Missed it by thiiiis much

I hit it hard this weekend. I was so close to finishing H.M.S. Lanternfish I could taste it. Needless to say from the title, I never made it. I blame Rusty, but let’s concentrate on the positives.

I just received critiques back on one chapter, but have about three more written. I also received cover art, and followed this up with ordering the first Lisa Burton promotional poster.

My short story is in the can, but I need to pass over it one more time, then get some other eyes to check it out. I already checked with them, and they’re on board. I’ll probably send it out PDQ. I still need to figure out a title.

Inside Lanternfish, I have a lot going on in these closing chapters. There’s a bit of intrigue and some crazy things, too. I’m going to end it with a lot of daring do, and kind of a disaster at the same time. This is going to be a challenge to pull off, and maybe it’s good that I ran out of time. It might be best to tackle this when I’m fresh so the balance comes out well.

Remember when I said the middle volume of a trilogy is usually the shortest one? Yeah, I was wrong. This one is going to be every bit as long as the first, and may exceed it to a small degree.

All combined, I hit about 9700 words over the four days. That’s nothing to cry about. I’m down to counting weeks before I can send it to my formatter and think about publishing. Honestly, I’m probably about six or seven weeks out. That’s mid-July sometime.

That timetable will depend on me, my mentors and helpers, and Sean Harrington with the promotional posters. It may seem absurd, but I’m already concerned about my ability to have The Ballad of Mrs. Molony available for the Halloween season.

I think I’ll make it all work, and while Lanternfish is aging, I can add words to Mrs. Molony. I need to avoid taking on any more projects and it should be fine.

It’s fun to lament the completion of the draft, but honestly I couldn’t be happier. Even though I lost some time on Saturday and Sunday, I wouldn’t trade a visit with my daughter for a few more words.

Hope all of you had a great weekend whatever you were doing.


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36 responses to “Missed it by thiiiis much

  1. Sounds like a winning weekend.

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  2. Never noticed that trilogies tend to have smaller middle sections. Then again, I can’t think of many book trilogies that I’ve read. Once you go beyond three, the page numbers don’t mean much.

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  3. Family time is always the best. Sometimes, no matter how we planned for it, writing just has to take a backseat.

    Congrats on all the progress you’re making. Most of us only work on one project at a time, but you’re kicking butt on several.

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    • I had to park Mrs. Molony, but that’s always part of the multiple project recipe for me. Once one of them is close to the end I stick with it. The other one is mostly ready when I return.


  4. Wow, I’d be immensly pleased with 9700 words in 4 days. Enjoy a celebration, you deserve it! Especially considering Rusty’s “help”.

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  5. Woohoo, Craig. That’s fantastic. Best of luck with it 🙂

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  6. Good that you are so active, Craig… if I get any slower right now, I’ll disappear!

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  7. Sounds like a very good weekend Craig! That many words in only 4 days must feel amazing.

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  8. I don’t know how you work on two full-length novels at once. At best, I can do a novel and short story but not both. And you’re kicking butt on the word count.

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  9. I’m a family first person, so I agree with what you said. Glad you got time with your daughter. And glad you’ve made such progress on your projects!

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    • I wouldn’t trade family for projects. I’ve missed goals before because of family events and such. To be honest, I don’t have a publisher breathing down my neck and can move my goals whenever I want. I was glad to see her. (And even Rusty.)

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  10. Family is always first, Craig – even Rusty, lol. 9700 words is fantastic!

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  11. Sorry you didn’t quite make it, but glad it was because of something nice like a visit from your daughter, and that you’re close to being done with it. Even if you didn’t quite make it, that’s a fantastic word count for the weekend.

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  12. Damyanti Biswas

    Looks like you had good reason not to get to it this weekend.

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  13. Congrats! You’ve been juggling three projects. One’s done. Yay! One’s almost done–writing the final chapters is always fun. And one’s in great shape. Amazing! AND you got to enjoy your daughter. That’s always fun, too:)

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  14. It seems to be easier to write the ending than the beginning and especially the middle, Craig. Well done on your accomplishments to date.

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  15. Honestly, Craig, I don’t know how you do it. I couldn’t begin to work on as many stories at once as you do. In fact, I can’t even have two going at the same time. I don’t have the brainpower to keep them separated, I guess. Your word counts amaze me, too. I want to be YOU when I grow up! 😀 😀 😀

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  16. I love what you said, “I wouldn’t trade family for words.” That is SO true. I cannot wait to see the cover for H.M.S. Lanternfish! The first Lanternfish is still my favorite cover of all your books and they all have some pretty awesome flash! Congrats on being so close to finishing. Your word count is amazing!!

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