Smoothies and Book Club – A Summer Update

{Photo of one of my first smoothies on a bookshelf with some of the books I’ve bought recently}

Well I started this post before summer vacation started and look – it’s almost the middle of July!

In Glister news, I’ve been waiting on getting my laptop fixed, the one with all my heavy-duty programs on. I wasn’t able to use my USBs and for various reasons don’t have internet on it, so transferring work to upload on this computer was impossible. It’s apparently working okay now, so first up will be the new edition of Bronze in paperback and then I’ll be looking into releasing it as e-book again. I have mixed feelings about this as book theft is such a problem, but with Copper coming out as soon as I can manage it, I really want that e-book out there. I’ll also be doing Goodreads giveaways and might post chapters of both books at Wattpad and Smashwords. I’ll keep you posted.

I’m staying close to home for most of the summer, doing curriculum planning for graduate credit as well as doing my best to finish the second Glister Journals novel, Copper. So I’m very busy. I admit that I’ve been stuck for a while on the last chapters, not because I don’t know what happens at the end, but I’m not sure in what order those things happen, which affects what ties them together, which has made it difficult to focus on just writing. Earlier this year, there was a lot happening at work that adversely affected me and possible changes to my job on the horizon, both of which had me very stressed out for the last six months or so. Nothing of my doing, but I was deeply affected none the less. So that also made writing difficult to focus on. I’m not making excuses, just saying the way it is. I am making good progress now though, and all chapters are going out for final critiques.

I have no road trips planned this summer, which I’m a little sad about, but my poor little car has seen better days. I think I’m going to play it safe until I can buy a newer one. I plan on doing that next spring, if my car lasts that long without needing major repair. Poor thing’s over ten years old and has over 200,000 miles – almost all mine! It’s been a little trooper to be sure.

The one trip I made this summer was to see my son and his family in Iowa. I had mixed feelings about the trip, but I couldn’t wait to see my son – I hadn’t seen him in two years! I hugged him tightly twice a day to make up for lost time and try to stock up a bit for the future. And I hadn’t seen my little grandson since last summer. I’m not sure whether he actually remembered me, but he seemed happy enough to have me around. But I’m not a fan of flying and Iowa and I have a little history together. They’re not the best memories. The trip was nice though – just relaxing most of the time. They live in a very nice small north Iowa town where there’s not much to do, but the time seemed to fly anyway.

I was interested in exploring SE Minnesota and loved the area around Rochester and especially Chatfield, but didn’t have an opportunity to really investigate. Chatfield seems like exactly the kind of small town I’d like to eventually live near. Is anyone from around those areas? I’d love to hear your thoughts or experience concerning them. I’m thinking about retirement within the next ten years and certainly can’t afford to retire here in the Bay Area. So I’m looking for alternatives. Somewhere I can buy a decent home in a quiet neighborhood with a low mortgage, maybe even a small farm – for horses, of course. It’ll be the first (and probably last) home I’ve ever owned, so I’m rather looking forward to it!

{a picture of Chatfield, Minnesota, an old fashioned-looking small town. Not my photo.}

The other things I’m working on (in the sense of actually employing them in daily life) are life hacks. It seems like most things should be easier now at my age, but I still struggle with a lot of things, many because I’m autistic, but also just because I’m me! My two favorite discoveries so far this summer are making my own smoothies, which I’ll mention again in a future post, and joining a book club, which I’ve never done before. I have a slow processing speed for some things, including reading, and know I can’t keep up with most other people, but thought I’d give it a go for the summer weeks.

Is anyone else in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Club? I’ve been following her book posts for a few years. This is her first club (I think), and I’ve really been enjoying it. She chose five books for the summer weeks that I’d never heard of and probably never would have read otherwise. Since I have a very eclectic taste in books, it’s been a real treat. Each book’s reading time is culminated with a webinar and live feed, but conversation is ongoing on a Facebook group. The first webinar was really interesting. So far we’ve read One In A Million Boy and The Nest, both of which I enjoyed for different reasons. We’re reading Everyone Brave Is Forgiven right now, which I’m not sold on yet. It’s hanging in the balance. I may ditch it and sneak in a book of my own choice until we’re on to the next one.

