Earthquakes, Updates, And Other Fun News (Including Cat Pictures)

Hi All!

I hope everyone is doing well. I know it’s been a while since I checked in. In my defense, I’ve been a little busy.

First there was the Great Basement Repair at the end of July. I live in a 100-year-old house with a basement that floods, which is not great, especially for mold-sensitive people like me. So back in February I arranged to get French drains installed.

Then the pandemic happened. At the time it broke out, I actually had a persistent cough. So I wanted to keep people away from me. Then cases started exploding in my county, so I wanted to keep away from people. I kept telling myself things would get under control and we could safely bring a bunch of random strangers into the house for a multi-day project.

Things did not get under control, but eventually I decided to go ahead with it. There was the concern that it might release a bunch of mold and I’d have to evacuate the house. And that did happen–but only for part of an afternoon. I’m glad to say that my ability to walk (mold exposure causes me to become so weak I can’t walk) quickly returned, and I was able to keep living in my house.

Exciting times! But the story doesn’t start there. Once the French drains were installed, I discovered that some of the flooding in the basement was caused by plumbing leaks.

Fun times, fun times.

Then we had the strongest earthquake in 100 years. No damage was done, but it freaked the cats out, which is what made me decide that Zelda, the long-haired of my two cats, is ill rather than just skinny.

Zelda is the bottom of these two synchronized sleepers

So I just got back from taking her to the vet and am now awaiting the test results. I will keep you posted, since I know there are a lot of cat lovers here!

That’s a long-winded way of saying that I’ve been busy. And I haven’t even gone into my big project to pre-record a bunch of lectures on Russian grammar.

However, I have managed to get some writing-related stuff done. Trigger Warning is chomping at the bit, ready for its release in the beginning of September (the audiobook is already out). And if you’d like to get an ARC of it, or join my ARC team more generally, email me at

And I’m already about 80k words into Honor Court, the next book in the series! Stay tuned to hear more once Trigger Warning launches.

What about you? What are you up to? Is 2020 treating you the way it is everyone else?

Stay safe, and happy reading!


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