Monday, July 16, 2018

Did We Skip Summer?

Yes, it's that hot here in St. Louis
Here in St. Louis, we literally went straight from winter to summer. We had the coldest April in history, followed by the hottest May in the record books.

And I skipped blogging. And for that, I apologize. Lots of stuff just piled up, and I yet again neglected this piece of the blogosphere that I've played in for THIRTEEN years now.

So here's a quick rundown of what's been happening:

1) I've been in the car. I drive a lot for my job. 3000 miles a month. Thank God for podcasts and audiobooks

2) I'm losing my job in three weeks. The medical sales industry is in constant flux, and instability comes with that. So, yeah, that sucks.

3) My daughter was severely injured on the 4th of July. Yes, we became a statistic. A neighbor's errant firework started shooting at us spectators. One blew up near my head, and really left me disoriented. My daughter protected two little girls she was making glow-bracelets for, and one literally fell in her lap. Exploded. And left deep 2nd degree burns on her legs and upper thigh. It was bloody, it was horrible, but she's on the mend. We have a great Children's Wound Center in town, and they've been great.

4) I attended another con (Mighty Con in St. Charles, MO) and did really well. I reconnected with readers I haven't seen in two years, since I was unable to attend last year. This con is in town, which makes it convenient

5) I'm getting close to 40,000 words in my new WIP, which I'm calling a "military, sci-fi/fantasy." I decided to write something just for me, with stuff I loved as a kid. So it's got spaceships AND dragons.

I hope you're all doing well, and I've missed you. I really have. I look forward to catching up with my blog-buddies (those who are left) and seeing what you've been up to.

16 comments:

Pat Dilloway said...

It's good your daughter is healing. Those fireworks can be dangerous. Sucks about your job though. In Michigan it was pretty much the same weather, straight from snow to heat and humidity. Lousy global warming.

Christine Rains said...

Glad to hear your daughter is healing. That is scary! This summer has been so hot. My lawn is crunchy. I'm attempting to catch up with people too. Great job with the writing! And hopefully you'll get another job very soon.

Jay Noel said...

Pat, Yeah. It's been rough here in the middle of the country. It's been stormy too. And it actually gets HOTTER after it rains around here.

Christine: Thanks. It was VERY scary. We'll leave fireworks to the professionals from now on

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That is terrible for your daughter. I'm glad she's getting better. Congrats on the good con. I wish we'd have something like that around here.

Jay Noel said...

Susan: It was terrible when she was screaming in agony all the way to the ER and there was nothing I could do. Yeah, I usually have to travel a bit to sell books at a con, so it's great having one 20 min away.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Glad to hear your daughter is doing better. That sounds so, so scary.

Good to hear, too, that you're connecting with your craft and your fans and enjoying it. :)

Jay Noel said...

Madeline: It was scary. Now I know how stun grenades work.

Mary Kirkland said...

So sorry to hear about your daughter. That's awful. Everyone was letting off illegal fireworks around here so my husband was out making sure nothing caught fire and he put out a fire in the palm tree right next to our bedroom window when a firework hit it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's really terrible your daughter was hurt. I'm glad she's getting better. That's why we don't mess with fireworks.

Pat Hatt said...
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Pat Hatt said...

Can't spell lol

Great that she is getting better, awful that it happened though. Crummy fireworks. Know the job loss all too well, never fun. Some months I tie your 3000 miles. Ugg to driving so much.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

How terrible your daughter was burned! I'd been in a panic.

We are attending our first con as a publisher - Raleigh Supercon - and looking forward to having a booth this year.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Holy crap! What happened to your daughter is so scary. I can't even imagine. I'm glad she's recovering (I hope you are too.)

It's good you are writing something for you that you love!

Loni Townsend said...

I saw your facebook post about your daughter. I'm glad she's on the mend. Sucks about your job. I hope things work out well for you.

Mr. Shife said...

Sorry to hear about the job but especially sorry to hear about your daughter. Glad she is on the mend and on the road to recovery. Best of luck with the job search and your WIP. Take care, Jay, and good hearing from you again.

Patricia Lynne said...

Sorry to hear about your daughter, but glad she's on the mend.

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