The summer heat of Florida is reason enough for me to slow down and take it easy. Not so for BA. The summer heat of Texas is when she throws it into hyperdrive. Here she is to tell us what she’s been up to.
Summer, Gluten Free Beer, and Learning to Love my Upper Arms
waves from Central Texas
So, for those of you unfamiliar with Texas weather, we have four seasons: Construction, Hot, Damned hot, and Christmas.
As the asphalt is melting and there’s no Fa La La in sight, I’m going to have to say we’re at hot sliding into damned hot at an alarming rate. Nowhere near as alarming as last summer’s record breaking heat wave, but hot enough that we’re walking the hounds at 10 pm (also known as ‘when it gets below 95 degrees outside’) and the bird baths have to be filled twice a day instead of every other.
Thank goodness for gluten-free beer. I know, I know, beer is bad for you – there are carbs and calories and a little thing called alcohol that makes you get into fights at the grocery store. And the WalMart. And the craft store… Anyway, sometimes a redneck girl needs an adult beverage and GF beer is my booze of choice. I spend a lot of time on my back porch in the late evening having a drink and thinking about ways to survive until Thanksgiving when the heat will break. 😉
Summer is a busy time for me, writing-wise. I try to build up the stores a little, avoid the heat of the day in my little office, and watch bullriding on TV instead of sweating it up at the local rodeos (my springtime habit). Right now I’m neck-deep in a novel about two musicians that are trying to discover what’s more important – their careers or each other. I tell y’all what – these two are breaking my heart, over and over. I keep telling them, they have to figure their stuff out or else, but big-time wealthy stars? Don’t listen worth a damn.
I’m hoping to have the book finished before I head to New Orleans for Authors After Dark. That way it can be in my editor’s hot little hands while I’m busy wandering around one of my favorite cities on the planet. Julia and I have a list of places to revisit while we’re there – we tend to go a couple of times a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, usually,although this is not our first summer visit to the Big Easy.
My first summer visit down there, we’d driven to Baton Rouge for a bullriding (wherein I followed James DeBoer around a buffet, Chris Shivers bucked off and almost landed in my lap, and I watched two very young bullriders from the Carolina have a fight in an elevator), and we decided to spend a couple days in NOLA on the drive home. I learned on that trip, that the Place d’Armes hotel used to be an insane asylum, that if you go buy muffalettas in the middle of the night, you eat with members of the Mafia who are equally polite, charming, and well-armed, and that I could live with my upper arms being exposed. 😉 Seriously. I am the queen of sundresses in the heat of the summer now.
I can’t wait until AAD – waiting for hugs and visits and long rambling discussions about nothing at all. Please, if you’re about and see the pink haired tattooed lady in a sundress? Come say hi.
BA is offering up an e-book from her backlist. To enter, comment below letting us know what you do with your summers.
Open until Thursday, August 2nd at 11:59 pm (PST)
BA has added a printbook to our GRL Reading Challenge Grand Prize. Remember to post your list for your chance to enter.