Headaches, Paint Fumes, and Box-Climbing Cats

Greetings from Stockholm’s finest Hidey Hole!

I call it “The Murder Wall”

Also known as my apartment that is currently going through “changes.” Which is my creepy and perhaps inappropriate way of saying we’re renovating. Given that we’re hoping to move sooner rather than later, we figured it was high time to fix the apartment’s problems that we’ve been putting off for basically forever. Mostly some smaller jobs here and there, but the more disruptive bits involve repainting the spare room and tearing out the hallway closets and replacing them with new closets that have decidedly less ’60s retro flare.

So everything from those two places (and you wouldn’t believe how much crap one can accumulate in a series of narrow closets from the ’60s and a spare room that doubles more often than not as a storage shed) had to be removed and either thrown out or packed into boxes and then strategically stacked in our living room. I’m not a fan of the outcome, but the cats seem pleased to have a stairway just for them that takes them all the way to the ceiling. You’re welcome, cats!

Perhaps what I’m really trying to say is I haven’t had the mental wherewithal to blog. I’m sorry!

In other news, spring decided to GTFO and we went straight into summer. My annual hot weather whining has commenced well ahead of schedule. Luckily, we managed to get into Stockholm to see the cherry blossoms in Kungsträdgården back when it was still spring and the sun hadn’t yet decided to aggro and melt everyone’s faces. The blossoms were lovely. Also, we got ice cream, which may or may not have been the actual highlight of that particular outing.

 

Hazel and Holly

And in other news that actually matters, Hazel and Holly is coming along, albeit slowly. The most exciting bit (well, I think it’s exciting, but I’m a major doofus) is that I’ve formatted it for print myself! Woohoo! I had great fun doing it, even though it’s a pretty steep learning curve. But once you get the hang of it, it’s downright delightful. And, as a bonus, it doesn’t look like crap. At least I don’t think so, what do you think?

 

 

 

Also, I think I’ve mostly nailed down the blurb. It’s largely gotten a thumbs-up from my writing group, but might still be in need of minor tweaks. I’ll go ahead and post it here:

Nestled within an enchanted forest is the Grove, a community where witches and warlocks practice natural magic, brew mystical potions, and lock their cellars against beer thieving gnomes. Life is quiet and uneventful. Well, except when Hazel’s long-lost father uses necromancy to trap her dead mother’s soul.

That simply won’t do. Necromancy is forbidden in the Grove, and for good reason too. Nobody wants filthy corpses shambling around, mussing up one’s garden. Hazel is determined to find her father and undo his treachery.

But despite Hazel’s plans of becoming a one-woman army, she can’t do everything alone. It’s not until wild sister Holly convinces her to leave the house for once and go to a party that Hazel finds a pair of unlikely allies in two bickering warlock brothers.

Together, the four of them go on a journey that takes them out of the Grove and into a world where necromancy reigns and the dead won’t respectfully stay in the grave. Hazel will do whatever it takes to stop her father and save her mother’s soul. Even if it means turning to necromancy. Even if it means losing her friends. Because they would never help a necromancer. Would they?

Any and all blurb feedback is always welcome!

Hopefully, we’ll be ready to publish Hazel and Holly by the end of the year. We are, however, considering hiring a publicist to help make some noise for this one so if we do, that might push back the date a bit more. So right now the official publish date is a big fat “we’ll see.”

Lastly, here’s a picture of Jasper-beast not quite mastering the art of sleeping in a kitty bed, just because.

 

 

 

 


9 Comments

  1. Ahh, Jasper. At least he is giving it a go.
    Love the formatting! And the blurb is lovely; just the right amount of levity to pique one’s interest.

    • Jennifer Tyron

      Agreed on the blurb, nice balance. I LOVE the Hazel and Holly art themes. So adorable. Can’t wait to read the new version!

    • Sara C. Snider

      Lori: That’s what I thought hehe. He gets points for effort! Thank you. Blurbs are always tricky. Hopefully this’ll do!

      Jennifer: Yay for blurbness! I also love the artwork. Done by the same woman who did the cover (also a Jenny!). The new version isn’t too different. Mostly pared down a bit, but hopefully still enjoyable! 🙂

  2. Hi Sara! Boy, has been ages since we last talked. How did that even happened?

    So nice to hear of all your news. I know, I know, renovating a house is like going though hell. I did it a few years ago. Still bear the scars!

    I’m so excited to hear abotu Hazel and Holly! If you need any help of any type, just let me know. If I can do anything, I’ll glady do it.
    But how exciting that you may be working with a publicist. I’d love to do it myself, even if only for some time. I’m sure I’d learn so many thing I’m not able to teach to myself, no matter how much effort I punt into it. But alas, at the moment, that’s out of the questions.

    Loved to hear from you 🙂

    • Sara C. Snider

      It has been ages! I’m not sure how it happened but it sucks! Renovating is the worst. The company we’ve hired seem to be doing a good job though. They’ve shown up every day since they’ve started, which honestly has me pretty thrilled. We had to renovate our bathroom and kitchen some years back (different apartment), and what should have been an eight week job (according to their estimates) took nine months. Nine. Months. So yeah, my expectations/hopes were pretty much to not be as bad as those guys.

      Thank you so much for your offer to help! I might take you up on that when I have a clearer idea of what’s happening. I have mixed feelings about the idea of a publicist. On the one hand I think it could be pretty exciting and might be a Good Thing. On the other, it might be a complete waste of time and money. But when it comes to book promotion, I’m pretty much open to trying most things and if it fails just chalk it up to a learning experience.

      It’s great to hear from you too. Congrats on completing yet another A to Z. I read some of your posts and they seemed fab as usual. 🙂

  3. Michelle Morrison

    It’s good to hear from you. Remodeling is a major job, but hang in there. Cats don’t need an excuse to climb, but having stairs is an extra incentive. I like the Hazel and Holly blurb.

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Michelle! The renovating is moving along, so I can’t complain too much. It could be much, much worse. 😉 You’re right about cats. What’s funny/amazing about Sally (the white kitty in the picture) is that she has arthritis in her back and legs so it was both surprising and amusing to find her up on the bookshelf like that. Glad you like the blurb!

  4. Hi Sara – what fun … lots happening – but those relaxation moments watching the cats sort themselves out, clamber into boxes, get the hell out of the way high up make for some fun times. Well done on the sorting and I’ll be back to read the blurb … yet you’ve some thumbs up comments – good luck with all things and love seeing the cherry blossom – cheers Hilary

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Hilary! Lots happening indeed. And yeah, watching the cats always provides fun times. Makes living around the boxes a little more bearable. 🙂

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