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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Excuse Me As I Strap In

Life is seriously trying to throw me off the rails, here. I just came off a really lousy month filled with acute poison ivy, weight gain from the steroids they gave me for the poison ivy, bronchitis, and then it ended with a five-car pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I was car number 2). 

Yesterday, the auto shop and insurance company declared my car a total loss. I'm not terribly surprised - the damage wasn't horrific and it was driveable, but the car is 7 years old with over 150,000 miles on it. There isn't much to value when it's in good shape.

This leaves me in the position of having to get a new car - with no money to put down and a credit rating that's just started to inch back up out of the depths of the abyss. Not ideal. I had also been hoping to pass this car along to Anna next year, when she starts driving, giving me time to save up a down payment on something new-ish. That plan is out the window.

So it was more than a bit of a bummer, but on the upside...

Here it is in my hot little hand!
That, my friends, is the Advanced Reader Edition of my book. My book. The book that I wrote. The book that they're publishing.

The A.R.E.'s go out six months before the book breaks, to reviewers and bookstores, and luckily, the author gets a few, too.

And oh, when I held it in my hand....

Well, let's just say I got a little verklempt. The pages smell wonderful. *sigh*

Now if only I could strap some wheels on it and drive it to work...

One hurdle at a time. I've faced worse and barreled my way through. That book is living proof.

Go me!

Well, go me as soon as I get some wheels. Wish me luck!