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Hey, after posting Aly's note about this year's auction, I feel compelled to offer an update on where I am with the story I still owe to many very generous donors from last year. As some of you know, one story was finished and was sent to the donors, but hasn't yet been posted; I've not finished updating the gen and slash versions following StarWatcher's excellent and extremely thorough beta. It will take time to do the edits and I've not been able to focus on that work until I fulfil my commitment for the second story.

The good news is, I'm up to page 50 on this second story, entitled 'Minstrel Boy'. I think it's about two thirds done at this point so there's hope that it might actually be finished before this next auction is finished. I'll do my best to get it out by mid September, if not sooner.

Much as I'd like to offer a story in the coming auction, particularly the fourth and final installment in Bitterwood Creek, I no longer have confidence in being able to 'write to order'. The muse has proven to be too unreliable, I'm sorry to say, and has been increasingly recalcitrant over the past few years.

I'm very grateful to all of you -- you know who you are! -- for your patience.

Date: 2013-08-14 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pattrose.livejournal.com
Good luck with finishing the story. We'll miss you this time, but know how hard it is when the muse doesn't show up and cooperate. Be well.

Date: 2013-08-17 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caarianna.livejournal.com
Thanks, Patt. I'm really torn because I'd dearly love to contribute and the current story is actually progressing pretty well (up to 55 pages). I have the plot and a start on the Bitterwood Creek installment too, but keep thinking I'd be better to write it and offer it next spring for the, I think, final auction prior to the last, I think, Sentinel Day in Big Bear.

Date: 2013-08-17 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knitty-woman.livejournal.com
While I completely support you and applaud your self-honesty, I completely adore Bitterwood Creek and would have no lack of enthusissm for any chapters that your muse allowed you to produce.

Date: 2013-08-17 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caarianna.livejournal.com
Ah, but would you donate knowing it might be awhile to be done? I actually have the next part started and I know what the plot is and everything! Just have to write the thing!

Date: 2013-08-18 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knitty-woman.livejournal.com
I absolutely would! it might not be a lot (probably not more than $50), but I have no concerns. It's done when/if it's done, and if it isn't, the animals have still benefited.

Date: 2013-08-18 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caarianna.livejournal.com
Thanks, Suzanne, I really appreciate your encouragement and your support. I'll think about it; see how well the current story continues to progress.
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