Mi Vida Loca

My goofy, crazy life just keeps on trucking.

We are getting ready to take The Boy to soccer camp at a nearby university (will say where after he’s back) soon, getting geared up for the upcoming conventions/appearances, and getting ready for fall. (Yeah, I know, it seems early.) The Boy is already in cross country practices, we are hoping for soccer schedules soon, and he starts junior high this fall, so even more crazy to come with activities and sports and events and such.

We’ve got peppers coming in our garden, and I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to seeding them, stuffing them with cream cheese, possibly wrapping them in bacon, and tossing them on the grill. YUM.

Elizabeth the amazing whiny cat is CONE-FREE!! We’ve FINALLY found flea treatment and allergy proof food that is WORKING! Other than the hair filling in on the last bald spots, she’s 100% back to her former whiny minion glory, and is terrorizing sunbeams and catnip toys like a champ. This has been a fight nearly half of her life to find a combination that would not result in major itching, bald spots, hot spots, and allergic reactions. I think a lot of her problem also had to do with stress (we moved twice, the wedding planning taking over the house, the guys moving in, and us doing some remodeling did not help), but she’s doing WELL. We’ve got some children’s Benedryl to deal with the rough spots (with the blessing of the vet, by the way, don’t use this on your own animals without talking to your vet), and she’s back to her original, spaz-like cat self.

I’m also working diligently on TWO (cuz I’m crazy like that) different novel projects. Definitely getting the opening of THE BUNYON BARTER going, but also making progress on the soggy middle (it always feels that way, no matter whether it’s good or not) of the Demon project I’ve been batting around for YEARS. I’m changing the working title of it. Some of you might definitely have heard me talk about it as Demon Busters, but it needs a better, catchier title. Current working title is GIRL VERSUS DEMON; DEMON DEADLY SINS. I’d love to turn this into a Girl versus Demon series. Drop me a comment and let me know what you think.

Everyone is good at Chez King, if a bit frazzled by our insane schedule. I wonder sometimes how my folks did it with three of us. Of course, the three of us were generally running in similar (if not overlapping directions) so I’m sure it helped, but I’m in awe of my parents (and my in-laws, who also had three kids) and how they kept up with it all.

The Silence in the Library Kickstarter for HEROES! was incredibly successful! Stay tuned here for details, and THANK YOU ALL FOR SUPPORTING IT!!

For those of you who might be heading to Fandom Fest in Louisville, KY the first weekend in August, stop by my booth and say hi! Husband is going with me for ALL THREE DAYS! He’s a relative fantasy con newbie…so let’s show him just how cool it all is!

 

 

Conference Essentials

I blog, and guest blog, and talk, and well, I guess I just never shut up, about being prepared to attend a conference. Some of the absolute best connections I’ve made have been at conferences, along with new friends, and I just can’t bring myself to stop talking about all the things that make it worth it to spend the time.

Here, in a nutshell, is my list of must-packs…whether the con is in your backyard or across the country. Print the list and refer to it while you pack.

  • Notepad and pens/pencils/other writing implement. And have extra, because the minute you have notes to take or inspiration hits, your pen will malfunction. I take my netbook, but I generally don’t use it for taking notes at a conference; I use it to work in between panels if I have a good idea.

 

  • Allergy meds and prescription meds. You are not suddenly sixteen again with the immune system of solid iron. Be a grown up about this. ALSO, take some form of headache medication (Advil, Tylenol, or similar), stomach settling medication (Pepto-Bismol or Tums), and it doesn’t hurt to take some cold medicine (Sudafed or Benedryl, or similar). The minute you think you don’t need it is when you’ll end up sitting next to Typhoid Mary. You don’t need a lot; a couple of travel packs of each are enough, normally, to get you through to where you might have a chance to get for yourself if you need more. Doesn’t hurt to take a couple of Band-Aids.

 

  • Refillable water bottle, because water at a conference or hotel is obscenely expensive, and you can’t live on coffee and Diet Coke, no matter hard I try. If needs be, you can pack your toothbrush and toothpaste inside, in a Ziploc baggie, to save space.

