NaNo and Costumes and Shifters, Oh my!

Good morning!

It is November first and you know what that means!  

It’s NaNoWriMo time!

I will be giving it a go again this year.  I have the time and the support and I think I have the health (although the sleeping thing is still an issue), so completion shouldn’t be a problem.  

I have decided to retell something by Shakespeare: As You Like It.  

I am doing a modern twist, I am also taking it from brothers to sisters and setting it in Canada. This is the tentative plot so far:

Two Sisters, the younger takes over the other’s place in a large corporation(? A baking company maybe? Gourmet cupcakes with bakeries in cities all over the country) by cheating her sister out of her place

The older starts her own business in another country, taking with her loyal employees, leaving behind her son who is attached to the company he helped his mom and aunt build after they took it (a single bakery) over from his mother’s mother.

To the younger’s company comes two more sisters – one super bitchy, a cheater, mistreats her sister, uses her sister as a slave, takes all the credit; the other is super sweet, incredibly talented, knows exactly what her sister is, loves her anyway.

Both seem to be really capable of filling the position, the son holds a knock out competition between the two sisters, and another, and discovers that the younger is much talented. After the elder is taken out when her cupcakes flop early, she tells the remaining competition to do “whatever” it takes to take her sister down.

Son falls for youngest sister when she wins. Older sister ingratiates herself with his aunt.

Aunt gives him an ultimatum – get rid of the girl or get banished.  When he refuses, she sends him to his mother.

Younger sister is fired b/c of older sister, leaves with small severance b/c son makes his aunt do it, wins a lottery on the same day, changes her appearance and her name, and moves to another city  in the country over to open up a bakery, doing full sized cakes & wedding cakes but non-traditional (carved, shaped, creative), hires 3 people (all female, one of whom is gay) to help her with the shop  Keeps seeing her name on flyers, hearing bits of song lyrics on the radio in commercial with her name in it.

Finally, reads one of the flyers closely, discovers it’s a band with the son as lead singer, realizes she’d inadvertently moved to same city.  Disguises self, takes three employees, who have become closest friends with all the long hours they work, to see the band play.  Manages to become friends with the band, intending to get son to talk about how he feels about her. 

Decides to set band members up with her employees, esp lead guitarist with gay woman. Guitarist falls for her instead.

Older sister shows up in town looking for her. They reconcile when elder reveals that she’s had a change in attitude when a brush with cancer made her realize what a cunt she’s been. Younger takes her to see band. Elder immediately falls for drummer. Love at first sight. 

Pushes youngest to reveal herself to son after his mother is at one of the shows and sits at the table talking to them and reveals his feelings for her. Mother says “I got ordained to marry my two best friends together. I’d marry Son and Younger tomorrow if only he could find her and she felt the same way he does.”

Younger makes gay guitarist promise to date gay employee if she can’t have her alternate persona then reveals herself to son. They are happily reunited and only wait enough time for a cake to be made before getting married.

Son’s aunt gives back the business after getting into Scientology and everyone moves back to the old city to resume the company, leaving youngest’s bakery in the hands of her employees as part of the larger company

It’s one of The Bard’s comedies, so we’ll have to see how funny I can make it.  

We have the following characters:

Characters Involved                                                                                  Settings

Sister One – generation one                                                   Two cities

Sister Two – generation one Cicely                                      Two companies

Son of sister two  Eastyn                                                        Bar with live band

Sister One – generation two –  Honor

Sister Two – generation two (Sprinkles Cupcakes) Temperance


Three bakery people (one gay, all female)

Three band members

Only two of whom are developed. 

Basically, this is nearly a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writing job.  Should be fun!  I hope y’all are looking forward to it.  I may post the daily pages in my blog this year.  Maybe not.  If you are interested in being put on the mailing list for it, leave me your email in the comments section.  It will come from my yahoo email.  


I also wanted to talk about the MS Bike fundraiser.  TODAY IS THE DAY!  Today official fundraising begins!  And you can help us out by searching for us on our teampage (and yes, I need to update our little blog) and clicking on one of our names to donate, or you can just click on our personal pages here: and  (hmmm… I need to get him to personalize his page a bit, eh?).

