Six Geese Laid – A Holiday Fable: Tuesday, December 22nd, on WROTE Podcast; performed by Vance Bastian

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The Geese Are Coming!

It all started with an innocent question by J. Scott Coatsworth on Queer Sci Fi:  would anyone like to help out with a podcast series inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas.

It was November 22nd.

I figured, I didn’t have much to do since I was only working full time, Chicago Regional Municipal Liaisons for the ChiWriMo region of National Novel Writing Month, we were leaving for Philadelphia for our family celebration of Thanksgiving (at which 33 people were in attendance), AND it was Black Friday that week and Rachel works retail.

Sure, I’d love to write a new story.  From scratch.

When do you need it?

The 27th.

OF NOVEMBER???

Rachel’s gonna kill me.

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So I wrote.  And Rachel and I plotted.  I wrote some more.  We plotted more.  We ate turkey.  Rachel battled the consumer hell that is Black Friday.  I turned in the story by the skin of my teeth on the 27th.

And now you, Dear Reader, get to hear it on WROTE podcast, performed by none other than Vance Bastian!

Join me on Facebook for a release day party this Tuesday, December 22nd, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Central Standard Time (GMT -6).  We’ll have links, pictures, and lots and lots of fun.

About the Story

Six Geese Laid – a Holiday Fable takes place after the end of Cat’s Cradle, and before the forthcoming Ambush.  Our hero is the tortured TJ Butler, a former Marine suffering from PTSD from the use of electroshock therapy to “cure” him of being gay when he was a young man.  He ran away to join the Corps and that’s where he met Neal Harrison and his squad of Marines.  TJ is unaware of the fact that he is pure catnip to Dillon Kendall and Craig Moretti, but Dillon decides that the time is right to make his move.  Only, there’s a snag:

The Geese.

Join me on Tuesday and find out what happens!

 

Walking In This World

Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
©2015 A. Catherine Noon 

I love the title of Julia Cameron’s second book in her acclaimed Artist’s Way trilogy, Walking In This World.  

When I first did the material in the book, I mis-read the title as Walking In The World, a telling distinction.  I don’t easily inhabit my body or this plane, having evolved a very deep intellectual capacity as a way of avoiding abuse when I was a child.  I felt that my misunderstanding of the title signaled this separation – that, to me, the world is not concrete and one but ethereal and infinite.  While it makes me an effective writer, because I have a well-developed imagination, it’s crap for helping me do stuff like, oh, laundry and balancing my checkbook.
As I take an opportunity to look back on the week and reflect, this week of walking in this world has been filled with a lot of abundance and good things.  Rachel and I finished Sealed by Magic and sent it off to our editor for consideration; we finished the first and second rounds of edits on Emerald Keep; we made a deal for the third book of the Chicagoland Shifters which will come out this summer; and we started work on the keepsakes we will feature in the blog book tour for Emerald Keep.
It’s becoming a normal experience for me to have more difficulty the more positive things occur.  I’m much better in times of crisis, because they are so familiar to me.  I’m told this is a function of PTSD and of abuse survivors, because we become so accustomed to the chaos and unpleasantness that we don’t know what to do when it’s subsided.  So my goal is to become so good at enjoying when things are going well that I make that a habit, instead.  Sounds much more positive to me, doesn’t it to you?
I will say this to those of you who have suffered abuse at others’ hands: there is hope.  Get help, be gentle, and write.  Trust your own memories and not those you are told to have.  You can find your own voice, and you can heal.  It will take time and it will be challenging.  But you can do it.
Write on!