Not doing what I should be doing

While I’m following my blog tour around, I’ve found it hard to write. That doesn’t mean I’ve been completely idle though.

I have bulldogs that need cuddles, a daughter who likes to talk about her big promotion, and my back to deal with. For some reason, my back issue decided to remind me it’s not over yesterday. It’s a bit worse today. This is an important week at work, so it needs to go away.

I reblogged Joan’s post earlier today. Now that it’s after five here, I’m going to mention that it was my turn over at Story Empire. There is a neat conversation going on in the comments about how different we all are when it comes to developing character. Stop over and join in the conversation, I’ll be monitoring the comments.

I also took some time to give my blog a facelift. I found some cool snowflake wallpaper, and Lisa went out to the island and made a snow sculpture for the banner. Then I assembled and scheduled this week’s Lisa Burton Radio.

One of the things I’ve been doing between comments and tweets is looking at my outlines. Something odd happened and it deviates from my master plan. After I finish the novella, I’m supposed to start on a novel called Grinders. This one is a cyberpunk novel about people who do extreme body modifications in an attempt to become better than everyone else. There will be some bio-hacking and such to flesh out the world.

The deal is that it’s not quite ripe when it comes to plot. I have some great characters, locations, and events. It just needs more time in the fermenter.

While I was doing that, one of my problem children kind of grew up. This one started off as a fantasy. Then it evolved into a flintlock fantasy. Somehow, in the past few weeks it became a pirate story and it all seems ready to go. Maybe it has something to do with my new hat stands. There will be magic, some artifacts, and monsters to make it one of my stories. The only remaining question is whether it’s our world or an alternate.

Sometimes it happens this way. I didn’t think this one would be ready for a couple of years. It’s nearly there, and whatever else it needs will come to me as I’m drafting it. I went from one act that I completely reworked, to three acts that are ready to start writing. You know, after I finish the novella called Estivation.

The Hat is still selling, and the reviews are all favorable. I’m so glad that people are enjoying this one. It needs more action, but I have faith in this little story. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, click on the image in my sidebar and drop 99ยข, I think you’ll be glad you did.


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37 responses to “Not doing what I should be doing

  1. Loving the winterized look of the blog, Craig. Can’t wait to hear more about the pirate story. Or whichever project you tackle next.

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  2. Hope your back feels better. Chuckling about the problem child behaving all of a sudden. Our ideas always keep us on our toes.

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  3. I knew it! Those hat stands are not what they seem! ๐Ÿ˜€ … cool wallpaper and header too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I have some stories like that. Sometimes you think you’ll go with one story and it turns out it’s not ready yet and so another one that you didn’t think would be is hopping to go. I wasn’t expecting my current YA Fantasy at all until one day when I finished with my other project, it just waved hello and now here I am racing toward the finish line with it.

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  5. Love the new banner and blog paper!

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  6. Good looking blog dress up. Hope the back feels better.

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  7. Well I love the snowflakes, you know I do ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like the original concept for Grinders, although grinders reminds me of the sub shop, probably not even open anymore, mmm, Grinders.
    Sorry about your back :/

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  8. Well, you’re being productive, plus spending time with your family – furry and otherwise – and that’s what counts. Also, YAY for pirate stories!

    Hope your back doesn’t cause too much trouble/pain this week. Actually, it would be nice if the back trouble completely went away, but I doubt that will happen, so it not causing you too much trouble or pain is the best I can wish for you.

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  9. Sorry for your back…but pleased The Hat is doing well!
    Loving the snowflakes too…

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  10. Liking the sound of your projects, Craig. Nice snowflakes!

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  11. Loving the frosty freshness look – perfect for a New Year! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sounds like you have plenty to keep you out of mischief and distracted from your back pain for a good while after your tour’s over… ๐Ÿ˜€

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  12. I missed this post yesterday. Now I know that the wallpaper IS new (I love it!). The banner is great too.
    You are putting us to shame with all the progress you are making. Lorelei is clearly sending you lots of great stuff. Good for you!
    Also hoping the back gets better. You are such a roll, you don’t need that problem!

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  13. Love the new wallpaper! It’s tough to write when you’re launching a new book. Go easy on yourself. Hope your back feels better soon.

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