New babies!

Two of the babies peeking out.


The clutch is finally hatching! These silly babies are like a month over due. Have I mentioned the babies before now? I don’t recall and I don’t feel like looking back over previous posts. I think these are green rat snakes but I could be wrong. I’m just an innocent bystander, they’re my husband’s hobby. Though, for a year, I was mom in charge while he was stationed in Turkey. At that point in time, he had a collection that, including babies, topped out at about 100. It would take me an entire Saturday to feed everyone. Then I had to play with new babies to get them used to humans. And by playing I mean holding the little rascals, letting them crawl all over my hands. If I had a nickel for every time one of them bit the skin between my thumb and index finger….

I hope everyone had a lovely Hanukkah and Christmas. I took too many days off work and played with company. Any weird gifts? The strangest thing we got was…well, I don’t think there was anything strange this year. We discovered a nifty video game called Never Alone. It’s a gorgeous 2 player with fascinating stories and history of Alaskan natives. Check out their website and read up on how the game came to be. A great lesson on not letting someone tell you something can’t be done.

I suppose I should do a quick word count. (as I’ve mentioned before, this is more for me to keep track of my progress as I can’t imagine anyone being all that interested!)

I think I mentioned that I didn’t like the ending to the A story and cut about 7 thousand words giving myself a mini heart attack. (that’s 23 pages at 300 words per page) Well, I finished 3 new chapters, ended up ahead in the count and love the new direction. I was so happy with it, I almost stood up in Mcd’s to read what I’d wrote. At least, I would have cut into the crazy old man collection that was bashing the President. (by 10 at night, the place is pretty empty. Just the crazy old man club and me. We always nod to each other but keep our distance)

How to Sex Your Snake

Genre – Mystery
New this week – 2,436 words
Total Count – 46,962 words 
Release date: Early 2016

Chapters 1-17 are done. (I rewrote 15-17) Ch 18 needs some work but is completely outlined. Ch 19 is done. Ch 20 might be done. Ch 21 needs a bit of work. Chs 22-24 are just in outline stages still. My editor has me giving her daily updates with the goal of sending her the manuscript on Jan 2. We’ll see. It will be a push because I have commitments on new year’s eve and day. No, not the drinking kind!

Stay safe if you’re doing the drinking kind of things. Use Uber (or the like) or stay home and as always

Write one,



Did you get something weird for Christmas or Hanukkah?

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Melissa Banczak has lived all over the country, thanks to her now-retired military spouse. She currently resides in Florida, where she’s a reasonable driving distance to roller coasters in the Orlando area. An unexpected encounter with her daughter’s nine foot boa, Strawberry Margarita, led to the idea for the first book in her June Nash Misadventure series. When she’s not writing, she and her husband run. Slowly. She accidentally completed her first marathon in 2017, when she didn’t hear her husband ask if she’d like to stop at 13.1. She would have. You can contact her at

3 thoughts on “New babies!

  1. Not too weird but Very Interesting! I was given one of my late Grandmother’s vintage cookbooks. Titled “Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book” published in 1942. Among the odd chapters are: Cleaning and cooking game, Nutrition the 8 food groups, Pictures of proper table settings, and a Wartime Postscript relating to rationed ingredients. My Grandmothers were fabulous cooks, I like to think I inherited their skills! I found many handwritten recipes and notes along with newspaper clippings from that era. The most interesting being “What To Do In Case Of An Atomic Raid!!” Liver was 39 cents a lb. Ground meat 29! An add for Chesterfield Cigarettes, too! How our world has changed. With close to 1000 pages I’ll be into this cookbook for a while. Checked out Never Alone–Beautiful! Stayed home and safe last night. Cooked a pork roast in Sam Adams Beer–Outstanding! Happy New Year…I have a feeling it’s going to be a GOOD one. Write on Melissa!


  2. what an amazing gift. Did your grandma leave notes in the margins re: what she thought of different recipes? I love things that connect people through time. One of my favorite past times is searching for vintage postcards at antique and junk shops. Of course, I thumbed through some vintage photos once, at this shop, didn’t see anything I liked, and days later someone found photos of F Scott Fitzgerald in that same pile. I kick myself for not remembering what the hell he looked like. Those photos sold for a pretty penny too.


    1. Lots of notes. She had even scotch taped her own recipes over ones in the book…you know THOSE are good recipes! Not many shops of any kind here, it’s become an economically depressed city. Desperately trying to talk the husband into moving to FL. I figure it’s now or never!! 92 days to Key West……write on


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