I spent all of yesterday trying to share the update video that I had created as a sort of bonus blog for the fifth Tuesday of the month. Unfortunately I failed. There was nothing wrong with my equipment (indeed my camera performed beautifully), but unfortunately the internet in my little section of West Texas is just too slow to handle the upload of anything larger than a single photograph. I suppose that this is what I get for living in a population center that is less than 10,000 people, but I had really hoped that our recent switch in internet service providers would help me beat the long odds. Sadly it did not. I spent 10 hours yesterday waiting for the video to upload before heading to bed. I had hoped that it would finish uploading while I slept, but that was not my fate.
On the bright side, at least I can still share all of my updates with you in written format. Here are the main works in progress and other events:
“Winter’s Charge” short story
I have loved writing this 6000 word short story about a lost boy and his savior bear during the past three weeks. This week I will finish the rough draft and then set it aside for a couple weeks so that I can do principle edits with fresh eyes. Once the story is finished its run through my edits, beta reader critiques, and final edits, I hope to include it for independent sale as an eBook download. It also may end up making the cut to be included in my upcoming Musings anthology.
“Of Kelpie Lullabies” short story
Many of you know that I have been working on this particular short story for a while. I finished final edits to it a couple of weeks ago, so I sent it off for possible publication last week. I expect to hear back from the publisher within the next month. Hopefully the response is an acceptance rather than a rejection letter. We’ll see.
I continue to hunt for a traditional publisher for Skinshifter, but have not had much success. The rejection letters that I have so far received have all raved about the quality of writing and the scope of the story’s imagination, but all of the contacted publishers are unwilling to take the financial risk of mass-producing this novel. If the trend continues, I may look at independently publishing Skinshifter and its sequels. For now, though, I am still tempted to walk the traditional path.
I was so excited to continue my work on Dreamdrifter last week! The novel has been plagued with several structural problems and I was finally able to address the last of those by rewriting the last scene that I had swapped earlier this year. The story flows much better now that the pivotal scenes from the original chapters of 12, 13 and 14 are successfully integrated into the chapters of 16, 17, and 18. Now that the old scenes are moved and rewritten for new circumstances, I can continue to write new material to finish the adventure.
Photography website: www.alyciachristine.artistwebsites.com
I continue my culls of older photos so that the site continues to showcase the absolute best caliber of my work. It is amazing how much my skills with the lens have improved in the last two years since I started this website! I look forward to sharing a cleaner, sleeker website with all of you soon. Of course I will continue to add new photos from Ketchikan, Alaska, Juneau, Alaska, Skagway, Alaska, Victoria, British Columbia, and Seattle, Washington as I am able. I also have a few new shots from West Texas that are begging for a spot on the website as well.
2013 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
With as many irons in the fire as I have going, I have made the tough decision to not participate in NaNoWriMo this year. I will root for all of you fellow writers that do decide to take on the 50,000 word challenge during the month of November, but I will sadly not be among your number. That being said, I will continue to push my daily writing limits so that I can get as many of my personal goals finished before Thanksgiving as possible.
I will turn 31 in the next few weeks and the plans for the celebration weekend include quality time with some of my family and friends in Lubbock, Texas. I have asked for a good steak for my birthday dinner. I am also going to see if I can wheedle Mom into grabbing desert cupcakes from Cake, my favorite Lubbock bakery. Their wedding cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes always leave my mouth watering for more!
I have to say that I continue to enjoy my thirties and look forward to whatever the rest of this decade of my life holds. My twenties saw me owning my first car, graduating from one of the top public universities in the nation, holding my first full-time job, publishing close to 1300 bylined and ghost-written newspaper articles, marrying the love of my life, publishing my first speculative fiction short story, grieving the deaths of two grandparents, enduring the near-death and subsequent frailty of my best friend, riding in my first hot air balloon, setting foot in over 16 different states, visiting my first foreign country (Canada), gaining and losing close friendships, attending my first WorldCon, owning my first house, adopting my first cat, and budding into a talented photographer and writer.
So far my thirties have witnessed my first successful year of self-employment, the publishing of my second speculative fiction short story, my husband’s and my five year anniversary, my first cruise vacation, and my first visit to Alaska. This year I experienced the first-ever thrills of seeing glaciers, waterfalls, icebergs, a temperate rain forest, black bears foraging, humpback whales feeding, and bald eagles talon-locking. I was able to attend Walk to Emmaus and spend some incredible downtime with God. I was also able to see a full glass art installation from Dale Chihuly for the second time in my life.
While not everything in the past 11 years has been good, it has all been instructional. God’s blessings have certainly exceeded Satan’s curses and I am supremely grateful for that.
Until our next meeting, may we each rewrite our world for the better!
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