Since my last post, these are the things that have happened in my world:
Amara was born over two days. It was not an easy labor for mama, but I was very honored to be there and watch my first grandchild make her way into the world. She was born February 18, and this is a picture from that day:
Two days after she arrived home, my beloved Christopher Robin fell ill. We first believed it was food poisoning, so he gave up all food and slept for a day. The next day, I decided it might be appendicitis. I was right. It was a very terrible case of appendicitis, about as bad as you can get and still survive, and he spent four days in the hospital, then another ten days at home in bed. I made periodic trips to kiss Amara, but mostly, I urged CR to drink more tea, and eat eat eat eat….!
On the work front, I’m juggling three projects: the first is the arrival of The Garden of Happy Endings as a real live book in stores and ebook readers near you on April 17. There are signings, conferences, blog tours, giveaways, and I hope you’ll check them out. I will have a schedule up next week sometime. I love this book very much, and hope you will, too. It showed up nearly whole, throwing down a gauntlet that kicked my rear all through the spring and summer last year. There are gardens and dogs and sisters and a woman who became, through her courage and questing, one of my favorite characters ever.
Second project is finished: the rough draft of my online serial novel The Mirror Girl, the first book in a three-book YA urban fantasy/sff series is finished!
The third is the book for next year, involving all manner of research and food and the losses we think we can’t possibly survive, and the people who help us through–fathers and friends, animals and love affairs, hobbies and work we love. Very engaged and excited about this book.
And it might be true that time I might have spent blogging has been spent kissing the downy cheek of a little girl.
Wouldn’t you kiss her, too?