Tallying up the weekend

It’s time to wrap things up. I count today as part of my weekend, because it’s my flex day. I tried to keep my task list small, but items that made the list are large.

Saturday was dedicated to Lisa Burton Radio. I managed to assemble and schedule two posts, which covers scheduling for a couple of weeks. I also wrote and sent out multiple shticks for future interviews. Two of those came back complete, and I could schedule ahead for a month now.

Thing is, I don’t have to. I have some other things to do. I noticed during all this scheduling that there have been 100 episodes of Lisa Burton Radio. That led to the post on Saturday night.

Sunday, I moved on to advance blog posts. If I save up some pennies, I want to get Yak Guy out the door before summer. I sketched out a pair of posts to take it on a blog tour, but I need about eight more. It counts as progress, so I’ll take it. Some of these are easier to write with a few distractions around, so I may get another one during the work week on an evening.

Today is calmer to a degree, so I opened my current project. My characters dug up a graveyard, bought a crappy ship, and left their original project behind. I introduced some minor characters who make up the crew. This is a giant change in their task, but it symbolizes them taking control. There is another huge change coming soon, and it will mark another point of no return.

I’m feeling the presence of the Research Sirens once more. There are terms and locations on a sailing vessel that need to be correct. This is where I could disappear for weeks, but I usually manage to get enough data to fake my way through it.

A background character spent a page to give us an idea of his makeup. (Former hangman.) The basic idea is that all of the crew members come from a place of loss and have a colorful history. I may have to make that point more bluntly.

Under different circumstances, I would make this a writing cabin post, and have the Sirens show up in pirate costume. I had so much to do, I just didn’t take the extra effort that would require.

Maybe if I get those advance blog posts written, I can dedicate some time to making these posts more fun. I enjoy the writing cabin posts, and need to get back to them.

It was a weekend. It was productive. I’ll take it. Back to the office tomorrow for me.

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31 responses to “Tallying up the weekend

  1. Excellent report, Craig. We all miss the writing cabin but can understand the time crunch. Hope there is an end of the weekend barley pop in it for you.

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  2. Hey, at least you had a productive weekend. We can only do so much in a day, weekend, etc. Unlike Lisa, we’re human. 🙂

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  3. Congrats on the progress. The former hangman sounds interesting just on that. He has to have seen some things.

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  4. Glad to hear you made progress, Craig. Hope your first day back tomorrow goes smoothly.

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  5. Sounds like a good weekend! Enjoy your week!

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  6. I love how colorful your characters are. Your current WIP might just end up being my favorite of your books when it’s finished, given what I’m hearing of it.

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  7. Well – you certainly packed a lot into your extended weekend! 😀 I’m having to try to keep the research sirens at bay for real-life concerns (redecorating), but they sure are hard to resist aren’t they?! 😛

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  8. Any progress on any projects counts as good in my books. Well-done. I hope you rewarded yourself with either some awesome sourdough bread and/or a cool ale.

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  9. Your descriptions of this new project are reeling me right in.

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    • This one is heavily about character arc. This means the first part of the tale happens on land. I made sure to have bits of excitement and intrigue to help readers get through it. My next goal will be to payoff a few of the plants from the first part.

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  11. 100 episodes of a radio show. That is significant. Sometimes we all lose count.

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