While not camping

It’s 108 here right now. I’m watching the baseball game with a cold beer now. Found a little writing time this morning.

This section is about introducing the new cabin boy. He’s kind of subservient, but I want him to show his adventurous side a bit. Right now he’s interacting with the crew a bit, learning a few tasks, and he went through orientation. This involved listening to the root monsters tell their stories on the forecastle. (No, I didn’t make the reader suffer through them again on the page.)

Since this is a bit of character building, I had the captain show him how to load a flintlock pistol. I may have spent too long here, but that’s really what it’s like to load one of these things. Readers might find it interesting, but there were also some remarks about kids and fathers and some nice dialog to break up the task.

We’ve moved into the section that involves experimenting and mathematics. The first test was successful, but too small to be useful. The Captain needs to think bigger to see the real value here.

I’m going to pepper this section with some actual piracy on the high seas. This is to illustrate the success of the new process for my readers. That will likely start tomorrow morning.

For some reason, my transitions take me longer to write than the adventurous sections. It wasn’t a tremendous word count, but I’m at 93, 500 words now. It may be smaller, but it’s still progress.

This next section is to reveal what’s possible for my readers. Then I head into my big final phase of the story. This one might get finished this month with a bit of luck.

I also worked up the shtick for another Lisa Burton Radio show and got it sent out. Keep me in mind if you’d like a bit of free promotion. If you’re holding out for September to release your next book, planning an interview for then works out well.

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16 responses to “While not camping

  1. Iโ€™ve noticed that transitions can run longer than action too. Part of it might be due to action needing to be a faster pace than transitions. You get more character emotional growth from the downtime scenes too.

    Hope things cool off.

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  2. Hope it cools off soon.

    Glad you got some writing done, and that things are looking promising for you finishing that story by the end of the month.

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  3. harmonykent

    Sounds like some good writing, Craig. Our weather has turned now, and weโ€™re getting some much needed rain … lots of it, lol. Have a wonderful weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Well, every ship needs a cabin boy. I hate to admit my mind went immediately into the gutter at the mention of him. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then his orientation…well, you saved the day with the root monsters. Congrats, Craig!

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  5. The title made me lol and then the temp made me gasp!
    I think it sounds right that transitions take longer to write than action, because MOMENTUM.

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    • I’m sure momentum has something to do with the action scenes. I’ve also tried to make this one like a roller coaster to a degree, so there are lulls in the action to devote to world building and character growth. Too damned hot here, for sure. Farther south, my parents are dealing with hazardous smoky skies coming out of California. We’re talking twenty days or more of “stay inside” warnings.

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