Might as well keep it going…

Since Old What’s Her Face is working today, I really didn’t have a good excuse not to write. I already uncorked this genie, so why not?

The final book in the Lanternfish trilogy almost has to be told in three parts that will merge eventually. I’ve written books like this before, so I’m used to the idea.

Yesterday, I started with Captain James and his goings on in trying to make Lanternfish seaworthy once more. It made for a neat start and included a lot of personal stress for him.

Meanwhile, a continent away, Serang and her army are in the war already. It was time to write some of that. I don’t know about you guys, but action scenes always slow me down. It doesn’t seem like that should be the case, but it is for me. They’re also where I usually need the most help from my critique partners. I’ll go over it a dozen times before I let them see it.

Serang managed to get herself blown up. Martial arts and steel are great against some enemies, but not others. It was also a nice way to remind my readers of the exploding monks and Fulminite order.

This led to a recovery scene, and the story needed one after all that. Time for a little recon and planning.

My next section has to be the cons, Camila and Diego Palumbo. I’m a little nervous about their sections. I need to keep them tense and interesting, and trickle out bits of the main story. It’s a bit different than relying on root monsters or martial arts to carry these sections.

I’m committed and maybe I’ll learn some new tricks about holding things back and keeping it interesting all at the same time.

The story has a title and has had for several months. I’m almost loathe to share it before publication, but what the hell. I’m calling it “Wreck of the Lanternfish.” It’s going to be pertinent to the main story, and I can’t imagine calling it anything else. It also might not be quite what you think.

Because today involved an action scene I only hit 2500 words. That’s still a pretty good day in my book. Chapter two isn’t too soon for explosive action, is it?


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47 responses to “Might as well keep it going…

  1. Chapter two is not too early.

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  2. Sounds like you’re throwing us right into the action. Works for me. But you blew up my favorite, Serang? I hope the nice guy James saved who’s been her right hand man is really, really nice to her while she recovers. I’d love to see those two get together:) I’m curious what you’re going to do with the two cons. I’m hoping they end up being helpful and turn into good guys. But who knows? I’m ready to read book 3!

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  3. It’s a finale, so explosions during chapter two are fine. Blast to your author heart’s content. Sounds like a challenging balancing act too.

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  4. Gwen M. Plano

    Wow…excellent unfolding of the drama, Craig. 2,500 words? That’s amazing! “Old What’s Her Face” really knows how to awaken your muse. 😃

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  5. Sounds like you’re starting with a bang. (Sorry. My daughter loves puns and I’m immersed in them all day long.)

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  6. Never too early for action. Sounds like excellent progress. Write on!

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  7. Some books start with action. Chapter two isn’t too early. You’d better take care of Serang! 🙂

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  8. Ooo that title excites, intrigues, and scares me!

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  9. Action scenes are always the toughest to write. Oh, and… No. Chapter two isn’t too soon for exploding action, especially not if there’s going to be plenty more later on. Glad you’re off to such a great start with the book. Nice title.


  10. You’re a writing machine, Craig. Good luck with the “Wreck” and keep up the word count!

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  11. Ha, ha! Sounds like my kind of book. Chapter two isn’t too early at all. Those action scenes do take a long time to perfect, so I’d say 2,500 words is a productive day. You’re on a roll. Happy writing! ❤

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  12. Really like that title – more root monsters!

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    • They will be around and I have some fun things planned for them. This story has to wrap a bunch of character arcs as well as the main plot issues. The monsters won’t quite wrap like the others, but I have something planned for them, too.

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  13. Reading this was just lovely 🙂

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  14. I love the title, Craig! I can already visualize the cover and it’s going to outstanding! No, chapter 2 isn’t too soon for explosive action. In this day and age, chapter 1 isn’t too soon. 🙂 Great progress with 2500 words! I’d take it any day!

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  15. I think action up front is a good thing, Craig. It draws the reader in. I have action in my first chapter of A Ghost and His Gold as the poltergeist burst onto the scene.

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