Summer is winding down in our household, which means my kids are getting excited to go on a trip someplace. Since we're homeschoolers, we don't take summer vacation with everyone else (my kids are old enough now to get really ticked about that), but we do take plenty of trips when school is in, and that means September is our month! We'll be heading up to Canada this year, a place we've never been, and we're very excited to see. There are maritime museums, the USS Constitution, and loads of fall colored Canadian country side, we hope!
Until then, we're sticking to inside fun mostly (because it's broiling hot in Texas), and doing things like bowling, video games, movies, and (for me) writing and quilting.
Book 11 is coming along. I don't want to spoil anything for you, just in case you haven't read the rest, but suffice to say I'm happy with the new turn of events. Jack (my target market) really wanted more Jed, Thomas, and the gang, so I had to figure out a way to make it happen. I love the idea of Jed having to save his friends from their respective games. He starts with Thomas, and book 11 is all about how he goes about making that happen. I'm really enjoying writing it, and enjoying the new possibilities the crop up as their world evolves. If all goes well, it should be an early September release date, possibly sooner. My goal is at least a chapter each day, and the book is about 25 chapters. I'm starting chapter 10 today, so barring writer's block, I should be ready to edit and add pictures about halfway through August. Finger's crossed!
I've finished my latest quilt, and I'm very excited about that. This one is for Jack. He picked the colors, and I picked the fabrics (mainly because I don't want to bring him into a quilt shop. It's so much like a library, and he's 11....). Now that it's done, it'll be going to my good friend Jenny to stick on her longarm and put the top, batting, and backing together. Then I bind it, and it's all done.
I'm starting a new one today, this time for my oldest niece. It'll be the first I quilt (put the 3 pieces together) all on my own on my domestic machine. I'm pretty excited to do this, and I really hope I don't mess it up!
Here's a picture of Jack's quilt. What do you think? Please ignore my husband's foot and my dog's tail).
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
I try really hard not to give in to ALL of the ideas my kids have for the books. They are varied, mostly insane, and sometimes extremely complicated. That said, my oldest has been asking me since the first book came out to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE add an Ultimate Reviewer list at the end of the books. Basically, these kids leave reviews and tell me their gamer tag, then I put them on a list at the end of the book. But, it doesn't stop there. Remember I said I "try", but I don't always succeed. Jack (that's my oldest) also wants them to be able to hashtag their favorite Jumper. He's #teamdirk in case you were wondering.
All I can think of is having to keep up with all of these names and hashtags. NOT something I really want to do, so we reached a compromise. I would add the ability to become a TYRANT (he's a genius with the naming things, right?), and HE would compile the list for me each time I release a new book.
In theory, I copy and paste, and hundreds of kids get a SHOUT OUT in the book. He loves it, thinks it's a grand idea, and swears he'll do the work, so, it's a thing now. I'm going back today and editing all of the books so that all of the readers know about the list. And I've gone ahead and added the names that I have compiled so far for each book. Good times!
I think I'm still #teamjed
When I logged in today to do some tweaking on one of the book descriptions, I found this! How exciting! Maybe one day we'll be #1 out of every single book on Amazon, not just our category! Thanks to everyone who purchased the books, we hope you love them!
It's here! It's finally here! In the words of my 11 year old, "Yesss!" (add a fist pump, and you've got the idea)
I finished up the drawings last night, and spent the first part of the morning getting everything uploaded. I also ordered book 10 for myself (in paperback) so I could send it along to camp with my oldest. I can't tell if I like having to pay for the book or if I think it's a waste, so I'm going to go with liking it, because really it's cool to see them on his shelf, next to all of his Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Minecraft books.
If you don't know what's happening in this book, let me give you a little idea....
In book 9, we left our young heros as they fought for their lives aboard a sinking ship. Andrew had provided them each with a beacon, but as the ship tossed and turned in the tempest, most of the beacons, and most of the kids, went overboard.
Dirk, in the ultimate sacrifice, gave his beacon to Jed, allowing Jed, and only Jed, to wake from the game.
Jed wakes in water, unsure of where he is or how he got there, afraid, weak, and very confused. Despite these obstacles, he's got to get it together, and fast. He's going to meet new people, answer a lot of questions, and race the clock to beat The Man and The Company, once and for all. Oh, and he's got about 4 hours to get it done.
The links to purchase book 10 are below the picture!
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