I think it works…

At not quite 3700 words, I pushed my pirate hat back on my head and looked across the room at Lisa Burton, my robot assistant. She wore her Serang costume and twirled the huge guandao about.

Lisa Burton

“I think I accomplished what I set out to do today. The Fulminites are terrifying, and no root monsters were killed in this adventure.”

“You killed the Fulminites though.”

“Did I, or did they do that themselves?”

Flattop, the root monster, sat beside my iPad. “Whew! Modders all go splat, but okey dokey at the end. Then get to throw hailstones.”

“I thought you guys deserved a bit of fun.”

“I like how Fēngbào came out,” Lisa said.

“He’s a god that Serang knows about. He brings the monsoon… violently, I might add. Not a lot more than that, which is kind of the Lanternfish style. No in depth legends to slow the story down. He just is what he is and brings the rain.”

“And thunder, and lightening, and waterspouts, and wind that can level a city…”

“Okay. He’s kind of over the top, but that’s also Lanternfish style. I worried about this scene for weeks, but sometimes you just have to put on your pirate hat and hack away at it. I can change it if my critique group thinks I need to, but it’s hard to change something that doesn’t exist.”

“Speaking of your group, did you get the final section of Grinders sent out?”

“Yup, it’s on the way to them. I’m not going to worry about it, until I hear back from them. You did some good work today, Serang played an important role on Kiriwina.”

“Modders like those names. Kiriwina, Matacucu, and Rakiura.”

“I pulled some of them from a map of the Pacific Islands, and changed some with Google translate. That’s how I came up with the name Fēngbào, too.”

“Modders not know Booble slate.”

“It’s okay, buddy. Only I have to know that.”

“So how come Serang didn’t get all torn up in the explosion like everyone else?”

“I don’t need her to be wounded, and maybe she wasn’t as close to the epicenter as the others were. Don’t think about it too much.”

Lisa sat down the weapon, then picked up the bamboo flute. “I’d love to be able to play this thing for real.”

“You have been, haven’t you?”

“Robot girls don’t have lungs, genius. I’ve been holding it to my lips then playing back a soundtrack.”

“It helped me with my writing. Maybe you can play that Kill Bill number one more time.”

“You know that was played on a pan flute and not one of these, don’t you?”

“You fake it well. Maybe that’s all any of us can do. I hope I fake my stories well enough to make people enjoy them.”


Back to the office tomorrow, but 3600 words, and a difficult section out of the way is a good day every day.


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40 responses to “I think it works…

  1. Ah, the talent and wisdom to sustain such production! Kudos, Craig!

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  2. 3600-plus is awesome, and I’m a little scared of your robot assistant!

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  3. That’s a great word count.

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  4. Sounds like the adventures are building steam. I like the idea of a monsoon god. He could unleash a lot of power.

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  5. Been spending a lot of time in the cabin lately. That’s great.

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    Another glimpse at author life!

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  7. That’s a fantastic word count, Craig! Well done! I love reading about you and Lisa in the writing cabin 🙂

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  8. Another fun post, Craig! I love the addition of Flattop in the writing cabin with you and Lisa. Sounds like you had an awesome day writing. I’d be thrilled with that word count. And congrats on getting Grinders sent out too. You are on a roll!

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  9. And no root monsters were harmed. Awesome word count.

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  10. Awesomesauce!! I love this! I never thought about robot girls not having lungs. 🙂 Congrats on getting over a hump!

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  11. Definitely sounds like a very successful writing session.

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  12. You did great, Craig! I enjoy your interaction with Lisa at the cabin. You’re getting a lot done.
    BTW, the sale went well. I sold 52 ebooks and 4 paperbacks. I’ve done better in the past, but I’m okay with that.

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  14. Root Modder is fun 😛
    Good job!

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