A Day for Reckoning

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

So many changes in such a short time mimicking the magic that is seasonal change…

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

It’s been three months since my move to Missoula so I’m going to catch my breath for a moment and reflect, and also look ahead.

  • Let’s see…relocation tasks like license, plates, bank account, insurance…yeah, that stuff? All done. Whew!

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

    Photo: CA Hawthorne. Flathead Lake and Mission Mountains.

  • On the relaxation side, I’ve taken excursions around my new home in northwest Montana, like the trip to Flathead Lake. It was like drowning in appreciation and inspiration. Worth every moment.
  • I’m now a sole proprietorship…business bank account, email, etc. In other words, I’m still the boss of one, only now it’s official. Of course, now that I’m working around myself on a regularly basis I have to be careful about what I say in front of me.
  • The government provided me with an EIN, Employer Identification Number. It’s like having a secret agent number without any of the excitement.lp.aspx
  • Joining the national RWA and its local chapter, Montana Romance Writers, has provided some extraordinary connections in the writing world.
  • I’m now established on Twitter, well, sort of. I try.
  • WANACon: I was there—via my computer. Like hobnobbing with my fellow wizards, but without the wizards. There were writers, though, and sometimes there was magic.
  • Utilizing magic (on earth we call it money) I established a website…well, actually, other people did a lot of the work. My thanks!
  • Here’s a personal favorite: I haven’t gotten sick (not seriously, anyway…a few close calls). At my last job my hobbled lungs caught most everything within 75 paces. For me, every coworker’s cough or sneeze became months on oxygen, months on drugs that gave me the clarity of fog. Instead, I’m walking regularly and taking leisurely bike rides on occasion (fortunately it’s flat here and the walking path borders my home). I also just started yoga…I’ve got a ways to go on that. I have the balance of a drunk on the high-wire. Watching my diet, too.
  • Through it all I kept up with my online writing: blog posts, poetry, and Shayleen’s story. The story isn’t all that far from its conclusion so I’m pretty excited. I’m expecting it’ll conclude in July. After that Last Word Before Dying will go through another edit before becoming a free ebook.

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

  • The BIG one: I became an author (actually, I also did the cover art and formatting). My poetry collection, The Renaissance Cycle, is available on Amazon. Yesterday the paperback version arrived via UPS (it was a day early so it was a surprise) as I was about to depart for a walk. When I realized what he had I grabbed it and nearly hugged him, but he ran away. I popped open the box and held my first book…turned pages containing words I wrote. I then alternated between happy tears and wanting to do the happy dance. If there’s anything in your life you have dreamed of accomplishing…DO IT. Such moments are priceless.

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

    Photo: CA Hawthorne

So, what’s up next?

  • I’m working hard to conclude my online serial, though I’ll still publish it weekly. The reason for that is so I can focus on other projects, especially now that the poetry collection is completed. Too, I’m wanting to write the conclusion as a whole…not sure why.897d6813d88012e64422e2e335ce0ef8
  • Tomorrow begins MisCon, a local conference devoted to science fiction, fantasy, writing, gaming, and art. It’s four days long and there are panels all day, each day. It’s held only a few miles from home. I’ve never attended a live conference before so I’m thrilled. It isn’t exactly ComicCon in San Diego, but then we don’t have a tenth as many people living here.

    Glacier National Park Photos.

    Glacier National Park Photos.

  • A trip somewhere this summer would be grand, but I don’t know where yet. It might come down to what strikes my fancy at the time. I’d love to make the run to Glacier National Park. That’s a long day trip, but if I left really early…
  • Of course, there will be more exercise (doctor’s orders!), including yoga. I’m pretty lost while I’m learning the individual moves. Eventually I won’t have to keep looking at the screen all the time.
  • In the World of Ontyre I need to transfer my written records to the computer, a daunting task: notebooks about the glossary, history, characters, geography, cultures, and magic. The reason it needs done is because it was written long ago on a PC and I used Microsoft Works. When I switched to a Mac I purchased Microsoft Office, but—guess what?—Works and Office aren’t compatible. Yup. The only way to read the original files is to purchase Works for that lone purpose. Creeps.

    Ergain at Lake Seclusion.

    Ergain views Lake Seclusion and Talonton Keep in the Colossus Range.

  • The BIG one: Dive back into Where Light Devours, the follow-up (not sequel) to Last Word Before Dying. It’s an Ontyre fantasy about a woman, Ergain Cursa, emotionally and physically scared, twice orphaned, and who believes she has little to contribute to the cause she supports. When she finds herself at the center of overlapping conspiracies she’s faced with either hiding or fighting to save the nation she dearly loves, for the enemy seeks to unleash a terrifying weapon and she may be key to stopping it. First, though, she must face herself and escape those who want to see her dead.

Whew, I better get to work!


About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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7 Responses to A Day for Reckoning

  1. ksfinblog says:

    paperwork is perhaps the most harrowing part of moving….

    • There’s a lot of truth in that! There’s all that you have to do before you leave and then everything in the new location. Of course, there’s also having to deal with companies that won’t cooperate so that what should have been simple becomes complicated. The bank handling my car loan made my life a misery when I needed the title transferred from Wyoming to Montana. Ahhh…!!!

  2. Wow Christine you have been a busy girl, you are an inspiration and congrats on the poetry book. look forward to hearing more about your summer goings on, I cannot keep up.

  3. Congrats on the poetry book – and every best wish for success. Glad to hear all’s settling for you & what a wonderful summer seems to be unfolding. Apropos PC Works vs Mac version Word – there is an online conversion service available here http://www.zamzar.com/convert/wps-to-doc/

    Don’t know if it works for your specific problem, but I’m also told that Open Office or Libre Office (both free) will open Works files and can save in Word .doc format.

    The WORST part about computing is the way stuff disappears into cyber-obsolescence thanks to the programmers making decisions & of course it’s the user who gets hit with it, unexpectedly, later. I gather it also happened to NASA, but that’s small comfort really.

    • Oh wow, thank you, Matthew, I shall investigate your leads as soon as I’m able. I guess I should have known that in the intervening years that someone would have come up with a possible solution. For all their brain power, NASA has certainly suffered some catastrophic errors so now I find my own problems pale in comparison. Cyber-obsolescence, it seems, comes our way these days at cyber-spreed. I find myself feeling fortunate when any item I count as a “tool of the trade” retains its usefulness for a span I can measure in years. Thank you, too, for your encouraging words. They’re greatly appreciated and much treasured.

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