Is It Done Done, or Half-Done?

Only the Editor knows for sure.  But I hope it’s done done and gone, because after a time a book being worked on has definitely lost its savor for the writer.   Sent it off yesterday.   There wasn’t dancing in the street, because I was stiff from sitting at the computer for hours a day and Read More…

Audio Book & Other Stuff

This week I learned that Brittany Pressley will be narrating the audiobook of COLD WELCOME.   She emailed me about characters, pronunciation of names, etc. , and I may have drowned her with information (writer of long novels.  Not really good at the elevator pitch.)   I also heard from Audible’s Author Care, which has suggestions about Read More…

Rolling Zeros Again

Over 132,000 words now and misbehaving near the end.  The plot threads that should be whipping around each other and forming a terminal shape are instead waving wildly in the breeze.    A good part of that is the current political situation, which is sufficiently dire to grab my attention multiple times a day and suggest Read More…

More Zeros, More Progress

There’ve been some hitches in the work on the book lately, but some reworking of sections this week seems to have unkinked things again.  Tonight I hit 110,000 words, and today’s words feel like good words rather than just “I have to make the wordage if it means writing I can’t think, I don’t know, Read More…

100,000 Celebration!!

Manuscript is now at 100,000 plus words.   It’s also after midnight, so I’m two plus hours late getting to bed, but the glittery zeros up ahead just would not let me rest.   Wheeee!!  Day’s accomplishments: laundry, 3 loaves of homemade bread, beans on to soak for bean soup, and reaching 100,000 words.

Notice of Return

The last of the cleanup (though not all the reorganization) from Thanksgiving has been accomplished, and Author is back on the job.  The new book stands at just over 94,000 words now (some days lost to the holiday.)    Various components of the feast are already packaged and in the freezer.   Other components await deconstruction, division, Read More…

Plot Bomb! Wheee!

I think today’s is the first real, full-on plot bomb of the new book.   There I was, typing away about Ky being at mmph, doing urrmph, and then suddenly it came.   Fast and hard, so fast that I had only a couple of seconds of knowing what I was going to type and thinking, as Read More…

City Mouse in the Country

Though no one would be likely to call Rafe a mouse, he’s not a large man, and his background is mostly city life on a populous, very civilized (in its estimation anyway) planet.   He is familiar with, and extremely capable in handling, life on the run, life on a space station, life in a spaceship, Read More…