Thank you in advance of any help you find it in your hearts to give us, and a warning:  This is not the only request I will make! At some point, I will be finding out the legalities of offering prizes for the highest donations.  We are looking to raise $3000 together.  It’s not a lot, in the grand scheme of things, but it is a pile for two people to try to gather on their own.  So far, we have  about $115.  I have $65 in cash on my desk, waiting for me to be able to continue personal donations so I can put it up (sales from A Year in the Life of S. Claus).  And I will be donating $250 more of my own money, in bits and pieces.  


Two more bits of business:  First, the costumes, second, the Scaredy Cat anthology.

This past weekend was the London Comic Con.  And we had a lot of fun.  

We only managed to get there on Sunday this year but we spent the entire day there. We saw a lot of costumes, and a lot of vendors. The best cosplay we saw were these guys:


They had it down perfectly, from the Yip yip yip to the phone ringing and the movements.

Mike (on the far right) tried to get them to break character but they refused.  They were absolutely perfect.  

As you can see, Mike was dressed as a Templar knight.  

He is wearing chainmail.  You can see the sleeve of it on his sword arm.  He made it of tempered steel, though the shirt has a copper body, in part. 

People, when you see a Templar Knight, don’t assume he’s a Monty Python character.  We must have been asked that more than a dozen times.  

The funniest questions came when I had to pee, though.  

Outside the bathroom doors, there was a standing of red and white fabric, hiding the washrooms from the  vendors next to them.  Mike took up a stance next to the fabric then just stood there, very still.    People started questioning whether he was part of the display, a statue put there.  So Girlkid, being who she is, started taking selfies with him…


Which was just funny as hell.  

One guy decided to come up and exam Mike, got in his face looking him all over.  Mike didn’t move.  He said later that he really wanted to start following him around though.  

Girlkid was a character from Supernatural, sorry, but I can’t remember which one.  She was just a little disappointed in herself because she couldn’t do the heavy eye makeup the character does because she was having a problem with her eyes and makeup would have been counter-productive.  


I think we both looked pretty good.

And I was Mina Harker, from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.   I wanted to go as someone recognizable this year and I managed it.  I was recognized several times, even if you could see it as “oh, she’s that character from that movie with Sean Connery. What was it called…?” lol  

Someone did call me out by name, startled me badly since he did it from just behind me. *laughs*  I was pleased though.  And I found out where to get the comics the movie was bas on, too.

Mike got his picture taken several times and asked dozens of questions about his chainmail and the sword he was carrying (a hand-and-a-half polypropylene one by Cold Steel. I have  single hand one by them). 

Then he was invited to walk in the Oxford Ren Fair’s Christmas Parade and we were invited to attend their Elizabethan masquerade ball.  That’s pretty cool, eh?

The other outstanding thing that happened was this:


That’s right!  Girlkid met Julian Richings! He plays Death in Supernatural and he’s been in Man of STeel, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Urban Legend. X-Men: The Last Stand, Orphan Black, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End, just to name a few. 

Mr. Richings is a grand fellow.  What a lovely man. We had a wonderful time talking to him.  He made his Q&A personal and cozy. 

It was a really good day, overall.  

Looking forward to New Year’s Eve.  


Now, the Scaredy Cat Anthology and then I need to get some writing done. 

The entire book, all ten stories by nine fabulous authors is now on EBOOK FOR JUST NINETY-NINE CENTS!  ($1.30 in Canada)

That’s write…er…right… you can get all of the cat shifter stories, from the likes of Josette Reuel, S.E. Isaac, Me, Romarin Demetri, Crystal St Clair, A.M. Cosgrove, Adalaine Rose, Edward Blackwood, and Laura Stapleton.

One hundred per cent of each sale is going to Wounded Warrrior Project.

You can get it here:

Amazon Global link:

If you still prefer it in print, you can get it here: Amazon US Print:

That’s it from me today, folks, have a great day!  I’m going to take the dog out, feed her, then get to starting As You Ice It.  


Yeah…that’s a bad title…




Santa is LIVE!

Good morning!

Make it happenIt is a good start to the week:  – Micky is doing well, though she’s sleepy.  That’s a good thing, it means she’s not going to tear stitches (like she did when she was spayed).  We’re going today to get her a Medi-shirt because the cone is making her depressed, which is bad.

