Checking In

It’s been since Monday, hasn’t it? We had a snowstorm, and that threw everything off in terms of work, writing, home maintenance…well, here we are anyway.

This weekend was the local gaming convention, Gamicon, and Bryon and I were game auction lackeys, which basically meant we were the Vanna Whites who handed games off to the auctioneer in high hopes of selling some rare and some not so desirable items. Bryon also had a little art work done, and during our down times, I worked on plotting out the new novel. Bryon has given me a few very…Roman ideas.

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This week looks much to be the same. I hope that we don’t have any school delays tomorrow, because I feel way behind at work. I have to get a few things done regarding some conversation parties and meeting the Viet Nam students I’ll be traveling with, I have to observe a couple of teachers, and I just plain need to get some things written up. All this time away from the office isn’t helping the cause.

The new novel is really capturing the imagination. I’ve been plotting, because I want to get a summary of the thing sent off to the nice folks who are already looking at my first chapter. I really love the gift of plotting. Thank you, Walter.

Coming up soon…I’ll have some interviews. I’ll finish the Blue Zones thing. Isis is coming up next on the research front. I want to do a couple of Vintage articles. Some movie reviews and book reviews. You know, the usual stuff. It seems to take a bit longer these days.

But the thing I really want to report on next is my visit to the Raptor Center at Kirkwood. You know one of the things I like best about writing? I get to learn so much new stuff for each project. I want to thank Jodean, Luke, and Jennifer for teaching me so much. And, I have to say, the most fascinating information I picked up was about the turkey buzzard. Yup, a teaser of coming attractions.

Stay safe, dry, and warm out there.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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