Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Good and Bad of August

This is from my perspective, of course.

This is my birthday month--and yesterday I celebrated twice.

We had the pleasure of taking a road trip to my daughter's new home (long drive), staying for three days and spending time with two grown grandsons and their families--which involved 3 great grands including one we'd never met before. What a great break from staying at home because of the virus.

With the re-publishing of Wishing Make It So, all of my books have now been re-edited and made available on Amazon. This was written a long time ago, not a mystery, more of a psychological horror. And the bad is every venue for selling books have been cancelled.

We've had really hot weather and along with it fires have sprung up all over the state of California. So far, none near where we live, but the sky is so full of smoke we can't see the hills and mountains that surround us. Many people have had to be evacuated, some with only the clothes they were wearing.

In the past, we've had fires that were too close for comfort--close enough that we packed up my computer, insurance papers etc., and stayed at a friends' home for three days.

A couple of bears have decided to roam the neighborhoods and raid trash cans. One was spotted several times at the dump where people bring their trash to be hauled away on Fridays and Saturdays. (Not sure if that's good or bad.)  People like spotting and taking photos of these visitors.

I've gotten a good start on a new Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery. My police officer grandson gave me some good tips I can use in my plot.

Lots of annual events where I live have been cancelled--rodeo, Hot Summer Nights dance and party, Friday night concerts in the park, the Apple Festival, and more.

More good is we have a great and big family who help us out in many ways. 

Hope there is more good in your lives than bad.

Marilyn who also writes as F. M. Meredith


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Update from when I wrote this: My birthday celebration was great--day before son and wife got our favorite Thai take out for dinner, day of granddaughter and hubby took us to Forestierre's Underground Garden in Fresno. That was amazing!. D-i-l mad supper and a delicious chocolate cake for my brithday.
And we have two fires burning in the mountains above us, so far not a threat.
So this has been a lively month.

authorlindathorne said...

I'll never forget this book! Wishing Makes It So. I read it like 14 to 16 years ago and still can't forget it. I couldn't put it down, but kept wishing I could. I don't usually read any type of horror because it scares me, but this sure left its mark. Every once in a while I see or hear of something like the things that happened in Wishing Makes It So, and I'm right back in that story. It was well written then before you had any re-editing done. I feel so bad for everyone living near those fires, and the firefighters. It's grim news. Happy birthday month, stay safe, and definitely stay away from the fires. I doubt the bears will be a problem.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Linda, the bears are not a problem, and so far the fires in our mountains are moving east. Our firefighting crews are fighting fires elsewhere. So much of what I wrote in Wishing Makes it So came from stuff that really happened--but of course changed to fit the plot.

Morgan Mandel said...

Cute cover!

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Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Morgan, the girl is cute on the outside, not on the inside.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Well, the fires have joined together and are now a threat to a community way up in the Sierra called Ponderosa. The weather is a bit cooler, so that might help.

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