Mike and I are feeling pretty good, though neither of  us slept well

The Santa book is LIVE! I’m thrilled with it.  It’s a gorgeous cover; the story is unique; and I think it’s an intriguing blurb (and have had people say so, which is even better).  


Choose daysWell, I absolutely meant to post that yesterday. A hundred things came up and I forgot I was writing the blog. ☺  

It’s a good thing, though, because I checked the website this morning and the


*happy dance*

I’m waiting on my physical proof but the digital copy showed that it looks gorgeous.  

You can get the ebook for FREE for a very limited time – until Thursday.  After that, as with the paperback, all proceeds will go to our MS fundraiser

You can buy the book here:









And speaking of gorgeous covers and greaat causes, let’s not forget about the anthology! 

anthology cover

The anthology cover is stunning, no?

Still for sale and still donating to Wounded Warriors Project. Don’t forget that you can pick that up, too.  Ten awesome cat-shifter stories from nine fantastic authors!

You can buy it here:

Amazon Global link:

I have to go for now.  The weather here is insane and I’m getting a massive migraine. 

Have a great afternoon!



The Anthology, Upcoming Releases & Life with M&M

Good morning, my lovelies! 

It has been far, far too long and I know that I should be getting my ass kicked for my lack of participation in promoting the athology. 

A few minutes a day is all it would take.  

I promise I will try to do better now that things are (sort of) calming down. 

But first I need to tell you, my readers, a few things.  One, is that the anthology came out April 24th! 

anthology cover

The anthology cover is stunning, no?


To date we have sold 52 books on Amazon and 17 on Draft2Digital.  That’s great! but I know that we can do better.  I know that you, my people, love my work and that you’re fans of the paranormal; of shifters; of hot, steamy stories; of wonderful authors.  I know that the idea of an anthology that is 170,000 words big, which is at least 50k bigger than most of the other similar anthologies out there, will appeal to you.

I know that helping out veterans also appeals to you.  American soldiers, yes, which matters a lot to my American and Canadian subscribers and maybe not so much to the others, but the programs that Wounded Warrior Project uses can be used elsewhere to help others. And 25% of our proceeds go to WWP.  


I got six copies of the anthology in paperback form yesterday (SO EXCITED!!) and since I am THREE subscribers away from three hundred, when I hit that number I will be giving one away, along with copies of HW1 and HW2 to a few lucky winners of a draw. 

Still not sure where to buy the anthology?  FEAR NOT!  I have just the information you need!

The Amazon global link:

Other Amazon Links:


Prefer not to buy it on Amazon?  That’s okay, we have links for that, too:


Go, my minions…er…my lovelies…*ahem* you saw nothing… and buy the book!  You will not regret it!

Life outside of writing has been… exciting.  *laughs*  It’s the best way to put it. 

About three weeks ago, I think, water started dripping through my bathroom ceiling vent. 




After the second time, I called management. They had someone come up and take a look immediately.  They went up to the apartment above mine and it seems that his toilet had been flooding and he’d been leaving pools of water sitting around. 


That’s what had been dripping into my bathroom, close enough to the toilet to drip ON YOU when you’re sitting there, unable to move away.

So they told him that he was going to be responsible for some of the bills incurred and told me the matter was resolved.

We were all, “Great!”

Then we went out a few days later, spending the day here, at the new place, trying to get things set up so that we could start moving things in slowly, since my lease isn’t up until the end of July.  Mike went back to the apartment, opened the door, inhaled and


The entire apartment smelled like wet, unclean ass.  At first, he thought maybe the cats had done a major number on the litter but no, he found a huge flood in the bathroom.

Really, management is lucky it wasn’t me who found it like that. Mike is generally much more level-headed than I am.  He went down there and dragged someone back up to the apartment. 

Turns out the outgoing sewage pipe between the apartment upstairs and mine exploded. It wore out (old copper pipe) and now my apartment is covered in mold. 

We moved out that day. 

Luckily, Girlkid happened to be home for the weekend and she helped Mike and I move two cats, the dog, him and I out, simply taking what we needed most immediately.  I still have to go back and pack but so much of my stuff is wrecked.  Almost everything that is in the bathroom is ruined, my bed, my couches, anything I can’t throw in a washing machine or dishwasher or scrub by hand. 

