Do Your Job

Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

I know that some of you are participating in NaNoWriMo (For those of you that don’t know: That stands for National Novel Writing Month), and some of you aren’t.

And that’s ok, this post is for you too.

And, among those of you that are participating, there may be some of you that are feeling the pressure to hit word count, and there may be those of you that aren’t.

And that’s ok, this post is for you too.

At this time of year, when the focus is on word counts – perhaps disproportionally so – I would like to take some time and talk about the Writer’s Other Job:

Refilling the Creative Well.

If you’re like me, this job is one that finds itself on the back burner so often, it’s bought real estate there, but I would argue that it is equally as important as the job of getting the words down (or that revision done, etc.).

It also, in it’s own way is just as difficult as getting the words down. Now I know that there are some of you that read that line and are about to call “Bullshit” on me, but hear me out.

Of the ways that you can refill your Creative Well, Reading, Watching movies, Listening to Podcasts, and Playing games jump immediately to mind. All of them are enjoyable ways to pass the time.

And they can be done to the point where you’re procrastinating, putting off the work. And it’s hard to recognize this (assuming you aren’t in like the 12th hour of a marathon movie, or gaming session. By that point, it should be easy to tell.), and put stuff down, and get to work.

Keeping a balance takes constant effort.

So yes, you’re nearly halfway through this yearly writing sprint and, if you are, I encourage you to keep going.

Just take a break every now and again, to refill the Well. Recharge.

Being too busy driving to stop for gas will only get you so far.

Good Luck!

 

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I’ll see you again for the next Five-Thing Thursday!

 

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Friday Fess-Up: November 9th.

Happy Friday Everyone!!! We Made it!

If you recall, Last Week at this time, I was headed down to Chicago for some Rest, some Recharging, and some Rugby!

Lets start with the Rugby:

I’d never been to Soldier Field, and let me tell you that it’s a pretty cool place. The matches were amazing!

What you’re looking at here (Photo courtesy of my amazing wife who let me drag her across two state lines – one way – so I could get my Rugby Geek on) are the New Zealand Black Ferns and the Women’s USA Eagles.

First match of the day, the sun was shining and it was still pretty warm, and, for the first ever live rugby match I’ve ever seen, I couldn’t have asked for better.

Next Match was Ireland v Italy. I’ve been an Ireland fan pretty much since I’ve been watching Rugby. So much so, that I’m even following provincial teams (Go Leinster!!) when they play.

Ireland v Italy, was as entertaining as it gets and, as a bonus, it was referee’d by Nigel Owens!

It says a lot that I’m a fan of a referee (I’m even following him on Twitter) of this amazing game.

Last match of the day was the New Zealand Maori All Blacks v the Men’s USA Eagles. One of the other things I’ve never seen live before was a proper Haka. If you’ve never seen one, Google it.

There is something in there that speaks to me on a level that I find difficult to articulate even when I’m watching a recorded version. To see one live…

If you ever get a chance, do it.

Suffice it to say that every team I was there supporting won their match. It was the best time I’ve had in a long time, and it went a long way to refilling the well.

We found a couple of good places to eat, I got a bit of reading in, a bit of revising done (Ok, so it wasn’t a completely non-working weekend), and loads of rest – though I’ve got to say that I was wiped out on Saturday night.

The rest of the week…well the day job was rubbish, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

I’m revising an 11 thousand word “Short” Story that I’d written before starting Chasing the Kestrel. That makes two full length novels of distance between this story and this round of revisions.

It’s interesting to see how far I’ve progressed. I didn’t trust myself back then. Not completely. I crossed out a lot of what I’m going to call “Tentative” prose. I also spotted several holes in my younger self’s logic. The Bones of the story are still good: A cat and mouse scenario between a maintenance technician on a luxury starliner, and 5 stowaway assassins. It just needs work…and a significant cut of words before I’ll send it out into the world.

I’ve given myself the balance of November to do it, before I start on the first editing pass of Jade Moon Waning.

And that’s been the week.

I’m going to leave you with the following photo of the Black Ferns vice-captain, Kendra Cocksedge lining up to kick one of many Black Ferns try conversions that afternoon:

See you on Sunday!

What am  I reading this week?

Star Wars: Wedge’s Gamble by Mike Stackpole.

Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield

What am I listening to this week? The Hybrid Author Podcast.

