Weekend writing

Today was a little odd, in that I didn’t get to write in the pre-dawn hours. My wife and I are both off, and this usually kills my schedule. It did today, too, but if I don’t adapt a little, I can’t get anything done.

I went to another room in the house, which required me to move a bit of equipment around, but it was that or nothing. There was a little distraction in that the light on the ceiling fan is hanging down by a wire.

This kind of thing irritates me. I got out the step stool and monkeyed with it for an hour, until my arms ached. I have to twist it until the threads catch, and you wouldn’t think it would be that hard. All I can say is the size of the piece prevents me from seeing, and working overhead doesn’t help either. It was something I had to feel. In this project, I failed. I have a better ladder, so I might try again tomorrow.

As far as word count, it feels like about 2000. Not my best day by a long shot, but not awful either. In one more critique sized chunk I’ll break 30,000 words. This scene doesn’t lead to rapid word count either. I just finished an action packed section, and Lanternfish escaped to the open sea. As captain, James needs to think about his next move.

This is important stuff, because he has a balance to maintain. Open seas are relatively safe, but the war torn coast where he’s headed is dangerous. Privateers loot enemy ships to supply their own country. Pirates don’t want uniforms and boots. They want something more valuable. He also needs intelligence and needs to decide how best to gain it. Between strategic moves, keeping his crew motivated, the ship supplied, and more, the captain has a lot to keep track of.

This works in the scope of a book, because it can’t be all action and/or humor all the time. Readers need a breather, too. It isn’t like I don’t know what James is going to do, but I want to make sure I sell it correctly.

James is one of the more serious characters aboard the ship. I’ll have to delve into something more colorful as they set their course.

I’m once again noticing the value of a large cast. Lanternfish tales never seem to have me worried about the word count. I can always dip into something the crew is doing to add a bit of color.

If I can hit 2000 words per day, I’ll break 30K before the weekend is over.

In another part of my life, the wifi in this house improved when CableOne finally decided to replace their ancient router. However, the new one came with dead spaces, one of which is where I work. I was looking into various pieces of equipment to boost the signal, then decided to talk about it with my son. He’s been looking into the same thing, so he was well versed.

He pointed out the new routers come with two signals. He suggested I try the other one before buying any equipment. I didn’t even know what he was talking about. It seems the router is identified twice in searches, the only difference is that one ends in 5G. Not every bit of equipment is functional on 5G, certainly not this old iPad. I made the switch and all is well in wifi land.

I point this out, because some of you might not know this either. If you’re having wifi troubles you might try this simple trick before spending more money.

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40 responses to “Weekend writing

  1. Good to know with the WiFi. As for blindly trying to screw in an electronic, Ive been there more times than I can count. Wish I had a truck to it.

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  2. At 2,000 words a day, you’re making steady progress. Good luck with your light. Hope the ladder makes it easier. House projects that look like they should be simple rarely are. Enjoy your days off!

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  3. D.L. Finn, Author

    Our wifi is barely above the old dial in. Someday they will figure it out but we are limited where we are. Have a productive weekend!

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  4. Wi-fi is a dirty word around here. Even with the new Windows 10, my life doesn’t get any easier. It might if they all stop tinkering (upgrading) things all the time!

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  5. Tell your son thanks for helping keep me up to date. I read more about 2.4 and 5 and now I’m good.

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  6. I would be happy at 2K words. I don’t often hit that goal. Good luck with the rest of the weekend.

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  7. You amaze. I think I repeat myself on your blog often. 🤷‍♀️ Well, you do. (Amaze, that is.) Here’s to you hitting 2K a day. Happy Writing!

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  8. Glad you got a decent wordcount, despite the distractions and internet issues. Also glad your son knew a way to fix things that didn’t cost you any extra money.

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  9. Looks like you may be getting things done this weekend, Craig. Always a good thing.

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  10. Sounds like you didn’t get the obstacles get you down, Craig! Way to go and how great that you have solved your wifi issue!

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  11. The first paragraph, about shared days off throwing off your productivity, struck home. Feels like I can’t get anything written when m’lady is in the house. Entertaining read.

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  12. You are doing so well with your writing, Craig. I did a bit of polishing while on vacation but nothing much at all.

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  13. We had an extender, and then we got a new router and we don’t need it anymore. Is nice 🙂

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  14. It’s so bizarre. I could have sworn I commented on this post the other day, but the weekend has been pretty much a blur, so maybe I didn’t.

    I can’t believe you are almost at 30K on Lanternfish already. It’s amazing how prolific you’ve grown with your stories. I’m in awe (and a bit jealous). Keep it up.

    We purchased our own router several months ago. It’s a monster, but we wanted extended reach for a few outdoor TVS. This one covers 3000 SF. We’ve always used the 5G because of the faster speed, but I guess some of my older devices (which I rarely use) probably aren’t up to snuff.

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  15. Nothing wrong with 2000 words! I haven’t written anything new in ages; I’d kill for 2000 words right now! Go you.

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  16. Didn’t know about that trick with wi-fi, but it’s one I’ll look into. Seems like we also have some dead spots.

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  17. Nice bit of productivity. As for technology, I married a geek, and gave birth to one. I’m covered.

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