One Hundred Thousand (and 688)

Words, that is.  NewBook hit 100,000 words yesterday morning at about 1:15 am (I was so close I couldn’t just quit and go to be, in the 98-99 thousands, could I?  No. Celebratory snippets:  1)  Camwyn’s first meeting with Aesil M’dierra For the next two turns of the glass, he was by turns surprised, alarmed, Read More…

“On the (plot) road again…”

Now over 39,000 words.  Wow, this book wants to be written, so far.  I need eyes that don’t tire from screen time and fingers (right hand in particular) that aren’t arthritic.    But it’s wonderful to be on the road with a book that wants to GO down that road.   That has dragged me away from Read More…

7 Days of Progress

More like 6 1/2 days if my finger-counting’s right.  It’s noon on Saturday, July 2.   Crossed the 35,000 frontier this morning.  May or may not get to 36,000 by tonight.  Yesterday didn’t make a lot of movement in wordage (some in the “notes”) because I drove into the city, bought some stuff at Dover, went Read More…

Progress

So, I’m officially started on another book.   The next Vatta book having stalled in a way I just can’t seem to fix, my agent suggested doing something else, and what came to me was an idea from Paksworld.   Once I started it, it took off (as did the Vatta book for the first part) but Read More…

Checking Boxes

Scene revisions completes in past week: three.   Scene revisions still to be done…????   All so far have been more complicated than just weed-whacking away excess.   I read it, re-read it, re-read it again, finally realize that it’s a multiple-layer problem, and devise ways to fix it.   What kinds of things are complex problems?   Characters not Read More…

The Plot Thickens and the Writer Thins

Somewhere, somewhen, a philosopher or other authoritative person said that if you’ve learned something (was it something new?  Anything?) you’re obliged to pass on that knowledge to someone else.   The process is of course unequal and therefore stressful to the recipient of the knowledge/skill being passed on, so the good news is that reciprocal exchange Read More…

The Joys of Post-Midnight Character Intrusions

Sometime last night between 3:30 and 4 am, or maybe it was three….I woke up.  There’s the usual “Do I have to get to the bathroom right now or can I have another bit of sleep first” but that issue didn’t seem urgent…what did was being wide awake.  WIDE awake.  I tried my usual “drift Read More…

NewBook Progress

Today–tonight, actually–I cleared up a major problem found late last week.   In moving things from file to file, chunks of a secondary “transfer” file got mangled and I hadn’t noticed.  Luckily, since I knew I wasn’t thinking as well as I used to, I kept multiple earlier drafts under different titles, and was able to Read More…

Sockin’ It

First pair of socks knitted start to finish (9:30-something tonight, begun in the mists of mid-concussion recovery) since the 2018 concussion are DONE.  And on my very, very grateful feet.  They’re a rich, deep, but vibrant blue.  No pics, because they’re *on my feet!!* and it’s late and I’m really tired but celebrating with hot Read More…