Unfortunately, because of high winds last weekend—thanks to Hurricane Fiona—we didn’t get to have our family picnic to celebrate birthdays. Disappointing, but when we saw how hard Fiona hit the Maritimes, we really couldn’t complain. (One of my blogging friends wrote to tell me that Maine power companies had sent trucks up to help with the widespread power outages.) Next weekend, we’ll try again for a birthday picnic.
I’ve been busy, busy, busy working on my book Of Time and Magic. We got the first proof copy in, and as you can see from all the page markers, I found quite a few things to change or correct. I expect there will be at least two more proof copies before the book is ready to be printed for readers.
Despite all the hard work of editing, I still found time to have a little fun.
There was Gloomhaven with Dee and Clif.
And our friends Dawna and Jim invited us over for quiche and salad—Yum!—and S’mores for dessert. Double yum.
Dawna and Jim’s daughter and son-in-law built them this snappy fire pit.
Jim started a fire,
and the roasting commenced.
As you might have noticed, the marshmallows on the left are a little on the toasty side.
No matter! Tuck them between chocolate and graham crackers, and as we would say in Maine, you have a wicked good sweet treat.
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It seems quite cold and damp for roasting marshmallows but then again…can there ever be a WRONG time for a s’more?? I think not.
The fire made everything cozy. And so true—there’s never a wrong time for S’mores.
What an uplifting post this is … s’mores: delicious!!!!
It’s hard to believe that good looking book could have even one editing issue in it. 🙂 Those smores do look wicked good. Happy Bday celebration this weekend.
A-w-w-w, thanks, Judy!
Hi, Laurie – Congratulations on all of your word on Of Time and Magic. Fingers crossed that you will be able to have that birthday picnic this coming weekend!
Many thanks! So far, it looks promising.
Hurray! Pat on the back time. You’re almost there, and the cover looks great!
Thanks so much! I love the cover, too.
A most enjoyable post, thanks for sharing.
It sounds like you made very good use of this less than perfect weather, Laurie. Bravo and congrats!
Proof reading your own writing is very hard work as io=t is all too easy to read what you think that you had written and not what you actually wrote or the printers printed. I hope that you don’t have to do too much more.
Absolutely! Still more to do.
I haven’t had s’mores in decades. I could go for a few of them right now. They are a perfect combination of ingredients.
Such a tasty treat!
I remember learning how to make them in Girl Scouts! That was a long, time ago. 🙂
I look forward to the latest book, Laurie. I love the story!
Many thanks, Lavinia. I so appreciate your support.
The cover of your book is very striking, I bet it attracts the eye of people in the bookshops. Sorry your missed your birthday picnic, but I can see why, even from distant Australia Hurricane Katrina sure looked as if she was on the rampage!
Best wishes with the editing.
My apologies… Hurricane Fiona!
Thank you, thank you! I do believe it is my favorite cover.
Great cover design on your new book, very appealing. What was the process in its creation? Did you have any direct input, or did the artist base it entirely on the text of the story? Did it go through several iterations, or is the design featured in your post exactly as the artist first submitted it? Do tell, I’d be fascinated to know more!
Yes, I had direct input working with James at Bookfly. One of the benefits of self-publishing. It went through several iterations before he got Maya’s hair the way I envisioned it.
Good luck with your next picnic date
Wasn’t that wind wild? The kids LOVED it! And I heard that NH line crews went to BERMUDA to help with their power outages.
Your lunch looks lovely, wind and all. And burnt marshmallows are my favorite, so delicious.
Congrats on the steady progress of your book. I’ve loved following your progress!
Thanks, Katie! Let’s hear it for burnt marshmallows.
Hooray for blog friends who share information and Maine power companies that lend a hand! Someone on twitter had just been saying it was time for the US to return the 9/11 favor to the Maritimes.
I guess Maine did just that!
I have a hard enough time editing blog entries; I’m filled with admiration for the work you’re putting in. As for the marshmallows, one approved practice when I was doing that sort of thing was to blacken the marshmallow, east the outside, and re-toast it again. Sometimes, we could get three toastings for one marshmallow!
Editing is indeed a lot of work, fiddly work. Three toastings for one marshmallow. Excellent!
The firepit and smores look wonderful Laurie and fingers crossed for some fine family picnic weather this weekend 🌞
Thanks so much!
Your cover is so beautiful, Laurie. How fun to see it in print! And the s’mores look delish. I haven’t had one of those in years, Happy Autumn!
Thanks so much! I do believe it is my favorite.
I love the photo-by-photo storytelling of your s’mores feast with friends! With such a lovely book nearing completion (and a make-up birthday picnic coming!), you have much to celebrate.
Thanks, Carol Ann! I surely do.
Looks like a great time and of course more S’mores!
A lovely time with yummy treats.
Love s’mores and that wonderful fire pit!!🙂 Good luck with your editing and enjoy another weekend of birthday celebrations!!🙂
That sounds very Autumnal!Enjoy your delayed picnic.
Thanks so much!
SO exciting to see your book! I bet that’s a fun day every time. Even with all the corrections to make, it has to feel great to finally have it in your hands!
Happy birthdays to you! Hope you get to celebrate them!
Thank you, thank you! Yes, great to have it in hand.
Best wishes for the editing, Laurie — that’s a lot of nit-picking, but it’s got to be done. Yum — s’mores. What a great way to celebrate a cool day!
Thanks, Debbie! Love those s’mores.
‘Wicked good sweet treat’ made me smile. I have never had a s’more. We don’t have Graham Crackers either. They seem a bit like ryvitas, but it would be a funny thing to bake a marshmallow in ryvitas, so probably not.
Actually, they taste a little bit like digestive biscuits.
Ian is not headed your way, I hope?
No, thank goodness. Way to the south of us.
Keep having fun in between those revisions, Laurie. I didn’t have a printed proof copy of my book and have bitterly regretted it. It’s amazing what slips through when one reads one the screen.
You got that right. Holy cats! I have been tempted to get a t-shirt with the saying “Typos happen.”
Yes, unfortunately, despite spell check and other technical aides. 😦
Wow, Laurie, what a lot of work. I’ve heard it said more than once though, that the key to good writing is editing. You are a master at both. The cover is lovely!
I’m sorry to hear about the cancelled birthday picnic, but to your point, seeing the destruction on this evening’s news, shows how lucky the rest of us are not to be sitting in Fiona’s path. Cheers!
A-w-w-w, thanks so much!
Such a wonderful cover for your book! It must be quite a feeling to look at it, see your name there, and know you accomplished it. Surely, it deserves a multiple smores treat!
Thank you, thank you! Yes, multiple treats.
That is a wicked looking smores! I haven’t had one done in an outdoor fire in a long while (we usually make do with a kitchen torch) … with the chill in the air, smell of the wood burning, juggling the hot marshmallow to stop it from sliding out with the chocolate … best ever!
‘Tis the season for s’mores!
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