It’s been an interesting week here on the rock. We’ve had copious (though generally low intensity) thunderstorms, which makes for lousy satellite internet and a dwindling supply of doggie drugs. The rumbles are due to hit again in about an hour. But the storms are only a small piece of the canine and other mammalian drama (more on the latter later). It seems like there was something else going on, too… Oh yeah—Heir, the final book in my Dead Hollow trilogy is now available! Yahoo! The ebook is everywhere, and the paperback should show up on Amazon any time now, but I’m still waiting for the other POD folks’ proof copy to cross the vast Pacific. And let me tell you, this is a chunk of a book. A door-stopper even. About 500 pages in … [Read more...] about Feral Pig Friday! (Yes, I Have a Book Out, But I Know You’re Really Interested in Piglets)
Guess who’s frizzle-frazzled this week? Honestly, I’d guess at a minimum most people in the United States, but I can say without equivocation that I AM. And how.There’s the baseline political insanity. I don’t talk politics here, but if you’re reading this post far enough in the future that you’re no longer memorably scarred, just an FYI that we’re in the middle of Kavanaugh Confirmation Crazy. (It took remarkable restraint to use the word crazy rather than a much naughtier and far more satisfying word that starts with c and ends with a similar sound.) I’m proud to say I’m very disciplined about my news consumption while working. Unless I’m in the car (wily radio), I don’t check what’s happening until my evening iced coffee, … [Read more...] about How frizzled is your frazzle? Enough to be a Dead Hollow character (or creator)?
We’re still here, and still breathing (sort of) in Lower Puna. I don’t want this to become the weekly lava bulletin, and I don’t want to get sucked down the rabbit hole, so I’ll keep my update relatively brief, with promises for a more in-depth post soon. (I'm also adding Lava blog post categories to the dropdown.) The lava is still flowing, often much faster. It crossed another highway, buried two wells at Puna Geothermal Venture in lava, and is threatening other residential areas, triggering additional evacuations. Seeing a couple of the huge, 40+ passenger Super Stallion military choppers flying overhead this weekend, getting the lay of the land, was both creepy and reassuring. Everyone is on edge enough that I just got a notification … [Read more...] about An Update on Lava and—oh yeah, Writing! With Bonus Crazy Lava Sky Pictures
Last month, I shared a couple of lessons I’d learned in my initial foray into audiobooks. The TLDR version (that’s too long, didn’t read for those of you who actually do read) is first, that an audiobook really is a different book, not just a different format. Think emu versus elephant rather than panther versus cougar. And second, I didn’t grok how individual a reading experience is until listening to my own story performed as an audiobook. You could read over my shoulder, and we’d each still be having a different adventure.Being a writer, essentially thinking your stories are so special that other people should read them, requires a special brand of narcissism. It’s appropriate then that I learned something else that has nothing … [Read more...] about This Audiobook is Rated R (Because I Feel Naked)
Today, I could subject you to one of my Life in Hawaii posts, venting about several days of severe thunderstorms. But since I’ve committed to sharing something you might actually be interested in this week, the Cliff Notes: A tree fell across our driveway while my husband was picking up post-surgery Fritz, a confused Travis pooped in the house again, Fred hovered and vibrated a lot, and the humans had little to no internet. (The latter was the worst.) And I’ll leave you with a blurry image of Fred hiding under the bed. This was on Tstorm Day Three. Yes, he was medicated, and more mellow than he would be on Day Four (also medicated), but he still wanted to be as squished as possible. Now for the big news. May 15th is the official release … [Read more...] about Audiobook Release Date, and What Audiobooks Taught me About Reading (and Vietnamese Food)