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Seeking North is a fun new sandbox Lynn Abbey found floating around on her ceiling one night. She graciously invited us to join, and now we’re extending the invite to you. We get to run characters. You get to kibitz and see a story develop from the roughest of rough drafts to maybe, someday, a finished, edited for coherency novel.

Maybe. And maybe we’ll just keep slinging sand at each other and ducking and running.

At this point, each of us gets a month to play in the box. Theoretically, you’ll get a new installment reliably on the first of each month, with (possibly…if the muse strikes) periodic updates throughout the month. (Like editing? Wow…what a concept.)

Here you’ll find the new chapters as they come out. Also, you’ll get the editing “updates” here.

If you’re new to the story or have missed an entry, rest assured, it’s easy to catch up. Just go to Our Story Thus Far tab at the top of the page where you’ll find all the entries in a unified stream with a linked “Table of Contents” and everything.

Welcome and have fun!

12 comments to Our Story Thus Far

  • kokipy

    I am very glad you have put the donations button on the left – well worth a donation per episode πŸ˜€

  • CJ

    Oh, you’re very kind. πŸ˜‰

  • kokipy

    this is the ebook equivalent of street busking perhaps πŸ˜€

  • CJ

    You got it. Plus…writers get tired of contracts and hassles and deadlines and we can get to where, well, we just need to play ‘tag you’re it!’ now and again, in a universe we rule!

  • kokipy

    you rule, indeed. this is so great. just read the latest installment.

  • reading_fox

    Sort of confused. I think I get it but I’mnot sure. This is one world? all three of you are/will be writing in. Are you all in teh same timeframe? Will characters overlap? Lynn is obviously not in the same place (yet?) as CJCs Lineman, but they don’t seem planets apart either. Will you be revising entries or letting them stand? (there’s a repeat line in Lineman).

    How does this project get on with CJC’s Gold in Ardain project?

    Lots of questions! But I have enjoyed all three chapters so far. Maybe someone could write/link to a horse/mule trace diagram explanation? I’ve no idea what a wiffletree is, looks like, or should do!

  • CJ

    Yep, artifacts happen during conversion and spelling is iffy in a draft: we’ll try to find and fix them sooner or later.

    A whiffletree—think of it as a towbar or modular mule hitch. A bar that connects to the harness behind a set of mules that can equally distribute force of an uneven number of mules by setting the pull-point at the force-center of the bar.

    Mules are also very smart and level headed—and capable of being handled in huge sequential hitches. A ‘jerk line’ is a line connected from the left lead or ‘line’ mule back to the ‘pointers’, ie, the mules just ahead of the wheelers (first mules in the hitch, next the wagon). A tug on that will turn the whole long line of hitches. The two lead mules are harnessed in such a way that they must work together, and the left lead is the smartest mule, except for the pointers—who will cleverly and carefully step over the chain-harness in the appropriate direction as the column of mules begins a turn and the chain moves over. This sets up a pull with ‘leverage’, so that the harness doesn’t begin to press against the closest mules as the whole column turns.
    Plowing in the Palouse hills was done sometimes with hitches of thirty, and it took a lot for a mere machine to be developed to work the scary extreme slants and dips of the grain fields. The famous Death Valley climb was with a hitch of twenty mules.

    • tulrose

      CJ: as a sidenote; my grandfather was a teamster in the truest sense of the word. He taught how to handle a team of horses working a pasture at what is now an agricultural college and was the last one employed in that position.

  • TheSFReader

    Just wanted to tell I wrote about “Seeking-North” on the forums. It mΓΉay attract some readers here …

  • My maternal grandmother still remembers that she lead a team of six mules, habitually, for plowing. She remembers holding the reins and wearing gloves. This was unusual for a woman; more so for a girl her age. Her mama contended.with her papa that it was too hard for a girl, but he said otherwise. The other boys were too young to do it. She also, like many girls, regularly pulled hundred pound sacks of cotton bolls.

    My dad and his sisters did the same, halfway across the country and a generation later. Dad put in electricity and indoor plumbing for his mom and dad when he got back from Army service in the early 50’s.

    When I was a boy, we’d often visit pioneer village exhibits, and he limed to surprise the guides by knowing what every 1700-1800’s era farm or town implement was, what it was for, and how it worked. That was common for where he was from. (Rural Virginia.)

    So reading about mules and handy, hardy folks is meaningful for me…even though I’m a city-boy. Hah, you’d have to teach me nearly every farm chore, including riding and horse/mule care.

  • kiloecho

    Wow, it seems a couple of months have crept by without an update. I am still hoping one of our three fearless wanderers will update us on the world of Seeking North before August completely slips away!

  • Yeah…we’re really sorry. Lynn has been swamped with her EGA duties, I’ve been sick and now frantically trying to catch up on the household chores that got sidelined and Carolyn was worried about me and trying to keep the house running while writing… oh, and we’ve been adapting to two new, attention hog kittehs. I can’t write mine until Carolyn writes hers cuz I need to know where she’s leaving her guys…whom I’m counting on getting mine out of jail! πŸ˜€ I think. If they don’t make it into town, I’m going to have to come up with a totally different plot. Maybe Fin and Seamus do lunch…

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