I found these in the fresh, morning snow:
Now, we know footprints at our house. We've got a few references to how to identify prints. Even scat. (No, I'm not going to show pictures, because I know you're probably eating breakfast.)
Usually, the prints show things like tail markings, or claw prints, or stuff like that. I can tell you that these are about 2 inches across, with a 7 inch stride. No tail markings. No long paw prints, like we see with the cottontail rabbits. It's too big to be a squirrel, and it's no four legged creature either, like a cat or dog or raccoon (usually you see the grouped front and back paw prints.) And they don't seem to be turkey prints, since they usually leave telltale three-toed marks.
Nope. This thing is bi-pedal. Walks upright. It's got narrow hips and, if I must say, a bit of a swagger.
My conclusion? The rare Nebraskan Miniature Yeti. Looks like this:
Okay, so my drawing skills have gotten a little rusty. And my Yeti looks like a furry tooth with questionable grooming habits and a piece of lint for a tail. And he looks mentally unstable, but in a happy way. But look at those dainty feet!
Well, if you see the same tracks in your yard, beware people! It's on the loose!
Meanwhile, in the non-Yeti universe...some updates in the world of CONTROL!
I'll be in Chicago on Friday, February 7th for a school visit and evening book signing with Rachel Caine (yes, THAT Rachel Caine, of the NYT Bestselling Morganville Vampire series!) at Anderson's Bookshop (Two Doors East) in Naperville.
I just found out I'm going to be on two YA panels at C2E2! (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo), which will be in April 25-27th! So psyched for this!
Glitter Magazine included CONTROL in their Books that Rock: Winter Reading list! Click here to download PDF.
And finally...I finished my revision of Control's sequel, tentatively titled CODE! Woot! That was a long, hard six weeks, y'all. So glad it's closer to be finished!
Hope you are all surviving the cold! Don't let the Yeti's get ya. :)