New Bloggy Update 4/24/22

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We have bunnies.

Well, to be clear, we have a backyard that is basically a buffet for bunnies. One of them lives under our deck and is the most adorable thing in the world. It comes out every evening – I can see it when I’m at the sink in the kitchen. We initially had a groundhog, but was able to trap it and take it out of town so it could run around in the wild and not dig up our foundation. I’d call that a win-win.

Anyway, THIS COMING WEEKEND is the Spring Market Event at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard. If you are anywhere near the Central Illinois area, the dates/times are Friday, April 29 (from 4pm to 8pm) and Saturday, April 30 (from 10am to 4pm). There will be a ton of vendors, food, music – really something for everyone. I’ve been packing up my stuff today (got a bit of a busy week ahead), so I’m getting pretty excited.

As for Sanctum (the newest novel-in-progress), I’ve managed to get through Chapters 1 – 19 on Draft #2 so far. I’m finding that I’m basically rewriting the majority of the story. Not that it’s a problem – I’m making it “better” and into an actual story. The first draft (at least for me) ends up as just a starting off point. The characters are generally the same, but I’ve scrapped about 70% of what was in those first 19 chapters. Once I finish Draft #2, I’ll set the whole thing aside again for about a month before beginning Draft #3. If Sanctum is anything like Rage (as well as the books before those), I’ll go through 9 drafts/edits before it’s ready to publish.

I also want to remind all of you that the blog is OPEN and WELCOME to any music and art folks you might know who would want to spread the word about what they are up to. The Spotlight Section features artists of all variety and The FlipSide is home to anyone who is involved with music (DJs, Podcasters, and solo artists included). Please help me spread the word – all they need to do is send me an email (at Thanks!

As for what we’ve been watching recently:

Servant of the People – It’s the series featuring Volodymyr Zelenskyy (the comedian turned real-life Ukrainian President). He actually ran under the party of The Servant of the People (which I thought was pretty cool). Honestly, it’s…okay. It’s not that I don’t like him (I think of him as a Hero, truly), but I guess I don’t find it “funny”. I’ve seen about fourteen episodes of the first season and I think I was digging it at first because it was so weird to see him as “an actor in a sit-com”. But after that wore off, the show, to me, is a bit convoluted (probably because I don’t comprehend Ukrainian politics/government). You really might love this one, but, eh, at this point, I rather read about the REAL V.Zelenskyy and what he’s doing. Charlie is still digging it.

Hearts Beat Loud (2018) – A fantastic, albeit “heart on sleeve” movie about a dad who owns a record store coming to terms with his life. His daughter is about to leave for college after the summer, so they have three months left to “bond”. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did, but I sure did. Yeah, it’s a little sappy, but not so much to incur eye-rolling. It rides the line of solid feel-good movie with some interesting twists. High recommend.

Frantz (2016) – A war/drama about a young woman who loses her fiancee and ends up meeting the man who killed him. Interesting…to a point. I won’t give any spoilers, but around the hour fifteen mark (I’m guessing here, but I think I’m close), it felt like it jumped the shark. It’s kind of slow. It’s kind of art-house. But, yeah, if you like black and white movies (that occasionally show scenes in color for “dramatic look at me scenes”), you’ll like this. I recommend it, but know what you’re getting into. It’s an hour and fifty-three minutes and it felt like it.

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020)“Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics is a 2020 documentary film directed and written by Emmy winning producer, writer, and director Donick Cary and hosted by Nick Offerman. The documentary revolves around celebrities telling anecdotes about hallucinogenic drug usage.

What can I say about this movie – beside for it being a hoot! Lots of well-known comedians/musicians/actors give snippets of their personal experiences with LSD (among other drugs). Sometimes hilarious, sometimes thought-provoking, this is certainly a film to be appreciated by those of a certain demographic/age. Or anyone, actually. Heck, I’ve never done hallucinogens EVER and I thought this movie was extraordinarily groovy. High (?) recommend. πŸ™‚

So, there it is. Let me know how YOU are doing these days. What movies have you seen? What are you reading? (I’m almost done with Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams) And keep an eyeball peeled for random bunnies.


  1. I love seeing bunnies in the spring. We don’t have as many as we used to, and I’ve yet to see one this year, but I have my eyes peeled. πŸ™‚

    Nine drafts? Wow, that is a lot of work. I have three more chapters to edit on my finished ms. I’ll give it a rest for a few weeks before doing a final read through, then I’ll call it done.

    I agree with you about Volodymyr Zelenskyy. I think his background is interesting, but what he’s doing now is what makes him so remarkable!

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    1. Nine IS a lot!! I do something a little different in each one for the most part. For example, toward the end (say, draft #8), I’ll look at ONLY punctuation and spelling. Not that I won’t catch those on other passes, but I’m always amazed at what gets by, even after going through it 4 or 5 times.


  2. Bunnies! We have some that show up in the yard occasionally. Bond isn’t sure what they are exactly – same with the squirrel he saw this week. Hope you sell lots of books at the Spring Market, Sue!

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    1. Thanks!! It’s supposed to rain all weekend, though! NOOOOOO!!! LOL. The event is still happening – that’s what they said – Rain or shine. πŸ™‚

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