 

  • Mints, Listerine breath strips, or other breath-freshening item is a must. If you get a chance to pitch your stuff, you will get nervous, and you will get dry mouth, which will give you bad breath. Cough drops will work too, as well as hard candy, but I don’t really like the idea of smelling like menthol, because it gives the impression that I’m sick. My go-to is Altoids (which I chew up immediately) or Listerine breath strips.Chomping on gum, or the clacking of a hard candy on your teeth can give a non-professional appearance.

 

  • Paper copy of first chapter, synopsis, and a current draft of your query letter. These are my cheat sheets if I get an unexpected chance to pitch my work. And you might find someone willing to look it over and give you notes. (Sometimes I take two copies…one to use for pitches and one to get notes on).

 

  • Enough clothing/underwear/socks to have a new outfit every day. Yes, you are a writer, and you are a professional (whether you’re getting paid pro rates or not). There are stories about weird writer quirks, but there’s a scene in Bull Durham about the rookie having fungus on his shower shoes, and how if he makes it to the big leagues, it makes him “colorful”. In the minors, he’s just a slob. Please don’t be that slob, even if you do rate the big leagues.

 

  • Take at least one extra shirt, one extra pair of pants, and a sweatshirt. This is in case of spills that require more than a sink rinse and overnight dry. And conference rooms will ALWAYS be colder than you expected.

 

  • Two pairs of comfortable shoes. I’m really not kidding about this one. I went to a conference and thought I was wearing a comfortable pair, but had not anticipated the amount of walking. I was glad I had another option.

 

  • Double check to make sure you have all the hygiene items you need. And I’m not just talking about the ladies. You are not the Wild Man from Borneo. If you need hair gel and hairspray, make sure you have it. And yes, everyone will appreciate it if you wear deodorant. You wouldn’t think I would have to say this, but sadly, I do. And please remember that you should brush your teeth.

 

  • Is there a dressed-up event at the con? If so, don’t forget appropriate attire/shoes/jewelry for this. Most don’t involve something like this, but some do.

 

  • Business cards, bookmarks, promo items, etc. Whether published or not, a business card is not a bad thing. The agents and editors probably don’t want it, but the group you were networking with at the bar the last night might want to contact you on Facebook later. If you’re published, bring the kinds of things you can put in someone’s hands at a con. I carry bookmarks, small giveaways, and some kind of candy giveaway. DON’T do this if you’re not published; it smacks of trying too hard, and you’re spinning your wheels promoting something that someone can’t buy yet.

 

  • Cash. I don’t mean a lot, but I do mean enough that you can hail a taxi, buy a book, or tip the valet at the hotel.

 

  • Driver’s License or State ID card. Many conferences that you pre-register for make you prove that you are you before they let you have the badge you paid for. This is a good thing. Also bring a credit card, for the just-in-case type of emergency. I don’t like to carry a whole purse, but I’ll carry a small wallet, or just slip these things in a pocket for easy access. For me, that is. ;-)

 

  • Phone and/or other electronics chargers. And if you have a lot of these, take your own surge protector.

 

These are the absolute minimum. It’s sad that I have to say this, but I do. Hey, I’m not a fashion plate by any means, but I want an editor or agent actually paying attention to my pitch or my pages rather than wrinkling their nose at bad breath, body odor, or seeing me with stains all over myself. I’m a clutz.

Writers Have Lives Too

I don’t care how close to me that you are. I don’t care if you are my mother, my grandmother, my siblings, my cousins, my bestest of the bestest friend, or my third cousin’s brother’s half-sister’s stepdaughter’s college roommate.

My day job is NOT as a writer. I still work a full time job, a couple of part time jobs, plus the writing.

It is wildly inappropriate to show up at my day job and expect me to drop everything to give you advice on how to get your book published.

I have a website. My email is on the website. In fact, just to be clear, I’ll list it here again…

addiejking AT gmail.com (insert @ character in appropriate place…trying not to encourage spam. We all get enough of that).

