The month began with my hijinks story, Where No Gerbil Has Gone Before, winning the April 2013 Ad Astra challenge. The prize was to select the next month’s challenge topic – I selected forgiveness. For that topic, I wrote Saturn Rise. In response to a prompt about sex, I wrote Complications. For fun, I added a second response, Transported. In response to the flash fiction challenge, I added Conversations with Heroes. In response to a challenge about childhood, I posted Bribery. In response to a challenge about famous last words, I posted Who Shall Wear the Robe and Crown?
I also finished spinning out The Three of Us on Ad Astra. I added Where No Gerbil Has Gone Before, Conversations with Heroes, Saturn Rise and November 12th to In Between Days context. I added November 13th to Times of the HG Wells context. I began posting Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.
On Fanfiction.net, Concord exceeded 1,000 reads before the 25th. Temper made it to 10,000 reads on Ad Astra. Ohio, A Long, Long Time Ago, More Than a Will to Live and Take Back the Night are all at over 5,000 overall reads. The Daranaean Emergence series is getting close to 10,000 overall reads. Interphases and the AU series are both at over 10,000 overall reads, the HG Wells series is at over 30,000 overall reads and the In Between Days series has over 100,000 overall reads.
I continued working on The All-Stars, although I did not always have time for it. For Ad Astra’s summertime Twelve Trials of Triskelion, I elected to work with the bluesman.
I spent time on the website and on some of the pages here (e. g. Accolades).The bluesman and I also had a lot of work to do in order to get our collaboration to make sense. I created a cover for Saturn Rise, to be entered into the cover competition on Ad Astra.
This Month’s Productivity Killers
I went on vacation to Cape Cod for a few days, midmonth. It was great fun but I still had to work and I also had to share the one laptop computer with my husband. On Ad Astra, the Twelve Trials of Triskelion prompted some creativity but also smothered some, as time was spent in all sorts of endeavors. Great fun, but the number of hours in a day was still, alas, limited.