Yesterday was one of the hottest days on record.  We went to Tucson and I think it was 118 degrees there.  I returned to find everything in the greenhouse wilted and a herd of javalinas emptying the five ponds we keep for wildlife.  They didn’t move when we got out of the car.  They were too thirsty, and before they left two of the males rubbed their backsides against a fuse box in the yard.  They were marking territory, telling the other javalinas to stay out.  Next time I change a fuse I’ll remember to wash my hands.

Tomorrow is the local 4th of July celebration, but we aren’t having fireworks.  I think the townspeople would lynch anyone who set off a firework after the fire we just had.  Across the border of New Mexico is a huge warehouse stuffed with giant (and illegal) fireworks.  Tonight the men will dig a huge fire pit to roast 500 pounds of beef and tomorrow the women will shred it to make tacos.  Personally, when the temperature is 118 the last thing I want to see is a fire pit full of meat.  With any luck, a thunderstorm will blow up.

Our local handyman has a walled garden with 70 pets.  I haven’t seen it yet, but he has pot-bellied pigs, peacocks, ducks, a fish pond and a grape arbor for them to take shelter from the heat.  His assistant, Robert, has caught his enthusiasm and has bought four ostrich chicks.  He plans to race them.  Harold explained to him that ostriches are not really tame and they can kill you with one kick and anyhow they don’t understand anything about racing.  Robert is sure he can make the scheme work.  Harold’s car was once stuck in a dry riverbed in Africa.  A male ostrich tried to drive him away by trying to break the windows with his beak.  When that didn’t work, the ostrich lifted his tail feathers and crapped all over the hood.  If Robert doesn’t put up a high fence I think the coyotes, mountain lions and bears will take care of the ostrich problem.

7/3/2011 04:21:51 pm

i was wondering if you could contact me on facebook i really would like to know how the sequil is comming on the house of the scorpion

7/6/2011 02:43:48 am

It's always refreshing to read your blog posts and keep up with everything that's going on. I have two questions: how do people contact you aside from the blog? I've noticed that you have some posts thanking inquisitive readers for their letters, and I'm wondering how these individuals send their questions and inquiries. Secondly, how is the progress on the novel? I recall a year ago, you mentioned in an older post about a 2011-2012 release.

6/30/2012 01:25:19 am

Hi Nancy! I'm a really big fan of your books! I especially love The Ear The Eye and The Arm. I am also quite fond of the series The Trolls Trilogy. That is what I'm actually asking about, I want to know if the sequel of the House of Scorpions was published, and if you are planning to write a fourth book or continuation to the series because like I said, I'm a really big fanatic of the whole series (Island of the Blessed especially).


henry ryan
10/19/2012 02:45:14 am

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10/6/2013 01:55:08 pm

Great blog post.

John Doe
10/9/2013 02:39:44 am

Hi I was wondering how one can contact you? I haven't found a email or a address. please respond to


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