Returning to the Violet Realm

Good news everyone! (Futurama professor voice) Big World Network, the episodic story site where Harvest of Ash appeared, has been saved from shut-down. Some of the writers and narrators are transferring it to a non-profit so the company can continue to run. I have a new editor, and I am continuing work on Season 3, so never fear, Ash fans! The story shall be finished! I’m planning for a season 3-4 and ending the story at the end of season 4. I hope to someday see Ash in print!

I just finished a short story that was supposed to be scary but just kind of ended up being snarky and funny (in my opinion). In a way, it took on the voice and tone of my Christmas themed short story “It Means No Worries” that also appeared one or two years ago on BWN. I don’t know if anyone else will think it’s amusing, but I had a ball writing it. The main character is a disillusioned teacher, so go figure. It really was supposed to be a horror story about a girl robbing a grave for the perfect prom dress, but it sorta turned into a… farce? I don’t know. I have some people from writing group offering to beta read, so we’ll see what they think.

More good news is that my babysitters are available on Tuesday nights again, which means I can attend my lovely fantasy writers group at the public library. The Iowa Writers’ House does such unbelievably amazing things and provides such critical services for emerging writers. Everything they do is phenomenal. Please support them, or consider taking advantage of some of the services they provide!

I’m seriously considering signing up for a food writing class they’re offering. I just finished Fuchsia Dunlop’s Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China and I adored it. I ate it up like Fuchsia slurps noodles! I would die of happiness to become a food writer. I’ve dabbled a bit in travel writing but nothing major, just a few blog posts or rejected article pitches. Eating and writing are two of my favorite things, so why not wed those together? A delicious partnership.
Well, that’s about it from this end. I love you all, stay safe, and be excellent to each other.

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