If you want to see who won, or if you just really want to know what I look like at the end of a long, hot day, you can watch this short video of Trooper drawing the winning name. The winner will be notified and arrangements will be made so I can send the gift card!
1. I generally consider myself to be a balanced individual. I'm not particularly emotional, and I tend not to get riled up about stuff. But today... today I was about to put ice cream on a pan of brownies for Trooper's belated birthday party, ('cause who doesn't like ice cream cake, right?) and Trooper wanted to help. I like letting him work in the kitchen, so sure, no problem. I needed to leave the room for a second, but before I left, I said, "Now don't touch anything. Just leave it alone until I get back." And nine seconds later I returned to find Trooper pouring black pepper all over the brownies.
I'm not a real fan of black pepper in general, and I certainly don't like it on my brownies and ice cream. I'm gonna go out on a limb here, and guess that most of you wouldn't like it either. So I banned Trooper from the kitchen, and I may or may not have dusted the brownies off into the garbage can with a dry towel, and then wiped them down with a damp napkin before I covered them with ice cream.
2. A couple of weeks ago I wanted to sell an old shape sorter toy, but I couldn't find the shapes to go in it. I looked everywhere (I thought) and finally gave up. I threw out the shape sorter, figuring the shapes had already met a similar fate without my knowing. They HAD disappeared while I was at camp, so there was no telling. Today I found the shapes in a seldom used book bag. Why? Maybe the shapes were planning a vacation, or even just a day trip to the library. Maybe they saw Trooper with the scissors, had a Toy Story moment, and were trying to escape.
3. Trooper opened up a little Disney Princess bubble carriage thingamajig that was supposed to be for someone else (a girl, in fact), but since it was open I let him roll the little carriage on the floor. He kept asking me the names of the princesses in the carriage windows, but I only recognized Ariel, Tiana, and Belle. All the blond ones looked the same to me. Is that some kind of self-racism, or something? Or does Disney need to expand its idea of perfect so they don't all look the same? Anyway, it was a little weird to see Trooper getting so involved in a Disney Princess toy, but I've always been adamant about letting him play with all kinds of toys, so I didn't say anything. Minutes later, he slipped right back into stereotypical boy mode; he kept playing with the bubble carriage, but he rolled it in front of the vacuum as I cleaned the floor, screaming to make it sound like the girls inside were writhing in roller brush induced agony, or at least terror. And then he went back to playing guns with his thumb and finger.
Next week I'll tell the grossest thing he's ever done, but right now my stomach is full and it wouldn't be a good idea to think about it too hard. If you haven't subscribed to this blog, yet, please do, here.
Good news and bad news. The good news is that there's progress to report! Yeah! I'm on page 109 of what I think is going to be a 275 page book. The bad news is that the more I write, the more the characters require. They don't let me stick to my outline. They insist that their stories are more interesting than I originally gave them credit for, and they demand better representation. The book mostly follows Rima and Ronka from 'Kings of the Red Shell', but there are a few other characters who get a little spotlight time: Jail's father, Driston, King Arisu Mihn, King Pitr of Kergulen, and a new one that I think you'll like, but I don't want to go into in case he ends up getting cut. I hope not, cause he's a really cool man, but the beta readers will help me figure that out. I've been more diligent than ever about working on the book, largely due to those of you who occasionally remind me that you're still waiting. I appreciate your gentle and not so gentle prodding. It motivates me to get to work, and gives me confidence that it's worth the effort. Thanks.
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