Two updates in one week

It feels good to accomplish something on occasion. Old What’s Her Face just called as she got off work and put an end to my writing day.

This time, I didn’t have any work commitments, or other projects to address. It was a day for me to do whatever I want, and I chose writing.

I got up late, which felt awesome. Usually, Otto wants his breakfast by about 5:00, but he was feeling lazy, too. I fumbled a bit with what project to tackle. Sundays don’t give me a lot of time, but I can address the critiques I have for Lanternfish. That gives it some momentum this weekend. It isn’t much, but it counts.

Jason Fogg is to a place where I want to think about it for a while, and that left Lizzie and The Hat.

The book is called The Ballad of Mrs. Molony, but she hasn’t made an appearance for a while. This is because she’s going to get the big ending scene. Lizzie and the Pythons finished their gig at a country bar, and spotted the vampires they’re after. Things went downhill from there.

They took up a vigil trying to spot one passing pickup in an area that seemed like a good target. Stakeout work is boring, so I’m counting on characters to keep it interesting. It’s their style to bicker and pick about things, and there is plenty of that in this chapter.

Lizzie pissed off the clientele at the country bar, (Who knew cowboys wouldn’t appreciate Van Halen,) and I let the hat go on a supervised Internet shopping spree. He’s kind of an Internet junkie these days.

All told, it came to over 3300 words, my best day in a long time. I could have easily kept going, but my wife is on her way home. I’m going to reread an old short story of mine, because I can see a place for that character in the world of Lizzie and The Hat.

The story is called Night Bump Radio. It involves a character from Will O’ the Wisp, who grew up to host a late night call in show. It’s based loosely on the old Art Bell programs where people call in about bigfoot, aliens, ghosts, and all kinds of things that go bump in the night.

The loose idea is this becomes a point of worry when people start calling in about a mysterious character known on the streets as The Hat. Hey, you can’t shoot things up without a witness or two picking up on it. I can sort of introduce it here. Step it up a bit in the next book, then the one after that, I can have some real fun with it. It also gives me a tie to Patty Hall, from Wisp, if I want to include her down the road.

Not a lot planned for tomorrow. I’ll probably look at my critiques and make a few adjustments, then that will close out my weekend. Hope all of you are safe, well, and doing something fun this weekend.


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35 responses to “Two updates in one week

  1. All this sounds great and your word count is killer. It sounds like you earned something cold, bubbly, and kissed with hops.

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  2. Sounds like a fun story and great progress. Good point on there having to be a few witnesses out there.

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    • It’s the modern world, so there will be people with cell phones, ATM cameras, that kind of thing. I could come up with a magical solution, and might at one point, but it’s nice to have them deal with it for now.


  3. You always sound like you’re having fun when you work on Lizzie and the Hat. Hooray for 3300 words! No writing for me today. We bought lots of flowers and planted them in our flower boxes and whiskey kegs. I love flowers. Enjoy your night with your wife and your Sunday.

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  4. Sounds like a good weekend, all told. Pet the doggos from me. I’m enjoying time with my own guys while I can.

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  5. Damyanti Biswas

    That’s great progress!

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  6. This sounds like an excellent day’s progress, Craig. Well done.

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  7. That’s a fun idea, all right. I don’t know if you’re aware, but Carrie Vaughn did a series about a werewolf woman who did a similar late-night radio show. You might want to check out a few of those books so you can make your story distinct from hers.

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    • Interesting. I’m going to start weaving Pete’s radio show in for another reason to worry. It also makes the world a bit bigger. I have a werewolf story planned for this series, but it’s going to be very different.

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  8. Your word count is AMAZING!! Way to go! I’m not sure I could work on three projects at the same time and keep them all straight. Kudos to you!!

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  9. Excellent wordage, sir, excellent! 😀

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  10. NIce progress, Craig. And I would always appreciate Van Halen music, but then I’m not a cowboy.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author

    What a great writing day for you!

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  12. Sounds like a productive day for you. Glad you got so much done. My plan was to relax and clean the homestead, and that I did. I also made the cookies that my son posted on my Facebook wall. The recipe was good, but that pretty much took up my weekend.

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  13. Sounds like you had an excellent week, and what a cool way to bring back a WO’W character! Does your local library know about all your work yet, and if so, have they contacted you to read to an audience? Great job, my friend! 😁

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