Well, the book marches one step closer to being real. I have seen the cover art for the UK edition. Jackie Morris has outdone herself! I will ask permission to post it here. Some of you who are friend with Jackie on Facebook may have already had a sneak peek at it.
The publication date for both the US and the UK/Australia will be February of 2012. The concluding volume will be released in 2013, not 2012 as I had previously thought. But at least I can assure you that the books is finished, edited and safely in the hands of the publishers. Book four will still have to go thorugh copy editing of course, but the story does exist.
The weather here has finally cooled, the sky has grayed and I am comfortable outside again. I am now looking at all that must be done in the garden and down at my pocket farm before it becomes very rainy. Then I try to balance that against all the writing tasks before me, and I realize I’d best sharpen my self discipline and use my time more efficiently.
I still have blueberries and black berries to pick, and it looks as if we will have a bumper crop of apples, if the deer don’t get to them first. I persuade myself that berries will not stay on the bushes forever, so that is what I should get to first this week. But I know it is just a convenient excuse for being outside and doing something I love instead of sitting at my desk.
I’ve decided that this year I will go back to my old ways, and put away a lot of food in the freezer and in jars. I’ve made green bean garlic dill pickles, and all sorts of jam as well as freezing batches of blackberries and blueberries. Perhaps it is time to replace the ancient pressure cooker. I want to do cinnamon apple rings this fall, as well as applesauce and pumpkin. Yes. Better find a good pressure cooker.