My laptop had been acting a little odd for a while, and on Friday it became very obvious there was a heat problem with the battery, even while it was in sleep mode. So I had to bite the bullet and buy a new one. I don't use my laptop for anything but writing, using the internet, and working on my web site, but I use it for that pretty much from 7:00 or so in the morning to about 10:00 at night, six to seven days a week, so they don't tend to last as long as they should. I use Macs, mostly because they preform well for what I need to do with them, and in memory of the one that stayed alive just long enough to clone itself to the new laptop before its hard drive failed, and the one that didn't lose any files even when it suddenly extruded a melted battery.
So knock on wood this one does well too.
We also have a pretty big weekend with friends coming into town, and we went to Sherwood Forest Faire on Saturday. It was a great day for it, overcast and cool, starting out below 70 and warming up to nearly 80 in the late afternoon. Then Sunday mid-morning a cold front came in and we went from 70s to 22 with freezing rain and ice pellets. That's what it's doing now. I want my old climate back. None of my native plants are native anymore, everything's dead. So that's depressing.
Emilie and the Sky World is coming out tomorrow in paperback and ebook, and you can find the first chapter here.
When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she's observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky, a disruption in an upper air aether current. But as the Marlendes investigate further, they realize it's a ship from another aetheric plane. It may be just a friendly explorer, or something far more sinister, but they will have to take an airship into the dangerous air currents to find out. Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements, with an angry uncle, an interfering brother, and an estranged mother to worry about as well as a lost family of explorers, the strange landscapes of the upper air, and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world.
Weekend and Emilie
March 3rd, 8:18