One In A Million Boy – From the acclaimed author of When We Were the Kennedys and Any Bitter Thing, the incandescent story of a 104-year-old woman and the sweet, strange young boy assigned to help her around the house—a friendship with unexpected reverberations for the boy’s unmoored family.

I LOVE this book. It’s difficult to describe and not like anything I’ve read before, but it’s beautifully written with many quote-worthy passages and very memorable characters. I admit I got behind in reading this one and still need to finish it, but it’s definitely one to enjoy the journey, not race to the end, so I know I’ll be able to pick it back up and finish at my leisure.

The Nest – A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

This one really surprised me. From the description (which I didn’t read before starting) and the conversation of others in the club, I didn’t think I would like this at all. Indeed, the characters are not very likable, but they are certainly very human and it’s a fascinating study. It was an extremely easy read and I finished way before the deadline. Woot!

I’ll have a giveaway for these books later. What are your favorite reads so far this summer?

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An Update and Survey Results

This last weekend was the end of my second week of summer vacation (for those who don’t know, I’m a teacher) and so far, so good. The first week I finally completed the revision for the new edition of Bronze, and this week the hard edit was completed. Now for one last go through and fix any formatting issues and into the mail it goes. Sort of.

In the meantime, my little family is experiencing major changes which are exciting and unnerving and may prove to be very distracting. I don’t talk much about my personal life, both for my own and my children’s privacy, and for reasons I won’t go into here or now. But stuff is happening. And if you know anything about autism, you will understand. The executive functions involved alone – for all of us – are extremely challenging.

My Oldest Child, my son, is in Iowa interviewing for a job. This may seem like no big deal, but it is. It’s huge. My daughter-in-law and grandson are in Washington (state) and I was going up this summer to visit, as I usually do. But if he gets the job, he’ll probably stay there, in which case I’ll go up to Washington anyway to help his wife pack and get ready to move. I’m praying I get to see him one way or another. Washington is quite a drive, but it’s always been do-able, at least once a year. Iowa is not do-able and if they move it’ll feel like he’s moved to the other side of the planet. But I want him to get the job. It’s a chance for them to really get on their feet. Thank goodness for Skype.

At the other extreme is my Youngest Child, who has been my roommate since she turned eighteen, many years ago, and who has never been able to move out on her own before. She wants to “adult” on her own, which is understandable, and I want that for her too, but she simply hasn’t been able to afford the ridiculous rents here in the Bay Area. Now she has found a place through a friend – a room in a shared house within reach of her job – that seems like it will be very good for her. I’m excited for her. And already dreading loneliness. I’ve never lived completely alone before. I’m afraid I’ll start talking to myself even more than I already do. I’m hoping she leaves me the cat.

Today she’s starting to pack her things. Lots of things. This requires a new playlist, so she enlisted my help. It’s gratifying to be so useful. She wanted something funky. I went retro and turned her onto The Isley Brothers and Chaka Khan. That led to all kinds of great stuff. We jammin’.

My Middle Child recently started a new job in San Francisco and is already general manager. She loves working there and it’s much better than where she was working before, but it doesn’t mean she earns a lot. And she currently lives in a relatively bad part of one of the most dangerous cities in America. We want her to move. We want her to move years ago. (Yes, that was meant to be present tense.) She looked at two apartments on Saturday. One didn’t call back. Their loss. The other is a new building with income restrictions. She earns too much for this place, yet can’t afford any other decent place to live. Plus they don’t take cats anyway. That’s just not acceptable. I’ll be haunting Craigslist this summer.

So I’m praying all three can move this summer, for very different reasons, and I’ll be somewhat “on call” to help while I can.

