Sometimes even I get lucky

Today was supposed to be my last real writing day this weekend. I took it in that spirit, and cranked out 3200 words this morning. I forced myself to stick with Serang, because I want to get through the middle slog.

This was with an hour delay to update iOS, and Apple Pages, which is my word processor.

Our fictional caravan spotted the bandit’s fire before trouble began. They chose their ground and compelled the bandits to come to them. This led to a big fight, and Serang had to fight with an alternate weapon or two when she lost her staff. Turns out she’s pretty good at combat improv.

The caravan leader decided to make a forced march to get out of the bandit territory. All in all, that’s a pretty great writing day for me.

Then something miraculous happened. Old What’s Her Face came home from work and announced she is going to Nevada to hang out with her brother for the weekend.

Being the dutiful pet father that I am, I volunteered to babysit the dogs and tend the home fires. We played a little ball, I had a sandwich, then we all took a short nap.

I got up, and turned my attention to my MS again. Otto, not so much.

Daily word count is at 4300 and counting. I need to stop for a while to scrounge something for dinner. I also need to do a bit of research about their next obstacle. So I’ll leave Serang and company at the desert water hole that’s operated under a loose treaty with a killer baboon. He’s not kidding, but if everyone behaves they may not have a problem.

There is a real place in Namibia called the Wind Cathedral. You’ll have to Google it, because I can’t find any free use pictures. Basically, I’m going to turn the dial up on this and make it into a desert maze they have to go through. Since there are so many references to temples in this story, I’ll rename it something like the Temple of Wind.

This particular water hole is the tipping point of this journey. Serang and her master are going to leave the caravan and set off on their mission alone from here. I have a cool piece of folklore I can’t wait to write, and I’m making the whole thing up.

Since I have all night tonight, plus all day and night tomorrow, I may really make some progress on this story. I feel like the toughest part of the middle is behind me now.

Who knows, I may actually get to publish this one before school lets out. Cover art has been ordered already.

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53 responses to “Sometimes even I get lucky

  1. Hope you enjoy yourself and accomplish a lot! Sounds like you’re already doing well.

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  2. Excellent progress, Craig.

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  3. Sweet progress there. Although, I think I’ve heard ‘Temple of Winds’ in a few video games and books. I’m not one to talk here since I have places in Windemere simply called ‘Southern Jungles’ and the desert.

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  4. Great progress! Hope the words continue to flow.

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  5. 4300! That’s fantaatic. My brain sort of shuts down when I write that long. Maybe if I took a break, I might be able to push through. But so glad the words are gushing for you. Hope tomorrow’s just as good or better.

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  6. D.L Finn, Author

    Wow sounds a very productive writing. Love the sound of the direction its going. Happy writing:)

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  7. On track for another brilliant story, Craig. You are an inspiration!

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  8. Sounds pretty amazing, Craig. You do have a fantastic imagination.

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  9. You had me with folklore and the Wind Temple.Can’t wait to see where your creative mind leads you. You’re kicking butt with the word count!

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  10. That Wind Cathedral is striking. You’ll have so much fun writing those scenes. Wishing you a weekend of productivity.

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  11. Those are some nice hoodoos!

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  12. Like the ‘gold doubloons’ background. Is it new or has it been there a while and I’ve only just noticed it? 😀

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  13. Reblogged this on Ann Writes Inspiration and commented:
    I’ve got the prologue and three chapters of my second Stepping Stones Mystery novel revised, but I’m not satisfied with the end to Chapter three.

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  14. Seems like this one just poured out of you, Craig – nice word count!

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    • Middles always suck for me. I like getting started, and racing for the finish. Now that the middle is past, it’s gotten a lot more fun. The other story is grumbling at me to visit it, but I need to stay here now.

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  15. Fantastic progress, Craig!! I know this story is going to be GREAT! I’m patiently waiting.

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  16. Reblogged this on TheKingsKidChronicles and commented:
    This is great. I had never thought of inviting people into my writing in this manner. I have learned something from this. Thank you for sharing. Reblogged from https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com

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  17. Wow on moving to the cover art already!
    Killer baboon? Lawd.
    I looked up the wind cathedral, that’s amazing. You’re so creative, Craig!

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  18. Wow, congrats on that word count! Smashing it!

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  19. I traveled around that region of Namibia in the early 2000s. I searched for images of the wind cathedral, and saw several locations I was familiar with. The heavily-reproduced image with the really sharp peaks looked unfamiliar and wrong to me, so I did a bit more searching and found some pages indicating it was digitally-manipulated.

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    • A lot of photoshop going on over the past few years. Cool that you got to actually go there. I’ve seen a lot of unusual formations in AZ and Utah. I’ll massage it into a fantasy version anyway, but I like the idea that a real place like this exists.

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  20. I’m so envious of your word counts and stories (and at the same time, very happy for you)!! I need to get on the bandwagon and write. How do you do it?

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