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well? This Weekend? Sleep, a bit of gaming, and a bit of Rugby (there are a couple of last chance 2019 Word Cup Qualifier matches taking place. Canada will have to beat Kenya to move forward. Germany and Hong Kong are also going head – to – head for a slot.

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Stop by the Freebies page for story Excerpts.

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Five Thing Thursday: November 8th.

Welcome, everyone to the second installment of November’s Five Thing Thursdays!!

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1:

Because I am still, sometimes, utter rubbish at scheduling/planning things, the first thing I want you to know is that my recap post for the Halloween Blog Tour: The Final Nail in the Coffin went live on Monday. There you’ll be able to see all of my questions and answers, plus two bonus answers!!!

Thing #2: Rugby Day is Chicago was AWESOME!!! I’ll post more about that on the Friday Fess-Up!

Thing #3: I’ve decided on a new project. This was an 11 thousand word  “Short” story that never went anywhere titled “Stowaway.” I’ve written two books since finishing that story, and after looking it over for the first time, I can see why it didn’t go anywhere. So I’m taking November to clean it up and I’ll send it back out into the world.

Thing #4:  They are calling for Snow on Friday. I don’t know how I feel about that. On one hand, my driveway has all the consistency of a mud-soaked sponge and I could use a good freeze to solidify things and make the footing a bit more stable. Not to mention the cold will kill most of the allergens that plague me this time of year.

on the other hand…snow.

Thing #5: When I meet someone that I’ve always wanted to meet, for the first time, it never fails to strike me that these folks are not actually as tall as I imagine them to be.

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See you tomorrow for the Friday Fess-up post.

Until then…

Be safe Y’All.

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Two Questions With…The Final Nail in the Coffin

Last Monday marked the Final day in the “Two Questions With…The Halloween Edition” Blog tour.

If you missed it, in October, many creative minds turned toward the spooky, fanged, clawed, and winged. To celebrate, a small coven of writers emerged from the darkness to share their harrowing delights with you.

Each week, we toured each other’s blogs and answered questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans. You can check out the Events page for the full schedule.

Who are these Children of the Night, you ask?

I will tell you, but…come closer where we may talk…

In the dark.

We are:

Myself

Anne Raven

Pat Esden

K Bird Lincoln

R. J. Theodore

Janet Walden-West

To put the Final Nail in the Coffin of the blog tour, I’ve collected all of my questions and answers into a single blog post. As an added bonus, we had Two Questions left over (primarily because me and Math don’t really get along) that I’ll include here.

So ignore that noise outside, that scratching at the window, and settle in for the Final Nail in the Coffin of the Halloween Edition of Two Questions with…”

The Questions and Answers:

How do you handle frightening elements in your writing?

What I’ll do is to take something familiar, and give it a bit of an unusual spin, change it, move it from where it’s supposed to be.

Here’s an example: Picture a bicycle. It can be any color or design that you want. Got it pictured? Remember what it was like riding a bike?

Good.

Now picture that bike, lying on its side, or propped up somewhere. Maybe it’s in a forest. Or a cemetery. Or outside an abandoned house at night?

Maybe it’s at a playground…moving all on its own…

How do you define Horror?

That is a tough one. Certainly there can be horrific elements in any story, but I don’t think that makes it a “Horror” story.

I think that for a story to fall into the Horror category there has to be a very real chance that any character in the story could die. This includes the Protagonist.

There is no such thing as a safe place in a horror story. Even staying put will bring the danger to you eventually. Often, by then, it’s far too late.

Is there any difference between Horror and Thriller? If so, what is it?

I think that there is a difference between a Horror Story and a Thriller. For me, I think this ties in to how Horror is defined. If nobody is safe, that’s Horror. If you know the protagonist makes it out alive, regardless of what they go through, even if you can’t see how they could possibly make it, yet you know that they are going to indeed make it out, that’s a Thriller.
Alien was horror.
Aliens was a thriller.

Favorite October Food?

Oh, there are so many. I could go on about Apple cider (With or without a splash of brandy), Summer sausage (not strictly October, but still…), squash, the smells of cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin Beer (Hey, there are some really good brewers of the stuff out there. I will fight you over that), but the one thing that tops them all?

Chili. Again, not strictly an October food, but around here, when the weather gets cool. Nothing beats comfortable clothes, thick socks and a bowl of chili (and a beer) at the end of the day.

What is your favorite part of the Season?

A close second, is the warm days and cool nights (Around here anyway), but my absolute favorite part of the season is that the spirit of “What if…” is so much closer at this time of year, than at any other. Autumn, Halloween especially, is the land of the storyteller, and I love it here.

