Back to the writing cabin

I got a decent start this morning, and didn’t take time to look at any social media. There is a particular section of the book I wanted to complete.

Lisa met me in the kitchen in her pirate garb, then followed me to the office. “Are you going to include the adventure with Waltus, or not?”

I’ve been toying with this section for a long time. It goes in, it gets cut, it goes back in, etc. The main issue boils down to a lot of making ready, setting sail, and traveling. The arctic is a fascinating place, but the interesting bits are few and far between. I know, I’ve been there.

I didn’t want it to be unrealistic, but have to keep the modern fiction reader in mind. I decided to include a bit of crush/romance because people on a ship are still people. Then I added Waltus back into the story.

People seem to love the root monsters, and their tales kind of reflect the truth, but aren’t documentaries either. Instead of living through the adventure, I had James come across the aftermath and ask what the hell happened. Flattop isn’t maybe as animated as the other monsters, but he did a good job filling his captain in about the attack by Waltus on the ships.

This all played out against a stark icy landscape that posed an obstacle to getting the ships where they need to go. I included some wandering around on the sea ice, and eventually found a laborious way to move all three ships. I stopped after moving the first one, but I have two more to go. I’ll likely shorten those parts up, because readers will have already seen that action.

It was 12:30 when I looked up. “Okay, Waltus is back in. I should probably work on my next Story Empire post.”

“I want to read it,” Lisa said.

“You’ll have to wait until I leave. I need to start researching my next post.”

“Killjoy.” The WiFi went down.

“What happened? I need to look up some data about the Guardian Archetype.”

“I turned it off.”

“Don’t be a brat. You can read Lanternfish after I leave. I need the Internet so I can get my next post ready.”

“Nope, I’m the Threshold Guardian. You can’t complete your task without appeasing me.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me! I can’t believe you… oh. I get it. Now turn the WiFi back on so I can rough out this post.”

Lisa smirked, then spun on her heels and left. The WiFi came back on, and I managed to rough out my post, and even found a decent graphic for it.

Old What’s Her Face and I have a combined errand trip this afternoon, and I might even get the post scheduled before the evening is over. It came to well over 3000 words of new fiction, but I didn’t keep an exact count again.

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24 responses to “Back to the writing cabin

  1. Another good writing, day, Craig. I got up early today and did two hours of writing. If I don’t get up early, it just won’t happen at the moment with everyone at home.

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  2. Damyanti Biswas

    Oh good… those good days are so important to keep us motivated.

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  3. I’m used to writing 5 full days a week, pretty much totally uninterrupted. I don’t even have a handsome muse or the like to chat with me now and then. 😦 (I’m thinking about placing an ad for one, though.) So, I thought I’d at LEAST be cranking out the pages on my WIP while on “house arrest,” but funny thing. I’ve discovered a perverse desire to have my staying at home all day be MY choice, and not someone else’s based on the world turned upside down all of a sudden. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not going anywhere until it’s safe, but that doesn’t mean I can’t complain about it now and then.

    I’m very glad to read that you are making steady progress, Craig, and hope it continues for you. I’m also impressed that you can work on more than one story at a time. I haven’t mastered that little trick at all. But that’s okay. I’d be happy just to get back to my current WIP and get it out there before my readers rise up in a body and threaten me with taunts and japes. (They mostly don’t know where I live, so I think I’m safe from bodily harm, at least.)

    You are now my IDOL, because you aren’t letting any of this mess stay you from your appointed (writing) rounds. Yay, you! 🙂

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    • Complain all you like. Some of us earned the right. I never thought I could write more than one thing at a time until I tried it. It clears my head at plot problems and keeps me fresh when I switch projects. That tiny bit of time away isn’t wasted, because I work on the backup project.

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  4. A good day in the life of a writer.

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  5. I love this! I can see it all so vividly in my mind. Lisa is being a brat, but she wants to read what you wrote. 🙂 I do too, but I’ll have to wait. Great word count! It will be finished before you know it. What are you calling this book? Is it just Lanternfish 2?

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  6. It’s fun seeing Lisa give you a hard time:) You got a lot done today–pages AND a Story Empire post. That has to boost your morale. It’s going to be interesting to see how you keep track of three ships through this story. It sounds tricky to me.

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  7. I’m really looking forward to the root monsters’ recounting of the Waltus encounter. Glad you had such a good day.

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  8. Sounds like another productive day. Always envious of your word count.

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  9. Sounds like a great writing day. I love these posts… Lisa is always entertaining.

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  10. Over 3000 words is definitely good progress 🙂

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  11. Hey, that’s a great day at 3,000 words. You’ve actually been to the Arctic? How cool! 😊

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