The Third Thing ARCs available!

Advance review copies (ARCs) of "The Third Thing" are now available (ebook, not print yet)! If you'd like to request one you can sign up here:

sirkkasmith.com/thethirdthing

That's all for tonight 😊

 

*Note: I did finally find a cover designer! But this isn't that cover, it's still being made. This is just a temporary cover until the real one is done.*



Line editing: Done! Also slugs.

Book progress continues... very slowly. Sort of like a banana slug in winter. 

I am the banana slug in this scenario, I'm pretty sure.

Speaking of which, here is a picture of a non-banana slug in summer, in the pond (click to enlarge if you want, it's the orange thing). It's not dead, it's holding its breath (you can sort of see its breathing hole squeezed closed). 

As I watched, it crawled out of the water, opened its breathing hole again and stuck out its eye stalks, and went merrily along its way. I did not know before this that land slugs could survive in the water. 

Not only that, but a second slug followed its slime trail into the water as I watched (not sure if it was encouraged to think this was a good idea by the first slug, or if it thought it was on a rescue mission, but it exited after a shorter crawl and didn't seem phased either by entering the water and holding its breath).

 

In non-slug news, I did finish making line edits, with much help from and appreciation to my wonderful editor, Naomi!😊

My search for a cover designer/illustrator has been going on for... months. Fresh attempts submitted today though! If it's successful there may be some more interesting news in the near future about where the cover is going 😀

Intro Post: 10 weird facts

Greeting!

I probably should have started with this, since you might want to know something about who is running this blog.

Since I like making lists, here's 10 fun facts to get to know me.

  • All my cats currently happen to be named after book characters (this was unplanned).

  • One of my eyes is bicolored.

  • I wrote and illustrated my first book when I was six, and distributed photocopies to family members.

  • I have prosopagnosia, which means I can't recognize people based on their faces. I have to use other clues to figure out who they are (voice is a big one). If you run into me in the wild and I don't appear to recognize you, that's why, so just say hi! I remember who people are, I just have to figure out the person in front of me is that person from my memory.

  • I try to keep at least 4-6 types of cheese on hand at all times.

  • I frequently get the urge to reorganize furniture, which consists of standing absolutely still in the middle of the room for up to an hour visualizing alternate configurations (which may or may not be enacted). In home goods stores, where I have the furniture item but have to build my room around it mentally, it usually gets cut short by concerned staff.  Also happens in the yard for plantings, where it can go on longer.

  • I have grapheme-color synesthesia, which is the most common form of synesthesia (associating colors with letters/numbers).

  • There are 37 permanent houseplants in my house (plus some temporary overwinterers and water plants which are harder to count in the same way).

  • Both thumbs are double jointed.

  • Occasionally I get an allergic reaction to sunlight.

I like to get to know my readers, so feel free to share about yourself in the comments!

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