Have the Flu

Faithful readers, I have come down with the flu and can’t really do anything until I’m over this. I apologize for the long wait for the next chapter.



Happy Birthday, Bilbo & Frodo!

I would be remiss if I did not wish the fellows a happy birthday today.

Quick update on writing. I have not been able to settle in and start anything new, as I had hoped to do, but I am re-reading the next story in the series, Lithe, and getting it ready for release. I tentatively plan to start posting that October 1.

Be sure to have some mushrooms today in honor of the birthday boys!



It’s weird but IT people (like yours truly) can be downright Luddite when trying out new stuff. I never saw the point of Twitter, not when I had my own web site and a bunch of blogs.

Now I kind of get it, so I’ll be using Twitter to promote my blog posts and to record my pithy political bon mots.


I’m Writing as Fast as I Can

Just a quick update on what is happening at Casa Anglachel.

I’ve been super busy at  work with two new staff members to train, which has been fun (because they are wonderful) but exhausting (because I’ve been training during the day and doing my own work in the evenings). I’m going to be taking my first real vacation in ten years next week, leaving my little trainees on their own. The panic in their faces is adorable.

I’m also still working on my new story and am about half way through the first draft of it.

I do intend to  publish my older Shire Stories but I think I’m going to get through the first draft of the newest first before I start reposting my older ones. I actually have two new stories that only my beta readers have seen, one more or less complete, then other my current work that’s half done. I also have a, um, seventeen page genealogical chart for tracking my main characters. Yes, I am a nerd. And, before you ask, yes, my Shire Story chronology is cross referenced to my HotK events. Sigh.


Breaking Radio Silence

I meant to post before now, but life hasn’t been fun.

I thought I was going to have a large but manageable project at work (someone else’s project, actually) where I would be needed for some very serious work for most of January, and then life would settle down and I’d get back to writing.


The Project From Hell™ lasted into mid-February, leaving me with multiple weeks in a row of 60+ hours per week. In truth, it’s still dragging on a bit, but I’m no longer primary.

Then, the day that wrapped up, I cam down with the flu, swiftly followed by bronchitis, and I was sick as a dog for two weeks. Last week I was back in the office, coughing and hacking up lovely substances in a rainbow of colors, but at least I was on the mend.

So, story writing and posting has been on the back burner. I have started a new story, set in the Shire and the fourth in the Shire Series tales of Bilbo and Frodo, and I’ve been reworking some of my older material. I’m running into a bit of a problem trying to figure out how to create a single character list that will span all of the Shire stuff. If you thought there were a lot of people in Gondor…

My goal was to start posting my Shire stuff this month, but I’m still too tired and too behind on most things to begin that. Maybe April. In the meantime, thank you for your patience as I gather my health and wits.