A good flex day

Look at me, blogging on a Wednesday again. I had a productive flex day today.

I started out by working on chapters from two different complete manuscripts. A little here, and a little there, and they’re all getting done.

One of those involved sending a chapter out for critique, which is awesome. I learn so much by having other eyes glance at my material. It also makes it better for human consumption.

I decided to read three more chapters of a book. I don’t normally do that, but have kind of a secret weapon at my disposal now.

Speaking of the secret weapon, I also wrote and scheduled a blog post for Story Empire about it. It won’t come up until the 25th, but if I discover more about it, I have time to update the post.

I also rewrote about three existing chapters of my side project. I fell into the trap of giving things away too soon. I wanted to ramp up some mild tension, and if it’s going to be a trilogy I have time to do it right. They already existed, so it wasn’t like starting from scratch.

It probably needs even more tension in one part, but I’m struggling how to keep something secret and have a character act suspicious at the same time. I have time to figure it out.

I also added words to the side project, and it helped by introducing some new elements to be secretive about. Then there was a fun section that I’m pretty happy with.

I’m struggling with style for this new story. I have one character that wants to come across a bit too formal. Maybe this is from writing Serang for all those years. I keep going back and adding contractions, and softening her presentations.

Aliens are also a struggle. Creating alien species is not all that simple. Pretty much everything has been done unless you get into weird things that can’t communicate or interact.

I spent too much time with Google and Google translate trying to make up my own derogatory term. Eventually, I went with the classic. It can serve as a place-marker, or it might stay that way for good. I’m not overly fond of the word, but it does have impact.

I also have this thing lately for naked women in a couple of different tales. It’s intended to have an effect on the men around them, because the women don’t seem to care all that much. I don’t know that it’s exactly coming across that way. I’m not worried about it in Good Liniment, but might have to experiment more in this side project. It still needs a name, but I hope something will come along as I write it.


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41 responses to “A good flex day

  1. You’ve had a productive Wednesday. Good luck with your aliens!

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  2. Glad you had a good flex day. You’ve got a ton of stuff going on and seem to be making awesome progress.

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  3. Awesome progress. I’m with you on the alien thing. For some reason, I always found them harder to make than fantasy species.

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  4. Thanks for the update. Looks like you are happy with your work.

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  5. Victoria Zigler

    Sounds like a very productive day indeed.

    As a point, I don’t think it matters too much if a character’s way of speaking is more formal than the rest, as long as there’s a reason for it. Maybe figure out why she keeps trying to come across so formal rather than trying to force her to change her way of speaking?

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  6. Sounds like a fun flex day with lots of progress. So glad for you, Craig 🙂

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  7. Progress is always nice. Glad to hear things are coming along for you.

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  8. Sounds like a productive day.

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  9. Sounds like a really good flex day. I’m always up for aliens, but I see what you mean about the challenges.

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  10. I wish I knew how you do this – I am such a slow writer! But clearly you have fun!

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  11. That was a productive flex day. I have a few side projects myself, not as fun as yours, though. And I am working on my next vocal story. I took me a while to come up with something for that. Some come easy, some not so much.

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  12. Sounds like a fun and productive day all the way around, Craig! Congrats on the progress. I think writing about aliens would be hard, although Staci did a great job in her series. Anyway, looking forward to the new stuff!!

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    • For some reason, I’m finding aliens harder than monsters or paranormal creations. It might take me some time to get into the flow. I have no intention of rushing this project, so if it takes a couple of years, I’m fine with it.


  13. Can’t wait to find out all your secrets.

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  14. I always enjoy your posts, Craig. You have as many projects on the boil as me and that makes me feel encouraged. I’m not sure about naked women though, maybe you should include some naked men Haha!

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author

    Sounds like you are having a productive day, Craig. I agree aliens can be a challenge.

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  16. Hmm, aliens and naked women plus secrets. You know how to write an entertaining post:) A writer I respect had two books, back to back, where his hero got naked, and it made me wonder. . . LOL. Have fun with your side project!

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  17. You did have a productive day, Craig. Congrats. And interesting point about aliens and naked women… both require some thought. Lol.

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  18. Wow, am I late. Sorry about that. It’s been a crazy week.

    I bet it’s difficult to create an alien. If anyone can do it, you can. 😀

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