Look, I know you’re all missing DJ, but there was a major computer melt down at headquarters–not his fault, by the way. He was with me out in the boonies and not guilty this time. Anyway, he and Cullen have been knocking heads over how to fix whatever went wrong since around three this morning. I don’t know much about the innards of computers and want to keep it that way, so I have no idea how long your boy will be M.I.A., but evidently you worry when he doesn’t show up.
He says you’ve been asking about me. I know he probably doesn’t say so, but we all appreciate the good vibes we get from all your interest in us. I know what we do definitely isn’t a sport, but that doesn’t mean having some cheerleaders on the sideline isn’t a welcome addition to our lives. So thanks for that.
I’m till working out with Barak and Bane when they’ve got time. I’m never going to be the caliber of switch hitter that they are with swords, but I’m improving. Not enough that Devlin has let me go back to regular duty. He uses me for other things–it’s not the same, of course, but I feel more useful than sitting on my backside in the alley and glaring at people. I still do that sometimes, just for grins.
Barak and I watch baseball together over beer and veggie pizza. As DJ has told you, this has been a real sucky year for our local team, but baseball is baseball. Besides, football season is upon us. Since I put up with the veggie pizza for baseball, don’t you think Barak should try peperoni for football? He won’t go for it, but I’m going to give him some serious grief over it.
Back to work.
Devlin here–I know I’m late. Sorry. I would’ve been here earlier, but I had to wait to be escorted from the lab to the front door before I could head for my office. Protocol, you know. The stupid thing is that when I’m not a patient, I can come and go as I damn well please. You’d think the idiots would realize that if I wasn’t okay–as in gone stark raving crazy–I’d be dead, not walking out. However, stupid as they are, Kincade will have his rules followed, but I digress.
I want to go on record here that I didn’t get mad at DJ for the flowers or the chocolates. But if I had cracked up and laughed, he would have been bitterly disappointed. After all, he was doing his best to jerk my chain. Can’t let the idiot find out that I find him more entertaining than infuriating. Well, most of the time. Once in a while he really does deserve to dust light bulbs and scrub floors. It’s better than kicking his worthless ass from here to Mount St. Helens and back, don’t you think?
I also have to admit that I wasn’t in too much of a hurry to leave the lab. Let’s see–getting fussed over by Laurel 24/7 or spending my day shoveling a mountain of paperwork from one side of my desk to the other. Hmmmm. Which shall it be? Of course, all that paperwork is still waiting for me, but I’m well rested and ready to take it on. Laurel sends her love, btw, and her appreciation for all the worrying you all do about us. She says it helps all of us–even Trahern.
DJ might be a little down in the dumps when he gets back, but it won’t be because of me. His Chiefs were soundly pounded on Saturday–to the point that their “player of the game” was the punter. How sick is that??????
You might now be able to see me waving from behind this pile of paper, but I’ll be around for a while today.
What a weekend! Most of it was sunny and hot–at least by Seattle standards. The perfect day to go for a long cruise. Devlin sent Cullen and me to go check some outlying tunnels near Rainer and farther south by Mt. Adams and St. Helens. We left at the crack of dawn Saturday, aiming to get home in time to watch the Seahawks game. The day was perfect for a long drive–even if the Mariners lost again. So did the Chiefs, for that matter, but the ‘Hawks managed to win in OT. One out of three–sigh.
Sunday was a lazy day for me. Household chores mostly. I’m pulling some evening shifts this next week which always screws up my sleeping patterns, so I’ll be in and out all week. Alexis has been working on Hunter’s book–in which my name pops up in it occassionally–while she watches the Olympics. Did anyone see the womens’ marathon? I’m in good shape, but running for 2 1/2 hours solid? Amazing. And the American woman who won silver medals at 41? How cool is that? Well, and then there’s the whole Phelps phenomenom–his teammates put on some amazing performances that helped that happen. I also got a kick out of the guy who won the 100 m–How would it feel to be labeled the fastest man in the world???
Hope you’re week is off to a great start. I’m off to get some shuteye–I didn’t get much sleep last night. The barrier didn’t go down, but it kept fluxuating enough to have us on edge most of the time.
About a month ago I taught a class for one of the local library systems, and they did a podcast interview with me before the talk started. It was my first (and so far only) experience with being recorded. I thought some of you might like to hear it. This link will take you to the page on the King County Library site. Scroll down until you see Barak’s book cover and click there. http://www.kcls.org/events/author.cfm#padma
As promised, here’s Stacy’s picture:
Okay, what’s going on around here? If it’s not some blood-sucking vamp boy sneaking in while I’m on vacation, it’s Jake the Snake slithering in behind my back.
Obviously, I need to either strengthen my firewalls or shut this site down for a while. Since the second option is unacceptable, that leaves working harder to keep the unwanted vermin out. Well, you all seem to want them, but I defintely don’t. I don’t mind fighting alongside Jake and company, but that doesn’t mean I want to share the blog with him. I fried his dragon for him, btw. I also pirated a copy of his game, modified it a bit, and then sent it on to Trahern. The big man wasn’t particularly happy with how the game played out–good thing for Jake that Missouri is 2000 miles away.
On a lighter note, what do you all think of synchronized diving? Where did that come from? And did you see them playing Olympic badminton? How very odd!
