The September gathering of local writing women was the Thursday before this past one. In attendance: Paty Jager, Karen Duvall, Marie Harte, Trudy Schoenborn, and Diana McCollum. We met up for lunch to chat about conferences, industry news, and what everyone is working on. Had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. Reported that I’m still selling at a steady trickle, 1-4 books a day, a toehold I can build from. This past Tuesday I had an exceptional day and sold 9 books between Amazon and B&N.
My local critique group gathered this past Monday. I asked for feedback on chapter two of The Augmentation of Hetty Locklear, and chapters 3 and 4 of Boomtown Craze. We always have a good time, too. The group has reached the point where we don’t hold back, yet we dish out the truth with a lot of humor. We’ve had spy cats and knights on a quest to become nuns … sometimes we can’t talk any more because we’re laughing so hard.
Edits continue on The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear. I set the launch for November 12th. I’ll have a sign up for the party ready soon. Writing continues on The Augmentation of Hetty Locklear and Boomtown Craze.
The ups and downs of the authorverse: A crappy review of The Backworlds made me feel, well …, like crap. I pretend it doesn’t bother me, but I never fool the Husband Unit with my pretending. Let’s face it, it bothers me and probably you. Not much can be done about it, except to suck it up and move on. The next day, a fan left a cheery message on my FB fan page of how much they loved The Backworlds. Aww. All the previous crap was erased. Yay for awesome fans.
Kyra Lennon of Write Here, Write Now is hosting a bloghop on Monday, October 22 to correspond with the launch of her new book, If I Let You Go.
The Letting Go Bloghop: Kyra invites you to share some stories about letting go. Was there a time when you had to let go of someone or something? How did it make you feel? How did you handle it? Or if that’s too personal, how about writing a piece of flash fiction?
Suze of Subliminal Coffee won first place in a contest she submitted her manuscript for. Way to go Suze! Woot, woot, woot!!!
Last weekend, I tried something new. My neighbor couldn’t use his whitewater rafting tickets [too busy fighting a local fire], so the Husband Unit and I went. I was a little nervous at first, but it turned out to be such a blast. We rafted Big Eddy on the Deschutes River. One category three, and three category ones. I would definitely go again.
Rain and Smoke
Last weekend at the observatory was the last dark sky nights of the season. Friday was terrible. I check three forecasts online and all of them said there was a 5% chance of rain. Well, it rained. Lots of clouds. We could see the towns getting hammered by lightning strikes, too. Bam, bam, bam. A few sucker holes let people get brief glimpses at M13 and M92, globular clusters in Hercules.
Then since I was getting up to go rafting in the morning, I packed it in and went home. On my way down the mountain, I ended up in a sea of deer. They surrounded my car and just sauntered by as if I wasn’t there. I felt if I opened the window, I could reach out and touch some of them. It was really cool.
Saturday, the forecast said smoke. And, there was a lot of smoke from a wildfire in the Cascades. There were some clouds, too, but not as many as Friday night. Everything ended up clearing out and we had a spectacular night as long as we aimed above the smoke. But even that cleared off after a point. Just beautiful. Some of the best views I’ve seen this year of Andromeda. Its luminescence filled up the eye piece in an amazing way.
This weekend we have the first quarter of the moon. I’ll stay to view Jupiter. It should rise early enough. I tried to stay last Saturday to see it, but I just couldn’t stay awake.
Have a great weekend!