Don't forget about the book signing at Bookman's at the corner of Speedway and Wilmot on Saturday, Apr 27 from noon to 3. This signing is mostly for children's books, and I'll have signed copies of Penelope the Pooting Spider. Of course I'll have my other books, but not on display. Those are for the moms and dads. See you there.

Also, June 8 in Pinetop, AZ I'll be attending a fair at the White Mountain Nature Center. Pinetop is a nice place to be in June.

The children's book and the environmental nature of Penelope the Pooting Spider has drawn attention. I think the environmental nature of Sea Species was lost in the sci-fi world. 

I haven't been just snoozing. I've got a book signing at Bookman's east on Speedway and Wilmot in Tucson on April 27 from noon to 3:00. It's a children's book festival. I've also been asked to hold down a table at the Friends of the Environment festival in Pinetop on June 8. Penelope the Pooting Spider does have an environmental message for kids. It hasn't changed my granddaughter's opinion of bugs, though. I gotta work on her about that. That's a good time to be in Pinetop. SO COME VISIT.

Editing and rewriting continues on Risen from the Dead. I'm hoping that it will be out this summer. It will be a good beach read, or cabin read. Lots of work yet to do on it.

Finished the first draft of Risen from the Dead. I looked back when I started this book, and it's been a long haul. Tall Grass Editing co op is about 2/3 through, then I go through again (I've already started) then it goes to my editor then I go through it again. WHEW! Steve and I are working on cover design now. Lots of work and there's room for more Nick and Kiki adventures.

My friend and author guru for me, Melinda Rucker Haynes has a new  book coming out, and I LOVED THIS BOOK! It's called Bitten and it's about a menopausal vampire. Kristen kicks ass and takes no caca from anyone. I laughed until I cried. Look for this book. YOu won't be disappointed.

I got a review in the Az Daily Star on Penelope the Pooting Spider. Here it is, though my insert abilities are REALLY limited.]

I'm getting pretty close to finishing first draft of Risen from the Dead. So far I'm at 82300 words, but that may change. I suspect that more may be added but some subtracted during editing. I tend to cut descriptions and scenes short in writing because I have the images in my head, but need to flesh them out for the readers. Tall Grass editing co op helps with that. It's a great group.

I'm still formulating what happens at the end of Risen from the Dead. I need it to tie into The Envoy, and the Prophet is the character that is central, along with Ron Carson. Those two characters are in both series. The ending also leaves room for more Nick and Kiki stories.

My friend Alexis Powers has decided to write her TRUE memoir. The one she wrote years ago was a PG rated bit of fluff, while her life has been R or even X rated. SO, I'm going to help her write the Juicy scenes. I'm really looking forward to that. She's exceptionally fun to be around. Her stories of her past are definitely R rated, and contain adventures (that a literary word for indulgences that you'll have to read the book to learn about. I'll have to seek assistance from Robyn Lester to give these scenes the proper feminine slant. This is going to be a blast.

Risen from the Dead just got a little longer. I've a new ending that is quite different from the old one and requires me to add a few chapters. It will put a new slant on the Prophet and the Director. I'm still struggling with getting Penelope the Pooting Spider out. In fairness, it was my error. i WANT THAT BOOK OFF MY WORK SPACE! 

I've been pondering the tie-in between the Dead series and the Evolution River series. Last night about 2 am I think I have it, and characters will change. Still working out the details, but the frame is there. It will leave the door open for more adventures of Nick and Kiki. The tie-in happens in the transition in time between the end of Sea Species and the beginning of The Envoy.

Meanwhile, I resubmitted the epub file of Penelope because Kobo claimed the fonts weren't embedded properly.

I'm waiting for normal to return after the holidays. Hasn't happened yet. Meanwhile, I'm pushing myself to keep writing on Risen from the Dead. The book has 90 chapters so far and about 300 pages, so I am getting close. Your responses tell me that the adventures of Nick and Kiki should go on, so I'm putting together another tale, which means I need to tailor the ending of Risen from the Dead (She won't be killed off) and create the setting for more. I really don't like series where there are miraculous appearances of protagonists. It's too contrived.

I do keep revisiting the Evolution River Series in my mind. I'm reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, and the thoughts about God are parallel to those in my series in a lot of ways. It is amazing to me how close, actually. The dystopian society she creates is scary real. 

The struggle with getting the e-book version of Penelope the Pooting Spider out continues. Now there seems to be a problem with the not correctly embedded fonts in the epub file. UGH! This is the project that will never finish.

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