*dusts the cobwebs off of her blog*
So, I’m happy to note that I survived the fishing season this summer. There were some close calls (literally), but we refurbished our new boat and managed to go fishing in time, and all around had a pretty decent season. Some highlights:
- I am now a fiberglass masteress. After cutting and laying over five-hundred feet of it, and accidentally inhaling more catalyst fumes than I care (or am able) to remember, I can now say pretty confidently that I can fiberglass almost anything. A boat, a canoe, a shoe, you… anything.
- I almost (“almost” is the key word to this being a good thing) lost my eye/face/life to a steel wedge that I was hammering into a gap in the coupler on our boat’s shaft in an effort to remove said coupler. When the wedge decided it’d had enough, it came firing back out at me at a kajillion miles per hour, grazing the hairs next to my left eye, and shot over a hundred feet into the air. Needless to say, I’m glad I wasn’t standing a centimeter to the left.
- In spite of nearly sending my awesome crew member overboard by telling her to venture behind a soon-to-be taut line, I happened to be standing in the way of her trajectory. She hip-checked me in the face instead of going swimming, for which I am infinitely grateful.
- FISH! Salmon, to be precise. The oceans are still alive-enough to be providing them in reasonable numbers (27 million fish this year, down from last year, but still)!
- To top it all off, after a long, hard struggle against the forces-that-be to stop the Pebble Mine–what would be the largest open-pit mine in the world–from gouging into the headwaters of Bristol Bay and possibly poisoning the biggest wild salmon run in the world (the salmon run I fish, incidentally), fishermen and women have finally gained some ground. Anglo American, the company with 50% interest in the Pebble Mine, is pulling out of Bristol Bay and the project. Score one for the little people.
SO, now that I am back, I have a few publishing/authorial related highlights for you. If the change in topic is abrupt, well… you’re telling me! It took me about a month to readjust to not being on the boat this year.
- I have a cover for WORDLESS! I’m so excited to show it to y’all, but I can’t yet. SOON!
- I’ve received a tentative release date of August 2014 for WORDLESS. I’m sure it’ll come faster than I’m expecting.
- I turned in the first three chapters and synopsis of WORDLESS Book 2 (a.k.a. LIFELESS) to my agent. I have seven chapters written, but that’s all my publisher wants to see until I have the full manuscript ready. Still, HUZZAH!
- I am working on a mysterious middle grade project, also. (Middle grade is the age range of readers from 8-12.) I’ve never done this before, and I’m having an awful lot of fun.
That’s all for now, folks!