First day of Staycation

I took a couple of days off with the goal of working on my manuscripts. I kind of needed some time anyway. I never took any holiday time, allowing others to have whatever they wanted.

Yesterday was my flex day and it was a bust. I’ve had an eye appointment for weeks, and made it for my normal day off. That canceled out any ability to write, but I knew it would.

Turns out my far sightedness has gotten worse. This leads to new prescriptions and I decided to get new frames at the same time. We have insurance and a flex account, so why not?

I also lost a couple of days this weekend, because my in-laws are coming. It’s good for me to socialize, so it will be fine. It makes days like today more important though.

My start was kind of slow. I took my time making coffee and tending dogs. I even read blogs before I decided what to work on.

As is my norm, I read my last chapter before I started. Then added to the story about Lizzie and the hat. It started off with humor, a musical performance, and some of her band mates having fun at the expense of the saxophone player. Lizzie and the hat exchanged barbs about wet tee-shirt contests.

Then things got real serious. I brought in some isolation, and close proximity to the possible killer in this story. I stopped there, but it’s going to be a long night for Lizzie. Might be a sad one, too.

I’m excited for this section, but it’s time to stop. I find it’s always better to stop when I have something screaming at me for the next day. Company won’t show up until Friday night, so tomorrow should be productive. I also have the Monday holiday for writing as well.

I’ll have to put together something for a new character I introduced as well. It’s about time for he and Lizzie to meet up. There are some fun things planned for that, and it will give him a lot more depth.

My hope here is to end this one well, but also on a bummer note. I don’t know how that will work out as far as keeping the books as possible stand-alone reading, but it will set up events for the next volume. I’ll have to rely on my critique group to give me feedback there. They can’t weigh in until I write it, so I’ll keep forging ahead.

I’m sure it needs some work, but today’s effort came to 3300 words. This is a good day by my standards.


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33 responses to “First day of Staycation

  1. 3300 words is a great writing day.
    Sometimes with books in a series, authors will make a mini series among the stand-alones. Preston and Child have done that with their Pendergast series. There are 20 books, but within those 20, there are 2 three-book series. All the rest are all stand-alones.

    Sorry about the farsightedness getting worse. I can’t see a thing up close without my glasses!

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  2. My eyesight is a travesty. I’ve got glasses all over the house, and not a single pair is the right prescription. I hope you like the new glasses.

    Kudos on your writing progress. Sounds like everything is coming along nicely.

    BTW, I like the background image.

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    • We had some great hoarfrost one day and I didn’t have time for photos. I pulled this one off one of the free image sites. I did manage to write hoarfrost into an earlier chapter of this story. In Nevada we call hoarfrost pogonip. It’s the Indian word for the same thing.

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  3. 3300 words is a great day, and you left it so you’ll be ready to dig in when you pick it up again. I’d say win/win for you!

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  4. D.L. Finn, Author

    A really good day, Craig 🙂

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  5. Sounds like a great day. Congrats. Though, I’m not entirely sold on socialization being good for people.

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  6. Gwen M. Plano

    It sounds like it was a good day, one that might spark tomorrow’s success as well. Hope you have fun with the in-laws! 🙂

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  7. I enjoyed hearing your methods, as always, Craig. You just keep forging onward, buddy, your fans so very much appreciate it.

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  8. I’d be happy with 3300 words. You know what they say, you can always edit words…you can’t edit a blank page!
    My own progress this week hasn’t been as good as last week. I’ll probably be looking at 4000 or so all week. Too many interruptions this week.

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  9. That is a fantastic word count, Craig. Well done! I love the sound of the way the story is headed and look forward to reading the finished thing (says she who is so far behind on her TBR right now, lols). Good luck with the writing.

    My vision is terrible at the moment, and I have to wait until February (been waiting since last year!) for an eye test. And the eye-guys are in the apparent COVID hotbed of Cornwall, so we’ll see, arrggh.

    Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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  10. I just took a two week staycation during the holidays. I had to or I would have lost vacation time I had built up over the past year. I’m looking at a three day weekend coming up and I’m using Monday for my yearly eye exam as well. I can tell my vision has deteriorated since the last one. I’ve probably doubled my screen time which is, no doubt, a contributing factor. Oh well, what can you do?

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  11. The story sounds like it’s going to be another awesome read. Sounds like a great writing day. Goodyou got the optitian appointment dealt with too. Hope you can get more words down before your company arrives.

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  12. I’d be ecstatic over 3300 words. Hope you have a good family visit!

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  13. Can’t wait to read it!!

    Happy writing today! I need to take a quick research trip (looking for landmarks, mostly) and then I can dive back into my writer’s cave, as well.

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  14. Yay for the 3000’s!!! 😀 … I’m getting close to a thousand words regularly, so my goal of hitting the three thousands by the end of the month is still achievable. 🙂

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  15. That does sound like a good day. I can’t seem to get caught up on anything.

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