#BookConline, #AmWriting, and #TenetTrailer

Over the weekend, I spent Saturday and Sunday watching several author panels at BookConline.  I’ve never been to BookCon in NYC (but it ranks right up there with ComicCon in places I’d love to go), so it was a treat to see so many YA authors together.  World-building, fantasy, epic YA, paranormal – I watched all of them and more.  There were plenty of ARC giveaways, but I figured the odds of me winning were slim, and I’ve got enough to keep me busy for quite a while anyway.

The writing has commenced!  I’ve been working on the sequel to Subject A36 – finally.  Right now I’m putting together character arcs and figuring out some plot points.  The number of POVs may be a challenge – everyone wants to talk, but some of them will just have to settle for letting their story be told through the eyes of another character.  Breaking the news won’t be pretty, I’m thinking.

Have you guys seen the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet?  Inception (one of my favorite movies) was mind-bending and Memento wickedly twisted.  And his Dark Knight series?  You get what I’m saying.  When I first saw the preview for this movie months ago, I had no idea what it was actually about and honestly didn’t care.  It was a Nolan movie.  This new, second trailer goes into more detail and I’m stupid excited to see it in July.  Assuming the theaters are open.  Keeping fingers crossed!

Take care and stay healthy!

Dinner, #SubjectA36, and #AmWatching

Here in KY, our restaurants opened to limited capacity indoor dining on Friday, and hubby and I had dinner out for the first time in three months!  There were several restrictions in place for everyone’s safety – reservations only, 33% capacity, hand sanitizing stations, disposable menus, and employees wore gloves and masks.  We went to one of our favorite local restaurants and enjoyed an evening of fantastic food (no cooking for me!), a familiar, friendly staff, and an appreciation of a common activity we’d previously taken for granted.  Judging by other parking lots, plenty of folks showed up to support their local eateries.

I had a suprise from my publisher last week – Subject A36 now has an audiobook!  Sarah is also on audio, but I avoid listening to my books.  I can’t imagine anyone will sound like the characters who live in my mind, so I prefer my perceptions untainted, if that makes sense.  But if you’re an avid listener, click HERE for Amazon.

Has anyone watched the new Snowpiercer series?  The original sci-fi/dystopian movie was released in 2013 (you can watch it on Netflix) and was directed by Bong Joon-ho, the Oscar-winning director of Parasite.  Anyhoo, I watched the first episode last week, and I couldn’t look away.  Awesome cast, awesome premise.  If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a brief description.  It’s a must watch for sci-fi fans.

Survivors of Earth’s second Ice Age live out their days on a luxury train that ploughs through snow and ice. The train’s poorest residents, who live in the squalid caboose, plan to improve their lot by taking over the engine room.

Have a great week and stay healthy!

#Graduation, #AmWatching, and Appreciation

Indulge me a moment while I play the role of proud mom.  My oldest son, while working full time for most of the past two years, earned his master’s degree.  The program was online and wasn’t without its difficulties.  Some of the professors were more responsive and organized than others.  This last one had issues with time management, so the window for receiving thesis feedback and making changes was much smaller than initially stated.  But he finished!  Like millions of people, he was laid off from his job a couple months ago, but has thankfully had some promising interviews over the past few weeks.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Has anyone watched Locke and Key on Netflix?  It’s an adaptation of a series of graphic novels by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.  A Facebook friend mentioned it and the description sounded right up my alley – a family moving to their deceased father’s childhood home in a small coastal town, mysterious goings on and plenty of secrets in said house, and keys with some freaky powers.  It completely captivated me, and I flew through all ten episodes.  The young actors do a fantastic job, and it’s already been renewed for a second season.  Recommend!

Hubby and I watched The Wrong Missy on Netflix over the weekend.  I think Rotten Tomatoes score of 33% was generous.  Not one I’d recommend unless you’ve binged everything else and you’re at the bottom of the barrel for choices.

Shout out to all the healthcare folks and essential workers for everything you do to keep this country going.  We appreciate you!

 

#BookClub, Salons, and #Gardening

My book club met through Zoom again last week – fourteen of us!  The theme for this month was YA historical fiction.  I don’t play in that sandbox very often, but the second book of the Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation series, Deathless Divide, was available on audio.  It’s set during the Civil War era, so that counts.  That it contains zombies just makes it more interesting for me.  Next month’s theme was scheduled to be YA books involving mental health, but that’s just a bit too heavy for now, so by unanimous decision, we changed it to reading something that makes us happy.

Here in KY, our governor is gradually opening up some businesses, and salons are on the schedule for the last week of May.  I started growing out my bangs in December – couldn’t have planned the timing any better, lol – but I still need a trim.  Appointments open up tomorrow, but I figure they’ll be booked solid for at least a couple weeks.

Other than planning some scenes that need to happen, I didn’t get much done on the WIP last week.  Much of it was spent planting flowers and herbs.  I grow basil every summer (nothing beats fresh basil on grilled flatbread pizzas), but this summer I also added Greek oregano (which was fantastic in Greek chicken last week) and rosemary.  Last summer I gave cilantro a second try, but it again failed to survive.  I set the pot aside and didn’t give it a second thought, then was surprised a few days ago to see it had sprung up from seed.  Now I’m afraid to do anything to it because I’ve read it’s difficult to grow, but I’d sure love to have it for some summer salsa recipes.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Take care and stay healthy, friends!

