A friend gave me a $50 gift card to Amazon for my birthday a few weeks ago, and today, while we in California’s Bay Area are living with skies that look like the apocalypse, I spent it on ebooks.
I was frightened when I woke up this morning to dark red skies—fires are all around us but haven’t been of immediate danger. However, when I first moved to California, a big fire erupted just a mile or two behind my house and burned through more than 3,000 homes and killed 27 people. Most of my street evacuated voluntarily at that time, but I had faith in the fire department and the hydrant at the end of my block. My faith was rewarded, too: the fire came no closer than about three-quarters of a mile.
However, the sky was so red and dark this morning, I thought the flames must be raging toward us. And I didn’t have a go bag ready. Insurance papers? Passport? Contact lens solution? What to grab?
I came downstairs and looked out my back window to the hills that had burned years ago. No visible flames. Checked the TV news. All about the corona virus. So I googled. And discovered that the smoke and particulate matter of the fires 60-ish miles away were trapped above the marine layer (the “fog” the area is famous for), which was coloring the sky. No immediate danger, at least not from fire.
Released from fear, I decided to party like it was 1929, so I went to Amazon and spent that $50, buying all the ebooks I’d been interested in or had recommendations for. And when I sat back, exhausted from all my shopping decisions, I realized I probably should have put that $50 toward a new Kindle. My first-iteration Kindle, purchased so many years ago, has finally given up the ghost. But I can read those ebooks on my phone’s Kindle app until I rectify that situation. Time to turn on the lights and read!
In cheerier news, I got some roughs back of the cover for the first book in the trilogy I’ve been working on since 1066. I think I’ll go with this one, but they’re all adorable. I’m excited about getting these books out there. Still a long way to go, but less far than before. What do you think? If you were looking for a light-hearted romp-ish type story, would you pick this up?
And now, back to the apocalypse and my TBR pile.