The win column

I called my parents this morning before doing anything else. Mom is headed out to put flowers on graves today.

After that, I decided to get my butt in gear and return to Lanternfish. The story is in a weird place right now, and it’s almost like I have a second middle slog.

I caused this by having the various characters scattered all over the continent. Each group had something to accomplish, and they’ve all done that now.

This poses a problem, because they all need to reconvene. I can’t just pop everyone into the end game. Serang and James both have large groups of people to move around. It’s a world at war, so a clear road just isn’t going to work.

At this time, readers will have seen land and sea battles in abundance. I’ve resorted to watching them from afar, then gathering intelligence to make the next moves.

I’m just about there. Serang is on the final leg of her journey. I added a tiny chapter about Diego Palumbo, but also sped it up somewhat.

James is idle, and still needs to account for the root monsters before he gets moving again. I can probably tackle that in the morning. Root monsters require a different mindset than writing cannonades and cavalry charges.

I need to figure out some kind of fantastical creature to weave into the scenery along the way. This is a somewhat fantasy story, and at this point root monsters are accepted and normal characters. It won’t have to be much, maybe some kind of wildlife.

It came to around 2700 words, so I’m calling it a good day. If I can do that tomorrow, I won’t lament taking yesterday off.


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18 responses to “The win column

  1. Sounds like you’re getting close to wrap-up, then the pace usually hits a groove. Congrats on your progress, and with your imagination, I’m sure we’re going to meet some wondrous new creature. Good luck on word count tomorrow!

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  2. Really is tough getting characters back together in time for the finale. You make a good point at the world at war scenario making it even tougher. Do you have to include travel scenes?

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  3. Congratulations on your progress. I had high hopes for writing this weekend but instead spent my time writing blog posts and editing my previous manuscript. I wonder if I’ll ever get caught up, LOL!

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  4. D.L. Finn, Author

    It sounds like its pulling together once everyone gets where they need to be. Good day of writing.

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  5. 2700 words is a definite win. With traveling, I didn’t get any writing done. And today I saw a movie for the first time in months – A Quiet Place 2.

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  6. Sounds good to me! It must be difficult with characters scattered over several continents. I have no doubt you’ll pull it off. 😀

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  7. Victoria Zigler

    Sounds like a great writing day, and – as others have said – like you’re getting close to the end now. Can’t wait to read it!

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  8. Still playing catch-up and glad to see that you had a good writing day! I know whatever monster you conjure up will be impactful on the story!

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  9. An interesting post, Craig, your remark about a second middle slog surprised me. Do you think writing a series makes this more difficult? I mean, your readers have already seen a lot about the circumstances and characters by a third book, so it stands to reason that it must become more difficult to include surprises and challenges.

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