False Alarm

Okay, so not moving. I was amazed when things were going so quickly for getting our new house. Turns out, my disbelief was justified. Being pre-approved for a loan does not a loan make.

So we’re not going anywhere.

In further sucktastic news, Polly, our big lab, hurt her tail this morning.



Those of you with big dogs will know that tail injuries are pretty common for the over-excited dog. But a cut on the end of a tail leads to Dexter-like levels of blood spray. Our porch looks like a crime scene. I see a trip to the store in my future to secure a cleaner harsh enough to get blood off stone. We researched on the internet how to get a bandage to stay on a dog’s tail, but all we found were very unhelpful suggestions that would have required us to go to a hardware store. Here’s my simpler solution: apply bandage, then slip a clean sock over the dog’s tail. Secure with tape and hope the dog lays still long enough to let herself heal. We’ve had to reapply the sock once already.

In more badass news, my struggle with viral arthritis appears to be under control. The meds I’m on are working well, and the doctor thinks I might be able to stop them soon.

Also in the badass category, I’ve got the final edits for The Fiend Queen and am powering through them, so you’ll have a pretty sweet book in January. Check my 3-D graphic, courtesy of Maria Zannini:




Also also badass, here is my FenCon schedule! All the places you can find me at FenCon XI, September 26ht-28th:

Saturday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Trinity I – IV
Female Protagonists and their evolving role in Literature

Description: It’s been a long time since the pulps used women as simple plot devices. Strong female leads make for great books, and we explore some of the best and worst examples of female protagonists in fantasy and science fiction.

C. Dean Andersson, Paul Black, Lillian Stewart Carl, Stoney Compton, Selina Rosen, Barbara Ann Wright, J. Kathleen Cheney *

Saturday 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Pin Oak
Pimp My Monster

Description: Let’s trick out our undead, partially deceased, shapeshifters, and other things of nightmares for the 21st century. How to put a fresh twist on these festering creatures from the past.

Aaron de Orive, Christopher Fulbright, Angeline Hawkes, Craig Wolf, Barbara Ann Wright, Steven E. Wedel *

Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pin Oak
Why Should You Join A Professional Organization?

Description: Professional organizations have much to offer, but are they for everyone? Or like Groucho Marx, would you rather not belong to a club that would have you as a member?

Lou Antonelli, Cathy Clamp, Amy Sisson, Barbara Ann Wright, Peri Charlifu *

Sunday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Addison Lecture Hall
When Will it Ever End?

Description: How long is too long? When should a series hang it up, or is there no limit to the number of books an author can or should write in a specific setting? Which well-known series have done an excellent job of holding our attention across multiple books, and which have jumped the proverbial shark?

Eric Flint, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Rob Rogers, Shanna Swendson, Barbara Ann Wright, Linda L. Donahue *

Hope to see some of you there!

15 thoughts on “False Alarm

  1. Oh, poor Polly! I would get some Vet Wrap. It clings to itself. I usually buy it at animal feed stores, but Tractor Supply or Atwoods would have it too. It’s cheap too.

    Poor baby!

    Re: move
    I’m sure there’ll be another house on the horizon. Too bad you can’t use one in east Texas. 🙂 It would solve both our problems.

  2. Poor Polly. That look really says it all, doesn’t it? 🙂 And how does a pre-approval *not* translate to the actual, y’know, loan? That would drive me batshit. On the plus side, am glad to hear about the progress on your arthritis…and editing! Please give Polly many hugs from me.

    • Will, do on the hugs, Kaz. As for the loan, it’s driving us pretty batshit, too. AND they called today and said, “Well…maybe we’ll give it to you after all. Just jump through these eight more hoops.” Sigh.

      • My wife and I live just outside Austin, and we had problems with our mortgage at first, then someone suggested we try the First National Bank of LaGrange. They did it with no hassles. They later sold the paper to another bank, but then we refinanced through First National again later and they were again wonderful to deal with.

        One of my friends says there is a homeowners Rule of Three: Everything breaks in threes, it takes three times as long to fix as you figured, and costs three times as much. Her secondary law is that if you haven’t cried at least once in the process, it isn’t a mortgage.

        Meanwhile, ZOMG, on a recommendation I got the first three Katya and Starbride books, and read them… only to find myself on a cliffhanger. AARRRGGHH! I wish there was a magic “write faster” wand for my favorite authors, LOL.

      • I like the rule of threes. We’re just about covered there. As for the books, it won’t be long now! I’m finishing the edits, then it’s out in January. It’s not just the writing that takes a while. Publishing moves slowly because there are so many steps. That said, I would still take that wand. Lol!

  3. Well,, moving involves a lot of physical labor so consider it a temporary respite until the actual loan turns up to push the move from “neutral” to “drive.”

    Sending virtual treats to Polly. She at least is still happy enough to keep wagging her injured tail…though in her case it would be better to chill out 🙂

    I’m looking forward to the next Fiend book. Maria did a nice job on the 3D cover, very nice!

    And have tons of fun at the FenCon!

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