I was wondering. Do you have plans for the summer? You’ve likely been asked two dozen times. My days will be divided between two things. Mostly. Writing and yarding. Is that a word?

Although the End-of-School-Year craze consumed May, I completed the fourth Oracle of the Vine Dresser story. Almost. Prince Deron insists he needs a more climactic ending. No promises. 

But I’m determined to release the next Minibuk this summer either way. And a second one before November. How? By sending two other stories to the editor for autumn. They’re homework assignments. I resumed my class the Five Year Plan (To Overnight Success)—cheesy, but accurate. Neither story involves dragons. Sad. But they both have creatures who shift. 

As for the yard work, I’ve got good news and bad news. My grape vines did not freeze in April. Thank you for asking. The bad news you’ve probably guessed from the photo. Two yellow jackets nests in one week. I found the first over the weekend. The second, well, it found me the following week. It’s going to be a long summer.

But I want to leave you with this fantastic verse: Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps. (Psalm 148:7) Yes, tanninim in the Hebrew. Meanwhile, may you live as long as Melchaiyim, even to the end of the age.