My email gets checked multiple times during the day; on breaks, at lunch, after work, and before and after I go to bed at night. I’m always available to give advice if someone contacts me in that way, but it might take a few days, depending on my schedule, the Husband’s schedule, and The Boy’s schedule. They come first,always.

My co-workers should not have to deal with this. They have plenty of other things that need to get done every day, and they are not paid to handle this kind of request. Luckily, they did not have a huge line of people at the time that this person came in.

If you are close enough to me to 1) know where I work, 2) know what I do, and 3) think I’d drop everything during the day to talk to you, then you ALSO know that I’m not a writer from 8-4 pm; I’m working the day job.

Look, guys, I love to talk writing. I really really do. I’m happy to give advice; heck I spend tons of time doing so at conferences, in emails, at writer’s workshops, etc. I LIKE helping writers…lots of them have helped me.

I mentioned on a panel at Origins that it was okay to ask a writer if they had time to read stuff from an aspiring writer. I stand by that advice. I also declined when someone in the audience asked me to do so, because my schedule does not currently permit it, but I encouraged them to keep asking. Six months from now? Who knows. And someone else might have a schedule that fits earlier than I do. I know lots and lots of writers who have taken someone under their wing. Someone did that with me. I will likely do so myself. It just isn’t going to happen at the moment.

Let me be clear…the person who asked at Origins was NOT the person who showed up at my day job.

It’s okay to ask. It’s NOT okay to show up at their day job and want to talk about publishing. Period. (Please everyone, keep in mind, that most everyone out there has rules about discussing outside work on company time. If you get a writer disciplined from their day job, or even fired, they will not be happy to give you advice.)

 

Schedule Updatery

HOLY STINKIN’ CRIMINETLY BATMAN!!

So I’ve been a bit behind at getting my schedule up for this year. Here’s a rundown of where I’ve been, where I’m going, and what’s going on. I’m tired just thinking about it all!

Millenicon

I was at Millenicon in March…first time ever at that convention and had an awesome time. Sold a bunch of books, talked to a lot of people, and got to stay with my AWESOME Brother and Sister In Law in Cincinnati while I was there. You guys rock.

Conglomeration

Was just there last weekend…in between The Boy’s first soccer game of the season, and the King family Easter gathering. Interesting con, with lots of interesting people, and a lot of fun. This is one of the smaller ones I’ve been to, but that doesn’t mean it was a bad thing! Lot of fun people, lots of new leads…and even some ideas (Thanks Dave Mattingly…I’ve got some research to do now!)

Dayton Book Expo

My next appearance is the Dayton Book Expo on May 3, 2014 at the Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. I’ll also be on a panel at 11:15 a.m. in Room 116 on the Inspiration of Writing. Remember, Dayton peeps, I’ll be there selling PRINT copies of my DAYTON BASED book series…and admission to the Expo is FREE for readers to get in! (books not included…lol)

MARCon

I’ll be at the Multiple Alternative Realities Convention in Columbus, Ohio on May 9-11, 2014. (AND will be dragging Husband and The Boy around that weekend as well. Stop and say hi!) Here’s my tentative schedule for the weekend

FRI4:00PMUnion ALiterary-WritersCooking Up Characters

FRI7:00PMUnion BMedia-FanDown and Out in Storybrooke

SAT11:30AMRegency BallroomAutographs

Saturday 11:30 am Autographs

SAT2:30PMUnion BMedia-FanHeroine Addict: Take Two

SAT7:00PMUnion CLiterary-Readers*m* Fairy Tales vs. Fantasy in Literature

SAT10:00PMUnion BMedia-Fan“I Hate You, Joss Whedon!”

SUN10:00AMKnoxLiterary-Writers*m* Story Structure

Origins

I’ll be at Origins Game Fair again this year as well, on panels, doing a reading, and selling books. Just got the tentative schedule for that as well…

Thursday 3 pmRoom B Heroes, Villains, and Antiheroes

Friday10 am Room B Writing Romance

Friday4:00 p.m. Room B Governments and Law

Friday5:00 p.m. Room B Outfitting your Characters

Friday7:00 p.m. Room A Story Hour (Reading)

Saturday2:00 p.m. Room B Writers and the Art of Time Management

Saturday4:00 p.m. Room B Social Media and the Writer

Sunday (no panels but will be in the dealers room!)

