Post-Summer Update!

AdriAnne Fun of Writerdom 7 Comments

*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!

-Adri out

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  1. Jan B

    Oh my gosh, AdriAnne – all I can think is – does your mom read your blog!?! 🙂 I am so glad you are safe and sound and whole-bodied! What a life you lead! Great summer – great news on the books

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      1. Deanna

        Hi Jan. I hope you are well! 🙂

        I do read AdriAnne’s blog and I’m so proud of her and everything she does!! But, I have to say that between the middle of May and the end of June during salmon season (especially this year with all they had to do for the new boat), I worry a little too much, and my heart skips too many beats. After she told me about the wayward steel wedge in bullet #2 above, I just cried. I was so grateful that she was talking to me, healthy and in one piece, and that what could have happened, didn’t. Yep, I would like a little less excitement. 😉 xo

        1. Jan B

          Deanna – you’re a good mom to encourage AdriAnne to follow her dreams. I love reading her posts, for sure – and her adventures are exciting! And I know you are proud of her ~ she is one to be proud of! I’m glad she’s well and healthy, too – she has lots to do still!
          AdriAnne – thanks for sharing the things you do – the good, the bad, and the ugly 🙂 This is an amazing world, and it is very cool to see people live in it with gusto and exhilaration! Carry on!! I won’t say the “Stay Calm” part 🙂 But I will say “stay safe” ~ take care 🙂

  2. Gerry Perry

    By chance did you run into any our cousins in the Canadian fishing waters? Love your blog. Glad you’re safe and WHOLE! Love you, G-Ma

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