Thanks to the incredible generosity of our friend Mark, we now have a chain link fence long enough for the entire backyard. Mark dismantled the chain link fence on his property and offered it to me. It’s the perfect length for our backyard. Mark hauled most of the hardware up to Castle Frostbite with his trailer from southern NH last weekend, and we plied him liberally with food and drink in return.
Some Assembly Required:
My friend Thorsten is here for a few days, visiting from Germania. We’re spending our time playing with the kids, mucking with the fence, watching movies, cooking, and consuming ethanol in various forms, flavors, and concentrations. (But only after playing with the kids and handling power tools, not during.)
Autumn is awesome:
Also on the program: writing, querying, revising, writing some more. I got a pretty nice rejection the other day. It said “very close—send more.” While still a “no, thank you”, it’s a lot more motivating than a form letter. Rejections bug me just a little, but rather than making me depressed, they make me defiant instead. “Oh, yeah? Well, I’m going to submit something else, and it’ll blow your socks off.”
So that’s the fall around here so far. Our Great Big Family Roadtrip is coming up in a few weeks—New Hampshire to South Carolina in the minivan, with a few stops along the way to visit friends and relations. I have no doubt that it will be fun—we’ll meet up with friends we haven’t seen in years—but I also have no doubt that it won’t be relaxing.