Art Affair on The Square (Urbana, Ohio)

I will be at the Library tent in front of the old Douglas Inn, selling books and giving away something fun…stop and say hi!

Fandom Fest

August 1-3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky, Husband and I will be manning a table in the dealer’s room with books to sell and lots to talk about. More details to come.

Yellow Springs Book Fair

Hoping to be here for the day…more details as I get them

Context

Columbus, Ohio September 26-28, 2014..more details to come as I get them.

And this might not be all! If you’re local to the Champaign County, Ohio area, I will likely try to host an event with the Champaign County library when I get a release date for book 3, THE WONDERLAND WOES.

And this DOESN’T include all the non-writing related craziness. The Boy just started his spring soccer season, we’re trying to somewhere plan a family vacation, and Husband is itching to get out his Model T to drive around. More to come as more information firms

 

 

 

 

Convention Season is Here!

So…still have lots of plans hanging out in the air, but boy have I been busy!

I’m in the midst of edits on THE WONDERLAND WOES…due for release from Musa Publishing this year. This is book three of my series, that started with THE GRIMM LEGACY.

I’m also deep in the soggy middle (as every writer thinks of the middle of a manuscript) of a yet-to-be sold anywhere novel. More later…as I get the thing finished! I’ve been working on it off and on for a long time, but it keeps getting shunted aside as contracted deadlines always take precedence.

I’m working the full time job and the part time job.

And when not working…we are planning our garden for this year. The Boy and I have planted 144 plants in trays from seed, in order to try to grow a few vegetables and herbs and to save on the marigolds I buy every year (they help control the mosquitoes in the back yard, and when you have a goldfish pond, anything to cut down on the mosquitoes in the summer is a good thing!) The Boy is getting geared up for spring soccer, and we have been doing various home improvement project around the house. Husband is starting to itch to get his Model T out for the spring, but until the weather gets more consistent, it’s staying where its at.

But the biggest thing to explode is my schedule…and that’s not a bad thing! It’s time for conferences!

My first one of the year is Millenicon, which starts tomorrow.

My schedule is as follows;

Friday      9 pm   Fantasy vs. Dark Fantasy vs. Horror

Saturday 1 pm  Storytelling in Three Acts

Saturday  4 pm Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading

Sunday      12 noon Once Upon a Time in Millenicon

More appearances to come…as things get firmed up!

 

 

Updatery

I’ve been very silent on this blog, because life reached up and grabbed me by the throat, and is still not quite letting go.

This year has been one for serious ups and downs.

I got married on May 11, 2013 to the most caring, loving, funny man I could ever find. I’m so thrilled to be married to him. This is us on our wedding day.

641

 

224

516

Yes, we had a wonderful wedding, with vintage cars and all kinds of family. I’ve got gobs and gobs of awesome photos…but I tend not to post too many pictures of other people unless they know about it…and are okay with it. The Boy was the best man, my Sister was the matron of honor, and my Nephew was the ring bearer. It was a perfect day, and I’m thrilled for it!

On the other hand, some of you may have known that I was pregnant this year as well. I had a very difficult pregnancy, diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (the same thing that Kate MIddleton had, by the way…which is so not glamorous…basically consists of vomiting twenty times a day, at least for me, and losing almost twenty percent of my body weight). It did not, however, have a good outcome. My daughter, Allison Jane, was stillborn in July. By the time I was home from the hospital, I had lost 40 pounds. That, in itself, is a long and complicated story, and one of these days, I will post it, but not today.

I’ve pretty much recovered from the whole thing…including gaining back weight, you know, from eating actual food again without getting sick. We are doing well, and life has continued. We are actually even stronger as a family, as a couple, and as people…and for those of you who know me well, and know my husband, and the two of us together…know we were pretty darn strong anyway, but it is nice to know that in adversity, we turned to each other instead of away from each other.

I very much appreciate all the kind wishes and thoughts and prayers we’ve received in the meantime.

