What I’ve Been Doing Lately

As promised in my recent apology, I have a lot to catch you all up on, so this post is intended to update you all on relevant updates in my reading/writing/other work life.

Let’s start with reading, shall we?

I am still working on my annual re-read of Anna Karenina, so I haven’t ready anything new lately, but I did acquire lots of new books. 😀 Natalie Cannon and I went to Portland for a few days with friends and our first stop (literally) was Powell’s. They all bought a few things. I bought *cough* five Tolstoy books, the final book in Wheel of Time, and FINALLY my own copy of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. Lots of books, right? Forty bucks.

Not that I really needed more books I don’t have room for, but I guess I could always, idk, not wear clothes. I’ll think of something.

As far as writing, I have a few really interesting things to report.

My murder mystery, currently titled Death of a Billionaire, has gone through some editing and revising, and it’s recently been sent back to Natalie for another look. I’m also going to send it off to a couple other readers for thoughts on the genre, since it’s not Natalie’s cup of tea. So that’s coming along nicely.

I also have another project in the works that I’ll be doing a couple of posts on. I suppose it could be easily explained away by saying it’s based on the Beatles, but that’s not really the point of it. It’s an exploration of iconic music culture, and what that does to the fans, the artists, and those close to the artists (friends, family, etc.). The Beatles are my primary template, but I’ve got lots of artists in mind, and most characters have several people they’re composites of, plus a healthy helping of my own invention. I’ll explain further in future posts.

In the rest of my life, not too much has been going on, but I’ll do a quick update on the highlights.

I’ve been doing some substitute teaching, working on a Masters so I can teach English. My day job of choice. I’ve also been writing a blog for the local theatre, which I mentioned previously.

Fan fiction has been taking lots of time and energy. I’ve updated a lot of different things since I last posted here, but my primary focus is still Craving Comfort, which will likely reach 100 chapters in the next month or two. It’s likely to pass 400 reviews in the next couple of weeks because of a new reviewer I’ve picked up. I’m very proud of this piece, and how people have responded to it.

In exploration for my massive Star Trek fan fiction project, I have also been watching all of Star Trek. I’m in the middle of Deep Space 9 and Voyager at the moment. I’m struggling to bond with Voyager, honestly (it’s coming in tiny pieces), but DS9 was an instant connection, and the love affair has not wavered. Easily my favorite of all the Star Trek work thus far. The only thing it doesn’t have is Data, but I guess they can’t have everything.

So that is my life at the moment. Not especially glamorous, but I feel like I’ve been pretty productive, and that’s what makes life happen. Regular steps forward, never letting yourself take too many steps backward, never too long of a rest.




About jillianavaloncolumbiatheatre

Recent college graduate, writer, aspiring teacher, lover of literature and art.

One thought on “What I’ve Been Doing Lately

  1. […] Recently, I did a listening project on the Beatles, which informed a project I’ll discuss in my next blog post, the project I mentioned in my last post. […]

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