Chipping away at things

I’ve mistreated this blog horribly this year. We haven’t done a lot in real life, so there hasn’t been much material there. I posted the zoo trip and wrote about my peaches when those opportunities presented themselves. Old What’s Her Face and I have been working opposing days for quite a while, so we aren’t together to do much lately.

As far as being an author, I worked on a few things. I picked through my critiques and made quite a few adjustments to the last chapter I shared. I feel good about the results.

I finished reading a book and posted the review for it. I’m considering diving into something else tomorrow. I have a hankering for some science fiction and have two different books in mind.

I also went ahead and started a new project. Authors write. That’s what we do, and it’s what I enjoy the most. I’m calling this a side project. It almost demands to be a trilogy. Lessons learned from Lanternfish indicate that I should finish the whole thing before trying to publish it. This means it could be my side project for a few years.

There is a small struggle in that I want two different groups to come together somewhere around chapter three. The first one consists of a pair of disabled veterans and their unique perspective. I like the lady with the prosthetic tentacle and the space chimp. I want to gripe about the treatment of veterans and a bit of prejudice for the space chimp. He’s destined to be one of the bigger personalities in this found-family adventure.

I hacked some things out for them, but it only came to three pages. That isn’t enough for a chapter, so I need to give them more thought. I’m sure I could use more setting and that will help. Can’t hurt in chapter one to have more setting.

I think the second group will take me more words to get them on the page. (There are twenty-eight of them, or three depending upon how you count the clones.) Rather than jump ahead, I’ll dwell on the first pair and see what I can come up with.

This is the beauty of being ahead of schedule. I have time to dabble with this stuff until it makes me happy. Hopefully, it will make someone else happy, too… eventually.

Tomorrow, I will dedicate a bit of time to Lanternfish. I need to keep that moving ahead for 2021 publication.

I also have a loose plan for some October promo, but am waiting for a small amount of data to start creating that. There are a couple of months, so it will happen whenever it does.

There you have it. Life in the fast lane for an author. Say hello in the comments. Life gets stale when left to my own devices.


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40 responses to “Chipping away at things

  1. Funny how even when nothing is blog post worthy, we’re still busy. Hope you have a fun weekend.

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  2. Since the sci-fi is a side project, do you have two other projects planned for a year? You usually publish two a year, don’t you? I’m still excited about the 3rd Lanternfish. I hardly read any sci-fi. It will be interesting to see what you come up with.

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    • I have been able to publish three per year over the last couple. Don’t know that it’s required, and two is more leisurely. I have Lanternfish done, and another Hat story finished. There are multiple Hat stories in various plotting stages, so they could balance the SF thing.

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  3. Hello. I think it is okay to put your energy into your books.

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  4. Our world is like our blogs …. plodding along. But we get there one word at a time 😊

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  5. Victoria Zigler

    Sounds like you’ve been busy, even if it doesn’t look like much when you put it together in a blog post.

    Things are just plodding along here too. Not much writing happening, but there’s progress with production of the audio version of one of the poetry books I released a couple of months ago (I’ll need to give the narrator for the other one a slight nudge if I don’t see anything from her soon). I’m involved in two roleplaying games, plus I now attend both a weekly Zoom book club and a monthly Zoom crafternoon. Other than that I’ve just been trying to read when I can, arguing with my asthma nurse about whether irritating an allergy is worth a potential minor reduction in how often I’ll need to take my asthma inhalers, and wondering how exactly we’re in August already.

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  6. The fast lane has been diverted from my area, and in a way I’m glad, as I don’t think I could keep up with it just yet… I’m happy being the tortoise for a while anyway…

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  7. I think we all feel that our lives have slowed down a lot over the past 18 months, Craig. We are going away for a long weekend on 20 August and I can’t wait. We are going to see the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Mankind.

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  8. Prosthetic tentacles – I love it!

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  9. Oh, I’d say you’ve been plenty busy, Craig. I had to laugh at the prosthetic tentacles. Your imagination is amazing! I look forward to the final Lanternfish. I’ve enjoyed the entire journey so far. Have a great weekend!

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  10. I’ve got to agree with Jan. You’ve been plenty busy. It seems that way, anyway. Though I get what you’re saying. Keep on keepin’ on. 🙂 NO quitting for you just yet, please.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author

    It’s nice you have the extra time to put into your writing 🙂 I always find it interesting to hear what you are working on! I like the sound of the new project

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  12. The prosthetic tentacle sounds… interesting? Anyway, I think it’s a sign that you’re really getting your skills down, that your brain can feed you more complex and challenging ideas.

    As for waiting to publish them all, I’m not so sure that’s a good idea. Maybe get two done, and then start publishing? That way you have urgency to complete the following book. If it’s all just “someday” then it might not be a top priority. And what if you come with another great idea that prevents you finishing these?

    Just my thoughts, anyway.

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