We are missing out on the snow, again. Our weather here this week has been extra-messed-up–mid-week it was 60, before the temps plummeted and we got a couple inches of heavy, wet snow that melted already, because the temperatures went back up into the 50s. I want a real winter! Right now, it’s raining and looks like an early spring day more than a mid-winter day. Of course, if we were a few states north, we would be getting buried in snow, and I would be thrilled about it.
So, what is a rainy Sunday good for? Plenty, I suppose, like household chores and reading. Or visiting with family. My day will probably combine some of the latter and a few of that first item. And hopefully later some writing time before the second half of The Walking Dead season begins and our whole family settles in to watch.
I’m going to miss seeing some reader and writer friends today, but I got to see a whole lot of them yesterday, at the annual Valentine’s Day booksigning. This was my third year of participating, and they’re always a lot of fun. Talking books with readers and other authors is one of the best ways to spend a few hours, right? This one was a little sad for me, though, because earlier in the week, we got the official news that my publisher is going to close up shop at the end of the month. So I have to figure out what to do with Hunting Medusa (and the other two books in the trilogy, finally!) when I get my rights back.
Most publishers don’t want to publish a book that’s already been available from someone else, though it happens. A better option, I suppose, is self-publishing the trilogy. Scary thought! I have to give this more time, to figure out the best thing to do, and then devising a plan to get it done. Guess I’ll be reworking my writing goals for the year, once I figure this out.
Now, though, I need to go do some of those things on my rainy-Sunday list. The pics below are some of what you missed if you weren’t at the booksigning yesterday.
And, before I go, maybe a little bit of Hunting Medusa for you…
“Aristotle Tassos.” The elderly man started, jumping from his chair so the papers he held fluttered to the floor beside his desk. Athena remained standing in the doorway to his office, watching his olive skin pale before he dropped to his knees, bowing his head. “My Lady.” His voice shook. “Your nephew has taken the Medusa away, Aristotle. How could a Tassos do that?” She glared, noting his silver hair was thinning far more than the last time She’d deigned to visit him. “My Lady?” He straightened slightly, though not far enough to actually look directly at Her. “My nephews burn to kill the Medusa.” “Not Kallan.” She watched his mouth drop open. “He has helped her escape.” She narrowed Her gaze on his stunned face. “How could you not know this about him?” Her Harvester shook his head slowly. “I am so sorry, My Lady. I assure You I will find him. And her.” “I am sure you will. I expect you will.” She set Her hands on Her hips. “Do not fail Me, Aristotle. It has been many years since your family has fulfilled its duty. It may be very bad for you and yours if you fail again.” Aristotle nodded, bowing, his face flushed a ruddy color. Embarrassed, She was sure, by the reminder of the failures of recent years. Good. He and his should be humiliated to have been outwitted by the Medusas of the past several generations. “I would hate to have to return to see you on this matter again, Aristotle,” She said, gentling Her tone just a little. “I understand you are loyal to Me, even if one of your number is no longer.”
His mouth tightened. “I will make sure we get her this time, My Lady.” Athena nodded. “I will be monitoring your progress.” She was gone before Aristotle looked up.
Oh, one last thing! If you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of Hunting Medusa (or any other Samhain title) you’re running out of time now. Plus I just realized this morning (2/12/17) that it is on sale in the Samhain store for half price, so it’s probably a really good time to grab it in its original form.
Valentine’s Day is this week, so here’s hoping for a much better week this week, full of love and chocolate!