 

 

#AmWriting (Finally) and #Legos

Well – it’s Monday again.  Seems like it just was, but that could be due to most days blurring together.  I’m still trying to knock some jobs off the to-do list around the house.  I even washed blinds last week – I’m embarrassed to tell you how long it’s been since they were last cleaned.  Let’s just say there were mini funnel clouds and a lot of sneezing going on.

I finally opened the file of the sequel to Subject A36.  I hadn’t looked at it since NaNo in November, at first due to promoting the new release, then mostly because I haven’t felt like writing with everything going on in the world.  But it was time.  After setting aside a couple of hours yesterday to dive back in, I was excited.  I still need to go over notes, pull everything together, and make my roadmap (my loose version of an outline).  There’s a lot of work to do – guess it’s a good thing I’ve got some extra time, right?

I’m a Lego fan.  After giving my six-year-old niece a Disney Princess set for her birthday last summer then helping her put it together, she declared me a Lego Master.  It all started with my youngest son’s love of them.  We spent hours building things together, including Hogwarts castle, which was thousands of pieces.  While building, my mind was focused completely on the project, and it gave the rest of my brain a break.  Months ago, a couple of friends and I had planned a Lego and wine night.  For whatever reason, we never got it on the calendar, but I still had my kit – Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.  Several days ago, I took it out, turned on my audiobook, and spent a very happy couple of hours snapping pieces together and applying decals.  How do you like it?  Sorry the pic’s not better.  Hubby got me a Star Wars collection for Christmas, so that’s on the agenda for this week.

Take care and stay healthy!

Easter, Surprises, and #Yoga

How was your Easter?  Like most folks, ours was quiet.  Our youngest son was here for dinner and we watched Stepbrothers (always good for laughs).  That morning we streamed our church service.  The Easter Bunny, his helpers, and some firefighter friends with their truck drove through our neighborhood Saturday throwing out candy.  It was a beautiful day and fun to see the excited kids standing at the end of their driveways waving – adults, too.

A local author friend surprised me and ran this ad in our newspaper yesterday.  What a generous thing to do!  Many people here are probably unaware Bowling Green is home to several authors – one of those names was even new to me.  It may or may not sell books, but who knows what might come from it down the road when life is closer to normal again.

 

Want to relieve some stress and quiet your mind?  I think that’s an opporunity we’d all jump at right now.  Try yoga.  I’ve been practicing for around 20 years.  With the class schedule at my gym occasionally inconsistent, I had to look for alternatives.  A few years ago, I stumbled across Yoga with Adriene on YouTube.  She offers tons of videos ranging from beginner to advanced lasting from ten minutes to an hour, with many of them focusing on specific areas of the body.  Last week when I woke, my neck felt like it had been twisted in inhuman ways.  I did Adriene’s Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Relief and it helped – the next day, the pain was completely gone.  If you regularly practice yoga and miss your class or have been thinking about trying it, here’s your chance – and you can practice in the privacy of your own home.  Adriene’s got a great sense of humor, and her dog, Benji, usually sits in (or lays in) on the classes.

Take care and stay healthy!

Internet Woes, #AmReading, and #AmWatching

Our internet was down for the majority of last week.  Some websites took over 45 minutes to load and others I just gave up on.  Streaming Netflix or Prime was out of the question.  It took several hours of speaking to 9 different AT&T reps spanning Tuesday through Saturday before the problem was resolved.  The first 7 told me they couldn’t help me at all and transfered me from one department to another.  What it all came down to was when I received help via esupport chat a couple weeks ago, the rep made our WiFi modem into a cell phone, voice only.  Not by my request, obviously.  It’s a complicated story that makes absolutely no sense.  However, my new best friend is AT&T rep Michelle from Oklahoma City who got me up and running on Saturday in about 20 minutes.  I was on hold for 30 minutes before I got her, but she was well worth the wait.  Now I have lots of blog visits to catch up on.

Over the weekend, I finished A Boy Named Rabbit by Marcia Meara.  And I want to join the family in that book.  It was the perfect heart-warming, feel good read to take my mind off everything going on in the world right now.  Other readers have commented on how much they loved Rabbit, and I fell head over heels for him.  I still need to write the review, but it absolutely will be a 5 star!

Now that we have WiFi again, hubby and I were able to watch more NYPD Blue on Prime.  I watched the series when it was on years ago, but he never did – and he loves it.  We’re still in the first season, and it’s just as fantastic for me watching it a second time.  We’re also watching Ride with Norman Reedus (Daryl from TWD).  Hubby isn’t a fan of The Walking Dead, but he enjoys Norman’s motorcycle adventures with guests as he visits different states and countries learning about the local culture and sampling some pretty tasty food.  It’s on late night Sundays, so we DVR it.

Friends, we’re one week closer to the end of this pandemic.  Everyone take care and stay healthy!