As for the writing…

I’m working on THE WONDERLAND WOES…book three of THE GRIMM LEGACY series.

I’m working on my conference schedule for next year…more to come as that firms up.

I’m also working off and on on two other novel projects…that are still really in the early early stages of messiness…one of which is about 1/3 of the way done…the other much less so, but still in the very distracting LOOK AT ME stage of cool ideas. You know…the kind that distract from what you really SHOULD be working on…

Anyway, I’m working on catching up on a whole lot of things that fell by the wayside while I was sick. I’m still behind on a lot, but I’m digging out. It helps that I’ve had some awesome friends and family who have helped out huge.

We have lots of plans and lots of things in the mix. We’ve got holidays and house projects, deadlines and other things to keep us busy for a good long time. We’ve talked with our pastor, with a counselor, and with each other until late in the night. We’re okay.

On Being and Attorney and an Author…

Because it’s come up a time or two, I thought I’d take the time to lay all this out for anyone who might want the clarification.

1)      You work for the government. Does that mean that you don’t take on any private legal work?

NO. I do take on some private legal work. I am selective about what I take on, because I do have a full time day job, and a part time evening job (the writing) and a family. If I were to take on a matter that involved a lot of court appearances during times I was supposed to be at my desk, or took on something that conflicted with my day job, that might cause an issue. There’s also the time issue. My supervisor knows I take on some private stuff. She is not privy to ANYTHING that would violate the attorney/client privilege. At this point, however, I have advised her (and she’s okay with the idea) that I can/will take on the following types of work…

  • Simple Estates (non-trust)
  • Living Wills
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Business advice from a legal perspective
  • Paperwork/Document/Contract review
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Debt Recovery

I generally do not take on anything involving domestic relations work privately, since it could impact/conflict with my day job responsibilities. There are some exceptions, but not many. I am willing to consider other matters, but would likely refer you to a colleague if it involved something I did not feel comfortable doing. And if you ask me for a referral when I’m working the day job, I will only give you the name and number of our current county bar association president, because I cannot give recommendations when I’m representing a public agency.

2)      I’m in another state, but you’re an author and an attorney. Can you review my publishing contract?

My knee jerk response here is no.

I’m not a literary agent. I’m an attorney, licensed solely in the State of Ohio. I’m not licensed in any other state. There are only a few publishers who are a) based in Ohio, or b) contractually state that their contracts are subject to Ohio law. Not just one, but TWO of those are my own publishers. Talk about conflict.

If you ask me as an author whether I have a problem with a specific clause in a contract, I’d probably give you my take on it. But, it’s not legal advice, you’re not my client, and I’m definitely not representing you against a publisher who I might have a fiduciary (that means financial) relationship with. No-sir-ee Bob. Not gonna happen.

Guess what? Author me knows more about publishing contracts than lawyer me. Most literary agents probably know them better than general practice lawyers.

3)      You’ve spoken about legal things on panels at conferences. Does that mean you’re giving legal advice?

Nope. Not even close. And in fact, if you’ve been to those panels, you’ve also heard me (and other panelists in the same boat of attorney and author) give the disclaimer that I/we don’t represent anyone sitting in to listen to the panel, that there is no attorney/client relationship, and/or that you should read/vet/clarify/research any of the issues we discuss on your own. We generally talk about boring stuff, like contracts and clauses and rights and reversion and stuff. It’s not legal advice. It’s about general information. Anyone getting into this crazy business of writing NEEDS to learn how to read a contract for themselves, period, at minimum so that they know the right questions to ask before signing on the dotted line. And those panels talk about generalities, not the application of a specific contract to a specific project, so they’re not designed to be one-size-fits-all approach to the specific needs of individual writers…only to hit the highlights of what to be wary of.

4)      What if I pay you?

Dude, if you hire me for legal services, I will charge you. Only a small handful of people that are my parents, grandmother, future in-laws, or siblings get free or family rate legal services from me. There may be a time or two that I agree to do some pro bono (that means free) legal work for something outside the family, but that generally involves my church, or some charity, or specific negotiation and a darn good reason. 

