First off, a bit of exciting news: Sparkers received a starred review from Kirkus! You can read it over there. I’m very happy!
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…
It’s rained about a foot in Minnesota in the month of June, making it the state’s wettest June since 1874. It was quite the change going from parched Southern California to practically underwater Minnesota, where lately the first question people ask upon running into each other is, “Is your basement flooding?” Too often, alas, the answer is yes. Or if not your basement, then your in-laws’.
Last Saturday, I attended the Minnesota Peony Society’s annual picnic (for which I served as Dessert Competition Registrar). It was held in a park where the line between land and lake had blurred:
Then, on Sunday, my family went to see Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. The falls are on Minnehaha Creek, which flows into the Mississippi River. The creek reached a record high level last week, so the falls promised to be an awesome sight.
A kayaker went over these falls on purpose a few days ago for a stunt. I heard he broke his nose.
The creek itself is looking equally impressive these days. It’s not the time to go canoeing.