Which Horror Trope would you love to see die, and never return from the grave?

Torture porn. I’ve never seen a Saw movie. I’ve just got no interest in that kind of stuff. Now you can get all philosophical about it until the sun rises, say that it asks the ultimate question: What would you do? But I’m not buying it. It’s not there to scare you, or even tell a story. Not for me thanks.

Which Horror Tropes do you love to twist/would love to see twisted?

The Vengeful Spirit Trope. If I’m going to twist it, you can be damned sure that I’m going to try and make you sympathize for the Spirit. Give it a good reason for doing what it does. Maybe even something you might identify with…Ok, maybe its methods are a bit extreme, but its kinda got a point.

What is your go-to scary/Halloween movie?

Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Easily one of the best movies in the Franchise, this movie was dark. Darker than usual. Out of all of the Elm Street movies, this one was crafted in such a way to make each death matter. It wasn’t random, Freddy was picking these kids off one at a time and they KNEW IT. They struggled together and fought together. By far my favorite.

Funny (Now) scary anecdote to share?

I woke up one night – I can’t remember exactly what for – and, unbeknownst to me, one of my dogs followed (Maybe I left the bedroom door open).

I don’t know where he went, but we separated. As I’m making my way back to the bedroom, half asleep, in the dark, I hear a low growl in front of me.

The breeze must not have been going in the right direction, or something, but he didn’t recognize me until I said his name. And he meant business.

Let me tell you something:

Nothing, and I mean nothing, speaks to the part of your brain that used to huddle around the fire and pray for the dawn like the sound of an apex predator in the dark.

What was the first book (who was the first Author) to frighten you in a story?

Ghost Story, by Peter Straub.

Hands down.

Despite my capacity to suspend disbelief (Which borders on being a superpower), I am difficult to frighten in fiction. You can get other reactions out of me, but fear? That’s a tough nut to crack.

Pete was the first, and let me tell you, I have never been so concerned for the well being of a character standing alone on a snow-covered path in the woods. I didn’t want to keep reading, but I couldn’t put the book down and leave them out there in the woods with who-knows-what running around.

Bonus Questions and Answers!!

Monsters: Do you prefer: External – something that we have to overcome, something that isn’t “Us.” (Giant Sharks, alien invasion, Rabid Trees, etc) or Internal – Something that shows us that “We” could be the monsters (Carrie, Psycho, Vampires, etc)?

There are aspects of both that I love, but I think the external monster turns more knobs up to 11. Alien, Jaws, Starship Troopers (Yeah, I know…but I went for the bugs anyway), Pacific Rim. Wow.

Though let me tell you, a well done Vampire or (even better) Werewolf story will do it for me too.

What Horror trope do you love to exploit?
The Abandoned place. Be it a house in the forest, or a mining colony in the deepest darkest part of space. If there are supposed to be people there…and there aren’t…I love that.

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And there you have it: At last the Two Questions With…(The Halloween Edition) Blog tour has been put to rest.

Or has it?

Be sure to check out the blogs of the other authors on the tour to see their recaps:

Anne Raven

Pat Esden

K Bird Lincoln

R. J. Theodore

Janet Walden-West

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I’ll see you in a few days for the next Five Thing Thursday.

In the meantime, check out the Freebies page for story Excerpts.

Be Safe Y’All

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So You’ve Finished a Draft…

Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

So you’ve been working on the First Draft of a novel. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the better part of a year –at least–on the project and you’ve just gotten to write the two best words ever:

The End.

What happens next?

That what I want to talk about. Please note that the usual caveat applies. What follows, works for me, your mileage may vary.

Onward!

So you’ve reached The End. What’s next?

First, you should take some time to celebrate what you’ve accomplished. Yes, your first draft is a hot mess–they all are, believe me. But you’ve reached The End and that is significant. You stuck it out and that deserves some recognition. Treat yourself.

Second – Put the thing away.

That’s right. Set it aside. Don’t touch it. You may be tempted to jump right in and start editing, and if you’ve got a deadline, well, that might be what you’ve got to do. If you’re not on a deadline, put it away. For me, a work needs somewhere around three to four weeks to cool. You need that time to put some distance between you and the work. Work on something else. Knock out a short story and submit it. Do anything but start editing right away.

The third thing you’ll need to do is figure out how to change up the format of the work. You want that first pass to be in a different format than you wrote the thing in. For me, that means printing it out.