On the positive side, I’ll return completely to Book Two of The Glister Journals. I’m SO excited about that. Honestly, it’s almost finished, but there’s still a lot to fit into the last few chapters. As far as release dates (and the official start of the soundtrack contest), that depends on how and when the new edition of Bronze is published. More about that when I have news, one way or the other.

And in case you’re curious as to the survey results, I’m including a link to the charts.

The results are very interesting and surprised me a bit. The overwhelming majority of people (most of whom haven’t read Bronze) said they like long books, they like the present book cover, and they thought the blurb interesting enough to invite further investigation. This is very valuable and welcome information. I don’t want to waste time changing things that don’t need fixing, though I’m going to change the blurb, if nothing else. The main negative comment was that it wasn’t clear what genre of book it is. All of these considerations may not end up being my decision to make, but it’s extremely helpful and encouraging. A huge thank you to everyone who participated. The comments were extremely helpful too. It was all really good stuff.

So I hope you’re all having a great summer so far. I will continue to run my own giveaways and participate in others’ (mostly on the Blogger side), and I’ll try to be more regular with music, book, and other posts and updates.

Want some music? Of course you do! I hadn’t heard of these guys before, but I like them and the song is appropriate. Kind of. Enjoy. 🙂

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Four years ago, I started my first blog when my first novel was published. To celebrate and thank my followers, I’m giving away $15 gift cards to the book store of your choice to two winners.

But I’d like your help too. There’s an easy entry for followers, and you can tweet about the giveaway, but I’d appreciate your opinions and feedback in a quick three question survey. It earns extra entries,too!

As I finish revisions for a new edition of Bronze and finish the second Glister Journals novel, I’m considering different options and would appreciate your feedback. Whether you have read Bronze or not, your opinions are very welcome! I don’t want to change for the sake of change, but I do want Bronze to reach the broadest audience possible. Answers to these questions will help me make choices that may affect the whole series.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

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2015 – A Look Ahead

Happy New Year everyone! This is just a quick update and look forward to 2015.

First of all, I’ve been having issues with formatting and posts (and parts of posts) disappearing from this blog, so the first thing I’ll be doing is completely reloading and reformatting here. I’m not sure how long that takes, but should have things in order before the first giveaway of the year.

Which is the second thing, yes! I will be continuing with giveaways throughout 2015. There will be regular gift card and book giveaways, of course. I’ll have a music one coming up soon. I’ll also be giving away copies of the new edition of Bronze when it’s ready and, of course, TGJ Book 2 as soon as it’s released.

The last chapters of The Glister Journals 2 are taking me some time, though I’m not sure why. It should be completely finished in the first part of this year. I am looking into different publishing options, so I’m not sure exactly how that’s happening yet. These choices could affect the cover and title, so I’m still keeping those to myself. The picture above, by the way, gives some clues to Book 2. Any ideas?

Bronze has been getting an overhaul, editing for length (shorter) and I’m considering a different cover. Any thoughts about that?

The soundtrack contest is still on and waiting to be launched. The grand prize is at $200.00 right now, though I expect to add to that soon. It will be open for entries when Book 2 is ready to get sent out for early reviews, so if you’ve read Bronze and are figuring out the songs, stay close. I’ll publicize the starting date as widely and loudly as I can! If you aren’t aware of the contest, you can read about it and find the clues here.

I expect to begin writing in earnest on Book 3 by mid to late spring.

Personally, apart from finishing writing projects, I want nothing more than to try to get fit and begin riding again. After a very long time not riding, I had a horse a few years ago, but it didn’t work out – physically or financially. My heart and brain retain my love and knowledge, but my body has lost the strength, balance, and even some of the muscle memory required to ride the way I want to. So if I can get my body back in good enough shape, especially core and leg strength and flexibility, I’ll find someone to start training with and go from there. I may never be able to actually own my own horse again, but I’ll never completely give up on wanting to ride!

What are your plans for 2015?

Currently writing: TGJ Book 2 Chapter 28.

