Is it productive? It feels productive.

I have no idea how many words I wrote today. This is because it spreads across two different stories.

I woke up about 5:00 this morning, and dug right into Serang. I wanted to show Yong on the mend from his spider bite, but not completely healed. This may haunt him for the rest of the book. Right now he’s yelling at Serang for not doing chores and exercises.

Their next move is to leave town with a caravan, and I wanted to set that up before I stopped.

Then I called my parents. I always talk to them on Sundays, and kind of look forward to it. Sundays aren’t the best writing day because of it, but I like keeping in touch with them.

After we finished, I made a fresh pot of coffee, then turned to my critiques. I made a lot of changes to the unnamed project, and think it really improved it. There were some redundant words, a few verbs that could be improved, but it really helped in the overall feel of the story.

This also served as my review of whatever I wrote there last, so I moved the story ahead. Gupta is wounded, and the hat popped him to their secret cabin for a bit of first aid.

Turns out Lizzie’s ancestors collected things from their adventures with the hat, and those are in the cellar.

This led to a fun bit of research, and I swear one of the articles I found online was titled “So, you want a flamethrower.” Yes. Yes I do, at least a fictional one.

Lizzie and the hat popped Gupta back and joined in the action once more. This time with archaic weapons at their disposal.

Lisa is still all screwed up, and they caught her using a Nazi hand grenade to curl her hair. Haven’t decided if this should become a poster or not. There are a lot of great poster ideas in this story.

About the time Old What’s Her Face showed up, I’d shifted to Clovis and Gina. They were invading a building to clear it of zombies. They suspect this is the lab where the Marburg virus is being spread from. (They are right, but haven’t confirmed it yet.)

This gives me a place to start tomorrow morning. If it all goes according to plan, I may even reveal the main villain tomorrow.

One of these days I’ll have to come up with a title for this one. I keep thinking one will reveal itself, because it’s happened before. About all I have now is Mustang Sally. There’s going to be a woman, a super Mustang, and then there is the musical connection in these tales.

Right now it’s time for ball with bulldogs.

Tomorrow, I’m participating in something called a character takeover on the Fantasy and Sci-Fi Readers Lounge. My time slot is 12:30 – 1:00 Eastern Time. There seems to be some debate whether this is adjusted for Daylight Savings Time, so I’ll check in frequently. (Kind of like to see what others are doing in their slots anyway.) This is a Facebook thing, and Lisa Burton is the character that’s showcased. This is the link if you’re interested https://www.facebook.com/groups/FantasySciFiReadersLounge/ Maybe I’ll share some old Lisa posters with book links.

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36 responses to “Is it productive? It feels productive.

  1. Looks like a lot accomplished. Hope you left time for the corned beef. I faxed you a glass of Jameson’s I hope it got there okay. (you know those virtual trolls steal anything they can get their hands or lips on.)

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  3. Patty

    That’s awesome stuff. This sounds like it is going to be a fabulous book. Love the part about curling hair with a hand grenade. That’s way cool.

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  4. Sounds like you’re getting a lot of writing done this weekend. Hope you found time for at least one green beer. Both stories are moving along. And both sound fun.

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  5. Have fun at the Readers Lounge. Looks like you had a great weekend.

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  6. Congrats on the Sci-Fi lounge. Unfortunately, I’ll be at work during that time and won’t be able to check in. Nice that you’re able to talk to your parents each week. Some things are just more important than writing.

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  7. I have recently discovered that I like fantasy and I enjoy building my own world and writing mystery elements in my novel too. I rwote over 1000 words last night and about 400 today.

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  8. D.L Finn, Author

    Sounds very productive. It’s a great day when you can work on kore thsn one thing. I’ve had a story or two where the title hid for a while.

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    • It’s happened to me several times, then a title jumps at me for some reason. I’ve never gone this deep on two stories at once. I think it works because they’re so different. One is comedic and the other is more serious.

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  9. Just the thought of your workload is making my head spin, but then, people have said the same about me on occasions… Not lately though, come to think of it!

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  10. It feels productive because it was productive.

    Good luck with the takeover. If I get a chance, I’ll pop in.

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  11. You always inspire me with your production, Craig – good luck on the takeover and have fun!

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  12. I’d say you accomplished a heck of a lot, Craig. I’m sick with the crud so definitely not feeling productive. And, I have a big music festival this weekend. 😦 I can’t wait for more adventures from Lizzie and the Hat as well at Serang!

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  13. Sounds productive to me! Sorry I missed your takeover. The grandkids visited this weekend.

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  14. How did the Facebook thing go? I’m not on there anymore, but I hope you had fun. And I’m still amazed by your ability to work on more than one story at a time!

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  15. So you want a flame thrower? There’s that one kind of shotgun shell, called Dragon’s Breath…

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  16. You really do sound like you’re having a great time writing this one. I predict sales on this one will be higher.

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