Since the weather continues to be abnormally Spring-like, I would invite you back into my garden. The flowers have taken hold in every corner and I would walk you around the property to show you. We will need to avoid the ants, which become a nuisance this week when I stepped into a nest. Since I only bought this house in the fall, I never know what will pop out of the naked branches. Each day something new shoots up. I’ll finish the tour with the Quince, a huge bunch of dead looking sticks now exploding with petals.
As we sip coffee and snack on sweet, chocolaty goodies, I’ll tell you how I’ve been writing outside or in front of a window pretty much everyday. I’m going back and forth between working on a ghost story novel I started over the summer and trying to finish the heist novel. The first one is going great, and the second one just went through Beta readers, so it has tons of things to fix.
I’ll tell you it wasn’t all good this week. My homeschooling chemistry lab on Friday was a flop, and we failed (despite repeated attempts) to generate measurable gas levels from a galvanized nail in a muriatic acid solution. You listen kindly, but since you don’t home school your kids I’m not sure you get it. We both agree homeschooling is not easy for the mom, or the kids.
To change the subject we talk about books. I tell you I started reading my fifth novel of the year yesterday. That puts me well ahead of my 24-book Read Harder goal. So far only one novel disappointed me. That book earned one and a half stars. Oddly enough, it was the book I was most interested in reading. You remind me that sometimes you can’t judge a book by its blurb. I mention the one down side to my new reading program: I’m attempting to use GoodReads. I’m forced to admit I have no clue what I’m doing. You remember my first failed attempts at blogging, Twitter, and Facebook, so you reassure me it will get better.
You ask about the blog. Of course you saw the new blog badges on the sidebar. I confirm the good news about the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, and that we signed up for the Blogging A to Z Challenge. This is our second year, and this time we have a theme picked out. You ask about the theme, but I just smile and remind you it’s a secret.
On the plus side, I tell you what a great blog month it was. It was the best comments month we have ever had! Really, just fantastic. Our old friends welcomed us back after the long winter vacation and new friends showed up on our front page and said hello.
On that note, I’d tell you we were looking for some new guest bloggers. We already have two lined up, but I’d ask you to pass along the information to anyone with a writing-related topic they might want to share. At that moment my kids burst out the patio door and make a bee line for the trampoline. Amid the shouting you decide it’s time to head home. But you promise me you will be back.
Please drop by her place for coffee. You can also see what other bloggers are hosting a coffee party by checking out the hashtag: #WeekendCoffeeShare on Twitter.