Our son Daniel came home recently from doing pirate ops with the US Navy off Somalia.  It sounds more exciting than it is.  If a US Navy patrol boat sights a hijacking they have to get permission from (I guess) Washington before they can do anything about it.  It takes a day, by which time the pirates are gone and are laughing over the latest haul they’ve made.  Fortunately, not every country is so slipshod.  The Turks, Chinese, Indians and several others have gone into battle and rescued endangered merchant ships.

One of the neighbor’s bulls got loose and got into several yards.  We have a cattle grid, but the bull learned how to walk along the edge of it and get in. He emptied the ponds we keep for wildlife.  Harold went out to block the grid and found a deadly coral snake at the bottom.  They are much more toxic than rattlesnakes.  But they are shy creatures that come out at dusk and their mouths are so small they can’t bite anything larger than a finger.  Of course you don’t want them to get your finger because it’s lethal.

One night Harold discovered a giant centipede in the bathroom and called for me to catch it.  I managed to curl it up in a cup and take it outside.  Harold looked out the kitchen window and saw a fire explode among some mesquite trees not far way.  It was dark and we couldn’t see what was burning.  Harold called 911 while Daniel and I got hoses to wet the house down.  Then Daniel said he thought Eric Hayes' house was on fire.  Eric is a disabled veteran and so Harold immediately drove over to try to rescue him.  He arrived at the same time as the fire engine.  Eric was fine.  But his workshop, which contained three vehicles, was a write off.  While this was going on I could hear explosions as though ammunition had been stored in the shop.  Eric says he didn't have an arms cache, and maybe he didn’t.

We ‘ve been having some expensive problems here.  Just before Thanksgiving Harold tried to plug in a strobe light under the car.  He uses it to scare away pack rats. Pack rats like to make nests in car engines.  They chew the insulation and wires, drag in seed pods and have lots of babies.  They can absolutely wreck a car, so we have been leaving the hood open and a strobe light underneath.

When Harold plugged in the light it exploded in his hand, made him partially deaf in one ear and turned his hand black with soot.  The lights in the house started to blink and burn out.  The power surge melted the surge protectors, the modem, the telephone, the answering machine and the electric toothbrushes.  It burnt out the electrical controls on the stove and dishwasher, and almost fried the refrigerators, TV and computer.  You don’t realize how many electrical appliances you have until something like this happens.

It took us a week to find the problem, during which we were afraid to turn on anything.  We had no internet and no telephone.  We put the local repairmen to work, plus a local electrician and an official electrician.  They finally found two wires that had fused, and a fuse box that wasn’t properly closed (the javalinas had been using it to mark territory), and an electric pole that had collapsed farther up the mountain because of last summer’s fire.

In the middle of this came Thanksgiving.  We turned off everything and headed for Tucson to be with Jim, a fighter pilot in our old writing group, who was visiting his son.  They threw a great party.  On the way home we crossed the Cienega Wildlife Reserve, which is a river that cuts deep below the surrounding countryside.  All the cottonwood trees by the river had turned gold and since they were at the same height as the mesquites above them, it looked like a river of gold cutting through a forest.

Yes, I am working steadily on God’s Ashtray in spite of interruptions.  I will answer letters in the next blog (promise!).

zach walker
12/4/2011 05:25:18 am

Hello. I would like to start off my saying that i love your work. I have read every book you have written, and most twice. I would also like to say that House of the Scorpion is my all-time favorite book, which I have read countless times sinse it came out in 2002. I know you get a lot of people asking for a sequel, and after reading parts of the blog, I know that you are working on one, but do you know when I might get a chance to read it? I've been waiting for a long time before I found this blog without knowing if you were even makeing one, and I am so glad to find out that you are. Thanks so much from your biggest fan! :)

Jazmine A.
12/4/2011 01:26:46 pm

Yay, new blog entry! This just made my day (although I have had a boring day). I think you should put new stuff up more often, I like to read it. ..Well, I suppose it is kind of hard to put stuff on the Internet when your Internet (and every other electrical machine) is down...

AJ Bacigalupo
12/7/2011 04:24:40 am

Dear Mrs. Nancy,
I loved the trolls trilogy and house of the scorpions. I was a year late buying Islands even though i knew it was coming out but never it had. Please make a sequel to trolls!!!! My friend and I have had the time of ours lid=fes reading them please see you thanks

Kayla Jordan
12/14/2011 07:58:45 am

Hi Mrs. Farmer,
I must say that I absolutely love the book "The House of the Scorpion". I have read it countless of times and it never gets old. I was wondering if you were plannig on making a sequel to it. I also have a question because I am doing a book report on "The House of the Scorpion" and i was wondering what happens to Matt and Maria? Do they eventually end up having a relationship with eachother, does Matt decide to live with Celia in Opium and have everyone else join him as well, and what happens with the shipments of opium?
Thank you for taking time to read this.
Sincerely, Kayla Jordan

1/4/2012 01:59:12 pm

Dear Mrs. Nancy,
I read house of the scorpion about 5 years ago and i have been eagerly awaiting for the next book. I was wonder how long do you think it will take for you to get the sequel done. Also, in the mean time would you consider post sneak peeks. That would be throughly enjoyable. You could still change the sneak peeks , but at least i would have snippets to survive on before the main course. Please dont let me starve, i am not below begging for morsels of your writing
Thank you
P.S. I am foreign so my english is terrible sorry hope you can understand me. *wink,wink,nudge,nudge*

1/5/2012 11:29:58 pm

I am doing an I search paper on the house of the scorpion, i am really enjoying the book i am in dyer need, i have a few questins i have too know, i am in 9th grade and in trouble i do understand if you dont respond , but please respond.

Emmet bonds
1/8/2012 01:39:17 am

Dear mrs. Farmer,You need to right another trolls book! They are my favrite books.i need your address so i can right you a letter(my parents don't let my have much time on the computer)Please respond.

Ian Allegro
1/12/2012 11:28:49 am

Mrs. Farmer,
I was curious if an adaption of House of the Scorpion in to screenplay format has been completed? Thank you for not allowing the book to be turned in to a puppet movie. A realistic, live action version of the book is what it really deserves. Do you think, because of the length of the book, one would have to split a screenplay in to two movies?

1/25/2012 07:38:41 am

I was wondering if there will be another book in the trolls series I just finished it and I was wondering what happened to Jack, Thorgil, and the Bard. Does Jack and Thorgil become bards.

1/25/2012 08:48:07 am

Nancy Farmer, I LOVE your books, I am reading the house of the scorpion now. I love it!

Zenobia Lytle
5/9/2012 12:40:17 am

Ypur books are truly amazing.

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