Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 18, Scene 2

This week’s post continues Chapter 18, with Scene 2 (1.18.2).

Half the paperwork of the end of the year is done!

More remains! 😦

December’s been a blur – every single thing has been one-of-a-kind, the hardest for me to adjust to. Everything is a little farther forward – but by ‘a little,’ I mean infinitessimally.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, a good completion to this year which is disappearing, and a great 2015 (and me to get Book 1 finished and published before too long, if the Lord He pleaseth).

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 18, Scene 2  [Bianca]

Thanks to Quozio for the quote software.


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 18, Scene 1

This week’s post begins Chapter 18, with Scene 1 (1.18.1).

Writing is somewhat like baking a cake: you can’t hurry the cooking time. If you get all flustered, it will take longer. But there’s no way to shorten the preparation.

Sorry the blogging has taken a back seat to the myriad paperwork excursions required by our benevolent government before Dec. 31 is over; I will try harder next year.

BTW, where did 2014 go?

With the holidays and the wedding and general exhaustion and cold weather – and the shortest days of the week – I’m scrambling to stay ahead of readers, but really happy at how the end of Book 1 is pulling together. That’s all I want for Christmas: managing to stay one scene ahead – and there are four more in the buffer, so I’m ecstatic.

Just give me, Lord, a couple of weeks without drama! Hope your lives are full of peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 18, Scene 1  [Kary]

Thanks to Quozio for the quote software.


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 17, Scene 5

This week’s post is Chapter 17, Scene 5 (1.17.5), the end of Chapter 17.

I’m excited. My beta reader had good things to say – and not too many complaints – about Chapter 18’s revision. This is the thinnest margin I’ve worked with in having a bit of a buffer, and Christmas is coming, so pray for me! The world will not end if I have to take a break, but I’d really rather not. The subconscious keeps offering things I hadn’t thought about until I got to this point, and I have to listen to it.

Here’s a teaser from Bianca.

There WAS an enormous storm in California – we were offered a chance by the airline to switch to a day earlier, and took it.

Still recovering from the huge effort of the trip, so I haven’t gotten around to writing about the hike in Muir Woods yet, but I made the main loop on my own (with lots of stops), and I’m very pleased.

I keep working on those legs and back – spending some of my energy there – if it is physically possible, I will manage to get back to walking unaided. If not, I will keep walking as much as I can with my aids. The other option, quitting, goes against the grain. And it is too hard on other people – I’d rather be hard on myself.

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 17, Scene 5  [Bianca]

Thanks to Quozio for the quote software.


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 17, Scene 4

This week’s post is Chapter 17, Scene 4 (1.17.4).

We have survived the wedding and Jeremy and Ana are husband and wife, with all that entails. Phew!

A wonderful time was had by all, and family came from afar, and so did friends.

I write from San Rafael, California, and we will be going to Muir Woods tomorrow, where my attempt to do better quality walking will include two walking sticks, braces (AFOs), and a backpack with a built-in stool.

The only problem? The past week has been thoroughly exhausting, so it may not be a fair trial of the system. OTOH, it’s warmer here than NJ.

And I desperately need to get back to writing! But there’s a huge storm coming which may get in the way of our return.

Watch this spot next week!

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 17, Scene 4  [Kary]

Thanks to Quozio for the quote software.


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Time to help Wikipedia this year – where would we be without it?

This time every year some version of the Wikipedia fundraising banner appears. I automatically send them money – because, without Wikipedia, a writer can’t function. And my husband, now retired, still uses it all the time.

They are a NON-PROFIT and don’t ask much:

We survive on donations averaging about $15. Now is the time we ask. If everyone reading this gave $3, our fundraiser would be done within an hour.Donate link

While I’m at this, I’d also like to thank the invisible army of volunteers who write the information, edit it, update it, footnote it, and check each other for accuracy, all for nothing but being of service – to me.

Send them a few bucks – feel happy for the rest of the year.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 17, Scene 3

This week’s post is Chapter 17, Scene 3 (1.17.3).

I hope everyone survived Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it. We had homemade pizza, a family tradition.

I’m trying to make finishing Book 1 appear smooth here, but the end of this year, and the beginning of 2015, are going to be… challenging. Please excuse bumps!

More to come – promise.

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 17, Scene 3  [Kary]

Thanks to Quozio for the quote software.


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.