smiling alpaca

Scruffy-Headed Drama Alpaca just doesn’t have the same ring as Drama Llama. At least I think this is an alpaca.


This was me most of this week. Except the only time I was out in the sunshine was to fill the bird feeders. I apparently picked up the upper respiratory version of whatever plague was floating around our house at Thanksgiving (which was so much fun for those of us who weren’t sick). I always feel dramatic when I’m sick! But no worries. I’m definitely on the mend.

I also woke Wednesday to find my website was down. The servers in Virginia that host my site suffered some catastrophe overnight. I’m incredibly impressed that the company had nearly everything up and running again by this afternoon. So if you dropped by during the downtime, I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

But I’ve been working away! SMALL TOWN TROUBLE is edited to bits and almost ready to be officially published. It’s always fun and a bit of a challenge working with small presses, but I rather enjoy it. It’s an interesting contrast to working with a traditional publishing house. One thing I’ve learned though is that the process is much the same, only small presses have much, much smaller budgets. What they lack in financing, they make up in enthusiasm. I feel so blessed to be able to enjoy both publishing worlds.

Remember to pop by and pre-order SMALL TOWN TROUBLE in either print or ebook. It’s so encouraging to learn that readers are excited about the book! I’ve linked to Amazon, but it will be available at BN.com and iBooks, too.

I still have Thanksgiving up, despite all my talk about getting Christmas out quickly. This weekend I’ll toss the pumpkins down into the ravine so they burst and become treats for the squirrels and raccoons. I’m hoping they will keep the raccoons out of the feeders for a while. This morning I found the lid of on feeder on the ground, and a male cardinal practically bathing in sunflower seeds!

Tell me–how are your holiday preparations going?


6 thoughts on “Drama…Alpaca?”

  1. Priscilla says:

    Glad you’re on the mend! We have our cute, little tree up, and I’m busy making a few Christmas gifts. My daughter painted a Christmas tree when she was in preschool. I kept it and framed it. Her painting goes up on the wall every December, so that’s coming out today. Makes me smile each year.:-)

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      What a treasure to have from your daughter, Priscilla! My favorite treasures are a cardboard mobile of the Holy Family, complete with Velcro clothes (it always makes me laugh and feel nostalgic at the same time), and a funny paper ornament with my son’s first grade photo on it.

      Handmade gifts are the best gifts. 💜

  2. skyecaitlin says:

    I am so happy you’re feeling better, Laura; I think many of us got the bug during the past week. You’ve also accomplished work, and I was wondering what happened to you, the other day. So glad you are back and running, too. I have not done anything for the holidays.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Thanks, Skye. I think just going to see the doctor today nearly cured me. Isn’t that the way it always happens?! Tea and Flonase. The dullest prescription, ever.

      Only a few moments ago I put my son’s Godiva advent calendar at his place at the table. I used to do LEGO, and even at 18 he’d still like it–but I think he has plenty! So I count that as a holiday thing. 😉

      1. skyecaitlin says:

        How very thoughtful you were with the Godiva advent calendar! So glad you went to the doctor’s~ I have Flonase; do you like it? What kind of tea do you drink? I am a coffee addict, but sometimes I have Lipton black tea with honey or sugar and a splash of milk. I can’t drink green tea at all.

        1. Laura Benedict says:

          I haven’t been brave enough to try the Flonase. Spraying things up my nose feels SO WEIRD!

          Tea: Decaf English Breakfast, and all kinds of herbal. My particular favorites are Sleepytime and Tulsi/Ginger. I’m with you on green tea.

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