Trip Part 1 – Iowa

photo album

Since I have literally hundreds of photos, I thought the better thing to do was break this up. I’ll try to edit a few a day and post them up, that way you’re not inundated, and I don;t have to spend two days straight photo editing.

We left on September 26th, and of course had to drive the whole width of Iowa. I’ve been on the east side before, but it’s been a minute, so it was fun. Now, I already did a quick blog about the first day, but here are the nice pics I hadn’t taken off of the camera yet.

We stopped at Avoca, Iowa to go to the bank. While hubby took care of business, I dashed up and down the street, listening to the piped in 90s music.

It’s a pretty town.

And since we’re talking about Iowa, we need at least one cornfield photo:


And of course, the next epic thing about scooting across Iowa is leaving it for Illinois:


Wasn’t that fun? We’ll see if I can do Illinois tomorrow!

Have a cool bridge kinda day!


Good Intentions

I meant to blog every day while on our trip, but it did not happen. I am copying photos off and will be going through them in the next few days, so I’ll post about the trip then. Suffice to say it was a lot of fun and I look forward to next year!


On the Road Again

Yesterday we headed clear across Iowa, through Illinois, part of Indiana, and finally into Michigan.  Here are the photos in no particular order.

And now I go to Lake Michigan.
Have a huge lake kinda day,



Today was mostly spent preparing for tomorrow’s trip. I even have most of my packing done:

(The white pvc is hubby’s antenna case).

Just a few things left to throw together and then off we go.

Send good vibes. 


P.S. I also got the paperback version of Patrick uploaded.  How cool is that? 


photo of the day

Today was not very exciting.  I finished my paperback formatting of Patrick, did some various online stuff,  and tried my jamberry nail decals finally. 

That’s about it. Oh, except the fuzzy rat. I’ll try to remember to take a pic of him tomorrow. 

And now it’s bed time. 

Have a jamberry kind of day!


There Be Turtles


Jonathan and I are selling autographed prints of the Terrible Turtle Conspiracy comic (20$ includes S&H). We’re taking the first round to the Book Born retreat in Michigan on Monday, where we’ll autograph them.


As for the retreat, I guess I haven’t mentioned it before. Book Born is an awesome facebook readers and authors group. Back in June (just when we started saving to paint our house, ha ha!) Christine came up with the awesome idea of renting a lodge on one of the Great Lakes and getting together for three days.

Fastforward to now, and we leave Monday morning. We’ll drive all day, get a motel, then finish the trip Tuesday and arrive to meet everyone – including the aforementioned Jonathan who I have collaborated on a million things with over the years. The funny thing is, people think we’re related, but we’ve never even met in real life. So, this will be a first, that we are celebrating with a live Terrible Turtles Broadcast on Tuesday. Readers can PM their questions on facebook and I’ll throw them at Jonathan during our live appearance. It is going to be fun.

Past that there are a lot of plans. There’s a dark space park an hour away that looks cool, there’s a lighthouse, there are foreign pokemon I need to catch, there’s talk of a bonfire, we might watch a movie, there may be some book discussion, we’re going to head into the nearest town for lunch on Wednesday…My only plan is the TTC video, some pokemon, and at some point I am hitting up that lighthouse with a camera.

The retreat ends Wednesday, but we’re hoping not to be home until Sunday. It’s going to depend on how much money we have left, but if there is enough we thought about going to New York for one night, and then heading home through Ohio (I think there may be the tiniest corner of Pennsylvania, too), just to say we’ve been to those states. Bust, as I said, it depends on whether we can eat and sleep cheap. And since there’s three of us…

In other news, Brothers of Darkness is formatted and uploaded. I may run through it again real quick and check something I forgot about (a formatting issue), and I need to finish the paperback version. That’s on the list for tomorrow; that and digging up stuff to pack, since I need to go to bed super early Sunday.

And speaking of bed, I should head there now.

Have an autographed comic kind of day!



The Hair

Is done. Looks good. 

And I’m tired. Night!


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