We’ve been bringing stuff over but we can’t be in there more than 15 minutes at a time, even with P95 masks on (which roughly means they block 95% of particulates in the air). I still have to pack up my books and movies, get the rest of my clothes out, pack up the rest of my kitchen, get my antique furniture out (and pray I can clean it).

It’s been depressing.

A few weeks ago, Micky (the large puppy I rescued at 4 and a half weeks old), took off after a bird behind me and pulled my left arm behind me, twisting it and overextending it at the same time, all in a real hurry.  We had no idea what she’d done.  Doc H said, “It’s definitely been strained.” 

Which was a really vague term to me.

I finally got into physio and it turns out she’s torn the tricep and tendon right at the elbow.  Allll y’all know that that’s been a lot of fun on top of everything else I deal with.  

However!  Mike, the darling man, recently bought me a bike. It’s a gorgeous bike and a beautiful ride. It’s vintage, too, older than my son. It’s a full suspension GT LTS-3 Deore XT (7005 heat treat aircraft aluminum).  Twenty-one gears. It was made in 1994. 

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Isn’t he a sexy beast?? Gods, I love my bike. There is at least 10cm of travel in the suspension.

Handles like a dream. Shifts like a hot knife through butter. 


And I do so much better on wheels than I do on my feet, let me tell you! I love that we love riding together.

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Aren’t we adorable?

We’ve been out three times this week – and he bought me the bike weekend before last, had it in for repairs and again twice more after that.  Yesterday’s ride was 11.7km (that’s 7.3 miles for you non-metric types).  Barely felt it.  Killed most of the hills too.  I only had to walk one and I made it halfway up it the first time I tried it. We even went a little offroad on a single track dirt path running through the trees beside the paved path. 

My bike swallows bumps like Girlkid’s pet dragon swallows crickets at dinner time: fast and smooth. (When he can catch them, that is. ;)) I barely feel a thing.  

My derailers are mismatched now because of a *thing* with the stem and the cables but it still works well enough for me. 

We are finding some beauteous rides throughout the city and it’s amazing to see this much nature in the middle of downtown. Guess it ain’t called the Forest City for nuttin’, eh? *chuckles*

I have to go now. 

Have a wonderful afternoon! And don’t forget to buy the book! 


PS. Damn! I forgot to tell you about the upcoming releases! I am in the middle of editing A Year in the Life of S. Claus and I have a tentative release date of June 30th. That’s barring anything else going wrong.  I will also be releasing HW3 – Ghosts Afire – this summer.  I have that scheduled, also tentatively, for the end of August. 

I am releasing both books in preparation for the Ignite Your Soul Author Event in London, Ontario in September.  I will be attending as an author this year. I will have books available for pre-order as well as books at the table and some swag. I’m nervous and jazzed at the same time and it causes a full on swarm of butterflies to erupt when I think about it. It’ll be fun! Mike will be with me so  he’s going to keep me on an even keel.

Now I’m out. Muah!

There are only THIRTEEN DAYS LEFT!

Yep, this is flat out a promo post for my anthology.  Or rather, the anthology I’m a part of; I love it so much I want to claim it as mine. 

[On a personal note: I’ve been sick lately, sick enough that I actually went to the doctor with the stupidly vague symptoms – I’m falling asleep, losing weight and one other weird one I won’t discuss in public.  When you deal with as much chronic pain and weird, vague symptoms as I do, going to the doctor with more is hard.

Now, I’m waiting on a bunch of blood work.  

But it means that instead of doing promo work, I’m falling asleep.

Instead of editing A Year in the Life of S. Claus for release in June, I’m falling asleep.

It’s fucking annoying.

Since I AM awake right now, let’s do some promo stuff, shall we? 😄]

 “A Guide to Claiming a Scaredy Cat” comes out on April 24th!

Here is everything you need to know about it:

We have ten stories by 9 FABULOUS authors (including yours truly):

Josette Reuel and S.E. Issac, who organized it.
Romarin Demetri 
Adalaine Rose 
Laura Stapleton 
Edward Blackwood
A.M. Cosgrove as Alley Cat 
Crystal St Clair

Each story is between 15,000 and 20,000 words; most other anthology stories are between 8k and 10k. That means that you are getting far more for the slight bit more we are charging ($2.99USD) than you do for the average anthology at more than 150,000 words.

