The seasons changed, once again, and Jet is back in school. The weather is turning cool again, and I'm having the usual urge to bake and make slow cooked dinners in the oven.

This year, however, Jet is in middle school, and is having more to adjust to than ever before. He's figuring out complex schedules, multiple due dates, and how to communicate with his teachers figure out exactly what's due on what dates. He's also getting frustrated a little more easily than before, but I've made it a priority to make sure he gets heard. That seems to be the best I can do.

Kelly Wyre and I have released another story with Torquere Press, it's an 11,000 word novella called Shot in the Dark, and stars the indomitable Clark in his past playing with one of his submissives at Break. Ellis was in Hearts under Fire, as just a side character, but he gets his own story here in preparation for a New Amsterdam novel we've planned.

After John's family reunion there was the brush to get everything ready for Jet to go to school. Last several months have been eaten by putting together the real novel for West and David. The plot has been lovely and complex, and we're hammering it together in about 100,000 words. It's more about their magical world and the conflicts rising in it than before, but their romance is still true.

Both of us have been working a little bit too hard, and feeling the effects physically. I'm showing symptoms of my upper body overuse and all kinds of ways.

The neighborhood pool, however, has been of great help. Going swimming as both cooled off inflamed muscles and tendons, and the increased circulation has really helped carry away a lot of the ache, but the pool closes this coming weekend. Jet and I have really enjoyed going swimming nearly every day after he comes home from school. During the summer, it was essential for keeping cool.

But now that the weather has cooled off, I've gotten back into riding my bike for errands and lifting weights. One of the especially lucky things happened just yesterday. Weeks ago, I decided that I really needed a weight bench in order to do a number of the lifting exercises correctly. Yesterday, John got on craigslist and found a weight bench for just $25, when the very same model went for over a hundred at the local sports store. He called, said he was coming to pick it up, and we went.

It was exactly as advertised, nearly brand-new and in perfect condition. So John paid him, and we brought it home. So now, I am sore all over, for good reason. It is especially satisfying to know what we want so that we can jump on it we see that it's a good price.

Another thing I'm doing, is getting ready for Big Bad Con in the Bay Area in early October. Carl had recommended the convention, so I am signed up, and getting ready for the game sign-ups the Saturday. It's going to be an interesting scramble, but I have three alarm set all over the house so that I'll be able to get online in time. It's been about a year since I gamed in Oakland, and it's time I go back.

I hope to do more updates in the future, but I'm starting to realize that I'm really saving my hands for the writing when I can. The lovely thing is that when I do have a little time, I can just dictate here as I need.
It is good to hear from you again. All my best to the three of you.

The origami box that Jet helped me make fell on the floor and - as it is designed to do - broke into its pieces. Jet's clearly a good enough teacher though that, even after this amount of time, I got it put back together again. :)
Liked Shot in the Dark :) Looking foreward to next novel :D
Very happy you liked it!! Yes, I'm looking forward to the next novel, too. Heck, the next three New Amsterdam novels are going to be a lot of fun to do.
That brings back memories... The first year of middle school was not the easiest transition for my daughter. She was in the talented and gifted program with a particularly ambitious group of teachers, and all of a sudden in middle school they were sending her home every night with reams and reams of homework - several hours a night, and tons for the weekends as well, and complex demanding stuff. It was a bit of a shock for both of us. Eventually we both learned to work with it, but the first year was rough.

Congrats on the weight bench score. I have been very happy with my recumbent bike, but I know I need to do something for upper body and flexibility as well (dammit...)

I am very much looking forward to the onset of Fall weather more than I can say. It's always been my favorite season anyway. This has not been a great summer for me, health-wise - the heat has definitely taken a toll. I'm counting on thriving in the lovely cool days and nice cold nights. Then winter! - and I'm putting in my order now for some proper snow this year. Last year we had virtually none! :(
Yes! That. Jet's in the talented and gifted programs as well, but the teachers are a lot better about not giving too much homework, especially on the weekends. Still, they really are trying to push the kids to do the best they can and challenge them.

It is a little rough, but I can see Jet learning faster with all this too.

sophiap pointed me at a book called "The New Rules of Lifting for Women", and it works core stuff and flexibility as well as upperbody and back... I've been loving it.

The heat has been bad on my hands. I hope that the cooler weather is good for you, too!! I'd truly love some snow, too! Last winter was disappointing. I'll put my order in as well. <3
The cabal of teachers in this one grade in this one middle school were particularly brutal with the homework. I spoke with other parents with kids in the TAG in other schools, and it wasn't nearly as stringent. She had three times the homework that one year that she ever had in high school. I think they must have been shooting for some kind of academic booby prize - trying to get the kids to win some kind of competition, or something. I remember in conferences with them, thinking that there seemed to be some kind of an agenda at work there, beyond simply learning and teaching.

They've just opened a small but very nice fitness center right down the road from me (with a f/t massage therapist!), and there is a nice little Y in town, but I've hesitated because I worry that without proper guidance, I could do myself more harm than good, with all my orthopedic issues. I need to find out if I could have access in either place to a personal trainer who is comfortable with working with someone like me (and has the skillset to do so.)

Hope you've had a nice weekend. Enjoy what's left of it! ♥
Thank you!!

Ooo.... the fitness center sounds good, and, yes, it's wonderful to have a personal trainer who can really work with you. I wish you the best with all that!!

Uhf... that sounds horrible for your girl's middle school. Sorry that happened.