How was your 4th? Ours was pretty neat. We could see three fireworks displays at once: Hickam Beach, Pearl Harbor, and Magic Island. We drove out to the beach about 15 minutes before the fireworks began and had a great view over the water of the Hickam display. Fifteen minutes after it started, Magic Island and PH started. We couldn't see those quite as well, but it was still cool. Traffic getting home was a breeze, fortunately, and I thanked my lucky stars when I watched the news later that we did not go to downtown to watch the Magic Island display. People were still trying to get out of there two hours after the fireworks ended.
Around the ‘sphere this morning, I've recently discovered a new-to-me site: The Writing Playground. They have a recent interview up with Brenda Chin, Harl Blaze editor extraordinaire. And, best of all, these ladies are members of the Heart of Dixie chapter, which is the chapter I will join when I get to Alabama. Looks like a fun crowd. 🙂
Bookseller Chick had this link to a USA Today article about paranormal romance. Fascinating.
Now that it's July, you know what that means. Yes, countdown to the RWA National Conference in Atlanta at the end of the month. I've managed to be an RWA member for quite a few years now and still haven't gone to National. I thought this year would be the year. Nope, not with a retirement and cross-ocean move coming up. Maybe next year. (Which is what I say every year.)
Countdown to retirement: approx 4 months. Countdown to move: approx 4.5 months. Countdown to thesis due in library, finalized version: 3 months. Countdown to first draft due to mentor: 3 weeks. Countdown to me getting my butt off the computer and into high gear: .5 seconds.
you need a Drill Sargeant to get you moving…
Up up UP 🙂
And I just spent 3 hours on the phone with my parents. THREE HOURS! Mike is off tomorrow because of his company picnic, which we are obligated to go to. And then the weekend, which has my RWA meeting and a must-see movie (Pirates). It’ll be Monday before I get back to the thesis! But I did write a page yesterday. 🙂
Tell me what you think of pirates.. I really liked the first one. 🙂
We didn’t see it yet, Cyn! They were forming a line over an hour before the movie started (the previous one was sold out) and we said no way, we’re not standing in this heat and sun for an hour or more before going inside. We’ll go this weekend, maybe, or one night this week. 🙂
OMG, I go underground for a few weeks and look what news I miss. You won’t be that far away from ME! I’m on a private group with several of The Writing Playground ladies. They’re terrific.
If you want to prep yourself for the move with some southern reading, check out the recommendations on my blog.
Hey, Carol! Yep, I’m coming your way, heading for Huntsville, AL. It was a recent decision, based on many factors, including cost of living, home prices, and family. I’m sad to leave Hawaii, and I know I’ll feel homesick for it, but it’s a good move for many other reasons.
I’ve been remiss in visiting blogs recently, working on my thesis, but I’ll get over to yours and check out your recommendations!