Puttering about

I’m still on vacation, and don’t have to go back to work until Thursday. I expected to get a ton of writing done, but it hasn’t worked out that way. It’s more a bit here and there.

Sunday I was pretty much a vegetable. I felt bad about it, and after my ballgame ended, I decided to forge ahead reading. I’m so glad I did. This isn’t a book review blog, and never will be, but you need to read this one. I’ve always been a Mae Clair fan, but she took this one into a whole new atmosphere. It’s called Cusp of Night, and yes that is a hotlink for your convenience.

I finished it Sunday night, so I feel like I was at least productive to a degree.

Today I started out writing, but my wife is home, bulldogs had to play ball, and it was just dabbling. I’m a big believer in just pecking away at a project. Voyage of the Lanternfish is now at (checking) 66,089 words.

I can get a lot done a bit here and there.

This afternoon I had an eye appointment. There are new prescriptions, frames, and such on the way.

I also took on a small beta reading project. I messed around a bit with it today too. It isn’t long, and my goal is to turn it back before I have to go back to work.

My novel almost demands breaks at times. Now that my crew has left pseudo-China, they’ve had one success, but there is another problem to deal with. I also have to come up with another new country, but I have some ideas for it. This won’t be as big a stop, but they need to face some problems. This is where shifting into beta reading, or attending an eye appointment helps. It lets my brain work on the issues without the distraction of the keyboard.

This new country is bugging me too. I want to give it a name that will conjure an image before readers even learn about it. I’ve bastardized a name, but I don’t like it. I’m going with it for now, but intend to do a word search and change it later.

I posted over at Story Empire how I hate naming things. I offered up a few tips that worked for me, and invited others to offer some too. There are some good tips in the comments section, and I intend to try them. Oh yeah, that is a hotlink too, just in case you have a tip or want to see what others do when naming things.

I also discovered another five star review for The Hat today. Since I’m on a hotlink kick, might as well just link this one too.

None of it seems outstanding, but it all adds up. I’ve been busy, just not focused on one thing. I think I’ll just keep dabbling on this vacation.

However, my wife decided to go back to Nevada this weekend. It might only be a Saturday, but I could get a bunch done that day.


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27 responses to “Puttering about

  1. Congrats on the review. Curious to know the name you picked that you don’t like. Ever consider describing the city to people and seeing if they come up with anything? I know that’s tough for authors since we’d rather it come from us. Although, they might ask a question or make a statement that makes you think of a good name.

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  2. Happy vacation and happy writing!

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  3. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide and commented:
    A day in the life of a writer, if you’re interested read this by Craig.

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  4. It’s funny that you don’t like naming things, because I remember writing when I was little and the first thing I would do is pick out tons of names. One short story I wrote probably had 12 names just on the first page!

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  5. I’m sure that perfect name will come to you. Probably when you least expect it, and don’t even realize you were thinking about it.

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  6. harmonykent

    Sounds like a good vacation, Craig, and you’re allowed a veg day once in a while! The book is sounding so good! πŸ™‚

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  7. I haven’t been that productive with writing either. I’m hoping to use July to clean up all of the short stories I have setting around. So far I’ve worked through four of them. And I’ve got an eye appointment in August, and will pick up a pair of new frames too.
    Lanternfish is going to be something very special, I think πŸ™‚
    Thank you for the shout-out on Cusp of Night. I read your review on Amazon and it has me cloud-soaring. Thank you!!

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  8. Loved your review of Cusp of Night, Craig.

    Wishing you a happy rest-of-vacation!

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  9. Sounds like the perfect way to spend your remaining vacation days. I’m off to read your review of Cusp of Night. It’s on my TBR list, along with The Hat.

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  10. I can only dream about what I could get done in a day if I had one all alone. Well, The Mister almost never has an agenda, so — without kids!
    I’m glad you’re having such a good week πŸ™‚
    Dude, we working weary are like, It’s Only Tuesday πŸ˜› Oy!

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    • It sounds like next weekend will see my daughter swinging around. I’m happy to see her, even if it cuts into productivity. She left her Kuerig in Boise, so it isn’t for me, but I can pretend.


  11. Congrats on the review, Craig. I’m looking forward to reading Mae’s book – just getting through some others I’ve made commitments on first.

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