Listening: Foo Fighters – Sonic Highway

Reading: Caszandra by Andrea Host and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Watching: Mockingjay Pt 1 and Harry Potter (all of them)

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Surfers Healing and an update.

Hi everyone! I realize I haven’t posted for a while and figured I’d better post something to let you know I’m still here! The second Glister Journals book is still coming but has been temporarily derailed while I revise Bronze into a leaner, shorter edition. It may even be in two parts (at least the paperback version) which will allow it to be cheaper and more portable. At least, that’s the plan. The kindle version is no longer available, but the print editions will be available until the situation changes. More about that in the future. So if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest waiting until the new edition is published. The second full novel will follow as quickly as possible! If you’ve already read Bronze, don’t worry, the story and characters are exactly the same. I’ve mainly cut unnecessary words and description. The dialogue and heart of the story are still there!

If you are interested in autism spectrum disorder, especially from a female perspective, you may be interested in the more personal blog that I recently started, Lost and Found. I hope it will serve as one more positive, encouraging, and validating place for girls/women on the spectrum, who are often overlooked and left doubting everything. Still under construction, it welcomes guest posts, shared content, art, music, etc. of a positive or “this is the way it is” nature. Strictly “G” rated.

Some of you may follow The Glister Journals on Facebook, but for those who don’t, I’m going to repost today’s post here as it touches on a subject close to my heart. The Facebook page most often covers short, infrequent, and non-spammy posts of an equine or extreme sports nature and are usually completely separate from my blog posts.

More regular and book related posts are coming, I promise! For now, here’s the Facebook post:

I hope everyone’s having a great weekend! We were awoken about three in the morning by a lengthy earthquake. I hope everyone involved closer to the center are okay!

In case you’ve never heard of them, I’d like to introduce you to a couple of little-known charities I hope to be more involved with in the future. We’ll start with an awesome video from Surfers Healing. I’ll post about the other next weekend.

If you’ve read The Glister Journals: Bronze, you may (or may not) realize that the main character, Allison, is a little different from most other girls. That difference is autism spectrum disorder. For her, the traits are mild, easily overlooked unless you experience them yourself or know what to look for. For the bronc-riding, dirt-biking, skating, surfer brothers, Dave and Chris Caldera, the difference is much more profound in their littlest brother.

Surfers Healing is a non-profit founded by ex-pro surfer Izzy Paskowitz and his wife Danielle, that “seeks to enhance the lives of kids with special needs, specifically those with autism,” that teaches them to surf. The video says it all.”

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March update…

Apologies for being late with this month’s soundtrack clue. I’m having severe computer issues and unable to access the internet at the moment through my own computer. This makes online life pretty difficult! It looks like I’ll have to buy a new one which I was really hoping I wouldn’t have to do yet, but if it shuts down completely, I’m sunk! I haven’t been online much anyway as I really am writing, transcribing, and revising like crazy! (Plus working, of course.) I’ve already gone past my original (self-imposed) deadline so am working extra hard to get everything done as quickly as possible. With lots of help from my most severe critic, of course….

Buu offering literary advice

The good news is, I am moving into beta-reader stage and will be sending first chapters out soon. Book cover should be coming along soon too. Yay!

So, on to this month’s clue. Since the past couple have been a bit vague, I’ll give you something more concrete this month.

    CLUE #9 Some of the artists represented in the soundtrack can be found on my Pinterest “Music” board.
    Not all the artists are there, but the board represents some of my favorite artists and the kinds of music I listen to most.

I hope that helps! Updates will be a bit slow until my computer issues are solved, but I still have book and music reviews to do so I’ll try to post again soon!

*EDIT* Oops! I forgot to leave you with some music! I really like this from Lucius. 🙂

Listening to:

Writing: The Glister Journals, Book 2: Chapter 24
Reading: Mockingjay
Watching: Gilmore Girls Season 4

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Hello 2014!

