This is my 500th blog post! Woo hoo! It hardly seems possible. We were getting ready to leave Italy when I started this, which seems like a lifetime ago.

In honor of the occasion, please feel free to leave me a comment with any new features you’d like to see or to tell me what I’m doing that you want me to quit right now.

The Boys will be here soon. They arrive tonight and tomorrow, and will be here all week, so I may be scarce. Actually, I may be scarce for the better part of the next month. Five days after the boys leave, I’ll be heading east to the rendezvous. I’m actually going to help set up this year; usually I get there too late to set up. I’m pretty sure Dad will be glad for the extra hands, but he might also be thinking it’s easier to do it himself! No matter–I’ll be there because I need to learn how to put the tent up. I’m pretty sure it’s a little more involved than taking it down, only backwards.

I hope to have some pictures to post soon. The kids decided it would be fun to push the limits in personal grooming. Vicky has dyed her hair blue, and Alex has a mohawk with a bleached stripe. Now you really want to see pictures, right? I’ll be taking some to tuck away to show their children someday. I had a nosy little punk young man ask me yesterday why I allowed my daughter to dye her hair blue, and I told him it was a battle I chose not to fight. Thinking about it now, I’m wondering why I felt like a kid who was 12 or 13 and couldn’t put a ball cap on straight deserved an answer. I guess I’m just nice that way.

I finished the Rogue Pawn read-through the other day, fixed some stuff, and hope to send some manuscripts home with the Boys this week. I still haven’t gotten any of the Sword and Scabbard manuscripts back from beta readers. Hopefully soon.

That’s about all the news that’s fit to print.


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