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End of Summer Update 2014   2 comments

Man, I can’t believe it’s the end of August already. I start work next week, but after the summer I’ve had, I think I’m ready to go back. I had hoped and planned to get all kinds of writing done this summer, and to republish Magebound, but of course, none of that happened.

I spent a full month house-sitting while my friend was in Europe, watching her three dogs and very pregnant cat. (The cat was a stray and came to them that way.) About ten days into my stay, the cat gave birth to five healthy kittens, which was the absolute best part of my summer.

All of my cats over the years have been spayed as soon as they reached six months, so I have never been around newborn kittens. It was amazing! The mom is poly-dactyl with a kinky tail, and we have no idea who the father was, but one of the kittens has his mom’s feet, and the other four have her tail. One was red, one was tortoiseshell, and three were pale orange/buff. I fell in love with the little tortie, but we already have a cat, so I didn’t ask to keep her.

When I wasn’t on kitten-watch, I was helping my parents clean up one of our rentals that had gone empty. The people who moved out had been there for six years with cats and small children, so all the floor coverings had to be torn out, everything had to be washed and painted, and we got a great deal on laminate flooring, so I got to help lay three rooms of laminate hardwood, and let me tell you, it’s nowhere near as easy as they make it look in commercials. Most days, I was so tired and sore afterward, all I could do was shower, eat something, and go to bed.

And as long as the rental was empty, my parents decided to have ductless heating/cooling systems installed in two of the units. By doing two at once, we got a discount, but they’re still $4200 each. The company is letting us make payments, but they needed a $4000 down-payment, which my parents borrowed from me. The money is supposed be for our property taxes due in November, but hopefully they can pay it back in time.

Also this summer, we found out that my mother has cataracts in both of her eyes, which is affecting her vision and causing her to misjudge steps, trip, and fall. She’s almost 60, so that has been very scary. She has appointments to get the cataracts removed on Sept. 8 for the worst one, and Sept. 29 for the second, but they have a $1000 deductible per person per year, which she had to borrow from her sister, so that’s been pretty stressful

On a brighter note, I finally got to watch the last three seasons of Doctor Who. I liked Matt Smith, but I think David Tennant is still my favorite. I can’t wait to see how Peter Capaldi does, but since we don’t have cable or anything, I’ll have to wait until it come out on DVD, so no spoilers, please. ^_^

Needless to say, I got very little writing done this summer. But maybe it was a break that I needed. I’ve been reviewing Magebound as I work on getting it formatted, and I really feel refreshed and ready to get on with the project. I don’t know when it will be ready, and I’m sick of making promises that I can’t keep, so I’ll let you know as soon as it’s done.

I don’t know when I’ll be able to update Moonlight again, but probably not until Magebound has been republished. I want to devote all my attention to one project for a while and see if I can’t get this finished quickly.

That’s all for now. I hope you are all doing well. Until next time! ^_^

Posted August 26, 2014 by katicalocke in Books, Personal, Writing

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