This is just a quick post to look ahead to some of the things I hope to accomplish this year. But first things first – the January soundtrack clue! Let’s see . . . we’re on number seven:

    CLUE #7 Songs/bands/genres mentioned in chapters do not necessarily reflect that chapter’s song.
    For instance, in one chapter The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, and The Beatles are all mentioned. The chapter title is not by any of these bands, though there are two clues right there – one having to do with the chapter title and one for something else.

I realize the clues so far are a little vague, but if you’ve read the book, they’ll make sense. I’ll give more specific clues as we get closer to the contest opening.

As far as what is coming up:

My main focus as always is to write, write, write. With limited time and living with frequent interruptions, this is a continuing challenge. However, I finally feel like I’m on the downward slope. With Bronze, the first two-thirds of the book took much longer to write than the last and I’m quite sure it will be true with Book #2 as well. This is the most fun part for me to actually write (you’ll have to wait to find out why) and I expect things to go relatively quickly. So, as much for myself as for anyone potentially interested, I’ll let you know what stage I’m in at the end of my posts. This will also serve as a progress report toward the new cover/title release and soundtrack countdown. 😀

I will be needing a couple of new beta-readers soon. I’m also seeking more reviews for Bronze. More about that in future posts. More excerpts of Bronze will be available at The Glister Journals website, and excerpts of Book 2 as soon as the cover’s released.

I’ll be posting as part of a giveaway hop (hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer) this month. I’ll be trying to participate on a somewhat regular basis in these.

There will be more music – of course! – and I will be getting some book features of the books I do manage to get read posted and organized, though I don’t plan on reviewing per se. My features will consist of book information and brief thoughts on the books, and will only be on books I can recommend. I also plan to do some indie features this year. I’m definitely going to have to get an e-reader of some sort though, as most of the indie books I have are digital and it’s almost impossible to find the time to read on my computer.

New and upcoming music I’m excited about:

Toad the Wet Sprocket (first album in sixteen years!), Foster the People, Switchfoot, Broken Bells, The Fray, Elbow, Tycho. There are many others I’m interested in and I’m sure there will be plenty more!

Books on deck . . .

Shadow and BoneThe Iron KingThe Moon Dwellers

. . . and not necessarily new but highly anticipated (as soon as I get my hands on a copy!)

MockingjayShadowsCressThe CrossingLingerFloating Worlds

The Glister Journals #2: halfway through Chapter 19. Word count: impressive. LOL.

Reading Shadow and Bone

Listening to Malmsteen.

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Goodbye 2013 . . .

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has a great 2014. Looking back, it was a difficult year in a lot ways from a personal perspective, but a wonderful one too. And many of you are the reason! Thank you so much for your encouragement, friendship, and support. And I’m so pumped up about it being the Year of the Horse! I hope this is a good omen for my series and especially for The Glister Journals #2 which will be released this year.

A quick look back–I had a lot of things happen this year but here’s a few highlights:

The most exciting event was winning the literary category for the 2013 IndieReader Discovery Awards. The winners were announced by Hugh Howey at BEA, but unfortunately I couldn’t be there. It was very exciting anyway!

Bronze had a great Book Blast and Tour with great giveaways for the Kindle edition release in October. I enjoyed it immensely and made some truly wonderful new friends. I can’t wait to do it again for the release of The Glister Journals #2! Highlights of the tour, including reviews, author and character interviews, and guest posts can be found on The Glister Journals website.

To kick off the tour, I announced the Bronze Soundtrack puzzle. There is a song that accompanies every chapter of Bronze. The songs will be revealed in the countdown to TGJ #2’s release. The Bronze Soundtrack Contest will be open to entries in 2014 before the release of Volume 2.

There were a lot of interviews: with Goodreads’ The Young Adult Book Club, with Aside From Writing, and several during the Bronze tour.

I featured a few albums: Strangeland by Keane, El Camino by The Black Keys, the Haunt EP from Bastille, In A Tidal Wave of Mystery by Capital Cities, and Last of the Great Pretenders by Matt Nathanson.