Yes, I know, but I recycle the paper.

When the time comes to start in on edits, you’ll have built up a bit of distance from your work. You’ll be looking at it with fresh eyes, so that you’ll be more likely to read what you’ve actually written rather than what you meant to write.

Good Luck!

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The Two Questions Blog tour has wrapped up for the year. Be sure to stop by on Monday where I’ll be posting a recap of all my answers, plus two bonus answers!

You can check out the Events page for the full schedule.

Be sure to stop by the Freebies page for story Excerpts.

 

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Friday Fess-Up: November 2nd.

Happy Friday Everyone!!! We Made it!

So you may have heard earlier that, last week, I finished the first draft of my current project: Jade Moon Waning

I went a little nuts last Sunday, and stayed up much later than I should have, but by then I was so close to the end, I couldn’t stop.

It’s a funny thing, finishing a first draft. For me, it means a period of mental and physical house-cleaning. OK, maybe not the entire house, but certainly my writing space. This time was no different. I spent Monday compiling the project into a Word doc, and printing it out. At 564 pages, the printing took up most of that time.

Once I had the printout, I put it away. I’m not planning on looking at it until the First of December. That left me with two things to do:

  1. Decide what to work on for the month of November.
  2. Cleaning house – so to speak.

As far as point 1 goes, I’m looking at at “Short” story that never went anywhere. At 53 pages, it’s pretty easy to guess why it didn’t go anywhere, but after a day of looking at it, I know why it didn’t go anywhere, and I’m already putting the editing pen through some heavy use.

Point 2 is probably going to last past the first frenzied couple of days where I got rid of a boatload of had-written stuff that I had, concerning the current project and a past project. Most of it I had already transcribed into an electronic format, the rest was stuff that I jotted down to include later (or not, depending on how the editing went).

Regardless, it was stuff that I didn’t need, but hadn’t gotten rid of because I keep stuff like that until the pile gets too top-heavy and falls under its own weight.

I’m also cleaning things up electronically. My back-up solution has been kinda haphazard at best, and more than a little time consuming. Something needed to be done.

So I’ve been working on that, and I’m sure that Future Me will be pretty happy with Present Me.

Speaking of Future Me, I’m typing this up early because, on Friday, I’ll be on my way to the Windy City to spend Saturday at Soldier Field for an awesome day of Rugby.

After this, there’s Sunday’s blog post and Monday’s Blog post.

With a little bit of planning, I should be able to pull it off.

See you on Sunday!

What am  I reading this week?

Star Wars: Wedge’s Gamble by Mike Stackpole.

The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield

What am I listening to this week? The Hybrid Author Podcast.

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well? This Weekend….RUGBY!!!

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Be sure to stop by on Sunday for the usual blog post!

Stop by the Freebies page for story Excerpts.

Also check out the Events page for info on the…

Blog tour that wrapped up last Monday.

Next Monday I’ll be posting a recap of all of my answers, plus two bonus answers.

Be sure to check it out!

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Five Thing Thursday: November 1st.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday

Here are Five Things that I want you to know:

Thing #1:

The Two Questions With… Blog tour has wrapped up like a Mummy. Be sure to stop by Next Monday for the Final Nail in the Coffin…a Recap of all of my answers, plus two bonus answers!!!

In case you missed it, every Monday in October we, a small coven of writers, emerged from the darkness to share our harrowing delights with you. Each week, we toured each other’s blogs and answered questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans.

Who are these Children of the Night, you ask?

I will tell you, but…come closer where we may talk…

In the dark.

We are:

Myself

Anne Raven

Pat Esden

K Bird Lincoln

R. J. Theodore

Janet Walden-West

Be sure to stop by the Events Page for my schedule, and check out the other authors to see what they’re scaring up for you!!

Thing #2: I FINISHED MY FIRST DRAFT of JADE MOON WANING!!!

Thing #3: I found that, after finishing a draft, I go through a period of both mental and physical house-cleaning. OK, not the whole house, but my writing space.

Thing #4:  I am off to the Windy City to watch (on Saturday):

The Black Ferns v. The Women’s USA Eagles
Ireland v. Italy
The Maori All Blacks v. The Men’s USA Eagles

One full day of Rugby at Soldier Field!!!

Kia Kaha NZ!!!

Thing #5: There are two kinds of “What if.” There’s the kind that has you looking up at the stars, imagining all of the cool, and exciting stuff that’s out there.

