I went to the writing cabin this morning. The storm broke, but there was mud on the tires of the gyrocopter. When I went through the basement, I made sure to leave my boots in the box Bento left for that purpose.
Lisa* met me at the top of the stairs. She was dressed in a canvas duster, and a white wife-beater tee shirt. “Ready to get some work done today?”
“Absolutely. Looks like you're ready for some Clovis dialog.”
We worked on smart assed remarks, threats, and compromises. Whenever something sounded right, I added it to my Playground manuscript.
Lisa ran to the paranormal office and pulled on a lab coat.
“Gina isn't wearing a lab coat in this scene.”
“I know, but it makes me feel more doctorly. Send me your dialog and let's give it a try.”
I sent her what I had, and we tested it out. I adjusted back and forth. “That looks about right. Try it with that voice thing you do.”
Lisa spoke the words using a female voice, and a male voice. When she finished she looked up. “Well? Is it what you hoped for?”
I leaned back at my desk. “Yeah. It sounds like them, and it fits well. Now all I need is some closure, and they're finished.”
“I'll bring some coffee. Do you want me to change into my Chloe outfit now?”
“No. I can't write Chloe today. It takes a different mindset. I'll finish with Clovis and Gina, and give them some closure.
I typed away, delivered some rewards, (such as they are) and closed out two of my main characters. Their part of this story is finished. Chloe will represent the end of the threat to the victims everywhere, but her story will finish another day. At that point The Playground will be a complete first draft.
It looks like I'm going to come in at about 70K words. I would have preferred 80K, but in today's market that isn't bad at all.
This is a different kind of book. There are three seperate stories that alternate to tell the reader a complete story. Only two of the characters ever meet, but it provides some cool moments.
I'm feeling like I need a treat. It's too early for beer. Maybe a trip to the Boise Co-Op for some shortbread, devon cream, apricot jam, and tea. My characters got some rewards, maybe I deserve one too.
I may tackle Chloe's swan song tomorrow, but it depends on what the family has going on.
Tell me about your endeavors. Do you treat yourself for accomplishments? Do you create false accomplishments so you can have a treat? Is anyone else finishing a manuscript?
* Lisa Burton is the main charater in Wild Concept. She is a robot, and since her story ended she helps me around the writing cabin these days.