And read quite a few books, though not as many as I would have like and far less than most of you, I’m sure. There were a few I didn’t finish, for one reason or another, but the ones I did finish and enjoy were:

The Hunger GamesCatching FireThe Raven BoysThe Dream ThievesShiverCinderLegendProdigyAmberPegasusThe RoadOn a Foreign FieldAll the Pretty HorsesStardust

I’ll be posting features/reviews for most if not all these in the coming year and working at getting all reviews and features organized. 🙂

Coming next: A look ahead for 2014 and January soundtrack clue (by the weekend…promise!)

Coming soon: A “No Strings Attached” January blog hop and giveaway!

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December Update and Soundtrack Clue

Congratulations to Sarah, the winner of my November “Thank You” giveaway. I have e-mailed you and contacted you via Twitter. I have other book giveaways planned soon and another cash giveaway later on for the second Glister Journals title and cover reveal. That is planned for the first part of 2014. It will probably mark the official opening of the soundtrack puzzle entries too, so stay in touch!

On to the new soundtrack clue for those who are reading or have already read the book. Remember, those of you working on the puzzle now have a head start. You’re more likely to get correct answers and have a better chance of winning!

    CLUE #6 Two bands/artists are repeated once.
    In other words, out of 31 songs, 27 are by different bands/artists, and 2 bands/artists have 2 each.

Hopefully that helps with any question of whether an artist is repeated and how many times!

If you’d like to see a certain type of clue or have any questions about the soundtrack at all, please feel free to ask. I’m sure there are plenty I haven’t thought of yet. I will answer anything reasonable that does not completely give away the answers!

Would you like some music? I thought you might! This is Hadouken!, a British band I first found on MySpace YEARS ago (you remember MySpace don’t you?) Anyway, this is great. I bought Hadouken’s first album (imported!) and now realize I have some catching up to do. Their sound has only improved (mellowed a little perhaps, but in a good way. Parental advisory on some songs). I love the video too. Enjoy!

AWESOME remix can be found here:

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I’ve been working on several posts that I just don’t seem to be able to finish, so they are going to wait. Today I will just be thankful. In no particular order:

I’m thankful that I am healthy. I don’t take as good care of myself as I should, as I used to, but I have no major health issues. The minor things I can live with or try to improve through diet and exercise. And sleep. As much sleep as possible.

I’m thankful for close family bonds. I don’t have a lot of close friends, but I’m very close to my children and they are very close to and supportive of each other. I am immeasurably thankful for that. And I am very thankful for my friends too!

I’m thankful for a wonderful book blog tour this fall. I’m especially thankful for the wonderful people I met and hope to stay in touch with, and all the people who have shown interest in Bronze and the series. Thank you!

I’m thankful that, so far, most people that have actually read my book like it! I actually haven’t heard from anyone that doesn’t like it, but I’m not going to assume there are none!

I’m thankful for my job. My five-day-a-week daytime job that pays the bills and allows us to eat. Not the writing which, so far, hasn’t paid for anything. But I’m not about to give it up. It has become a huge and necessary part of my life.

I’m thankful for fond memories. I focus on these. I have a lot of bad ones too–the kind that can keep you awake at night–but I choose to not think about those. I’ll let them be buried in my subconscious and only pull them out and look at them if they can be useful.

I’m thankful that I live in a country that still allows freedom of faith. I sometimes wonder how much longer those freedoms will exist, but they’re there at the moment. I think. I’ll believe in my God anyway, come what may.

I’m thankful for my ridiculously silly and cute cat. He’s such a sweet companion…except when he thinks I’ve forgotten his dinner or that I’m ignoring him. He complains loudly in the first case and “tags” me with claws out in the second!

Thankful for Buu

I’m thankful that I’m just as excited about my book series, The Glister Journals, as I was when I started it. Even if it’s taking me FOREVER to finish the second book. It WILL get finished!

I’m thankful for music. Pure and simple.

And, according to my tradition, here is some Switchfoot for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Posts coming soon:

    A Cataclysmic Music Review
    Retro Thursday
    Chabot Space and Science Center

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