And there’s the kind that wonders what if the ship doesn’t make it? The kind of thinking that doesn’t want you to go anywhere.

Shoot for the stars folks. Every time.

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Be sure to check out the Freebies Page for story Excerpts.

See you tomorrow for the Friday Fess-up post.

Until then…

Be safe Y’All.

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Two Questions With(The Halloween Edition!)…K Bird Lincoln

Two Questions with… has returned from the grave, and this week I am very happy to host my friend Kirsten Lincoln on the Fifth round of the “Two Questions With (the Halloween Edition)…” blog tour.

Huge thanks to Kirsten for taking the time to participate. I’m really glad you came along for the ride.

Now I’m going to retreat back into the shadows and let Kirsten do her thing:

Thanks to Ken for hosting me! I’m K. Bird Lincoln, an author of Historical and Urban Fantasy who may or may not be too obsessed with Japan, chocolate, and coffee.

Which Horror Tropes do you love to twist/would love to see twisted?

“The Final Girl Standing” is a well-worn horror trope. Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Alien, Courtney Cox as Gale in Scream, Marilyn Burns playing Sally in Texas Chainsaw Massacre established audience’s sympathy with that last, beautiful ingenue who somehow makes it out alive.

It’s so well established now that once I’ve guessed who is going to make it through a horror movie or show, the frissons of fearful delight produced by watching them skirt the edge of death disappear. I want a movie that terrifies me by twisting that trope somehow so the last girl standing IS the monster. Maybe that movie exists out there somewhere and I’ve missed it. It would have to be a movie where no one has spoiled the ending yet. The movie would have to be filmed in such a way that there are a few hints—enough to keep the audience guessing or doubting their suspicions but not enough that we would know until the end what the girl truly was. The effect would be even greater if the girl herself had conflicted feelings about being a monster. Someone make that movie, please.

What is your go-to scary/Halloween movie

Since I am a wimp and can not handle really scary movies (or shaky cam found footage movies) every Halloween I go back to Michael Jacksons’ Thriller.

I’m a child of the 80’s, so I can remember sitting on the floor with my finger on the VCR  *record* button waiting for Thriller to play for the first time on MTV. It was the most amazing video I had ever seen. The cinematic storyline, the dancing, the creepiness of Vincent Price’s distinctive voice. When Zombie Michael Jackson kicks through the  door and menacingly approaches his date on the couch my heart turned into a frightened squirrel and attempted to claw its way up my throat.

I was gleefully terrified. In a twisted way I wanted to be that girl on the couch, her mundane life interrupted by fantastical beasts who threatened to eat her or possibly just kiss her. Would she fight herself out of the danger? Would she tame the wild beast? The feelings in the video fed right into my love of how ghosts, goblins, vampires,and shifters forces female characters into crucibles where they face their own weaknesses and strengths in order to survive the monsters.

Although now my favorite stories are ones where the girl might be the monster herself…

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K. Bird Lincoln is an ESL professional and writer living on the windswept Minnesota Prairie with family and a huge addiction to frou-frou coffee. Also dark chocolate– without which, the world is a howling void. Originally from Cleveland, she has spent more years living on the edges of the Pacific Ocean than in the Midwest. Her speculative short stories are published in various online & paper publications such as Strange Horizons. Her medieval Japanese fantasy series, Tiger Lily, is available from Amazon. In 2017 World Weaver Press released Dream Eater, the first novel in an exciting, multi-cultural Urban Fantasy trilogy set in Portland and Japan. It happens to be on sale for 99 cents the month of October 2018 to celebrate the release of the sequel, Black Pearl Dreaming.

She also writes tasty speculative fiction reviews on Amazonand Goodreads. Check her out on Facebook, join her newsletterfor chocolate and free stories, or stalk her online at kblincoln.wordpress.com.

 

Koi Pierce dreams other peoples’ dreams.

Her whole life she’s avoided other people. Any skin-to-skin contact—a hug from her sister, the hand of a barista at Stumptown coffee—transfers flashes of that person’s most intense dreams. It’s enough to make anyone a hermit.

But Koi’s getting her act together. No matter what, this time she’s going to finish her degree at Portland Community College and get a real life. Of course it’s not going to be that easy. Her father, increasingly disturbed from Alzheimer’s disease, a dream fragment of a dead girl from the casual brush of a creepy PCC professor’s hand, and a mysterious stranger who speaks the same rare Northern Japanese dialect as Koi’s father will force Koi to learn to trust in the help of others, as well as face the truth about herself.

