Good morning, dino-mites! Are you ready for winter to be over? I just want Valentine’s to be over. I don’t mind that I’m a bachelor dinosaur, in fact, I kinda like it. I don’t have to go into debt buying novels for my true love.
You see, I’d eat them before I gave them to her, which means I’d have to buy more and more and…and so on until my entire bank account was dry.
No, I want Valentine’s to be over BECAUSE SOME WISE GUY IS SENDING MARIPOSA LOVE NOTES!
First, the chocolates arrived on Monday. Then the flowers on Tuesday. Now a poem today! What is this world coming too? Doesn’t the man have any respect for personal mailbox space? Before I know it, he’ll be sweeping my boss off her feet, and that means…
SHE WON’T HAVE TIME TO WRITE ANYMORE!
Who will I have to sit on?* Who will not feed me enough books? Who will I have to insult?
I must find out who this Romeo is and stop him before it’s too late! Will you help me? You can become part of my secret love agents and apprehend the intruder!
I don’t have much writing news to report (I’m glaring at you, mister mysterious lover). But Mariposa and I did write out a bunch of resolutions and draft several plans for 2020. 2019 taught us some lessons—morally, spiritually, finically, physically, mentally, habitually, creatively, verbally, subtly…I’m running out of “ly’s”….
I wasn’t always the dinosaur assistant I should’ve been. And Mariposa definitely wasn’t the boss she should’ve been. And the Digest was sometimes the digsite it should’ve been.
Because Mariposa has this habit of trying to do everything from important things to unimportant things. And that doesn’t mean everything doesn’t get done, but that everything gets done without getting done. Or everything gets done less than best, resulting a couple extra typos, some flatter characters, or burnt pizza (that’s how I broke my foolish** tooth last year).
So one of her resolutions this year is to minimize her activities to maximize the quality of writing, drawing, sanity…and Dino’s Digest. We’ve been brainstorming some new ideas that we hope will take everything to a new level.
But first, I need your help. If you aren’t too busy trying to find that mysterious lover, I’d love it if you could spare a moment to answer my survey, so I can know what parts of my digsite I need to improve, keep, or decapitate.
The survey will take a conscientious person less than five minutes, a normal person two minutes, and a lazy person zero minutes. The survey is completely anonymous so you don’t have to worry about me suing, squashing, or eating you as the result of a negative response.***
Like the writing news, I haven’t much non-writing things to report, unless you want to be bored with all the snow we didn’t get or the awesome book we’re beta reading for Danielle. Okay, you probably want to hear about that last part, but you’ll have to visit her site to find out more.
But so you won’t feel too cheated about this section, here’s a drawing of me wearing a bunch of socks (see Emma’s post comments for the reference):
Life motto: when life gets you down, wear a bunch of socks.
Unlike the writing and non-writing news, next month I should have more to report, if mysterious lover doesn’t ruin everything. Mariposa hopes to start rewriting her Nutcracker retelling this month and March to prepare it for betas!
Also, the Author Assistant Agency is now accepting new applications! If you haven’t put in a application, I highly recommend that you do, and you might be seeing your assistant pop up on your doorstep. If you’ve already put in an application but haven’t received your assistant yet, comment below with a link to your post!
And don’t forget to take my survey! It’s only open for 2 weeks!
*Her new boyfriend, obviously, if he doesn’t back off!
**Like wisdom teeth, but the opposite.
***However, I can track all the people who don’t take the survey. If perchance you forget to take the survey, I shall not be responsible for what happens to my digsite.