Back to normal???

Otto woke me up before six a.m. this morning. I took my time feeding them, fiddled around with social media, then headed for the writing cabin.

I was very close to the big boss battle and wanted to get into that.

This one is called The Viral Blues and was intended to be the second story for Lizzie and the hat. It kind of spun out of control and became a lot more than that.

I had all these characters wasting away, trying to draw unemployment, so I decided to put them back to work. This means there are a team of main characters.

My first obstacle involved section breaks for point of view changes. I’m not a fan of this, but imagine two cars full of heroes chasing one car full of bad guy. They’re all doing heroic things, and I need to change POV from car to car. I worked on this for a long time, but had to add a couple of section breaks to pull it off.

One of the things to keep in mind here is that everyone was someone’s favorite. If they come into this book, they deserve a starring moment for their favorite character. Honestly, this was a fun challenge and I think I met it.

Things are rough around the edges, but I finished the story today. I need to do some serious work on it before I send it to critique members, and it may be a couple of weeks before I can do that.

An interesting new challenge presented itself today. I’m on record (probably over at Story Empire) saying I like brief endings. I’ve used terms like “drop the mike and walk offstage,” and “happy for now,” to describe my opinions. This book wouldn’t let me do that.

With that many lead characters, the denouement took longer than I planned. Everyone needed to get something out of the deal now that their adventure is over. Some could be dealt with quickly, but some needed more attention. Then Lizzie and the hat had a bit of drama over their payment, but I like how it worked out.

Then it occurred to me that I was at one of those pivotal points. I have a marketing idea that is either pure genius, or about as idiotic as anything I’ve ever tried. I’m adding my back of the book material, but instead of blurbs I’m noting which stories the various characters appeared in.

My hope is that if someone just met Clovis, for example, they might want to check out The Playground.

Then… I decided to do something I never do. There is going to be an epilogue. There is one loose end that I really don’t have to tie up, but decided to do it anyway. I have a solid idea for it, and I promise it will be fun. I’m selling it to myself like it’s one of those ending scenes after one of the Marvel movies.

I just started writing the epilogue, when I got interrupted.

Lisa Burton

“Hey! I’m home.”

“Back here. How was your adventure?”

“Honestly, it was rugged. Why do you insist upon breaking me in all my stories?”

“That’s what heroes go through. As powerful as you are, you have your own Kryptonite. Readers need to know that about you.”

“I survived, despite your best effort.”

“I’m so happy. I have some great ideas for your posters, but I didn’t expect you home so soon.”

She hugged me, then sat on the edge of the desk. “Well, someone decided not to write me into the epilogue, so I got an early start.”

“You had plenty of moments, and they couldn’t have accomplished this without you. I decided maybe it was up to someone else to clean up the loose ends.”

“It is good to be home. How’s Bunny doing?”

“He’s huge and fat as ever. I’m sure he missed you, but it’s hard to tell with rodents.”

“I’m going upstairs to see him.”

“I don’t blame you. I think I’m done for the day anyway. I’ll have to finish the epilogue later.”


That is the saga of my day. Summer is going to be a period of editing, getting artwork together, preparing blog tour posts, and loose ends. (Hopefully reading) For those keeping score, I never tracked word count today, but it feels like about 4500 words.

Back to the grindstone tomorrow.


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40 responses to “Back to normal???

  1. I am very intrigued by this book, Craig, it sounds different and interesting.

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  2. Way to go, Craig! Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with this time 🙂

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  3. Awesome about your writing progress. Can’t wait to read the finished book.

    I was just thinking this morning – having had my own doggy wake up call at 5:30am – that being able to get stuff done when they then go back to sleep, but before other things are demanding your attention, is one benifit of dogs insisting on early wake up calls.

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  4. Glad to hear that someone is making progress. I seem to taking one step forward and half a dozen back! But then again, this is pretty normal for me!

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  5. Fantastic, Craig. Sounds like a great writing day 🙂

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  6. Congrats on finishing. Epilogues can be a little daunting, but I see them as nothing more than final chapters with a special name. Good luck.

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  7. Welcome home, Lisa.

    I’m excited to see how this all gets wrapped up. And I love the idea of a book intro for each character at the end.

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  8. I think that’s a great idea about listing the books and characters. If the readers really like a character (Clovis!), they’ll follow them back to their original story.

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  9. You always have good ideas on selling books. I think your idea of describing where the character’s book origin is a good one.

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  10. I like your idea, Craig. You never really know until you get to where you are going what you need to do. I can’t wait for this one to release.

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  11. Wow. About 4500. Niiice!
    Hadn’t seen you at the cabin in a while – good change of scenery for you and your readers.

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  12. You’re nothing if not imaginative! Ok, and dedicated 😉

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  13. Very cool. And you’re doing an epilogue?!?!?
    Oh, yeah! The story dictates what it needs to be complete. The Viral Blues is going to rock from start to finish.
    Nice to see Bunny get a mention in this post. Made me smile 🙂

    Congrats on the finish!

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  14. Really looking forward to this one. Let me know when you want to do a publicity visit.

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