A tough stretch for me

Last weekend was my two day weekend, and I didn’t get much done. My wife was off at the same time, and it’s a distraction. Some things, but not a lot.

I get a three day weekend this time out, but my parents will be here any minute. I allowed myself to sleep in, because I deserve it once in a while.

Today came to about 1000 words. Not my best effort, but it’s progress. It will probably be the only writing I get to do.

Serang finished her assignment out in the wilderness, had some vivid dreams with deeper meaning that will payoff later, then she and her master headed out once more. They passed through miles and miles of opium poppies in bloom. There is no specific adventure for this part, so it’s just a bit of scenery.

Their main goal is to get to a boat, then meet back up with the only other monk left alive after the great purge. (As far as they know.)

I need to steer Serang toward what people know from Lanternfish, and this involves both internal things and external things. She showed a bit of growth and maturity in conversations with her master, now it’s time for her to experience boats.

It’s important to give Serang her hat, boots, and the rest of her outfit. She needs to learn martial arts, and weapons training. She also needs to grow and mature. She’s already been involved in some thefts and fights, which will relate to her future life.

Now it’s time to get on a boat. Can’t become a pirate on dry land. My next real day off is Wednesday, and I hope to move the story ahead then.

I’m looking forward to Mom and Dad coming. I haven’t seen them since fall, and we’ll go out to dinner somewhere. It will be nice. Our daughter is also coming since it’s her birthday weekend. I haven’t seen her in a while either.

Behind the scenes, I have some blog projects to work on, and may get some time for that Sunday afternoon.

I probably won’t update again until Wednesday night, but it’s because things won’t be that interesting. Hope all of you have a great weekend, Happy Easter, and all that jazz.


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44 responses to “A tough stretch for me

  1. Serang’s internal and external journeys intrigue me. Can’t wait for this book to come out. Have a great Easter, Craig, and enjoy your family.

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  2. D.L Finn, Author

    1000 words is still a good day. Sounds like you are progresding forward. Have a great visit with your daughter and parents. Happy Easter.

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  3. harmonykent

    That’s good progress, Craig. And, yes, a lie-in is needed from time to time. Have a great weekend and Easter/family time 😊

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  4. 1K for me is a good day so I would be happy with that kind of progress.

    It’s very cool to see Serang progressing on her journey. You’ve got another great story in the works. Happy Easter and have a great time with your parents and daughter visiting!

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  5. Sounds like progress to me. Wishing you and yours a joyous Easter weekend. ❤

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  6. Enjoy the time with family!

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  7. Loving the Serang updates. Have a happy Easter.

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  8. 1k words sounds like a good effort. Have a great Easter!

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  9. Enjoy your parents and your daughter, Craig. Happy Easter!

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  10. That is so nice, all your whole family together. We had that in March. All four kids, two grandkids, the auntie, the cousins, Mamaw and Papaw. It was only for an afternoon, but it was nothing short of wonderful. I wish my mother could have come…
    So those poppies look pretty and like Dorothy, I’d like to run through them and take a sweet nap 🙂

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  11. 1000 words is nice, especially since you slept in too.

    Enjoy the time with your family. Happy Easter, and happy birthday to your daughter.

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  12. Sounds like a great family weekend! Happy Easter!

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  13. It was the same for me last week, Craig and it looks like I’m not going to have much time for writing this weekend either. But family is important, so I’m going to enjoy them this weekend. Have a wonderful Easter weekend with your family! 😀 xo

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  14. This was great! Could not stop reading till the end, just followed you. Hey, could you check out my blog too? Here’s the link-https://poetryandfictionlife.wordpress.com/


  15. Happy Birthday to your daughter!
    Looking forward to the sequel.

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  16. Hope have a great visit with your parents – and Happy Birthday to your daughter, Craig!

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  17. I also had a slow weekend with regards to writing, Craig. Sometimes you just have to let it go.

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  18. I’d say Serang doesn’t need to get everything she had right at the beginning of Lanternfish (clothes, etc.), it could be a mystery what happened between the two stories. Someday, you may want to go back and write another story that takes place in that time break.

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    • I’m not feeling that right now. There will be something left to the imagination between her finally going to sea and when she shows up in Lanternfish. I’ve considered what might happen post Lanternfish, but don’t think I’ll go that far.


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