Gonna Keep It Brief and Mysteeeerious

Almost no progress was made this weekend on the cover art for Maelstrom of Fate. Other, more pressing matters took priority. Don’t worry; it wasn’t anything of an emergency nature; but it was very time sensitive and cropped up unplanned.

I may have a non-book related announcement to make in next week’s post; it depends on the outcome of this weekend’s unexpected events.

I’ll leave it to you to speculate what the heck I’m going on about.

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I will say I got quite a bit mapped out in plot points and notes for season 3 of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe this week. It helps to have notes, but I refuse to do an outline. I prefer a more organic approach to my writing. I tend to use a blend of plotting and pantsing. I really need to get the ball rolling on shopping the serial to publishers, but I’m facing the editing process on Maelstrom in the next few weeks if it’s to be out on time. After October, there will be activity toward getting TAoPaW launched and into yer grubby little paws.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Well, maybe that is an exaggeration.

First, allow me to apologize for not posting last weekend. There has been way too much going on the past two weeks.

Last weekend I was dealing with care for a loved one after an ER visit. Nothing deadly serious; just an abscess that couldn’t wait for an appointment to be drained. It has required daily cleaning and re-packing while it heals.

I have made good progress on The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe. I’m currently writing on episode 24 which will end season 2. I’ve got some ideas for season 3; I just need to plot out what order to attack them in.

I finally got a chance to get some painting in on the cover art for Maelstrom of Fate this afternoon. I’ve gotten both of the background elements in the upper corners done. Next up is the central portrait of Viktor, then finally the foreground element at the bottom.

I’m also currently sporting a slightly mauled right arm.

Cricket did NOT take well to being placed in a carrier for a trip to the vet. He’s been suffering from chronic , explosive diarrhea; meaning I’ve had to hunt for and clean up several puddles of poo every day. Because of this, he hasn’t been gaining any weight and is on the thin side of a healthy weight. Thankfully, no parasites were detected, although his intestinal bacterial balance was off.

They sent him home with a ten day regimen of antibiotics for himĀ as well as de-wormer (for just in case) and ear mite treatment for all five cats.

Star will not be receiving the ear mite treatment.

She freaked when I gave her the de-wormer and turned into a tiny, demonic ball of razor-tipped fury every time we tried to catch her to treat her ears. For such a tiny thing, she’s all muscle and can jump up the wall nearly six feet. It’s not worth hurting her or her hurting us… and before anyone offer advice on how to safely catch her; we’ve tried several methods. she’s just too fast and too vicious. She goes thermo-nuclear.

For those of you unfamiliar with the size of a full-grown cat with some Tonkinese ancestry, perhaps this picture will give you some perspective (Star is 3 and the only member of her litter to exhibit this genetic trace).

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She’s the blue in the corner. The other two are Wally and Louie, my 9-year-olds, weighing in at about 15 pounds each. At a guess, I’d say Star weighs 6 pounds. (The pirate kitty painting is leaning in the corner because I don’t really have a place to hang it yet.)

That’s about all I have for now. Hopefully I can get the cover art done this coming weekend.

Oops, forgot about a current aggravation. XFinity OnDemand won’t let me watch last week’s episode of Deadliest Catch apparently because Discovery keeps re-airing it. Trouble is, they air it at times that are NEVER convenient for my work schedule. Every episode prior to last week’s has been available the day after the first airing. WTF?

Okay, other than the new fridge to replace the one we have to defrost at least twice a week (it’s 11 years old) getting delivered sometime this afternoon, that’s all I have. Time to leave for work now. see ya next Sunday or Monday.