Monday, July 28, 2014

I Found Dale Bailey!

Well.  I should have posted this update quite a while ago, but whatever.

A million years ago, in October 2008, I posted a tongue-in-cheek post about how horror writer Dale Bailey didn't have much of an Internet presence anymore and how a horrible Lovecraftian fate was the only reasonable explanation.  I even did an artist's rendering of how I thought it all went down.

Oh man.  Well!  I actually discovered his blog was being updated a couple of years ago and forgot to mention it.  Whoops.

But!  But then!  I get an email from Open Road Integrated Media this month announcing that not only is Dale Bailey alive and well, but all of his works on being rereleased in eformat!  Which is great, because I'm never loaning my copy of The Fallen to you.  Ever. It's autographed, and I might need it or something.  I reread it a while ago, and I liked it.  It's very much a first novel in some ways, but I especially enjoyed the descriptive passages.  And the premise, which I can't give away in case someone other than my mom is reading this (Mom, I know this goes without saying because I typed "horror" up there but I'm going to go ahead and say it: you don't want this on your Nook.  There's horror in it).  But it's great, and I've always wanted to check out collections of his short stories.  Sometimes I see them out in the wild from time to time, and I always enjoy them.

I also enjoyed reading this interview between Dale Bailey and Jack Slay, Jr., about the book they wrote together, Sleeping Policeman.  Oh man, it sounds so scary!  I get it, that's how horror works but wow.

I still might read it, though.

Because now I know where to find it.

Disclaimer: I was contacted* by Open Road Media about writing a post.  I received no compensation and all thoughts, words, and terrible MS Paint drawings are my own.

*They found my blog from that Dale-Bailey-was-eaten-by-Cthulu post.  Yay?

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Good food. Beautiful people. Wonderful family. Perfect day.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Our weekend, belatedly

Saturday: library, dogs, books about scorpions, stickers on a reading chart, the park.  Swings and a picnic lunch.

Sunday: A birthday party at Cracker Barrel, swimming, a nap, dress-up.

Monday, July 21, 2014

An Anniversary Post for Laine and Robert

Laine and Robert have been married for 7 years!

This past year has been a big one.  They went to the beach twice, put a new roof on the house, traded in Laine's old car for.....another version of that car, and finally have some raised beds in their adorable back yard!

Oh, and then there's this:

They brought Ellis to the party!  This is the first year they've been parents and I think they're doing this whole 'happy partners' adventures so spectacularly well.  I'm so happy to see them so happy together, and to see them be, well, happy in their new role as parents to their sweet little boy makes me happiest of all.

Happy anniversary, you three!  I would say there's no way you'll top Year 6 for excitement, but there's really no telling. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Quilt Exhibit in Argenta

There's an exhibit at the Argenta branch of Laman Library going on right now called "The Sum of Many Parts: Quiltmakers in Contemporary America" that features quilts from textile artists and more traditional quilters alike.  I went to see it Saturday (and okay, again on Monday) to look at these amazing quilts.  I had wanted to write about the quilt names and all the artists, but I'll never get this published if I try that.  So here are the quilts.  You have until August 5 to see it for yourself!  It's a pretty small exhibit, but pretty wonderful and if you haven't seen the new library in the old post office this would be a great time to go.

I love our not-so-little-anymore library and I'm really excited about its exhibits.  I maybe wish this one could stick around just a little bit longer, though.  Still, I think I'll be dragging Evelyn into the gallery to check this out just a few more times to see it before its gone.