Writing along

I looked up from my desk at the writing cabin and decided to call it a day.

Lisa Burton walked into the office in full pirate regalia. “How did it work out? Did you have a good day?”

“It really was. 2700 words I didn’t have before. Add that to the 2000 from Wednesday and things are cooking along.”

“There’s a little coffee left before you leave. Do you want it?”

“Sure. I got through my con men on Wednesday and closed the loop on three concurrent stories. Everyone is on the page now. Today, James did what he had to as far as completing the repairs on Lanternfish. She’ll be ready to launch soon.”

“Don’t you think I’d look great in period costume breaking a magnum of champagne over her prow?”

“I’m sure you would.”

“Maybe you should write that one down.”

“It’s early in the story. There could be better things coming.”

“Then you don’t have to use it, but if you write it down you won’t forget.”

“You’re a computer. You remember for me.”

“You can bet I will. So, did the queen go along with James’s scheme?”

“Shh, that’s a spoiler. You can check out the draft later.”

“What are you planning tomorrow?”

“Don’t know. Serang still has some war to wage, but she ought to gather some clues along the way. I need her to discover some old secrets, too. I might wing some of that, or take a little time to think it through.”

“You mean you’d just waste a day to think?”

“Sure. This whole country could use more thinking before writing.”

Lisa smirked. “Uh huh?”

“If it doesn’t want to come together, I can always revisit Lizzie and the hat.”

“I kind of hate it when you do this to me. I never know how to dress for the day. Am I wearing cute performance outfits or being a pirate girl?”

“How about badass monster hunter outfits?”

“I know your style. It’s too soon for those, After about ten chapters you’ll get to them. So how should I dress tomorrow?”

“I don’t know. I have to go where the Muse leads me.”

“Fine. I’m going to put on some jeans and cowboy boots, add a Smithereens tee-shirt and fashion beret, then pull the Waltus armor on over the top. Maybe I’ll even buckle on a cutlass for good measure.”

“Do it and I’ll post a picture on my blog.”

“You wouldn’t dare.”

“Of course I would.” I pointed to my head. “You don’t understand how this brain works.”

“From what I can tell, your processor runs on coffee, pumpkin beer, cheese, and crackers.”

“Actually, that’s pretty accurate. All I can tell you is that I intend to write tomorrow. If it’s Lanternfish, it’s Serang’s turn again. If not, then I’ll start the next Hat book.”

“Maybe I’ll just wear one of my polka dot dresses and some nice heels. Those make me happy.”

“There you go. I like those, too.”

“Enough to write me into another book?”

“Probably, but I’m not going to. You got a story just last year. I’m going to try revisiting Serang and see how that goes. That’s as much commitment as I can give you.”

“I’ll take it.”

“So, do we have some cheese and crackers?”

Yeah. And some dry salami. I’ll get you set up.”


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23 responses to “Writing along

  1. Ha. Sounds like Lisa is having fun dressing up for each scene in each WIP. Great progress, Craig. Keep it up.

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  2. Looks like you have a never-ending franchise with Lanternfish, Lizzy and the hat, and Serang. Have a super weekend.

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  3. Maybe someone hooks invent a closet that Lisa can walk into and get changed in seconds. That or a shapeshiftimg outfit for the more chaotic days.

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  4. Ah, you’re having fun with this one!

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  5. Your exchanges with Lisa always make me laugh. Glad things are moving along for you.

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  6. Sounds like you have a good, solid start on Lanternfish 3. I think you enjoy giving Lisa a hard time, and she brings you cheese and crackers. Looking forward to a new Lanternfish, so hope the Muse keeps whispering in your ear.

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  7. Bravo, Craig, you are doing wonderfully. I wish I could write today but all I’ve done recently is edit, edit, edit. Nearly there thought – 228 pages out of 326 finished. I am also overcommitted as usual with a book to beta read and a bunch of short stories to edit. My boys are writing exams and I have to test them on their work. That is a big job but finishes this week. Aren’t you glad you are passed that? PS, I read your story about Jason Fogg in the murder mystery anthology and loved it. Which other book of yours does he feature in?

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  8. Glad the writing is coming along so well.

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  9. Okay now I want to see the photo of Lisa. 🙂

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  10. Lisa sure keeps things interesting. She has some great ideas.

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  11. “You mean you’d just waste a day to think?” -> Me while at home. Thank you for your post.

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