A bit more writing

I got to the writing cabin early. Lisa* was her usual chipper self again. She'd monitored my gyrocopter and had coffee ready before I arrived.

She had on a huge sweater over some Cheshire Cat tights and her hair was up in a bun. “Did you get a lot done Friday?”

“Yeah, it was a pretty good writing day. It felt good to get back to it. How's Lorelei*”

“She feels better about herself too. She may have pushed it too far though. Sometimes people forget that I don't get tired. As long as my battery is charged, I can keep going.”

I left her to obsessively count out individual pellets of food for her pet rabbit Bunny, and went to my office.

I added some things to The Yak Guy Project, but it led me to another transition scene. This was a short one, and I powered through it. I know what happens next, it's on one of my index cards, but I need to decide exactly how to structure it.

Instead of forcing it, I decided to check out The Enhanced League. It takes a minute to switch from first person point of view to third person. Like all my writing efforts, I started out by reading back a few pages. It worked out, and I managed to finish that short story.

I knew the next one was coming for months, but I'm still not ready for it. It's going to be a tale of drug abuse and requires some research. I even have the research material bookmarked, but I never got that far. I'm going to make up my own drugs for this one, but still want to get that grounding in reality.

It looks like Lorelei may have overdone it, and perhaps I did too. I probably didn't get a third of what I managed on Friday, but I'm content.

* There are a lot of new followers again, so this footnote is for you. Lisa Burton is my personal assistant and the spokesmodel for my writing career. She's also a robot. Lorelei is my Muse; like actual classic Greek Muse. She let herself go a bit over the summer and fall, and now we're both getting back into the swing of things.


In other news, I hacked out my next post for Story Empire. I'm not up for a couple of weeks, but since these are supposed to be writing and publishing tips, it's nice to have time to pick at it. I have a tough time holding myself out as an expert, but I can fake it if you give me enough time. This post will be about writing suspense into your stories, and it's something I really enjoy both from a writing and a reading standpoint. I guess that lets me count those words too.

In other other news, date night last night involved Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. This is a wonderful movie. I heard some folks are disappointed because it doesn't involve Harry Potter personally. It never intended to, and it does well on its own. I'm glad that Eddie Redmayne didn't try to do too much with the character. He's not one of my favorite actors, but he did a good job here.

I wondered why Rowling decided to place this story in the 1920s. There is mention of Dumbledore as a teacher at Hogwarts, so getting him to the 2000's would make him pretty ancient. It occurred to me that I placed Will O' the Wisp in the 1970s, partially to eliminate the internet and cellphones from the story. Cameras everywhere could be a problem in the Fantastic Beasts storyline and would have to be addressed somehow.

In other other other news, a small plane crashed in my original hometown. It was far away from my parents, brother, in-laws, cousins, etc. Still four people died, and it was a life-flight plane transporting a heart patient to Salt Lake City. Mom said she heard the crash, but thought something fell in the house and decided to look in the morning. It was a miracle that it landed in a parking lot and not an apartment complex. I'm going to call Mom & Dad in after this posts, and may learn more.


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40 responses to “A bit more writing

  1. Ali Isaac

    Busy busy always busy! Terrible tragedy about the plane crash. I have my reservations about the JK Rowling thing… Can’t help feeling she’s milking HP for all he’s worth. I’d like to see her come up with something new, but it doesnt seem that she can.

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    • I thought maybe it was a bit more like when the fans wouldn’t let Doyle stop writing Sherlock Holmes. I might milk that for all it’s worth too in her position. It’s doubly sad when life-savers lose their lives. As an author, I see irony in the heart patient. When it’s your time, the cosmos won’t let modern medicine intervene.

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  2. RIP those who lost their life’s in that plane crash you mentioned.

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  3. Congrats on the progress and sorry to hear about the plane crash. Are transition scenes tough to do? I typically use them for character relationship development or touching on what an other one is doing. Doesn’t sound like you have those options for Yak Guy, so I’m curious what you do. As for the movie, I have heard some complaints that it mucks up a few timeline details. Nothing as bad as ‘The Hobbit Trilogy’, but I guess diehards noticed. This is the inherent risk of doing prequels for a very popular series.

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    • In stories like this, there is travel involved. Working on character through dialog helps. It also defines the next issue to a degree. World building is another one that helps. I just did all that followed by some ninja sneaking about. Now Yak Guy has to find the big fight and play a role. I need to go back and add more suspense to the sneaking part, and might use suspense while he’s riding around in the dark. This one needs to be much shorter though.

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  4. Great to hear you and Lisa are busy, Craig. Sorry to hear about the tragic plane crash.

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  5. You’re so diligent with your writing commitments. I’m sorry about the tragedy also. My husband won’t learn to fly a plane. He could, but he’s scared he would get lazy and not do the due diligence required before every take off.

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  6. Sorry about the plane crash. It is sad that this was a life flight. Glad the writing is going well.

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  7. Awful story about the plane crash :/
    I hope you continue your productivity and wish you many pleasant date nights 🙂

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  8. Sorry about the crash. Glad the transitions are working out. Sometimes I have trouble with them. It takes a bit of tweaking and sometimes puzzling things out.

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  9. Wow. How frightening. Those poor families. My heart goes out to them.

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  10. That is so tragic about the plane crash. I’m grateful no one you knew was hurt, but still saddened by the loss of those lives.

    I really want to see Fantastic Beasts. I love the look of it. Glad to know its worth the time.

    You had a great variety of writing over the weekend and made progress all the way around. I FINALLY finished book 3 of the PP series, but now I’ve got major clean up to do and only a short time in which to do it.

    Looking forward to your SE post. Sandra has a good one up there today on Amazon Reviews. I can’t keep up with all the changes the ‘Zon keeps making!

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  11. Good to hear you’re forging ahead.
    A terrible double tragedy. ❤ ❤

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