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Welcome to San Keros/Open Your Eyes Delay

Greetings, fellow wanderers of our fair city of San Keros,

There was an unexpected death in my family within the last few weeks, and the update schedule has gotten a tad delayed.  But rest assured–the story of Hrothgar Jones and Beth Kendall is far, far from over.  Regular weekly updates will recommence this week, with the series now reaching conclusion the first week of January.  My apologizes for extending the story into the New Year, but grief has a funny way of creeping into the best of your intentions and rendering them moot.

Following the conclusion of Open Your Eyes, WelcometoSanKeros.com will take a brief break of just two simple weeks, and then we will start unveiling content of the next story cycle!  Tales from the Miracle Season is just beginning, and the players are still gathering on the side of the stage.  They’re as anxious to meet you as you are to meet them.  And the City has its own ambitions…

Open Your Eyes: A Tale from the Miracle Season

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I’m proud to announce that my first web-based large scale fiction project has gone live! WelcomeToSanKeros.com is the online hub for Tales from the Miracle Season, an interlocking web of short stories, ficlets, novellas, and more.  The first story, Open Your Eyes, is a serial that will be updated weekly alongside biographical and geographical entries of the city of San Keros and its environs.  As you read, the city will open up before you, the website a living document that expands and fills in gaps between tales.  Open Your Eyes will be a story of 12 parts, with the next story in the cycle announced and commencing upon its completion.  I hope you’ll give this story a chance.  It’s my most personal story to date, and it sets the stage for everything that will follow.

You’ll continue to find all other written work–past and future–not affiliated with Tales from the Miracle Season here at latenightstirfry.com . The Season of the Story is now.

 

The State of Things (I)

So welcome again to another status update.  Things are more or less on track to launch the new content upgrades and design by September 1st.  This means that The Miracle Season will finally begin in earnest over on Welcome to San Keros, as well as a few other fun updates here and on AO3.  I’ll have more info as to which pieces get released and when as we get a tad closer.

I’ve had a bit of a rough spring/summer, emotionally, but I’m feeling ready to really commit to this project in a way I haven’t previously.  My goal is for at least one update a week.  That update will be a piece of fiction.  Other updates will be more frequent.  As we meet new people and places in San Keros we’ll add them to the growing City Directory for easy reference.  By the time the first sequence of Miracle Season is concluded late this fall, you’ll be able to buy it as a complete story!  More on that as it develops.

Meanwhile, enjoy the last few days of Summer before the magic of fall begins, and I’ll see you in 14 days.

Happy Birthday Update

Another year, another random blog post, right?  Well, in the spirit of the summer relaunch of latenightstirfry and the debut of new content from WelcometoSanKeros, I figured it was time to give a general life update so that anyone who’s curious can see the state of things.

On the home front, Andy and I celebrated our 18th anniversary and were allowed to serve two new feline overlords, Bailey and Keely.  I commissioned some gorgeous art at C2E2 this year, which I’ll do a separate post about.  It’s been a cocooning sort of year, really, as we’ve really dialed back our activity outside the house.  Some of our dear friends came to their senses and fled their S.A.D. and our presence by the space of a whole continent.  I’ve been slowly stripping down my comic pull list to just the characters and stories I’m genuinely passionate about.  I keep trying to organize my comics to determine what I’m ready to let go of, but I never complete the process.  I’ve been undergoing a small spiritual awakening too, which is welcome since its been too long.  We’ll see where that takes me.

As for writing, obviously there are things afoot.  My short story “Nothing Important Happened Today” got published in the Truth Beyond Paradox anthology.  This site is undergoing a major redesign this spring and early summer.  Later this summer I’ll be launching my major writing project in truth , but the web portal is already up at WelcometoSanKeros.com.  I have a few other smaller projects queued as well, and those will post here on latenightstirfry.  Some of those projects may end up referencing the World-a-Week Challenges I did a few years back and are still available here on the site.I also am going to be going pretty heavily into research mode, as a lot of the pieces are still missing certain crucial elements.

I’m hoping to go to HeroesCon this year, but also paint the garage.  I’d like to pay off credit cards, but redesign the front gardens. I plan on finally mastering the art of weeding without being scared off by arachnids.  I desperately need a new phone, and am hopeful for the opportunity to visit family and friends.  Which is to say, life goes on as it ever does.

I’m writing this as Owein sits purring on my chest, thinner than he’s ever been.  There’s not much that it seems we can do about it.  I’m deliberately not writing much more about that because I don’t think my heart can take it.  I need to hit the gym and lose some pounds, myself.  I wish we could share them somehow.

So that’s the sort of state of things.  If you feel like giving me an awesome birthday present, snag a copy of Truth Beyond Paradox (Only $3.99 digital!) and give my story a glorious review on Goodreads!  Word of mouth is everything.

And be Excellent to each other–and to yourselves.