For the 3 or 4 people who occasionally look at my blog, I finally have good news. My health is back on track after a long year of tests, exams, head scratching and experiments with medications. I have a chronic (but now manageable) condition and an excellent medical team to rely on.
Which means I have finally been able to look for a new job and the accompanying change in medical insurance. I didn’t dare risk being in an insurance gap situation until I had things under control. So, two weeks after my last major procedure, I posted my resume. In four days, I had lined up multiple interviews. It took only nine days from first call to handshake to secure my new position, and I am totally stoked about the opportunity.
I’ll be busy the rest of the year settling into the new place, and hope to get back to writing in early 2020.
I know there’s been some new comments from readers and no new posts from me. Turns out I wasn’t out of the woods on my health and job related things are not going that well. It’s going to be a rough year. I don’t see time for writing for the next few months, possibly until 2020.
My life is a little bit less of a mess, but it’s taking most of my attention. Had a health scare, had a job transition (same company, different role), and am trying to get some balance established. In the mean time, ideas are percolating.
My life is a bit of a mess right now, plus a bunch of traveling.
POV – Bilbo
In which goods are ordered, dinners are cooked, messages are delivered, and kin are criticized.
Bilbo and Frodo plan for their birthday. It is going to be grand.
Continue reading Ch. 2 – Headman
POV – Frodo
In which the past arrives to inform the present with a troubling present.
Lithe ended on a fearful note, Bilbo shaken that he had done something arrogant and left Frodo in danger. A century of loss is terrible to bear.
Continue reading Ch. 1 – Relent
A new year and a new story – Century
Century has never been published before and has been read only by two editors. I began writing it in January 2016 and it got me through that awful year of hope destroyed. Perhaps that’s why Bilbo is so grim.
Bilbo turns 100, and the past becomes very much the present. Four months of summer edging into autumn, much of which is spent walking about Southfarthing, visiting kin and looking for signs of the Parting. The legacy of Buckland has deep roots and bears poisoned fruit.
Century is Bilbo looking back at his long life and wondering how it has brought him to where he is.
Mature topics, language and scenes throughout the story.
I will follow my previous convention of tagging the story chapters with the main POV and all speaking parts. What will be different is that I will only post a chapter after I’ve completed the draft chapter of the story I’m currently writing, The Mistress. It takes me two to four weeks to write a draft chapter, depending on the length of the chapter, how well I’ve planned it, how frenetic my life is, etc. I’m also getting a genealogy chart ready to post as a PDF, which should help with keeping track of the main characters.
To my loyal readers, thank you so much for sticking with me. I hope this story will be worth the wait.
As We Dream by the Fire
POV – Bilbo
In which Bilbo spends a Yuletide evening in the Great Smials with his Uncle Isengar and his cousins Drogo Baggins and Ferumbras Took. Little did he know…
Here’s a little one chapter story as a combination Christmas/New Year’s present for my faithful readers (assuming I have any left after the long hiatus!) to let you know I’m almost ready to start posting another story.
So what have I been doing this last year? I wrote a new story (Harvest), revised another (Century, which I’ll start posting in January), and have been outlining the plot of another (The Mistress), while making notes on yet other tales. I also had a huge shift in my job and may have another this coming year, so all my plans may go up in smoke depending on what happens with that.
POV – Bilbo
In which Bilbo wrestles with the fallout of his actions in Yule and considers how to stave off temptation.
This marks the end of Lithe. I will be taking a break from posting for a month as I deal with some large and exciting (but exhausting) changes at work.
When I’m back, I’ll probably have a few short stories and some supporting materials to post, then we’ll be on to the next story, Century.
Thank you for reading.
POV – Frodo
In which dragons battle, much is said, a bit less is done, and Frodo ponders what might have been.
It takes a great deal of effort to ensure that nothing happens.
Continue reading Ch. 19 – Point