This is what's been going on in my life:
1) Still working on Absolution, the third book in the Edgewood series. Compared to book two, this one seems to be taking FOREVER. I don't think it's the book, I think it's me. Writing during the summertime is never ideal what with the distracting sunshine, blooming flowers etc. all of which makes me feel like I should be on vacation. Add that to a few other things I've had happening around here and I admit to getting waylaid on occasion.
Which brings me to...
2) We now have cats. Two of them. Technically they are my daughter's, but since she moved back home, we've sort of embraced them as our own. They've been a delightful addition to the family, but they don't seem to understand office hours and writing novels. This is a terrible picture of them, but I think you can see how cute they are.
For a long time I called them Blacky and Stripey, but their real names are Boo and Zero...
3) I have a new bathroom! Sadly, new bathrooms don't just suddenly exist. There is a process. In our case, the process took five weeks and ended today. The guys who worked on the bathroom were considerate and tried to be quiet and unobtrusive, but still, this project slowed me down some on the writing front.
Here's the old, hideous bathroom complete with yellowed vinyl flooring. The shower was the size of a phone booth, for those of you who remember phone booths. To get the full effect, try to envision the shelves filled with a jumble of stuff. The bathroom fan didn't work properly so I was always fighting a mildew problem as well. I so hated this bathroom.
During the project, the crew set up plastic to delineate the work space, contain the dust etc. It looked like we were under quarantine.
They knocked out a wall to expand the shower. Halfway through the project, it looked like this. Better already!
And when it was done, I had a new bathroom! Before and After:
|Photo credit: Marianne Kohlmann (left), Jake Ruiz (right)|
And a view from the other direction:
|Photo by Jake Ruiz|
The floor can be heated, which will be a welcome feature this winter. And the mirrors over the sink are recessed medicine cabinets, so we have tons of hidden storage now. Credit goes to Quality Remodeling Specialists for creating this wonderful room and to Marianne Kohlmann at Blue Hot Design for her design and her guidance in selecting everything. I can write, but I have no instinct for the visual arts, something for which I am well aware.
So now that the bathroom is done, I'm back to working on Absolution full speed ahead. No more excuses!