Thursday, June 20, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

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I know it's a day late. But I missed the last two due to revision related tunnel vision, and I don't want to miss this week as well!!

What I'm Reading 

Er, nothing at the moment.
Waiting for my copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to arrive!

What I'm Writing 

Just finished a revision, and sent it off to the agent for inspection. Next, I'll be diving back into a MG ghost story that I love, but needs a massive rewrite.

What Inspires Me Right Now

Possibilities! For the first time on my writing journey, I'm not querying. Which is weird, and refreshing. I feel like I can concentrate on my manuscripts fully, and not worry about tracking queries, and working on revision requests, and researching places to submit - I've got people to do that for me now ;)

What Else I'm Up To 

Dude, a LOT. So I'll try to keep it simple here.

Strawberries are growing! Also Tomatoes!!

Running is much harder in the summer. I hate sweating. I hate hot weather. But I love running, so suck it up, buttercup. It's going to get way warmer before the fall. (Ooh, I love fall!)

My little son is trying many new things this year, including horseback riding and swimming lessons, and keeping up with some old hobbies too. Yesterday, he got the game ball at his baseball game! Go Junior!

Checked off the first item on my June Not-Writing-Related-To-Do-List. Last night, Mr. Cate and I saw Before Midnight. Loved it so much, I'll have to give it a post all to itself!

So that's my wrap up. What have you been up to??

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

There have been a lot of awesome dads in my family, not just my dear husband, and my own dads, but lots of dads before them, so let's get in the way back machine, because I love looking at old photos ;)

My great grandpa Tom Mills, as a teenager. His middle daughter would one day marry
The handsome fellow on the bottom, in the middle, my grandpa Harvey.
He had four adorable kids of his own, the first of which was my mother. 

On the other side of the family,
we have great grandpa Gilbert, (and grandma Laura)
who's daughter would one day marry

This troublemaker, grandpa Frank,  and have ten troublemaking kids of their own,
the seventh one being my dad.
This guy. Hi Dad! 

There he is, with little tiny me, oh, 30 years ago,
about the time he stopped shaving that mustache.

And here's my own sprout, with his dad, my dear Mr. Cate. 

Mr. Cate, my stepdad, Mike, and Cate Jr.
on the train at Disneyland, which is clearly awesome. 

Happy Father's day to my dad, my wonderful stepdad, my Mr., my Mr.'s dad, and thanks to all the dads who came before them, and taught them to be the wonderful fathers they all became. We wouldn't be here without you guys. And we wouldn't know how to drive a car,  pitch a tent, cook a pizza on a grill, bowl, catch a baseball, use a Commodore 64 computer, appreciate both classic rock and Neil Diamond, ski, ride a bike, cast a fishing pole, start a fire, use power tools, tile a bathroom, plant a tree, appreciate literature, or be the free spirits we are, among a thousand other things. Basically, we couldn't get through the day without you. And we know how lucky we are :) 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What We Do Besides Writing

My husband's brand new website went live this morning.
Here's a peek -

September Son Films 

The new site was designed and built by his good friend and collaborator, Jeff Scott Townsend.

There will be much more news to come, in the last half of the year. A brand new project is almost done, and two more films are in pre production right now.