I have done some legal work on a barter system. That does not mean I’m going to do a ton of it. Generally it’s for people with a specific problem, who also have a skill I either don’t have, or don’t have the time to figure out. This isn’t something that I do a lot of.

5)      So, why don’t you list the names of lawyers you’d recommend on your website?

Um, no. First of all, there’s not an attorney in my county that I would feel bad about recommending. They all do a good job. But I’m not running an advertising service. I’m running a writing blog and website. Second, the day job is for a public entity. I’m not allowed to make recommendations as a government lawyer. It’s different if a) you’re my sister/real life friend/brother/future sibling-in-law/future parents-in-law/neighbor/Mom/Grandma/aunt/uncle/cousin and b) want a recommendation for a specific matter. Then I can safely say that you should call Mr. X or Ms. Y, because they’re awesome at ABC, and I don’t know that area of the law, or I can’t handle that kind of case.

This website is also NOT the place to contact me about private legal work. Best place is probably addiejking AT gmail DOT com (spelled out to avoid spammers), but understand that my time is limited, I’m under editing deadlines at the moment, I have other clients, and I have an upcoming wedding. I’m very likely to tell you at the moment that I’m as busy as I can stand right now, and that you should seek other counsel or give me a couple of months to dig out before asking again.

 

MARCon

This weekend will be my second MARCon. I had a ball last year, and am totally looking forward to seeing what kind of craziness goes on this year.

The first panels start at 4 pm on Friday, and run through Sunday afternoon. For the cost, you can’t get a better deal for an entire weekend of coolness and geekery. The only drawback is that it’s also Easter weekend, which means, of course, that there are also family gatherings and traditions to consider, but this conference is in Columbus, Ohio, which is practically in my own backyard, so I can pull off both. YAY!!

My conference schedule is as follows…

Friday

4 pm                      Union C                                                Twilight’s Relationships: Tender or Toxic?

7 pm                      Union B                                                Once Upon a Time: Evil Isn’t Born, It’s Made

11:30 pm              Union C                                                (moderating) Violence in Urban Fantasy

 

Saturday

10 am                    Taft A-B                                                Reading from “The Grimm Legacy”

2:30 pm                Regency Ballroom                         Autograph Session

5:30 pm                Union B                                                The Grimmest Kind of Love

7 pm                      Union C                                                (moderating) Superheroes: Prose only, Please

 

I will not be at the conference on Sunday due to Easter and family gatherings.

This is also a conference where I’m not staying at the hotel. I’m driving back and forth to the conference, because 1) it’s cheaper. One tank of gas to get back and forth for two days is cheaper than getting a hotel room, 2) I miss my guys when I’m gone (i.e., BF and The Boy) and 3) it’s also easier to make sure we’ve got everything ready for Easter when I do it this way.

Yeah, I’m a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to getting the biggest bang for my buck. I’ve blogged before about going to conferences without needing to file bankruptcy, and here I go again. The conference has already said it is serving breakfast in the consuite for con goers. The hotel is offering food and beverage discounts to con goers who show their badges. It pays to pay attention at conferences…you just never know what kinds of things might be available to you. I’m not saying not to have fun…I’m saying that you just never know what you might be able to get yourself into…if you don’t go with some kind of plan.

If you’re in Columbus this weekend, stop on by, get your geek on, and say hello!

 

WHEW!

Life is what happens when you’re looking the wrong way…or something like that.

Well, last week was INSANE.

I was obsessing over the last details of THE ANDERSEN ANCESTRY last week (yup, hit my deadline. Yay me!), when everything else seemed to be exploding at the same time.

Last Wednesday, the day before the book was due, I thought I was doing pretty darn good. I’d gotten up that morning and everyone in my household was getting things together and out the door early. That doesn’t always happen. The one snag was getting after The Boy for putting his shoes up on the couch as I was reaching for my own shoes…

Only to find, when I got to the office, that I was wearing two different shoes. Both black, both platform heels of the same height…but one was a Mary Jane style shoe and one was a penny loafer style shoe. What still amazes me is that I’d grabbed a right shoe and a left shoe and put them on, walked to the car, drove to the office, and then got halfway to the office door before I realized I’d done it. Oops.

