I have contributed to the silence in the crit loop lately, so I thought I would tell you what I’ve been doing. I hope you will share, too. We’re a support-each-other group in more ways than one.
In my day job, I’ve been crazily procuring ingredients for and supervising the making of dehydrated camping food. We met our spring order deadline yesterday. Two weeks ago I flew to Portland to say ‘I love you’ one more time to my 102-year old mom; she passed peacefully in her sleep last week after a life well lived. I also visited my next oldest brother, a bachelor orthodontist, who suffered a debilitating stroke in January and now has locked-in-syndrome; Monitoring his care has been a focus for me and my four other siblings, since none of us live close to Seattle. Finally, winter has overstayed its welcome in northern Minnesota; sliding into snowbanks has morphed into getting stuck in muddy driveway ruts.
In better news, I just published Trisha’s Dream, my novelette about an aspiring photographer who returns to her Nebraska hometown to sell her grandmother’s house and has to deal with her ex-high school sweetheart. Many thanks for this group’s help in polishing the story in 2020.
The Talent Test is ready to submit to the anthology coordinator. I have a cover: It’s been proofread it eight times. Release date is August 22, 2022. Big thanks (again) for your feedback on this story. I have plans to write a sequel, but my next goal is to revise the romance arc of Trust Me, the story about the herbalist blogger trying to uncover the whereabouts of her long0missing mother, I also need to rework the villain prison administrator so he seems more good at the outset.
So what’s up with you?