A glorious writing day

This had to be the longest work week in history. It added to my back problems, because I had to spend the entire day yesterday in an uncomfortable chair to attend a Zoom meeting.

I doubted my ability to even get out of bed this morning, but I made it around 7:00. I think the Woodford Reserve helped last night, because I slept like a baby.

Frankie was a little shit most of the morning. She’s really smart and calculates things. She wanted Otto to play outside with her, but he’s figured out her nonsense. She spots an imaginary squirrel, then paws the door with urgency. She runs out all excited, but he watches from the doorway.

Now she’s added me to her game. It was cold, but I’d let her out enough times that I left the door open so she could come and go. She started coming to me in a lather. She stomps her front feet back and forth, makes a Chewbacca noise, then runs to the door… but the door is open.

I decided that maybe someone threw a ball over the fence or something and she wanted me to see it, so I stepped outside and played right into her evil plan. Otto always goes outside if I do. As soon as he stepped onto the patio, she jumped him. I was just a device to get Otto to go outside. I really wanted to write, but you’ve gotta stop and laugh at that.

The Lanternfish crew was in the wake of a large sea battle that introduced some new elements into the story. Today was about what’s known as a sequel. If you haven’t been reading Staci Troilo’s excellent series over at Story Empire, you’re missing out. Here’s a link to the first one.

Stories have a kind of ebb and flow that I’ve always thought of as waves. The crest of the wave is all cannons, fire, and action. The valley between waves is about recovery, regrouping, then forging ahead to the next crest. They’re more properly called Scenes and Sequels. I think the naming is unfortunate, and prefer my wave analogy.

The crew completed their primary mission as privateers. They delivered their goods to the Admiralty. From this point on, everything changes. It’s more dangerous, riskier, and I hope I can pull it off.

One of the weird things I love is an outfit upgrade, and I wrote two into this chapter. One involves passing Yoshiko off as a princess to Western minds. She is a princess, but it isn’t that big of a deal in the East. The hope is the Westerners will fall all over her.

The other involves General Serang. You guys remember Serang. She’s come a long way since her origin story, and her appearance in Voyage of the Lanternfish. Just to refresh your memory, here is Lisa Burton posing as Serang.

Lisa Burton

I really like her makeover, and as she steps to the dock ahead of her army, everything is different. The only things she kept are her weapon, and that rockin’ hat. Sadly, she just marched out of this story. At nearly 96,000 words, the final chapters are all about James and the Lanternfish crew. She has a big role to play in the final book of the trilogy.

Makeovers are a great way to announce a change has happened. There’s something new here. If you like superhero movies you’ll see them used all the time. Two characters, two visions, one of grace and loveliness, the other of power and strength.

Anyway, I’m pretty happy with it, but it may need some fine tuning. Today’s word count comes to about 3200. A very good kickoff to my four day weekend.

If you’d like to check out Serang, you can find her origin story or Voyage of the Lanternfish on my Amazon Page.


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41 responses to “A glorious writing day

  1. That is one cunning little pooch. Going to be her accomplice again in the future?

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  2. I’m glad you had a good writing day.

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  3. You’re at 96,000 words? And Serang just left with an army. Oh, sorry, GENERAL Serang. Ugh!!! You’re such a tease! I love, love, LOVE Serang. I hope you finish this book soon, because I want to read it!!

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  4. That’s a great word count. Serang is one of my favorite characters. Laughing about Frankie’s antics.

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  5. Frankie is a naughty little thing, Craig. My cat, Push-Push, comes to the window every morning as soon as it is warm enough, so about 7am. I have usually been awake for about 2 hours by then. I let her in and we have a 10-minute petting session. I then sit back down to work and she goes outside. She seems to know that there is no hope for more attention for her once I sit down.

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  6. Frankie’s antics have me laughing. Fantastic word count, Craig 😊

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  7. You know, it’s funny but all your pet stories match right in with what Charles Yallowitz just had on his blog!

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  8. Lovely reading about your day Craig

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  9. Whoo Hoo!! Fantastic word count, Craig! I’m a huge fan of Serang, especially after her backstory! The dogs are hilarious!! 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. Good on Frankie – she gets both you grump-a-lots going at the same time! 😀

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  12. I DID laugh at Frankie’s manipulation! Smartypants doggy!
    I’m glad you got so much done, and that it rolled itself out for you. I’m totally jealous you get FOUR days, as I get three, and yes, last week was so long, I worried it may not end!

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  13. My two (now passed) puppers sounded like Frankie and Otto. One mastermind, one poor fool gullible enough to fall victim to her plots.

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  14. Sounds like Frankie’s one smart pup, lol.

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  15. Thanks for the shout-out, Craig. I agree; Swain’s terminology is terrible and your wave analogy would be an excellent replacement. Who do we talk to about that?

    When you mentioned outfit upgrades, I was hit with a brilliant idea. You should make Lanternfish into a video game. Who do we talk to about that?

    I wish I had better industry connections.

    Glad you had such a great day!

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  16. I would love to have a 3200 word count for a day. You’e clearly doing an awesome job with the Lanternfish crew. And even if Serang has hit the end of her journey in this story, I’m sure you did her justice. She’s an excellent character. It’s great to know she will be back again in book three.

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  17. I have to chuckle at Frankie’s antics. Sounds like something Lilie would do to get Logan to come play. Though they’re distractions from writing quite often, they’re welcome ones, aren’t they? Good for a smile if nothing else.

    Glad the story’s coming on so nicely. Oh, and I love how you call it waves, especially considering the theme of what you’re writing right now.

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