An Update on Books, Writing, and (Octopus) Research

An Update on Books, Writing, and (Octopus) Research

So far this year…

I finished reading three books (and I’m working on a fourth right now).

I convinced a family member to read Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians, and they liked it. It’s a great feeling when you introduce someone else to a book. 🙂

I landed a full-time job as a graphic designer.

I sent off my first short story to a literary magazine and it got rejected. But I still love this story to pieces and that’s only one magazine out of many. So don’t worry, it’s going to get published somehow. 

I made a valiant attempt to start writing a particular novel, then realized that there was another project I loved a lot more that was begging for me to work on it. So now my main project is After First Contact (working title, but I have to call it something). (Edit: I’m now calling it the Rifts trilogy.) It was meant to be a standalone novel but expanded into a trilogy. Which makes me really excited, but also petrifies me.

For now, I’ll just say that I’ve been researching things like: “Would humans and aliens infect each other with diseases?” and “How would wormholes work?”

Also, mimic octopuses are the coolest animals I’ve ever seen. Or, rather, that I’ve ever seen YouTube videos of. And yes, I promise that particular Internet search rabbit hole was related to story research, if only tangentially….

I’m still in the drafting/outlining stage where it feels like I’m trying to climb a huge pile of rocks, and occasionally I find a perfect handhold, but mostly the rocks just keep shifting around and I don’t quite know how to find my footing to get to the top. But I do love this idea, so I have great hopes that I will get to the top with this project. More updates forthcoming!

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Katherine Beutner’s career aspirations as a child included Elf, Hobbit, or Fairy, but she settled for Writer and Graphic Designer. When not scribbling creative ideas in a notebook, she searches for new books, art materials, willing victims to read her stories, and ways to make more frequent references to The Lord of the Rings.