Have to be happy with today

It all came to 2800 words today. I’m always apprehensive, but it feels right to me.

It started with Serang’s army making plans for a major attack. They have to keep the moon phase in mind because of the Fulminites and their special ability.

What I didn’t care for was the three page chapter. I try not to do those, but I got everything I needed down and didn’t want to add filler just to make this section ten pages. I see these in books from time to time, so I figure I’m safe. It is what it must be.

I switched to James and Lanternfish, but handled this a bit differently. By this time, readers have experienced sea battles, so I told a bit to move the story along. We joined James at the aftermath of a battle where they wound up rescuing some Prelonian prisoners from the Hollish.

Then they went ashore to examine a signal from Diego Palumbo. In one of his previous sections, Diego left a bit of intelligence behind in hopes James might find it. Back in HMS Lanternfish, they used special lanterns for this purpose.

I turned recovery of the data into a root monster competition where the prize was getting a name. It became quite an event with monsters being thrown off a cliff, lots of laughter, and some confusion over what James might want. All told four monsters got names: Papers, Buckle, Fishbone, and Splat.

In brief, the army is in place with a plan. The “navy” is in the right spot, but needs to review their treasure. Even Diego and Camila are set up for their next adventure. I also have a cool sequence planned for Mal the witch doctor. And it all wrapped up with root monsters.

I’m pretty happy. The next stretch behind the keyboard will have to be James interpreting the data, but then all hell is going to break loose on multiple fronts.

Tomorrow is my errand day, then I drive to Nevada for a visit. Mom doesn’t have wifi, but I can pigtale to my phone if anyone needs me. I’m up at Story Empire with an interesting story structure. I’ll monitor comments, then check them once more before my drive. I will be out of range until I get to my parent’s home, but I can check again there.

Long drives are heavenly for spending with my Muse. I discovered a new song that gave me a character. It will be a couple of years before I can use him, but I might get an idea how a special grave digger fits into Lizzie’s universe over in the hat series. The song is too obscure for her band to play, but it’s a cool character idea.


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32 responses to “Have to be happy with today

  1. That is good going 🙂

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  2. Sounds like you had a good one, Craig.

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  3. I like an occasional short chapter!

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  4. Wow! Even more progress today. I lost most of yesterday and today with family things. Our daughter came a day early for St. Patrick’s Day, and that was fun. I stayed with my cousin today so my sister could go get her first Covid vaccine. But tomorrow, I can hit the keys again. It feels like you’ve built up enough steam to sail through words for a while. And I love Mal, the witch doctor! Glad he gets something fun in the new book.

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  5. Great on the progress. 3 page chapters are strange, but I’ve seen 3-5 pagers in the books my son reads in school. So, the rule is a chapter is as long as it needs to be.

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  6. That’s a great word count. Congrats!

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  7. I love when root monsters get names. I can’t wait to see how Splat earns his!

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  8. I hope your muse is a good companion for you. Safe travels, and enjoy your visit.

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  9. This sounds like great progress. And short chapters are fine in my book (sorry for the awful pun! tee he hee). Safe journey, Craig, and here’s hoping for a fun visit 🙂

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  10. Victoria Zigler

    Sounds like a fantastic writing day to me. Hope all goes well with errands and your trip.

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  11. 2800!!! WHOOT! 😀 … I’ve had a few sub-par days in a row … distracting myself from the stresses of packing/sorting/etc by watching dumb YouTube compilation videos, until my writing time for the day is gone. No more YouTube for me! 🙂

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  12. It sounds like the story is coming together, Craig! I look forward to it!

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  13. Yikes. Missed this post. Sorry!

    I rather like a three-page chapter here and there. It breaks up the longer chapters. Enjoy your time with your mom!

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  14. Long drives are great for muse-related inspiration. I enjoy chapters of different lengths (if done correctly). I’ve read many books like this and, if the author makes it work, it’s nice to break up the reading of really long chapters. Moving ahead, not looking back, as always. 🙂 Have a great week.

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