At least, unlike the now-hibernating roommate, I did not have to work the entire length of our choir's cabaret night, then go into work at midnight and stay until 5:30 AM, only to get up again at 8:45 and perform at two Masses (one with regular singing choir and one with handbell choir). Just the outside portions for me, thanks much!
Still, "just the outside portions" added up to quite a full day yesterday, which is why you didn't get your Sampler Saturday blog post. So, to make up for it, one combined Wacky Weekend post coming up! Reports on Killdeer and other works, and then a bit on the current state of Surpassing Danger, for your reading and commenting pleasure!
Killdeer, to my satisfaction, is going quite well. I managed to get into Part Four (which will close the story) the other day and hope/intend to keep going with it either tonight or tomorrow, which is a holiday for me. At my current writing rate, I only have about 15,000 words to go, which is the equivalent of two and a half main DV chapters.
Once the story is finished, of course, I will need to polish it and possibly get a couple other opinions, but after that I will be publishing it as soon as I can through my usual suspects: Amazon (all of 'em, for those of you who do not live in the US), Smashwords, and my Etsy site for signed hard copies. Share the news with friends, if you will!
After Killdeer is published, I will be able to release In the Bleak Midwinter, and Christmastime Is Here 2013 as soon as I finish the reader-inspired story, which is also going well... except that I can't think of a title for it. Ah well, there's a ways yet to go, and sometimes the best titles are the ones that become obvious only after the fact.
So that's all the news on the originals front. Now to the world of fan fiction. I apologize to those of you who got multiple update alerts from fanficauthors on Chapter 44. Jeconais, the site admin, is looking into the problem and will let me know once he's figured out what went wrong. For now, alerts on ffa are totally down.
However, alerts or no alerts, I'm still writing, or at least letting the ideas come to me, for Surpassing Danger. Writing out a general outline, and titling the chapters, seems to have settled a couple of recurring problems I was having with this last part of the story, so it may not even be the year I was talking about before it's finished.
On the other hand... it may. What would people think of getting a chapter of SD every two weeks, and on the in-between weeks, getting some of my other stories, like The Lion, the Snake, and the Safe Room, the continuation of The Spell of Sealing or even that Be Careful sequel I've been promising to write for three years? Thoughts, folks?
The roommate-creature has emerged from her hibernation and will shortly be seeking food-like substance, so I'd better sign off for a while. Thanks as always for reading, and your comments are happily awaited!