areas, my daughters both have birthdays in March. We’re throwing a joint part–a slumber party. What am I getting myself into? I just can’t believe my oldest will be turning 10! TEN!

Homeschooling is as much a joy as ever–even if we are a little behind. The kids are all loving the books we are reading this year with our Sonlight curriculum. We’re studying the first half of American history and have read books like The Sign of the Beaver, and we’re just finishing up The Witch of Blackbird Pond (one of my fave books in elementary books).

In 6 weeks, we’ll be taking the family (along with my husband’s side of the family) to Disney World! We’re very excited about it–and so are the kids.

So, that’s a little update on me. What about you guys? What’s new with you? What can we celebrate?

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  1. Thanks for the shout out! 🙂

    Busy, busy, busy! 😀

  2. Thanks for the mention, Ralene. 😀

  3. hi Ralene! You have lots going on and it sounds great. When our family did Disney World in 2008, we had a book that helped plan what we did and when we did it. I looked on amazon but couldn’t find it – there are a few there, but not the one we had. But here’s a couple of tips: when you go to the Magic Kingdom, the best day to do that is Wednesday. And start in the back of the park and work your way forward. You’ll get lots more done. Most people do the first things they see. The back of the park is less crowded in the morning.

    Also, if you like pineapple, you *have* to go to the Dole Pineapple Whip Stand. It’s by the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Soooooo good!

    The best times to do some of the really popular rides (like Space Mountain) is during the parades or the fireworks. Another tip: do NOT ride the ski lift thing (I forget the name) during the fireworks. We thought we could see them better from up high, but it’s all smoky and hard to breath.

    Watch out for families with strollers. Seriously. They are the worst, always running into you and pushing their way through. I have no idea why anyone would want to bring a baby in a stroller to Disney.

    If you go to SeaWorld, get there first thing in the morning. Right before everything opens, they raise the American flag while play the national anthem. Really nice. THEN get to the penguin house first. They are really active and vocal first thing in the morning as they’ll be having breakfast. Lots of fun to watch.

    I’ll make it back there someday, but only to go to Harry Potter World. HA!

    Hope you have a great time!

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