July 2018 and the Curtain Rises
This post copyright © 2018 by Lynn Kilmore. All Rights Reserved.
The dusty ragged velvet curtain rises to expose an empty stage. Cobwebs festoon the plywood scattered all over. The squeaking of rats can be heard.
A creak of a stage door being opened, followed by footsteps. Lynn Kilmore staggers into view on-stage carrying a giant cardboard box, then freezes in mid-step when she realizes there are a few people sitting in the audience.
LYNN KILMORE: Oh, hey, how are you all? I know it’s been awhile since you’ve gotten a web post from me.
Off-stage, more footsteps can be heard, then a LOUD CRASH of breaking glass, followed by curses.
LYNN KILMORE: Things are going to be messy here for a bit on the web. We’re getting ready to rebuild everything.
Her chin nods down at the box.
LYNN KILMORE: I’ve been doing a lot of research. Had many new experiences. That will become clear soon in my writing. There will be no hard feelings if you get up and leave (aka unsubscribe).
Harsh overhead lights come on, exposing the rotting wallpaper and cracked walls of the theater.
LYNN KILMORE: It’s going to be messy, but the rebuild has to happen.
The beeping sound of a bulldozer backing up can be heard in the distance as Lynn readjusts her grip on the cardboard box, then staggers off-stage.
This post was written by Lynn Kilmore exclusively for the lynnkilmore.com website.
Seven months ago I came to the realization that if I didn’t make massive changes to my life, my family and I were going to end up in deep trouble.
Aging parents thousands of miles away … a housing market that never truly recovered from the 2008 housing crash … an anemic employment market … a school system starting to unravel … etc etc etc.
So when it became clear back in March 2016 that the housing market in my neighborhood finally had a pulse, I knew we had to sell ASAP and move closer to parents while the chance to seize this opportunity existed.
Better to to take action before a crisis hit.
So I just spent six months doing a 2,000-mile relocation of our family on short notice. For most of that time I worked non-stop from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week.
The writing (obviously) slowed down to a trickle. It’s my only regret in doing this relocation so fast. But it was worth the price, because the worst of the move is over.
Now I’m rolling up my sleeves and tackling the writing side of things. So after months of quiet from me, things are about to get noisy.
I saw a lot of cats while traveling through Israel . I thought this week I’d share a few of the pictures I took. (There were very few dogs I met or could take pictures of. Sorry dog lovers.)
Photo 1: Cat at the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, near the Sea of Galilee.
Photo 2: Cat in the Golan Heights.
Photo 3: Kitten in the courtyard outside the Church of St. Anne, Jerusalem.
Photo 4 (my favorite): Cat hanging out in the plaza next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. As far as this cat is concerned, the Western Wall belongs to cats.
Photo 5: Cat walking along the paths on top of the Damascus Gate, Jerusalem. From the ramparts of this gate the Old City looked so peaceful … but on the ground there was so much heartbreak for everyone who lives there. (Heard earlier today about the deaths at this gate :() … It’s tricky to see the cat in this photo due to its fur blending in with the stones so well.
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I spent about half of November 2015 traveling through Israel and Palestine, and I thought I’d take a moment this week to share a few of the many photos I took.
The first photo was taken at Beit She’an in Israel. This is a terrific site to visit in order to find Roman ruins in good shape (especially the Roman baths).
The second photo is near the archaeological dig in Jericho.
The third photo was taken from the top of the Mount of Olives, gazing across to the Old City of Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock and the walls of the Old City can be seen.
And lastly, in the fourth photo can be seen the Western Wall in Jerusalem. If you look closely, you can see the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock peeking over the Wall.
As for why I went–despite the cost, the significant time investment, and the travel alerts for Americans in Israel & Palestine–one of the main reasons I went anyway was because I had research that I needed to do for future stories.
I’m happy to report that I got the life experiences I needed to be able to write those stories (imagine me with a huge grin and eagerly rubbing my hands together as I say this)….
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Autumn has finally returned here in the Southwest, and we can feel the passing of summer into winter. The harvest and roasting of green chile is almost over, and the leaves have begun to brown along their edges on the trees.
If all goes well, there will be one more burst of blooms from the trimmed rose bushes, and then they’ll go to sleep for the winter.
Some of you already know that the print edition of Cubicles, Blood, and Magic is a finalist in Science Fiction & Fantasy for the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. (The lists are a great way to find authors and publishers located in the Southwest to take a closer look at.)
I’ve been offline almost completely these past two months as I wrestle with the last 1/3 of the sequel novel to Cubicles, Blood, and Magic. What makes it so awkward is that I feel as if I’m collaborating with an earlier version of myself. The novel was started and the first draft finished back in 2013, then got derailed in the editing process due to severe illness and other difficulties.
Health-wise I am finally whole again. So things should get moving rather quickly as autumn passes into winter. I’m excited by what is to come.
I am not the same writer I was back in 2013. I’ve changed. A lot. So most of the sequel got rewritten this year from the ground up … but stays true enough to the 2013 version to not be a complete break from the past.
Book three in the Dorelai Chronicles will be where I can start with a clean slate from the first page.
So now, as the seasons pass from one extreme to another, is a good moment to pause, look around, and enjoy the change in the flowers, grass, and trees. Some parts of the world are waking up, and some are going to sleep. Whichever way it is, may it be wondrous to watch.
Pleasant days, Lynn
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