This and that

My day was scheduled around being nursemaid to my dog. She stirred most of the night, and was freezing. It wasn’t cold in the house, and she can’t be feverish. She’s loaded with drugs, and I suspect it had something to do with that.

She’s done all the major life activities, and is eating and drinking well.

This means I had to shoehorn bits and pieces into my schedule. I got the guest post scheduled for this site. Then I wrote and scheduled my next post for Story Empire.

I spent a bit of time reading a craft book I bought. It’s good to keep up with story craft and do some studying in the off season.

After my wife got home, and could spend some time with our dog, I did the word searches on Lanternfish. I drafted this one pretty fast, and honestly, I’ve never made so many “it’s” errors in my life.

Word searches are finished, and it’s time to start reading it again. I’ll probably tackle a couple of chapters tomorrow. I saw some wordy phrases during my word searches, and this indicates my mind is ready for the task. This is why authors step back for a few weeks and do something else before editing.

I need to dedicate some time to one last micro-fiction for October. Right now, I’m more inclined to get back to Lanternfish.

I intend to dabble again tomorrow. This is because of my doggie duties. My standard of practice is to hit one project hard and complete it. This isn’t my comfort zone, but it also helps get things done.

I’d like to get Lanternfish ready for my beta readers in the next couple of weeks. I won’t make this a deadline though, because I don’t have any money to put into promotion anyway. The reality of getting it to market might be early 2019.

There is no sense in rushing it either. I’ve published two books this year, and that’s not bad. Maybe we’ll recover from the veterinary bills sometime in January.


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34 responses to “This and that

  1. Congrats on the progress. Good to hear that Frankie is on the mend. Have fun with the Lanternfish crew. How many editing runs do you typically do?

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  2. Glad Frankie is doing okay. Quite a scare I’m sure.

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  3. I hope your dog feels better soon.

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  4. Sympathies about vet bills. They can ruin a budget. But glad Frankie’s better. Ever since your post about writing short stories and writing out of your comfort zone, my brains’ been playing with ideas I usually squelch. Sigh. I’ll probably end up writing something when I should be working on my WIP:) We can’t always be disciplined, right?

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  5. Hope Frankie continues to feel better.

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  6. I’m glad Frankie’s back to normal doggie duties. You’ll be back on track again soon, too. Wishing you a productive day tomorrow. I spent today editing and will probably edit for a different client tomorrow. But I have to go to Mass and I want to watch the Steelers game, so… priorities. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Hope Frankie continues to improve. Glad you were able to get some stuff done in between doggy care activities.

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  8. You are so right about stepping back from a manuscript before tackling editing. It helps to distance ourselves and makes it easier to spot things. Glad Frankie is doing well and hope she continues to recover.

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  9. Er… No, two books isn’t bad. More than most, my friend. (More than me anyway.) I’ve been ‘shoehorning’ bits of time into my life for years. We gotta do what we gotta do. I hope your dog continues to feel better. ❀

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  10. Thank goodness your puppy is feeling better. Just like having a sick child in the house, when one of the dogs are ill.

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  11. So glad to hear Frankie continues to improve. And as for publishing two books in 2018, I’d say that’s gold. If Lanternfish doesn’t see the light of day until 2019, you should have no regrets. I’d be thrilled with that schedule.

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  12. You ARE so productive πŸ™‚
    Sorry about the vet bills, but so glad puppy has you and a good vet looking after her πŸ™‚

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