Thanks to everyone for their timely suggestions regarding timepieces! I have Ebayed, and a new watch will be with me next Tuesday (Monday being, of course, a bank-and-post-office holiday. Do you know where your Christopher Columbus costume is?)
A couple people asked if I just can’t have the crystal replaced — which was, in fact, my first thought, coming as I do from a generation where things that got broken were repaired. The local jewelry repair shop, however, threw up its hands and claimed there was nothing to be done; and the Dakota warranty only covers the watch’s innards, not the band, clip, crystal, or stem. Something to bear in mind the next time you buy a Dakota watch.
In the meantime, I’m moving forward with an Archers Beach short story, and will likely be posting an outtake from Carousel TIDES (that’s the first book in the trilogy) on Splinter Universe sometime later today, just to get us all in the mood for Carousel SEAS (that’s the third book in the trilogy. For completists, Carousel SUN is the middle book.)
SPEAKING OF CAROUSEL SEAS: Time’s running out to preorder your very own signed and/or personalized copy. Here’s how to do that.
Everybody caught up?
I’m off to do some housekeeping, including the ever-popular left-handed vacuuming, since my right hand is still kicking up a fit.
What’re you doing that’s fun today?