Still with me? Good! Because here’s the most important part:

A full quarter of our proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project in America. I’ve talked about them and their work before. And I will a lot more in a little bit. That’s 25% of the $3 you’ll be spending when you PRE-ORDER your book.

Why pre-order? Because then you’ll be one of the lucky ones to get these titillating, adventurous, sweet, sometimes hot and sexy stories. Yes, they’re paranormal. Haven’t tried paranormal? This is a good intro! Love paranormal then DEFINITELY get this book! Here are allllllll the links for pre-ordering. Do it. You know you wanna.

Especially you. Yes, I’m looking at you. I know you love my writing. *winks* I know you’ve been putting it off. Now’s a good time, why wait?

Amazon Global link:

Goodreads:…/38396498-a-guide-to-claiming-a-…Global link:



Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. 

So sayeth the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) website.  

They began their mission after September 11, 2001. After approximately 3000 people died, including hundreds of rescue workers and firefighters.  Many of the surviving warriors volunteered for the military after that day. 

WWP’s mission is to help as many  wounded warriors and their families as they can. To date, they have 113,802 alumni and 28,073 family members.  What’s the difference between an alumni and a member? WWP says, “there is a distinct difference between members and alumni; the term alumni indicates a mutual shared experience and denotes your place in an organization was earned.”

The people WWP help pay no dues and therefore all donations are vital to WWP.  They offer Mental Health Support; including combat stress recovery, warrior care and an independence program; Health & Wellness; Career and VA  Benefits Counselling, including a Warriors to Work program; and their Connection program, which hosts events like hunting trips, sporting events and educational summits. 

Look at everything you’re helping create and all the people you’re helping when you pre-order this anthology.  

You get some seriously amazing fun and they get some great help to move forward in their lives. It’s a major win all around.  

So do it!  Pre-order!  Do it here!



Good evening, my lovelies!

The Cover Reveal party was this past Friday and Saturday and we had a lot of fun.  I’m sorry that you all weren’t there but I have to say, that’s a lot my fault: I didn’t tell you about it enough.  

The book comes out in FIFTY-NINE DAYS though and believe me, you’ll be hearing about that! 

We didn’t have as many people at the party as we would have liked, which was too bad, still, it was a blast.  These fellow authors of mine, they’re great fun.  I’m going to show you a little bit about them today, where to find them at least, and there is a bit of a blog tour coming up, I believe, were you’ll get to meet more of them.  

Would you like me to interview them?   That might be fun, eh?  What to ask… hmm… Wouldn’t want to be all boring about it.  Well, y’all know me, I’d come up with something. 


My first attempt at a cover was pretty.  You know I like to do my own covers, and I don’t do too badly, though I don’t follow the rules, apparently.  Take a look:

Bowman cover

Pretty, right?  But it doesn’t follow PNR cover rules.  There are no people, no scenery, nothing sexy about it.  (Although, really, I think Mike the black leopard is sexy as hell ;))

Josette Reuel (you can find her here!) suggested a few changes and I okayed some of them – but I like Mike too much to get rid of him.  So we adjusted the font and added someone – Sarah.  It’s gorgeous.  Take a look.



Isn’t it beautiful? I love it. 

Here is what you’ll find in my story:

Sarah Sokolov is a lonely Leopard, abandoned by her family when it was discovered that she was a white Cat. Photography became her only solace, the outcast grandmother who took her in her only family and friend. Her Mate lives like a shadow in her mind until she sees a documentary about a small town in British Columbia, Canada and grey scale becomes colour.
Mike is a whisky distiller in the Canadian Rockies, annoyed with his grandmother’s ongoing attempts at matchmaking. Life with one woman is not for him, especially since most of them can’t handle the fact that he is a solid black Leopard; so, when the past he didn’t know he had catches up to him and the violet-eyed albino Cat helping him steals his heart, he’s tempted to let the bad guys win.

I want to remind you where you can pre-order the book.  

