A Day for Reckoning

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

So many changes in such a short time mimicking the magic that is seasonal change…

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

It’s been three months since my move to Missoula so I’m going to catch my breath for a moment and reflect, and also look ahead.

  • Let’s see…relocation tasks like license, plates, bank account, insurance…yeah, that stuff? All done. Whew!

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

    Photo: CA Hawthorne. Flathead Lake and the Mission Range.

  • On the relaxation side, I’ve taken excursions around my new home in northwest Montana, like the trip to Flathead Lake. It was like drowning in appreciation and inspiration. Worth every moment.
  • I’m now a sole proprietorship…business bank account, email, etc. In other words, I’m still the boss of one, only now it’s official. Of course, now that I’m working around myself on a regularly basis I have to be careful about what I say in front of me.
  • The government provided me with an EIN, Employer Identification Number. It’s like having a secret agent number without any of the excitement.

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

  • Joining the national RWA and its local chapter, Montana Romance Writers, has provided some extraordinary connections in the writing world.
  • I’m now established on Twitter, well, sort of. I try.
  • WANACon: I was there—via my computer. Like hobnobbing with my fellow wizards, but without the wizards. There were writers, though, and sometimes there was magic.
  • Utilizing magic (on earth we call it money) I established a website…well, actually, other people did a lot of the work. My thanks!
  • Here’s a personal favorite: I haven’t gotten sick (not seriously, anyway…a few close calls). At my last job my hobbled lungs caught most everything within 75 paces. For me, every coworker’s cough or sneeze became months on oxygen, months on drugs that gave me the clarity of fog. Instead, I’m walking regularly and taking leisurely bike rides on occasion (fortunately it’s flat here and the walking path borders my home). I also just started yoga…I’ve got a ways to go on that. I have the balance of a drunk on the high-wire. Watching my diet, too.
  • Through it all I kept up with my online writing: blog posts, poetry, and Shayleen’s story. The story isn’t all that far from its conclusion so I’m pretty excited. I’m expecting it’ll conclude in July. After that Last Word Before Dying will go through another edit before becoming a free ebook.

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

  • The BIG one: I became an author (actually, I also did the cover art and formatting). My poetry collection, The Renaissance Cycle, is available on Amazon. Yesterday the paperback version arrived via UPS (it was a day early so it was a surprise) as I was about to depart for a walk. When I realized what he had I grabbed it and nearly hugged him, but he ran away. I popped open the box and held my first book…turned pages containing words I wrote. I then alternated between happy tears and wanting to do the happy dance. If there’s anything in your life you have dreamed of accomplishing…DO IT. Such moments are priceless.

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

So, what’s up next?

  • I’m working hard to conclude my online serial, though I’ll still publish it weekly. The reason for that is so I can focus on other projects, especially now that the poetry collection is completed. Too, I’m wanting to write the conclusion as a whole…not sure why.897d6813d88012e64422e2e335ce0ef8
  • Tomorrow begins MisCon, a local conference devoted to science fiction, fantasy, writing, gaming, and art. It’s four days long and there are panels all day, each day. It’s held only a few miles from home. I’ve never attended a live conference before so I’m thrilled. It isn’t exactly ComicCon in San Diego, but then we don’t have a tenth as many people living here.
  • A trip somewhere this summer would be grand, but I don’t know where yet. It might come down to what strikes my fancy at the time. I’d love to make the run to Glacier National Park. That’s a long day trip, but if I left really early…

    Photo: Glacier National Park Photos

    Photo: Glacier National Park Photos

  • Of course, there will be more exercise (doctor’s orders!), including yoga. I’m pretty lost while I’m learning the individual moves. Eventually I won’t have to keep looking at the screen all the time.
  • In the World of Ontyre I need to transfer my written records to the computer, a daunting task: notebooks about the glossary, history, characters, geography, cultures, and magic. The reason it needs done is because it was written long ago on a PC and I used Microsoft Works. When I switched to a Mac I purchased Microsoft Office, but—guess what?—Works and Office aren’t compatible. Yup. The only way to read the original files is to purchase Works for that lone purpose. Creeps.

    Ergain views Lake Solitude and Talonton Keep in the Colossus Range.

    Ergain views Lake Solitude and Talonton Keep in the Colossus Range.

  • The BIG one: Dive back into Where Light Devours, the follow-up (not sequel) to Last Word Before Dying. It’s an Ontyre fantasy about a woman, Ergain Cursa, emotionally and physically scared, twice orphaned, and who believes she has little to contribute to the cause she supports. When she finds herself at the center of overlapping conspiracies she’s faced with either hiding or fighting to save the nation she dearly loves, for the enemy seeks to unleash a terrifying weapon and she may be key to stopping it. First, though, she must face herself and escape those who want to see her dead.

Whew, I better get to work!

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