Happy 4th of July! (and ROW80 update)

It’s Independence Day! Let’s celebrate!

Are you doing fireworks this year? It’s been years since I bought a single firework. For one, I just can’t afford to do something literally one step away from lighting my five-dollar bills on fire. For another, I’ve been pregnant or had babies for the past four summers — which means I’m dog tired by dark, quite frankly. Stay up after dark to hear a multitude of loud noises and stand in crowds? No thank you. 
My dog is also one terrified pooch when it comes to fireworks, and we started hearing the nightly fireworks in our neighborhood last Friday. Seriously. Apparently some people need six nights of fireworks. And I  never saw this before I moved to this neighborhood. But it really scares my dog, and he’s been cowering in the bathroom at night. When I go to bed, he’s so thankful when I move his bed close to my side and he can be as close to me as possible. It’s serious stress for an animal that doesn’t understand what all those loud noises are. I understand it’s entertaining, but it is also dangerous and LOUD. Okay, I’ll quit complaining now, it’s out of my system. 
Today we’re going over the mountains and through the woods to Bend to visit my mother-in-law and marry off one of my best friends. It will be a busy trip, tons of family & friend fun, and a great opportunity for my kids to spend time with their Mimi. We’ll come home on Monday.
On the writing side, I’ve copied over the handful of scenes in Queen Witch that still need work, and now I have that available on my iPad so that I can work on it when I have time. I may get some good writing time in the mornings, because my kids will have their grandparents and my husband to play with — all of whom are supportive of my writing endeavors. Yay! I’ll update you when I return on the status of that project. I don’t plan another update until next Wednesday, though I will try to check in on other’s blogs during my vacation. Have a great week, peeps!

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit jrpearsenelson.com.

9 comments on “Happy 4th of July! (and ROW80 update)

  1. Have a great trip! I feel you…we just returned from Ocean City, MD late last night. I’m already sad to be away from the ocean.

    But! We’ll probably go back once more this season….so there’s hope! :}

    My parents had a dog (a mastiff, believe it or not) that was afraid of fireworks – and thunder, too! Her teeth would chatter!

  2. Hello! What a fun way to spend Independence Day and still get some work done this weekend. That’s my kinda schedule! Enjoy the fireworks and be careful in this heat! Here we ROW!

  3. Hang on a minute…..how many children in how many years?! Wow!!!

    Brilliant that you have a way of working wherever you may be and great those around you are so supportive. Have a wonderful week ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I don’t really care for fireworks. I don’t really see the point. They were kind of pretty on the lake from the boat we were on last year. (It belongs to my son’s in- laws, not us!) But not a big deal.

    What program do you use to write on your iPad?

    • I use Pages on the iPad, just for drafting new scenes. I don’t do any formatting until I email the document to myself. Pages lets you email as a Word doc. I do pretty much all of my first draft work on the iPad.

    • Funny, that’s how I work: drafting on Pages then I put it all on a Jump Card to work out the formatting on Word. I hate the formatting options on Pages (though to be truthful I’ve only been using Pages for about two years). Never thought about emailing to myself, oh well, I never claimed to be a technological genius.
      Enjoy the wedding!

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