Slippery When Snowy, or, Jeeps are Tough

Here in west Michigan, we are in the thralls of a real winter. That means our roads, if not full of snow, are sheets of ice. Yesterday morning, on my way to work at the library, a person pulled out directly in front of me. My Jeep’s left front met her Buick’s right rear. Not the way either of us intended to begin our mornings. 

The person said they didn’t see me and pulled out, catching a glimpse of my Jeep as they committed to going. Neither of us were hurt, but now my beloved Bernadette will look as she does until spring, when we can get a new front clip and fender on her. I am quite happy and relieved that she is drivable, though.

In short, beware pulling out onto a slippery winter road. The snow banks are high at the ends of several local roads here, marring visibility. It’s best to go slowly, and please, for every other drivers’ sake, put your phone away. Nothing is so important that it can’t wait when you are driving on icy and snowy roads. We would all like to make it safely to spring! And no, the person who pulled out in front of me was not on their phone. 

As a point of interest, this the second Jeep Cherokee I’ve owned and been in a front-end crash with. Both took it like champs, but my dark blue one never drove again. That was a much more serious accident, and a blog post for another day. I suggest driving a Jeep, though. Subarus are not the only safe vehicle in a crash, and Jeeps are just plain cooler. 

The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire, #2)

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Back To It

The holidays have come and are just about gone. Today is January first. We took down the Christmas decorations. Tomorrow, I go back to work. The kids and my hubby return to school the day after. Schedules resume, and life goes as if the holidays hadn’t happened. 

But this is the beginning of a new year, and with it, there will be new adventures for us all. My first novel debuts in April. That is an exciting adventure that I can’t wait to go on. There will be new stories to write. When spring comes, there will be trail rides to take. The Silver Lake ORV park will open, and we’ll take our Jeeps out there. Speaking of Bernadette, my ’99 Cherokee, she’s getting a lift to help her negotiate the dunes and trails better.

What you looking forward to in the new year? A new project? A new family member or job? Whatever it is, I wish you all the best!

Lazy Winter Days

The holidays have almost come and gone. Pretty soon we’ll be back to work and school. Right now, though, and for the past couple of days, I’ve been enjoying sitting out in our reading room by the fire, reading, and doing a little writing. It’s been wonderful. 

The weather has been something else. It’s been a few years since west Michigan has seen this amount of snow. It’s absolutely beautiful. I love when the snow sits heavy on the trees, coating them all in white. Probably by the end of February I’ll be ready for it to leave, but for now, I just want to enjoy it. 

Hopefully you too have had some downtime during the craziness of the holiday season. 

I Love Star Wars

I suppose this is the time to confess that I am a Star Wars fangirl. I love all of it: the movies (okay, some more than others, obviously), the books, the comics, the TOYS. Oh man, the toys! In the picture below you see one of my all-time favorite machines: the glorious AT-AT Imperial Walker. This particular one, named Frostbite, is from the LEGO Mini Line (isn’t he cute??). I also own a full-size Walker named Avalanche, and a plush one named Snowball (the AT-ATs in The Empire Strikes Back were part of General Maximilian Veers’s Blizzard Force). 

So yeah. I’m a bit of a fan of George Lucas and his amazing sci-fi/fantasy space opera. My hubby and I have a big Millennium Falcon hanging on our office wall above my desk. Star Wars Funko Pops intermingle with Star Wars action figures. Slave One sits proudly on one of our shelves in the office. My favorite character, you ask? That old chip-off-the-Jango, Boba Fett, ever since his appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. 

Being a fangirl gives me the right to not like everything. I don’t like The Phantom Menace. I’m not a big fan of Rogue One. But Star Wars is such an epic, sweeping story that even given those parts of it I don’t much like, it still topples every other fandom for me. I’m also a Browncoat, Whovian, superhero fan, and proud of it. But ask me for my favorite, the one fandom I couldn’t live without, and Star Wars would win every single time. 

I’m excited for The Last Jedi. I expect good things. We are seeing it Sunday afternoon, so I’ve had to tell others not to give spoilers away. I want to see Rey decide to experiment with the Dark side of the Force. I want to see more of Kylo Ren’s personal conflictions. But most of all?

I want to see those behemoth AT-M6s pounding across the battleground. Why? I am an Empire girl, and my dream job in the Star Wars universe would be an AT-AT driver.

Have a great and blessed weekend, and as always,  MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Lift Gets Launch Date

You know your dream of having your book published is getting real when a book store agrees to hold your launch party. The Book Nook & Java Shop in Montague, MI, has graciously agreed to host Lift’s party, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m already working on giveaways and promotional items for it.

I hope to see you there on April 21st. 

Lift Off!

So just a quick announcement: Lift has been completely edited, and emailed to my publisher. After she reads it, I may have to make some more edits, but even so – Lift has left the desk! It has been a huge undertaking. 

Writing a book is largely a lonely endeavor. It’s just you, some notes, and a blinking cursor. Lift was started in August 2016 and completed in February 2017. It then sat for six or seven weeks before I began the initial edits. My husband, Ryan, was a huge help in the final editing round. He caught things that I hadn’t noticed. 

Now Lift begins the next part of its journey. I am beyond excited to work with K. R. Conway of Wicked Whale Publishing, and to see where this writing venture takes me.