Sunday, November 10, 2019

Birthdays, Books, and Bruno

A few days ago it was Bruno's 1st birthday...

I took him over to the Animal House in Damariscotta and bought him a rope toy and a pig ear. He was very happy. It's hard to believe that he used to look like this:

Oh, and here's Kitten (yes, that's his name, don't judge), waiting for second breakfast

Meanwhile, I've read two more books

Per Wikipedia: "The Lunar Chronicles is a series of young adult science fiction novels written by American author Marissa Meyer. Each book entails a new take on an old fairy tale, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White." Cress is the third book and I highly recommend this series. Great characters, lots of action, romance, and edge of your seat escapes and entanglements. I just started the last book, Winter...

All Systems Red is a completely different book. Per Amazon: "On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.
But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth." This book (novella, really) was a lot of fun, and if you like scifi and interesting bots I would definitely recommend it. There are more stories, including a full length novel, and I'll be putting the whole series on my list.

In writing news I've been diligently working on revisions for BELL, BLACK, & BRIAR, and have winnowed the list of fixes down to four, some easy, some harder:
* Tabitha needs to mention to Beck that she spoke to her father - this is the easiest, just insert a line somewhere
*Dig deeper into Tabitha and Alice - harder because they're both secondary characters but still important
*Beck needs to worry more over his failing aptitude - more time consuming than anything else as it involves going over every scene with Beck
*Explain how Grainne gained control of Marybeth - I think I know how, I just need to figure out how to insert the information properly

Finally, the weather, which is cold and getting colder. We had flurries last week, and I'm back to layering myself (I should just wear a damn snowsuit), which I despise. The good news is I'll get a break next month when I go visit my mom in Florida :)

So. What are you reading? How's the weather your way? What's the last birthday you celebrated? Yours? Someone else's? Was there cake?


  1. Happy birthday, Bruno, you big beautiful boy! And Kitten is so cute!

    It's cold and snowing here. The last birthday I celebrated was My Rare One's.

  2. Happy birthday, pup! My how he's grown.
    Good luck with revisions and bundle warm.

  3. I'm doing a lot of rereading at the moment. A favorite author is reissuing her books with some changes, so I've been picking up the books of hers that I loved. (The ones I didn't love I'm not bothering with the updates.)

    Weather? I'm in a tank top and shorts at the moment...

    My mother's birthday gift just got to her yesterday. Her birthday's in two weeks. I had timed it to get to her nearer her birthday, but silly company shipped it earlier than they said. This is called a good problem.

    1. I'm jealous of your attire. It's my favorite because that means the temperature is perfect. *sigh*

  4. I worked in the yard wearing a short-sleeved shirt in forty degree weather the other day. :) The neighbors must think me nuts, but I overheat so easily. Bruno and Kitten are adorable. Happy Writing!

  5. I'm not doing as much reading lately as I usually like. It's also getting cold in Portland! I like it though.

  6. We just had our first real snow at the end of last week. It looks like we're getting more over the next couple days.

    Your reading sounds like fun. It speaks well that you're inspired to continue with both series.

    1. Very much enjoying both series. We're getting a "wintry mix" tonight without much accumulation.

    2. We're getting a wintry mix tomorrow night. It's been quite a November!

  7. Kitten is a true model indeed, looks a bit like one of my cats Baroness Lyrna, but she is kinda evil, hence her name.

    1. Kitten is very sweet except first thing in the morning when he wakes me up for breakfast!

  8. Great pics! Bruno is so big!! :)
    I'm currently doing NaNo to give myself a mental break before diving back into revisions on another story. Always fun!!
    We're sitting with about 6 inches of snow right now. I was hoping it was going to melt away, but I'm not so sure now...

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  10. Kitten looks like a real hambone the way she's posing for you. And Bruno? Love him! Boxers have always been my favorite breed of dog. I see you didn't have his ears cropped... did you have his tail bobbed? Those little bobbed tails remind me of overgrown hamsters.

    The weather here is still nice. It's in the high sixties right now, but it's supposed to plunge tomorrow for a day or two of winter. :)

    1. Kitten is a boy and no, not posing, rather giving me the look that says his food bowl is empty. As for Bruno, his tail is docked, unfortunately, no doubt done when he was only a few days old. I would've liked him to have his tail. Glad his ears are normal! He's wild at times, but super happy and friendly.

    2. Oh, and he's only half boxer. His dad was a German Shepherd, not that you'd guess. Except he does whistle/whine like a Shepherd.

  11. Looks like you may get some real weather today. Only rain or flurries expected here. I love your masthead picture.

    1. my son took that pic. And yes, we got weather. Not a lot. Just enough to make it miserable. Winter has come much too early.

  12. Bruno is a beautiful dog!


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