1/3 Complete

Between working on marketing Quest for the Mapmaker I have been working on the second installment of Quest for the Mapmaker. It seems that I have such limited time its hard to find time to set aside for writing. Im pretty excited though about this second book. The story is evolving nicely and these poor kids are really put to the test along the way. A few times when I have had to wait a few days to write more it just gets me all bottled up feeling. Its like time in the story is moving along and I cant wait too long to let it out.

I’m happy to say I’m about 18,000 words into the second book and I know it’s going to be longer than the first. Maybe if life slows down a little bit I’m going to find more time to write. Today I’m working on tiling our bathroom and tiling the inside of the shower. It’s funny because I’m working on tiling I’m thinking about my characters and their abilities and how it helps them.

Alright break time is over time to mix more mortar and keep moving!


Step by Step


Here are the newly built back stairs. The steps are all new oak treads stained with Varathane¬†Gun Stock. The banister I found at Brick House Antiques in town. It was four hundred dollars for the banister and spindles. All made of oak and very similar to the front staircase in the house. The four hundred was a drop in the bucket to the cost of all new wood, especially oak. I was tickled when I found it three years ago, and I couldn’t be happier. The guy we hired to build it did a fantastic job in about two days. Building a structurally correct and sound¬†staircase is just not in my ‘do-it-yourself’ manual. I sanded and stained it and Darren applied the coats of polyurethane. Here is where I decided we would NOT sand between coats of the poly, we don’t need anyone (kids) taking a header down the stairs.

The house is still a dusty mess and we only go there to work on it right now, but we are almost finished. Cleaning is going to be a paramount job but I am so ready to accomplish that. So far these back stairs have been off limits to walking on. Now they are finished, we have used them a little. I can see their future purpose where the children are concerned. It will be a ‘run up the front and down the back, looping, chasing your sister for fun, or to kill her’ GREAT addition to the house. Then with that the addition of my voice “stop running through the house chasing each other!”

I can’t wait to move back in.