Lovin’ the life I live

RAINING~  huge storm moved in in the wee hours of morning.  Not so much thunder and lightning as an abrupt and long lasting deluge.

Wonderful to sleep to the rain pounding on the roof (although I did have  few concerns for the trees out front)  Today, more rain.  Some heavy.  Some light, with very few breaks between the fronts.  Streets are flooded  (of course, this is the LowCountry)  Everything is fresh and green and the dang morning glories have gone nuts literally overnight and completely COVER the entire side fence!

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slipping through August

Today AJ and I went to check out an alternative school for him.  They were having a meet and greet at the local Sky Zone trampoline park.  He got to jump for a couple of hours while I spoke with teachers, parents, and other school people.  The school appeals to him, so tomorrow we will begin the enrollment process.  Would love to have him out of this school and into the new one by the end of the month.

Vegetables are coming in fast and furious in the garden now with the time quickly approaching for me to begin replacing summer crops with fall/winter varieties.  I am always excited to have new things available, but a little sad to see the growing days of summer come to a close.

There are still days of sunny visits to local farm markets… time to load in a few more batches of produce to put up before summer ends.

And  time to dream about stories to write.  With Khyr now well in hand (I expect to finish edits by the end of September) I will need to start thinking of what I want to write next.  So many choices…so little time.  Selkies. Dhampir. Dark Walkers. gean-cánach.   So many stories to tell…and still not sure which way to go.

Which hero will lead me to the most interesting possibilities?  We shall have to wait and see.

Building worlds…

Leaving the real world for a bit tonight.  It was a lovely week, crazy busy, but good.  And around all the everyday crazy I have plowed through my revisions and edits and in the process discovered an entirely new story I can’t wait to tell.

This one is far different from the fantasy I am writing.  (If you missed my being a fantasy lover/writer… you might not have been paying attention, LOL)  Khyr’s story (written and being madly edited at present)  is a little different from traditional epic… the worlds are not medieval …and one of the worlds is a contemporary earth.  But the new one…niggling madly at me…is very different from those worlds I know and love so well.

There IS technology…just not the kind we have.  No fossil fuels. I am actually very excited to begin world building for this one. It will be a whole new adventure since I will have to develop a logical world with inventions and technology and a society to ‘fit’ what my MC is showing me.

So …following that premise I decided our Fantasy Friday picture should depict something that inspires me in the way that world my develop.  Here it is.  What do YOU think this world would be like?

Roller coaster moments

A week into August already!  Where has this year gone?  It has been a roller coaster….with a lot more steep racing downs than highs…but we live for those moments when things look up.  When we can see far in the distance…hope that everything will be all right.

I am gearing up for a big push to get these edits done on Khyr’s story.  I am only 1/2 done and hitting a hard stretch with a lot of new scenes and scenes that have to be rewritten.  Hard….but exciting.  Sort of like that roller coaster of life.

And on that note we need a breathtaking moment for Fantasy Friday!

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Welcome August

August has come.  I shall miss July.  It was a wonderful month, the heart of my favorite season…summer!  But I look forward to what August will bring with both joy and trepidation.  I love that August here in the Lowcountry is still summer…with a capital S!  

Hot… still in the triple digits and no sign of that changing this week.  Sunny….actually a little more rain would be helpful with this heat, but I do love my sunshine.  And, of course, the joy of long long days and clear nights with star-filled skies.

Downside?  Back to school.  Oh how I hate back to school down here.  This is one of my biggest disappointments with being home in South Carolina.  The school systems bite.  And the worst part is….they don’t even know how bad they are!  It is terrifying and disheartening and…sad.  Especially for my son who is bright, and talented, works hard, and such a wonderful kid to work with (all his teachers agree) and has dyslexia.  So the lovely schools will shove him to the side…off the main track… where he won’t make them actually teach in the way he learns and won’t mess up their illusory competence records.  He is disappointed.  I am disappointed for him.

This isn’t the end.  We have just begun to fight.

Meanwhile, there are school supplies to buy….both for him and for my Little A.  Even more for the Little A as kindergarten requires a lot more supplies than high school.  So this weekend we will begin the shopping.  Uniforms for the Little A… khaki pants and shorts, polo shirts, some play clothes for after school.  Fill a long list of supplies needed.  And clothes for my AJ…shorts, t shirts, cargo pants, sox, underwear, jeans and new tennis shoes.  He grew over the summer!  Nothing fits.

More writing.  More editing.  More days and nights of missing our A and wishing he was home once more with us where he belongs.  THIS is his home.  Nowhere else ever can be.

And more work.  More landscaping, and cleaning.  More gardens and flowers.

More blessings.  More life.   Welcome August.