Thursday morning, BF said he wasn’t feeling well. I’d mentioned that I had a hearing that morning, and was running around like mad (and of course, checking my shoes) to make sure I had time to go to the office first. As we all ran out the door, we found that I had a flat tire. And I’m not talking about a low tire…I’m talking flat-as-a-pancake. Turned out I’d somehow picked up a roofing nail in my tire, without realizing it. BF had me hop in his car, and he dropped me at the office after he dropped The Boy at school. He asked for my key, and I gave it to him.

What I didn’t think about was that my door handle was not working correctly, so the key wouldn’t work. I hadn’t given him the keyfob thingy, so he couldn’t get in the car. Instead, he couldn’t even get inside the car to drive it to the tire place with the spare on because he couldn’t get inside the car. Before I knew it, he’d dropped the key at my office…but I had no idea where my car was. He headed on to work, and ended up busy, so I couldn’t get an answer about where to find my car…I was even calling the tire place asking if they knew where my car was. (It was still at home, since he couldn’t move the car itself he took the tire off, took it to the store, had them patch it, came back, and put it back on the car.)

Friday, I realized about halfway through the day that I’d left my wallet at home. Of course that was the day that I’d planned to do the after work grocery run.

And then, just Tuesday morning, we got skunked.

I’m not kidding.

A skunk sprayed the side of the house right behind the kitchen windows, near the sunroom (which BF corrects me, and he’s right…it’s now really the Man Cave). We don’t know why. We don’t know what for. We do know, however, that it must have been REALLY upset. I have a theory that one of the neighborhood cats might have ticked it off right beside our house, but I don’t know that for sure (I just know that I’m constantly chasing cats out my backyard).

Two days later, I’ve got bowls of white vinegar all over the house. I’ve got a couple of small plates of coffee grounds sitting out as well to soak up odors. We have a trap set beside the house to catch the skunk, and I’m planning to scrub the house from top to bottom when it’s caught and gone. We’ve changed the furnace filters, and we’ve Febreeze-d the house within an inch of its life. Elizabeth the fuzzy minion has been CLINGY beyond belief, because, of course, she’s stuck here all day smelling it while we get out and go to work.

I’m so paranoid about smelling like skunk that I’m Lysol-ing and Febreeze-ing myself on a regular basis. I think its just stuck in my nose and I can’t get it out.

So…if you were to walk by my desk at work and smell lavender, it’s the air freshener and odor neutralizer I’m keeping on my desk, and I’m using enough of it to neutralize just about the worst smells you could imagine.

On the other hand…it is getting somewhat better.

So who’s got a good de-skunking idea? Remember…I don’t want to use tomato juice because it stains, and because the skunk didn’t actually spray the inside of the house. It’s just the odor to get rid of inside the house.

Any suggestions?

Quick Updatery

Life is a whirlwind at the moment. Between keeping up with work stuff, keeping up with The Boy’s soccer games, and the recent round of upper respiratory crud (doctor informed me Friday that I wasn’t quite at bronchitis yet, but definitely heading in that direction), and working diligently toward hitting my deadline on THE ANDERSEN ANCESTRY, life’s been a bit goofy/crazy/all over the place.

BF and I have both had the sinus/upper respiratory crud, which meant that we had a fairly quiet Valentine’s Day, but a good day, nonetheless. We celebrated by exchanging small gifts (a necklace with a frog on it from him; a box of Marie’s Candies from me) and then dinner at the local restaurant where we had our first date. And then, home, to take more cold medicine and crash. Yeah, we are an exciting couple!

I do have a few appearances coming up. Here’s the first one…

March 5, 2013 I will be one of the local authors at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center in Springfield, Ohio from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Click here to see details. It’s open to the public, but they do want to know how many to expect, so RSVP on the site.

I am hoping to make several appearances at different conferences, etc. this year, and probably going to be at even more than normal, but still firming up details on all of them, so I don’t want to post until we’ve got some finality. More to come.

More to be announced as details firm up…