Lucked into some writing time

One of the odd circumstances about being broke is it provides more writing time. We like to go out on the weekends, or even just go to the farmer’s market, but have cut most of that out lately. After I called my parents, we had our usual Sunday breakfast, played ball with the dogs, and time was on my side.

My pirates picked up a new crew member, avoided a serious monster, but encountered another one that should not be taken for granted. I debated sharing him here, but I’m going to go ahead, because I’m happy with how he turned out. I’ve never heard of anything like him before.

Writing pirates brings its own challenges, beyond having never sailed in my life. Some tropes are required to make it piraty. Others take on the theme of seen it all before. As an example, there are no giant squid, krakens, or magic swords in my story. I’m trying to be unique here where I can.

My little monster is a riff on the hermit crab. Only imagine something more like a giant conch shell. Inside this shell is a kind of sea dragon. I modeled him after a Chinese dragon, but gave him an eel-like tail. He has a scary breath weapon too. I won’t mention any more, but I thought he was pretty cool for something about three feet long. I may change him up a bit on the editing pass, but I really like him.

For those of you keeping score I’m at 90,600 words today. That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 2600 words. That’s unheard of for a Sunday around here.

In other news we found this in our flower beds. Talk about monsters.

I didn’t put anything in the image for scale, but he’s about 2.5 inches long. He has the look of a borer. Last time one of these showed up, they killed my apricot tree. At least he was in the front yard away from my peach tree.

Keep away from my peach tree, dudes!



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29 responses to “Lucked into some writing time

  1. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide and commented:
    It’s always nice when a day goes unexpected, especially in a good way.

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  2. You still need to look at your trees. These guys aren’t much for gravel. Excellent job on the word count.

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  3. That’s a nasty looking beetle. Hope it stays far away.

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  4. Oof! No likey the bug! Congrats on your word count! 😀

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  5. Here in the UK, we can get these bands to go around the tree to catch pests, not sure how effective there are, but could be worth looking into, for it would be criminal if anything happened to your peach tree!

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  6. Your monster sounds interesting, and dangerous.

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  7. harmonykent

    I like the sound of your dragon more than that pic of the bug, lol! Great word count, Craig. 🙂

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  8. You need a monster? You found one. That thing is horrific! I’m going to have day-mares.

    Glad you’ve made more WIP progress. I’m really excited about this one. Your passion for the story is evident, and I’m sure it’s going to be obvious on the page.

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  9. Congrats on the word count! Don’t think I’ve ever seen an insect that size. Insects don’t really bother me, but when the snakes show up, it gets serious.

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  10. Insects totally freak me out! Give me a snake any day over a creepy crawly thing. That photo is shudder inducing.
    Your little monster sounds cool (the fictional one!).
    Congrats on the word count!

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  11. Now I can’t wait to read your book so I can “see” this dragon!

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  12. Yikes! Yes, keep him away from the peach trees. The new monster sounds pretty awesome. Congrats on the progress.

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