“Lincoln successfully mixes Japanese, Native American, and Middle Eastern mythologies in her modern setting, and Koi’s wry voice gives a new perspective on the problems of paranormal gifts.”
–Publishers Weekly

“DREAM EATER brings much-needed freshness to the urban fantasy genre with its inspired use of Japanese culture and mythology and its fully-realized setting of Portland, Oregon. I’m eager to follow Koi on more adventures!”
—Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger and Breath of Earth

 

Find it Online:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Books-a-Million
Goodreads
Independent Bookstores
iTunes/Apple iBooks
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And That’s a Draft

One Hundred thirteen thousand, five hundred, and fifty nine words.

In just under a year.

That’s my first draft done for Jade Moon Waning.

And I’m going to bed…

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Friday Fess-Up: October 26th.

Happy Friday Everyone!! We made it!

So…I’ve got a bit of a confession to make – which is what this section of the blog is all about.

I’m not digging the current Friday Fess-Up format.

Initially, I’d envisioned this as a combination slice-of-the-writer’s-life and daily word count post.

The problem started when this started to edge into the Sunday Blog post territory.

So I tried to rein it in a bit. The problem was, when I looked back at the last couple of Fridays, and then extrapolated it into the future, I saw the following:

Assuming that I managed to get my life under control, the only thing that would change would be the daily word count. Everything else would be the same, I’d get the perfect number of hours of sleep, and every so often, what I was reading, listening to, or doing to refill the well would change.

Who wants to read that?  Hell, I’m posting it and I don’t want to read it.

So I’m changing up the format a little bit. I’m going to try and make this a “Week-in-review” kind of thing, and I’m not going to post daily word counts.

Don’t take this to mean that I don’t think that daily word count isn’t important. It is. As long as you’re doing it, and I’m doing it, it doesn’t matter what the actual numbers are. Even if that number is “Zero,” it doesn’t matter what the number is…

So how did this week turn out?

The bulk of it, I’m afraid, was something of a train wreck. I’d noticed that I was starting to come down with some kind of creepin’ crud of some kind, and I went into total self-defense mode.

At the beginning of the week, I was struggling to make progress. I’m in the final third of the current project, and I’m about to kick off the final battle…and I can’t get it started, and I cant, get it started, and I can’t get it started…

Think of it like trying to get a lighter to catch in a high wind. Spark, spark, spark…

Every morning I’d go back over what I wrote the previous day and see where I’d gone off the rails, and correct that, but then I’d go of the rails again.

Sunday night, I’m in the shower and the answer comes to me. Clear out of that blessedly hot water, I *Know* how to get where I need to go.

I had the presence of mind to hold on to the skeletal structure of the idea until I could scribble it down. Come Monday morning, I’ve got to make sense of it.

That kicks off the work week, and I’m making progress. Not the thousand words per day that I’d like to see, but solid work nonetheless.

Come Tuesday Evening, the sniffling starts and I’m dropping everything. Nothing but sleep and shit I can’t avoid – which includes the day job, but I was able to restrict the amount of “peopling” I had to do.

Wednesday and Thursday consist of me sleeping as late as I can get away with, and writing longhand – which works surprisingly well, because my head feels like it’s filling slowly with wet cement and I’m kinda muzzy. Writing longhand allows my brain to keep up with my hands, and there was much addled rejoicing.

Friday, I’m done. I pull the plug on work, despite feeling somewhere in the neighborhood of high 80 to 90%

I get myself settled this morning and then I go upstairs to write.

Three hours later I’ve got over two thousand words, the realization that I’ve sat for far too long, and that I may be less than ten thousand words away from being done with this first draft.

That’s going to be my goal. Next Weekend, I’m off to Chicago with my wife to watch the Black Ferns, Ireland, and the Maori All-Blacks play the Women’s USA Eagles, Italy, and The Men’s USA Eagles.

Rugby!!!

And I’m going to be done with this draft before then, or so damned close I can taste it, but I want it to be cooling off during that weekend.

That’s the plan…

 

Thanks for bearing with me as I shuffle this section of the blog around. See you on Sunday.

What am  I reading this week?

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron by Mike Stackpole.

Space Opera by Cat Valente

What am I listening to this week? The Hybrid Author Podcast.

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well? Haven’t been doing much of that this week outside of reading. Tonight I’m going to spend a bit of time Gaming

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