First, though, I have to say something about what you’re getting.  It’s a big anthology, somewhere around 150, 000 words.  Each story is 15k to 20k. It’s larger than most of the  99 cent anthologies on Amazon.  It’s going to be worth every penny of that $2.99USD.  

So go, pre-order, get yourself a copy of A Guide to Claiming a Scaredy Cat and in 59 days, you’ll have one fantastic read.  Plus you will be contributing to a great cause: 25% of the proceeds goes to the Wounded Warrior Project.  So, you get great stories, you find nine new authors, you get reminded how great I am ;), and you help a program that helps soldiers re-enter civilian life.  I don’t see how you could possibly spend $3 in a better way.

anthology cover

The anthology cover is stunning, no?

Here are all the international links for you, too:

Amazon Global link:


I am off to deal with yet another migraine.  Have a wonderful evening!



Interview with S.E. Issac!

thunderclapAs part of the A Guide to Claiming a Scaredy Cat Anthology I’ve met some really great people and amazing authors.  One of them is S.E Issac, who has a blog named Monster in the Cookie Jar.

This is one amazing lady, lemme tell you.  I don’t know her all that well yet but I’ve spoken to her several times and I can say that she is upbeat, helpful, positive and cheerful. 

She’s a child of military parents, a veteran herself, and been through a whack of crap that life has a habit of throwing at you.  

And I was lucky enough to be able to be interviewed by her.  

You can read it over here at Monster in the Cookie Jar: Spunk & Honesty!

Have a wonderful day!  I am going to do a bunch of math review and make ginger snap cookies.  

I have a craving.


PS  Don’t forget to head over to support our Thunderclap!  

ALSO!  We now have pre-order links!  Check it out!  Buy!  


Amazon Global link:


Okay, now, I’m off.  Muah!

Oh my Goodness!

Good morning everyone!

It’s been a long, long time since I wrote last, I know.

A year, actually, almost to the day, I think.  Many many things have happened since then.  

  • I finished my first year of school in 25 years with a 4.01 GPA.  Yay me!
  • Girlkid graduated high school, with honours.  AND she got accepted to the university program of her choice. Yay her!
  • Boykid moved to Alberta.  It was time for him to make a change and he is doing well.  Yay him!  I miss him horribly.  His visit at Christmas was wonderful but I am very happy he is finding his way.
  • I moved to the city! It’s been great for me.  I’m stronger, more independent, happier.
  • Unfortunately, it was also the catalyst for the break-up with The Boyfriend (P) several months ago.
  • I got reacquainted with an old friend from high school. M was amazing then and he’s amazing now. Lots of history there.
  • I rescued a 4.5 week old puppy after her mother abandoned the litter. P, who drove me out to pick her up, rescued her sister. Micky, who started out at 4.7 pounds is now approx 35lbs and stands 19″ at the shoulder at barely 4 months old. She is a Corso-Rottie-St Bernard mix and will be a support dog for me. I have a blog where I will be talking about her (new post coming very soon). 
  • There was a college strike this fall and I got a in one of my classes! 😦
  • Wolfman is alive and well and we have been getting along brilliantly.  This makes me ecstatic.
  • I have lost weight and am getting stronger (although I have also fallen three times this winter and am struggling with recovery).
  • I have a new man in my life and am super happy about it.  This works, trust me. It’s one of those inexplicable things.

And finally, the two things I want to talk about.  

One, I am part of an anthology called A Guide to Claiming a Scaredy Cat.  There are ten authors writing short stories about strong female leads, feline shifters, claiming their commitment-phobe Mates and I am privileged to be one.  Here is our Thunderclap, click on over to support us!


Would love to have your support for getting the word out about this anthology. Click the link, choose which social media platform(s) to support with, then make this post famous! 💖💖💖

#anthology #scaredycat #authors #paranormalromance


The second thing I wanted to talk about terrifies the snot out of me while making me very happy at the same time.  Here it is:

I am now an official attendee for Ignite Your Soul 2018!!

Soooo much work to do.  

Write and edit the story for the anthology.  Finish editing A Year in the Life of S. Claus and HW3 for publication, finish this term at school, figure out swag and signage and a look.  Plus the promo work for the anthology.  And Micky’s training.  And, you know, life. 

What’s happening with you?

I have homework to do.