Dementors, Cough Drops, and a Book Update


My nose and throat have been very dry at night lately, so I’ve been sneaking into the kids room to huff air straight from their humidifier in the middle of the night. I wear a dark, oversized bathrobe, and the kids’ humidifier looks like a little frog. Basically, it looks like a dementor delivering the kiss of death to a small amphibian.

What is it with me and frogs lately? I have no idea.

The past few nights I’ve ended up just sleeping on the kids’ bedroom floor, since the air in there isn’t quite as dry. Last night, about 4 AM, I was in there and started coughing pretty bad. So much that my three-year-old daughter finally said:

“Daddy, I think Mom put some cough drops by your bed, for you to have them during the night. Why don’t you just go get one of them?”

I really was fine–just a little something caught in my throat at that point. A few more coughs and it would be done.

Then my almost-two-year-old son said, “Sister said cough drop. Sister said cough drop.”

I guess I was bothering them or something.

Fortunately, the coughing stopped. Half a minute later, my son said, “I want chicka-boom-boom.”–referring to the alphabet classic, Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom, where the letters all climb a coconut tree. Haven’t read it? Get it. It’s great.

Anyways, I guess he wanted to cuddle with that book. So, I got up and handed it to him, then laid back down on the floor.

What happened next requires a refined sense of humor to appreciate. Just a warning.

All the coughing and standing up and laying back down had caused quite a stir in my bowels. So much so that it had created a gas bubble in my guts, which I passed rather noisily.

Both kids started giggling. Then my son said, “Hehehe…. Elephant fart.”

Sometime after that, we all fell back asleep.

In other news, editing Happily has been going very well. I write very clean rough drafts, and kept notes of changes and areas that needed to be retouched. By Saturday, the first copies will go out to my invaluable team of alpha readers.

I’ve also been considering writing a short series of blog posts on writing and storytelling tips. I’m not a master at either, but I believe I have some information and little tidbits that could be very helpful to others. I probably wouldn’t start that series for a little while, though. Not until Happily was safely on its way to launch.

As always, any book bloggers out there interested in an ARC copy of Happily, or a review copy of any of my other books, need only ask. It is literally my pleasure.

Happy reading, friends.

10 thoughts on “Dementors, Cough Drops, and a Book Update”

  1. Loved your post today! I hope you are feeling better. Your kids are hilarious. The order I wrote those is backward, but I refused to fix it!

    I’m looking forward to Happily. I’m booked thru March, but if you’re up for it then, I’ll certainly be in line to read it!

    1. Rats! I knew I should’ve dropped you a note about it earlier! 😛 Haha
      I still haven’t set a release date yet, but it might be for early April, so that ARC readers will have plenty of time to get through it. It’s just over 70,000 words, so not too long, but people do have busy lives, after all.
      And thank you! I feel just fine through the day. It’s just a little cough at night, but I appreciate the well-wishing all the same!

    1. A fine question!
      The answer is that we have a pretty thick carpet in our bedroom, and worry about it getting too much moisture and molding or something. Probably we’re being overly cautious, but oh well.

    1. Thank you! The cough is just a nuisance, really. But editing has been going remarkably smoothly. Today might just be the last day for this round of editing, then it’s off to the alpha readers! 🙂

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