A Double Dose of Good News

Last week on Election Day, I actually started the day with good news. And not just one bit of good news, but a double dose of good news. Of course I was hoping that I could ride that wave of happiness throughout the day, but we all know how that panned out.

Good Tidings Number One

I’ve been accepted for another year with the Clackamas County Arts Alliance’s Artist Exhibit Program (AEP)!!!!

If I was surprised at being accepted last year, I have to say I was doubly surprised to be approved this year. Why? Well, let’s just say that in my 2017 AEP application I submitted a couple pieces of work that weren’t that great.

Cute, but not my best work for an art application.

Cute, but not my best work for an art application.

Of course, right after I hit Submit, I remembered I had some better work I could have included with my application. I actually considered withdrawing my first application and trying again, but didn’t want to anger the Submittable gods by messing with their system.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know about the AEP. For those of you who don’t know about the program, it’s a way to get local artists’ work into local venues such as businesses, libraries, and public buildings. Your work stays up for three to four months and there’s no commission taken if you make a sale.

Through the program, my work went up in a county building for three months this spring. I was then selected for another showing at a hospital this fall. I have to say it’s a great program run by great people and I’m looking forward to another year with them!

Good Tidings Number Two

The first draft of the redo of Book Three of my fantasy series is done!!!!

Actually this is kind of confusing because I was up to draft three (or was it four?) on Book Three before I had to take a step back from the whole series to evaluate just what the hell was going on. Now I’m on draft one of Book Three – it’s all getting very complicated in my computer file keeping all these drafts straight.

Even though it’s set me back a few months on my self-imposed (and now self-abandoned) deadline, I’m so glad I took the time to take a hard look at where the remaining  books in the series are headed. The new draft is 20,000 words longer than the original and has a far richer story that I hope readers will love.

Time to celebrate!

Time to celebrate!


My only quandary now is that I feel like I’m on a drafting roll and I am tempted to keep writing and complete the first draft of Book Four. Book Three and Book Four are very closely tied together regarding their sequence of events (as in, many things are set up in Book Three that play a significant part in Book Four), so I’d love to take the momentum and keep going.

I also feel that by drafting Book Four, it would ensure that everything in Book Three is set up properly – nothing is worse than getting into a draft and realizing you hadn’t established certain events in the book you’ve already published – and would allow me to organize and re-sequence events in both books just in case something is a bit off.

The downside of drafting both books is time. Writing a draft of Book Four would probably take until the end of the year. Then again, there’s only about five people in the world clamoring for Book Three, so it’s not like another delay would cause the world to collapse (I’ll leave that task to the Orange One).

Any thoughts on this? Do you every have so much momentum for a project you just can’t stop? Oh and to those five people who do ask about Book Three, THANK YOU, you encourage me to keep going!



Audience Member Question: Are you more scared of zombies, climate change, or an unseen asteroid collision with Earth?

Neil deGrasse Tyson: I have equal fear of all three, but I share all three fears as a second-place fear to my Number One fear….My Number One fear is the consequences of leaders of the world who are not scientifically literate. That is my biggest fear because if you’re scientifically illiterate all the rest of that will happen, but if you’re literate you’ll take precautions and you’ll understand and you’ll put in the kind of legislation and changes necessary to protect the future of the human species because that’s what science has been doing ever since it was invented.

–Star Talk Radio, 11 November 2016


11 thoughts on “A Double Dose of Good News

  1. David says:

    Good job Tammie on getting the first draft done for book 3. Since you are on a roll, since books 3 & 4 are closely tied together, and since you struggled a bit with book 3, I say keep on your roll and do the draft for book 4.
    The Neil de Grasse Tyson answer to that question is the best. And I love his smooth, buttery voice. haha

    • painterwrite says:

      There’s nothing like an insult to the Orange One being delivered with that voice. Book 4, you say? Guess I better get to the store to stock up on some new pens!

  2. The Snail of Happiness says:

    A few years ago I wrote a (non fiction) book with a colleague and found keeping track of drafts a complete pain, especially when I got round to saving one as ‘final’ only to get some additional changes from my co-author (ggrrrr).
    Love the quote at the end… you know why!!

    • painterwrite says:

      I try to save each draft as a different file such as BOOK_D1, but now that I have two D1s, it’s just going to be confusion of numbers and letters all over the place! Sort of like algebra. 😜 Yes, I loved Neil’s answer so much when I heard that episode, I just had to include it.

  3. crawcraftsbeasties says:

    Wooooah, you’ve redone the draft of Book 3 already? Have you been sleeping at all?! I reckon you should wrestle that beer back from Mr McSpool, because you’ve earned all of it! And I think if you’re on a roll, keep on rolling… If Books 3&4 are as closely linked as you say, it will probably make it easier to keep on track with 4 when the events of 3 are still fresh in your mind. Now, where can I find the original of that excellent quote you wrapped up with, so I can enjoy this smooth buttery voice you’re all talking about? 😀

    • painterwrite says:

      Sleep! I knew there was something I’ve been forgetting to add to my to-do list. You can find Neil on the Star Talk Radio podcast…although when he has a cold he sounds much less buttery and far more mucous-y. I think one of the funniest episodes is the one about poisons, with the one on salt (yes, really) being a very close second. And of course any zombie episode is pretty good. Alright, now I must go off to start draft four!

      • crawcraftsbeasties says:

        Well, there’s my day’s entertainment taken care of! Thank you kindly. I probably should try to listen to more podcasts as I craft… When I’m as busy as I am now, watching murder mysteries is kind of pointless because I miss all the visual clues! Good luck with draft four, and don’t forget to sleep! 😀

      • painterwrite says:

        Well, at least the end of the mystery was a complete surprise for you! I get a lot of listening done while working on art projects. I do have to turn the podcasts off while writing, though…my brain isn’t clever enough to sort out my words versus “their” words.

      • crawcraftsbeasties says:

        Yep! It’s less “I can’t believe that character did it” and more “who is that character again?” 😆 And I also need quiet time for certain things… Definitely for writing! How does anyone write and listen to music?! Cutting out tricky templates demands total silence too!

  4. Abbie says:

    Congratulations regarding your artwork!!! And I am super excited to hear about your progress with the books, I can’t wait to read 3 AND 4!!

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