I’m on duty all night, so I’d better go check on things–
DJ, owner and operator of this blog.
Morning, ladies–Jake Beck from the Missouri Paladins here. Thought it was time I stopped into to say hi. Normally, I don’t hold with poaching on another man’s territory, but we’re talking about DJ here. It’s not fair that he gets so much of your attention. I get lonely, too, you know! I’ll return control of the blog to him . . . eventually.
I’m still working on that dragon computer game that Brenna so admired–actually, I think she admired me, period, but Trahern’s the jealous sort, so she hid it well. Jarvis keeps warning me to leave her alone, but really all we talk about is the game. I keep asking Jarvis to send me to Seattle on Paladin business, but he seems to think that Trahern would object–strenuously, if you get my drift. I really don’t need any more time strapped down to a metal table in the lab, so I guess I’ll stay where I am. For the time being anyway. 8-D
It’s been pretty quiet around here for the past couple of weeks, which always sets my teeth on edge. It’s like waiting for a storm to roll through, one you can feel gathering on the horizon. Our earthquakes tend not to be quite so spectacular as you get in other areas, but they come in bunches–light and shallow so that most people can’t even feel them. But animals know, and so do we. The barrier can end up looking like one of those strobe lights they have at dance clubs.
I see from his blog, DJ is a football fan. No surprise there. Missouri has two pro teams–the Rams in St. Louis and the Chiefs in Kansas City. Hopefully one of them will have a good season. I’ve been watching some of the Olympics. Saw a couple of the gymnists fall–gotta give them credit for dusting themselves off and going right back at it.
Don’t know how long I’ll have control of the blog, but until I get called away or DJ steals it back, I’ll be hanging around.
Boy, last night was a banner night in sports for me! First of all, Alexis’s favorite Mariner Raul Ibanez hit a walk off homer to win the game in the bottom of the ninth! That man has been on fire lately–the other night he picked up 6 rbi’s in one inning!
And then the Chiefs played a pre-season game last night and won! Does life get any better??????
Barak is a little more subdued, but let me tell you Larem and Bavi were hooting it up with the best of them! Professional sports is new to them, but they’re taking to cheering on their favorite teams like a duck to water. I’m thinking we’ll be making a trip to the mall soon to outfit Bavi with all the necessary jerseys and caps to pay homage to his teams. Sounds like fun.
DJ–off to catch up on some z’s. The Chiefs game lasted till around midnight.
Okay, I know it’s already Wednesday and I’m just now putting in an appearance. I’d like to say that I’ve been buried in work, but that would be a lie. I did do the photoshoot for Delilah while Alexis was AWOL. And I did take off on that snazzy bike for a long ride. Boy, was that fun! Nothing clears the mind like hours and hours ripping down the highway on a bike. Made me smile–and I have the bugs on my teeth to prove it!
Alexis has been wearing me out with stories of her adventures at her conference. Sounds like she had an all around good time catching up with old friends and making a few new ones. She also spent some quality time with her editors and her agent, so all good stuff. Wish I’d been there to see her and Bonnie dancing the night away at the Harlequin party. Alexis tells me she doesn’t dance often, but at least she did boogie a little bit. Sounds like the deejay had the music cranked up to deafening levels and played a great variety of music. Alexis’s favorites were THE LOVE SHACK and SATISFACTION by the Stones. She always loves Mick and the boys. I also missed seeing the chocolate fountain–now that’s a darn shame. The possibilities are endless–chocolate covere strawberries, marshmallows, etc.
Alexis just got the page proofs for Darkness Unknown, so she’s busy hunting down all of those elusive typos. She’s hoping to get back to finishing up Hunter’s book by tomorrow or Friday. That should keep her out of trouble.
And thanks to Delilah for sending me copies of a couple of the snapshots.
Happy Monday–This will probably be pretty random. I got home yesterday afternoon, but I don’t think my brain has caught up with me yet. National has that effect on me. It will be Wednesday before I’m back up to full speed. Between decompressing from all the excitement at the conference and catching up with my life at home, it takes awhile to find my way back to normal. <g>
Bonnie and I did have a great time, both with each other and with other friends. I had a wonderful dinner with the great people from Pocket as well as the other Pocket authors. I sat with my great buddy, Susan Sizemore, and got caught up with each other. She and I are the same age and loved all the same old television shows. Anyone else remember how hot David McCallum looked as Illya in Man from UNCLE?
My friend Janice Kay Johnson, who’s the one who told me I could write books and helped me do exactly that, won the RITA in the series category for her amazing book, SNOWBOUND from Harlequin Superromance. If you’ve never read her books, you should.
The literacy signing had 500+ authors signing their books and meeting with fans (Hi to Stacy and her friend!). We raised over $50,000 for literacy in just about two hours. The only trouble is that if you’re the one signing, it’s hard to do any shopping yourself. I did get Eve Kenin’s new HIDDEN, the sequel to DRIVEN, which I really loved. They’re our kind of books, so check them out if you get a chance. The concept is very fresh and different–and Wizard is a great hero.
More later and I’ll try to figure out where DJ’s run off to this time. And I’ll be having a talk with Rafferty about sneaking in and taking over.