October is my favorite month, it brings the few weeks of true fall weather that we get on the high plains desert. It also seems to be inclined to be busy. The year is far from over, but a great many finales are in sight and it seems a good moment to reflect on all that has happened and get excited about the things on the way.
For bettor or worse, 3-Gun is now a huge part of my existence. This month officially marks the end of my second year of involvement in this high-octane sport. In 2013, I shot one match. In 2014, I shot a few more, and came in as one of the top lady shooters in the 3-Gun Nation Regional Series, and came by the title of top amateur lady in tac irons division. I got to be in a shootoff against the top three women in the sport, on TV, no less, and despite not beating them, I got a cash prize and some definite attention. By the end of the year, I had won some sweet prizes, earned two invites to the 3-Gun Nation Lady Pro Series Qualifier, and lost most of my anonymity in the sport.
2015 began with that Qualifier and finishes next week with the inaugural 3 Gun Nation Nationals match which serves as the Qualifier for next year.
In between, I made it onto television a few times. GunTalk TV & 3-Gun Nation I traveled as far west as Las Vegas and all the way to Alabama the other direction. I’ve flown with my guns and gear, driven a new Dodge Charger, and met people at matches who know me from the TV. It’s been a fun year and a wild ride and quad loads are now operational.
My first physical/mental high-octane obsession took a back seat to 3-Gun for the year, but it’s about to heat up. Not only is Worlds coming up next year, but a date has been set for my 5th degree black belt test. Thus, that strange feeling of both “yikes” and “yippee” has taken up residence for the next few months.
Just to keep me on my toes and up even later at night, I made it into the OMSCS (Online Master’s of Computer Science) Program at Georgia Tech. In the spring, I tried to remember what I was doing, learned how to do some tricky things with photos and video, and played around with some handy middleware. This Summer, I created an an artificial intelligence agent (his name is Bruce, BTW) to visually solve Raven’s Progressive Matrices IQ Test Questions. At the moment, I’m TAing an experimental EdTech class and learning to program robotic cars. More Artificial Intelligence classes are in my future.
This is the site of the author, A.L. Brown (and all her alter-egos), and she has some exciting things going on. As Audra Brown, this month also brings about the first anniversary of the weekly, ongoing (getting paid for!) newspaper column known to the public as “Down on the Farm” and known to the author as “Adventures in Agriculture.”
A related announcement is that a collection of these informative, reality-based, and entertaining anecdotes about life on the farm is being compiled and edited with an expected release date in time for Christmas!
Also in the pipeline is the hard-hitting thriller writer, Lee Brown’s, debut novel, Tough Target.
If that wasn’t enough, a collection of short stories is also being edited, the novella adventures of Josey Jackson are coming, and there is hear-tell of some ornery siblings having some more, bigger and better, Z-Day Incidents.
Look for cover art and release dates coming soon!