Good morning! Here’s what it looks like as I write to you. I’m going to miss this lovely little view. Our cozy cabin in the foggy redwoods.
One week from today, Mr. Al and I will be in our new home, with two folding chairs, an inflatable bed and the Kuerig coffeemaker. I’ve got my priorities. Two days later, we should have all our other stuff.
Oh, and our seven hungover critters will also be with us. Yep. For a 10-hour drive with three big dogs and four cats—all in the back of a Kia Sportage–we thought it’d be best to tranquilize them. Depending on the animal, the dose should last 4 to 12 hours. I do hope it is more like 12 hours. Whatever happens, it will definitely be an adventure. And, I should have all sorts of dos and don’ts to share with you when next we speak.
The Sportage will house the animals. Its roof, our canoe. And in the trailer it will be pulling are the things the movers can’t move—my oil paints, our three plants (my thumb? Notsogreen,) Mr. Al’s antique bricks (don’t say anything—I tried already,) cleaning products, and whatever else we’ve forgotten to put into a box.
Last night my Sensei dropped by for a last conversation. Yesterday afternoon, I went over to visit a very dear friend, spent more time there than I probably should. Lots of good-byes.
Doors closing, doors opening.
Last Sunday, I introduced you to Meena, the leader of Meena’s Troupe of Sky Dancers who rescued Angel from death at the slave markets of Pernaan. I gotta say, I really loved describing the gypsy life of the Sky Dancer. They have a gathering once a year on Cinnibar, the birthplace of Sky Dancing. It’s like this huge acrobatic party in the middle of the desert where only Dancers can go, both current and retired. All Sky Dancers, all ages. During the three weeks, the different troupes have friendly competitions and buy and sell techniques. Talk shop. Party. Share stories. Dance. Made me want to be a Sky Dancer myself.
My manuscript is in the capable hands of my editor who will be passing it onto my proofreader while I’m without internet. Mr. Al has finished his design of the book cover and the title page. All is on target for the October 31st pub date.
Here’s the rest of Meena’s Troupe:
Shrim, who wants to retire. He’s training Angel to take his place.
Trask. Gruff and brash. Hides a big heart.
Dag. Sensitive and shy. Was raised in a Sky Dancing breeder facility. Still has nightmares.
And the girls….
Bluu and Blade who are as close as sisters…
Pruitt (Pru) and Ping
Have a great week, peeps! I doubt I’ll be able to write much next Sunday, if at all. But one never knows…