After Capclave, my novel writing was going so well I forgot to blog. This last weekend Sarah and I took Alice down to Virginia Beach. We love the place, especially since there’s a hotel that allows dogs, so aged Alice can be included. We saw scores of dolphins offshore, rode bikes up to First Landing State Park and hiked around. We even swam in the oceanâ€”not bad for late October. I love that in a good Christian city like Virginia Beach there’s a big dramatic statue of a pagan god on the boardwalk. He looks especially fine at dusk when the moon’s coming up.