I’m a terrible person. The last several weeks I have been really slow to respond to comments, and I am so far behind on blog reading. I even *gasp* missed posting two days last week. I can explain, really!
Excuse #1 I have been working! Like, seven days a week. I kid you not. The only day that I’m not actually working is Tortoise Day because that’s volunteer work. But it still means I’m gone for most of the day. I’ve picked up some extra hours at the zoo doing educational activities and programs. Need proof?
It’s about the most fun job there is outside of tortoise work. I get to teach people about animals that I love, and my coworker is the best! She took the picture and doctored it up for me.
Excuse #2 Puppies! My friend’s dog had a litter of beautiful puppies, and Squish and I sit for them during the day, at least three days a week. I know. It’s not actually work because they are so precious, but it’s something else that keeps me from home and my computer.
Excuse #3 I’ve been writing! Like maybe-one-day-pay-the-bills-with-it kind of writing. I finished a prototype for a children’s book a couple of weeks ago and I’m planning several others. I was hoping to actually have the finished product to show you, but it is in transit. Sad face. I’m saving for a really good camera so that the photography for my kids’ books will be solid, hence all the working.
I’ve also been working some on my novel for people of the grown-up persuasion (I can’t bring myself to say “adult novel” because that sounds dirty and my work definitely is not). It’s slow going because I get in my own way, but it is taking shape. The characters live in my head all the time now and nag me quite a bit to finally commit them to paper.
Excuse #4 I’ve been sick. I have a weird illness that comes back to visit me when I least expect it, and it tends to stay for awhile. This time it hung out for two weeks. Two weeks. Half of September. Not that I am bitter or anything. I just need to take better care of myself so that it doesn’t sneak up on me again. Or maybe put a bell around it’s neck so I hear it coming like I used to do for my cat.
The important thing is that I’m here now, right? I’ve got some fun stuff lined up. I even have a secret that I am keeping. I can’t share it with my readers yet because it’s not my news to tell (I’m not pregnant, sj. Don’t even go there!), but I’ll spill as soon as I get the go-ahead.
I’m trying to catch up on all I’ve missed. It can’t take me longer than a decade, right? What’s new in your world?