Jack & Dad Summer: Day 18 — Cat-Littering Paint

When we moved into our house eight years ago, the previous owners left behind lots of old paint. The cans have started to rust through and I’ve got to get rid of this stuff. I mixed about 12 gallons of random paints into big plastic buckets and now we have a ton of this weird, Silly Putty-colored paint; I might add some color to make it gray and use it on the basement walls. But the rest of the paint is lousy, and no one seems to recycle the stuff around here.

To safely dispose of latex paint in the garbage, it’s got to be dried. You can pour it out on newspapers a bit at a time, but we went with the cat litter method. A few scoops of litter mixed into a quarter-gallon of paint clumps it all right up. It’ll be rock solid in a day or two. Jack and I got through quite a lot of cans this afternoon. It was strangely fun.

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Jack & Dad Summer: Days 11-14 — Road Trip with Mom

Jack took a trip with Mom over the last several days. They went to Hershey Park, saw one of the Treehouse Master’s treehouses (see below), went to Fallingwater, and visited my brother-in-law in Philadelphia. Bones and I are glad to have them back. We did too much emotional eating without them.

This morning Jack and I watched Summerslam 2014 and then I went to the gym, because clearly it is I who must defeat Brock Lesnar. We still have a bunch of housework to do, but I think we’re going to take it easy this afternoon and get serious tomorrow.

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BELL WEATHER Updates

A few updates on my next novel, BELL WEATHER:

– Holt will publish the book in July 2015. The tentative date is 7/7.

– It’s more or less done. I have a copy-editing round coming up, during which I will correct lots of stupid errors I failed to catch in my own many read-throughs.

– We’re considering cover-design options. I’ll post the finalized cover here as soon as I’m able.

–  My agent and editor are Men of Worth.

– I’ll begin working on the sequel this September.